The CHARACTERplus mission is to develop positive character traits in young people by providing a high quality character education process and resources to schools, homes, and communities. Several workshops are held throughout the year to provide K-12 educators with the tools they need, including today’s session on Character Development & Education.
Tags: Character Education, CHARACTERplus
The Missouri State EconChallenge ONLINE! is a way for students to flex their intellectual muscle and test their economic content knowledge. Sponsored by the Council for Economic Education, the Challenge encourages students to apply their economics knowledge by competing with other students from across the state.
Once you have registered as a teacher, you can begin to create student teams of 3 to 5 students in either of two divisions. After creating your teams, you will be given unique access codes for each student. Distribute these access codes to your students when they are ready to take the Challenge. Once competition begins, students can enter the EconChallenge ONLINE! website and complete a 30 question rapid fire exam consisting of macro, micro, and international questions. Each student will be given 35 minutes but all team members must complete the exam within 3 hours. The winners of the EconChallenge ONLINE! will receive notification once the competition has ended.
March 17 – April 2, 2014
MISSOURI STATE ECONCHALLENGE ONLINE! COMPETITION
• Teams log in and face the Challenge to determine the Missouri Championship team.
April 15, 2014
• The Missouri Champion will compete in the National Semifinals.
MAY 17-19, 2014
• The top four qualifying teams in each division will be invited to compete for the national title in New York City.
Thanks to UMKC Center for Economic Education for letting us know about this event! Good luck to those who participate!
Tags: economics, financial literacy, Missouri Council for Economics Education, UMKC Center for Economic Education
- Posted under Links, Literacy
We had two sections of the Technology Leadership Academy this year! Here are just a few images taken by participants during the course of the academy. Sessions are wrapping up this month, thank you to all who attended and collaborated. Look for more images and videos on Flickr and Facebook!
Tags: Canva, EducationPlus, METC, Technology Leadership Academy, tla
- Posted under Academy, Tech PD
If you thought the Winter Olympics was the only place to watch competitive feats of strength, mental toughness, and endurance, then we have a surprise for you! The Discovery Education EdPlus Olympics is an ongoing, engaging, interactive, fun contest for educators and is a great way to learn more about Discovery Education, plus have a chance to win prizes:
Gold: The educator with the most points reported will receive a Discovery Education prize pack that includes a Discovery bag, notebook/pen, shirt, DVD set, and more;
Silver: The educator with the second most points reported will receive a Planet Earth and LIFE DVD set and Discovery Education bag;
Bronze: The educator with the third most points reported will receive a Discovery bag!
There are six ways to earn points
1. Log In
2. Join the Community by being a DEN STAR
3. Share Discovery Education
4. Create a Board
5. Create a Quicklist or My Content Folder
6. Attend a Discovery Education Webinar
It’s important that you report your points using the same email address each time. These Olympics are self reporting and you must do so online. The ‘games’ run until March 28, with winners being notified on April 3, 2014. Good luck!
Tags: Discovery Education, EducationPlus
What does it take to efficiently plan a successful event?
MEETINGS & EVENTS 101 takes place Friday, March 7, 2014 * through the Support Staff Academy offered by EducationPlus. This SSA session is 8:30- 11:30 am and costs $59 for members, $74 for non members.
Presenter Anne Churchill of AnnaBelle Events in Columbia, Missouri will discuss the basics of meeting planning, including how to implement your planning process effectively and efficiently. This session will be focused on the fundamentals of planning meetings and events. During the session the participants will learn the steps to confidently plan and execute a successful event. We will break down all of the elements of the planning process and take an in-depth look at the importance of goals, budget, timeline, planning tasks, and more. The information presented is intended to be general enough to apply to almost any event, regardless of size or type. After the session participants will have an understanding of the planning process and be able to take an event from idea to execution in a systematic and organized way.
Register online at edplus.org. [* PROGRAM UPDATE: Friday's session has been postponed. If you are interested in this presentation, you'll be able to catch it at the Support Staff Academy Mini-Conference on June 11 at Mehlville High School].
Tags: EducationPlus, Support Staff Academy
The Connected Classroom is the EducationPlus Learning Division blog. Here are the top five most visited posts for the past month – did you contribute to the clicks?
