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The early years are crucial for most aspects of human development, and character is no exception. CharacterPlus has assembled a team of experts including an international expert in child development and character education, a leader and innovator in early childhood education and director of a center, the principal of the first National Early Childhood School of Character in the country, an inspiring and creative teacher and other valuable local resources.

puzzlePoints of discussion during this full-day workshop sponsored by PNC will include:

• Components of early childhood character
• What influences character development at an early age?
• Whole-school strategies
• Classroom strategies
• Literacy-based strategies
• Partnering with parents

Participants will also receive resources and templates for creating their own resources on December 1. Learn more about the speakers, whether you can attend for free, plus more at our online calendar.

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Kagan Workshop EdPlusReading is the best predictor of overall achievement. A comprehensive literacy approach is the single best predictor of reading success for all students. If you want to enhance literacy and reduce the achievement gap, Kagan Comprehensive Literacy K-5 is for you!

In this two-day workshop on Monday, February 2 and Tuesday, February 3, participants will learn engaging instructional strategies to incorporate balanced literacy into their daily curriculum. Experience and learn to apply fresh Kagan Structures that dramatically increase not only reading comprehension, but also vocabulary, reading fluency, writing, word study and phonemic awareness. Learn remedies for reluctant and struggling readers; increase reading fluency and comprehension among all students. You’ll create a more balanced and interactive literacy approach in your classroom.

Learn more and register online by clicking here.

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Past Readers' WorkshopThe Readers’ Workshop structure has a number of important components that require practice and refinement to obtain the instructional benefits and the student improvement that we are seeking. This opportunity on November 20, 2014 offers a deeper look at strategy groups and one-on–one conferring.

Participants will develop a more comprehensive understanding of the preparation and practices that make strategy groups and one-on-one conferring most effective for young growing readers. This full day workshop at Center of Clayton, 50 Gay Avenue, is structured for specific group facilitation for K-2, 3-5, and 6-8 participants to customize the readers workshop to those grade bands.

We welcome teams of teachers, curriculum coordinators and literacy coaches to this event. Visit our website at http://edplus.org and click on Calendar & Registration on the right. Here’s a bit more about our presenters:

• Dana Humphrey is a Common Core ELA Consultant for EducationPlus™. Dana is a master teacher with 32 years of educational experience as a middle school English teacher, department chair, district curriculum coordinator and professional development presenter locally and at the state and national level.
• Jan Keenoy is a Common Core Math Consultant for EducationPlus™. Jan has been a Missouri educator for over 40 years, teaching in elementary and middle school classrooms, Parents as Teachers, and serving as an Elementary Coordinator supporting curricular, instructional, assessment planning, implementation, and providing extensive professional development.
• Lois Copeland is a 30 year veteran of elementary classroom teaching, having spent most of her career in the primary grades in the Parkway School District.

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#startswithusStudents from eight area high schools created a campaign to prevent cyberbullying by using the hashtag #StartsWithUs and sending messages of kindness, inclusion and connection via social media. These students, under the guidance of CharacterPlus, also created The Clothes Pin Challenge to spread the word about the hashtag: #StartsWithUs is printed on one side of a wooden clothes pin and a kind message on the other side.  They “pin” a friend who takes a photo or video of the clothes pin to post on social media.  Everyone then “pins” another friend. The schools who planned this campaign are:

Bayless High School
Belleville East High School
Belleville West High School
Fox High School
Ladue Horton Watkins High School
Lafayette High School (Rockwood)
Lindbergh High School
Mehlville High School

Today was the launch, watch it unfold! The participating students will share their experiences this February at the Midwest Education Technology Community Conference. Thanks to the participating schools, community partners and those who continue to promote its positive message.

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show-me a movie promo correctionClick on the text above to go to Show-Me a Movie information website. There, you’ll find complete rules & guidelines, the rubric judges will use to evaluate movies and movie-making resources from experts in the field. You can see last year’s winners online at SchoolTube.

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balancedThe Smarter Balanced Library is a resource available to all Missouri teachers. Its Digital Library is a collection of professional learning resources and instructional resources to help educators tailor their Missouri Learning Standards instruction to students’ needs using formative assessment processes. Educators can use these resources throughout the school year to:

  • Identify any misconceptions they might have regarding formative assessment
  • Increase their use of formative assessment tools
  • Better understand where students are in their learning
  • Make quick adjustments to instruction

EducationPlus is offering six workshops over three days to help educators to learn how to navigate the Digital Library, differentiate between professional and instructional resources and explore resources for their specific needs.

Dates Available:
Monday, October 27, 2014 OR
Monday, November 10, 2014 OR
Friday, December 12, 2014

Times:  8:30- 11:30am and repeats 12:30 – 3:30pm;
choose morning or afternoon session.

Location
:  EducationPlus, 1460 Craig Rd., St. Louis, MO 63146
Cost:  $50 Members and Non-Members

Participants will need to bring their own device and district provided access code to this workshop. Register online at www.edplus.org.

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Digital Wish believes that every child deserves a technology-rich education that will provide them with the skills necessary to excel in the global economy. Every day, they develop new online tools and promotions that empower teachers and their supporters to get new technology for their classrooms and enhance learning for children. Here’s a list of the most popular deals and programs running through Digital Wish right now. Feel free to circulate these around your school districts! Here are a few highlights:

Digital Wish has placed over $12 million dollars in technology, into the hands of teachers. A few statistics:

  • Technology Wishes Granted: 31,141
  • Schools Impacted: 11,004
  • Fundraisers Started: 997

To see some of the requests and projects made by teachers utilizing Digital Wish, visit this link.

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