#1 Making IT Happen: Will Blaylock
#2 2014 METC Conference Keynotes: Kevin Honeycutt and Lodge McCammon
#3 Student Journalists Cover METC Live
#4 Sharpen Your Skills and Open Up New Worlds!
#5 Stream Video from METC 2014
Tags: Brentwood School District, Distance Learning, EducationPlus, Francis Howell School District, iste, Kevin Honeycutt, Ladue School District, Lodge McCammon, Makig IT Happen, Maplewood Richmond Heights School District, METC, Rockwood School District, Videoconferencing, Will Blaylock
- Posted under Classroom Technology, Collaborations, Conferences, Digital Media, Distance Learning, ISTE, Learning Division programs, Literacy, Tech PD, Videoconferencing, Web 2.0
Teachers just like you are doing amazing things through distance learning, providing their students experiences that are far beyond what’s possible in the classroom.
The EducationPlus Distance Learning Academy will equip you with the knowledge and tools to make amazing experiences come to life for your students! St. Louis area teachers have connected their students to the rainforests of Borneo and to the underwater wonders of the Great Barrier Reef. Where will you take your students?
In the three day academy this summer, you’ll learn about e-learning, online projects and videoconferencing using tools like Polycom, Cisco, Skype, Google and LifeSize. You’ll also learn how to effectively use other collaborative technologies such as Google Docs, blogs and wikis. As you collaboratively work on projects over distance learning you’ll develop a Personal Learning Network that will be valuable in your teaching.
Learn more about dates, fees, and graduate credit opportunities by visit our online registration calendar.
Tags: Borneo, Cisco, Creative Commons, Distance Learning, edtech, EducationPlus, Flickr, Google, Great Barrier Reef, LifeSize, palm oil, PLN, Polycom, Skype
Educators know they must be able to effectively teach students that are culturally different from them. To become effective in areas related to race and culture, adults must understand both teacher actions and perceptions that get in the way of creating a culturally responsive classroom environment. EducationPlus invites you to join other teachers and administrators to better understand and implement culturally responsive teaching practices in the classroom that support all children learning.
In this half day workshop on April 24, Dr. Charles Pearson will cover topics including current theory about race, racism, privilege, internalized racism, culture, and other essential concepts related to the impact of race and culture in the classroom. Participants will be equipped to move from a fear of dealing with challenges of race to acting in an “anti-racist” manner as they interact with children of various cultures. Dr. Pearson’s doctoral work focused upon factors that lead to success in African American academic achievement initiatives in schools. He served as a Curriculum Coordinator, Principal and Assistant Superintendent.
Register online to participate in this important discussion.
Tags: culturally responsive classroom environment, culture, EducationPlus, internalized racism, privilege, race, racism
The CHARACTERplus National Conference takes place June 17-18 at the St. Charles Convention Center. Early bird registration is open now at www.characterplus.org, but ends on Friday. CHARACTERplus is excited to announce our four keynote speakers for this year’s conference:
- Tara Brown is recognized as a specialist in connecting with youth and building relationships with students and staff.
- Rich Grawer is a proven leader and has guided young people through his career with successful stints as a collegiate coach and high school athletic director.
- John O’Leary shares his inspirational story of how he overcame life’s challenges through the support of others and his strong personal character.
- Stephen Peters founded the Gentlemen’s Club, which provides opportunities for students to enhance self-esteem and self-image.
For your registration, you can see these dynamic speakers, plus learn what other educators are doing in their schools to improve and celebrate character education. The early bird rate is by February 28 and is $369 for a member, while a non-member pays $429. The regular rate, after February 28, is $419 for a member, and a non-member pays $479. CHARACTERplus is a resource of EducationPlus.
Tags: CHARACTERplus, EducationPlus, John O'Leary, Rich Grawer, Stephen Peters, Tara Brown
It’s impossible to isolate “school” within the walls of the building, as each student that walks through the front doors brings with them a wider part of the community. How can you create a climate of success and keep drop out rates low by using community connections? Join area educators March 13 to discuss effective and intentional strategies to keep students in school in “If You Create It, They Will Stay!”. Presenters from EducationPlus, the St. Louis Regional Professional Development Center, and educators from districts across the state will be looking at five successful models and/or strategies. The models include aspects of mentoring, data collection, service learning, along with family and community involvement. Register by visiting edplus.org and going to the calendar.