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photo by Jenn TillerYesterday, EducationPlus’ new initiative, Principles for Principals, kicked off with more than 100 area principal and assistant principals gathered to hear from Dr. Sue Szachowicz. A retired high school principal, she shared the story of how her high school went from failing state tests to acing them. She spoke about how every school has their own DNA, and how leadership brings out collaboration in staff, which provides a united front to ensure positive outcomes for students. Several attendees tweeted during the session using #EdPlusP4P. In addition, Dr. Szachowicz, a Senior Fellow at the International Center for Leadership in Education, provided access to her presentation deck: Szachowicz | Leadership | St. Louis.

The event with Dr. Szachowicz was a free  kick off to the new Principles for Principals Academy. EducationPlus, starting October 14, offers a comprehensive professional learning opportunity. If you were unable to make it yesterday, you are still able to register for the academy.

[photo by Jen Tiller]

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Our new, year-long learning opportunity for principals and assistant principals starts this fall. EducationPlus has partnered with the International Center for Leadership in Education for this seven-session program. Up to three cohorts of principals and assistant principals will be created to accommodate geographic considerations of those participating. Additionally, content will be based on needs of the group. All will be facilitated by a representative from the International Center for Leadership in Education; participants must enroll is all sessions in the ongoing academy.edplusp4pCreating a Culture of High Academic Expectations, October 14
During this interactive course participants will learn about the benefits of a systems approach to improve student achievement.

Establishing Structures and Communicating a Shared Vision, November 11
Building leaders will take a closer look at the structures that are in place to support a successful implementation of a shared vision, including transforming learning and teaching.

Leading Change for Rigorous & Relevant Learning, December 9
Building leaders will take a deeper look at creating effective learning environments through the lens of the Daggett System for Effective Instruction.

Developing and Implementing Rigorous & Relevant Instruction, January 21
This course focuses on building a supportive, collaborative process with instructional staff to increase levels of rigor and relevance in their teaching and student learning.

Facilitating Data-Driven Decision Making, February 11
Instructional leaders will learn about data and how it is collected and used at district, school, classroom and individual student levels.

Leading Professional Dialogue to Support Rigor & Relevance, March 4
This training is designed to allow building leaders to take a deeper look at their roles in encouraging interconnectivity and collaboration through professional dialogue.

Sustaining a Culture of Instructional Excellence, May 6
Leaders will continue to develop an understanding of the organizational leadership that can transform learning and teaching.

Principles for Principals will help good principals become great,
and great principals become better.

Register online:
EducationPlus Member Early Bird Rate:  $1,500 until Sept. 30 | Member Rate:  $1,800 after Sept. 30 | Non-member Rate:  $2,000

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EducationPlus is also hosting a free kickoff event to this academy for administrators to learn more about the content being offered. Taking place September 23, Susan Szachowicz  (author of Transforming Brockton High School: High Standards, High Expectations, No Excuses) will keynote and there will be an opportunity for attendees to network with one another. Register online to participate at the kickoff.

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Today’s Library Media Specialist must play the versatile role of an instructional partner responsible for ensuring that students and staff are efficient and effective users of information. The annual LMS Academy focuses on the changing role of the Library Media Specialist in K-12 education. This eight-session long learning opportunity will assist LMS personnel in teaching and connecting the standards of AASL, ISTE and the NETS along with the Missouri Learning Standards.

Registration is open for all library media specialists and those interested in media literacy in K-12 education. Participants will:

• Understand media literacy as it applies to 21st century skills
• Network with colleagues working across the area & globally
Library Media Specialists at #METC15Learn digital tools that promote effective use of media for students
• Examine problem based activities and digital, web & media literacy lessons
• Examine best practices for Copyright & Fair Use
• Explore digital citizenship & literacy curriculum resources
• Contribute in an online learning community, Moodle
•  Attend one day of the Midwest Education Technology Community Conference (METC)

All eight sessions meet at EducationPlus from 4- 7pm, except for METC. Participants have an option to earn 3.0 graduate credits for an additional cost of $100 per credit hour through Lindenwood University. Find all the dates, costs and how to register here. Participants will learn how they’ll register for METC once the academy starts.

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Technology LeadershipAcademyRegistration is open for superintendents, assistant superintendents, principals, assistant principals, librarians, media specialists, tech coordinators and teachers to attend the 2014-2015 TLA. This popular academy assists educators in developing the knowledge and skills necessary to use technology as a tool for more effective and efficient leadership in their schools.

The Technology Leadership Academy will help you:
•  Develop a vision to improve student performance using technology
•  Assess tech strengths and needs of your staff/students
•  Develop a practical and useful technology plan
•  Expand your network of colleagues

Cost for six, all-day sessions: $1,000. Participants are encouraged to bring their own laptop to the sessions. (For an extra $600, participants may purchase an iPad.  Please contact Stephanie Madlinger at smadlinger@edplus.org.) In addition, participants have an option to earn 3 graduate credits for an additional cost of $100 per credit hour through Lindenwood University. Click on the image above for more information, including dates and locations.

 

 

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pd bubbleThis series from EducationPlus will be a 5-day program geared to new Special Education Teachers.  Special Education Compliance Consultant Jeanne Rothermel will take time for discussions about issues participants may be struggling with and share resources that might be helpful to them.

Topics to be included:

Day 1 – Wednesday, September 24, 2014
The Special Education Process 101, to include information on Quality Eligibility Determinations

Day 2 – Monday, November 10, 2014
Managing Problem Behaviors, to include doing a FBA and writing a BIP

Day 3 – Friday, December 12, 2014
Standards-based IEP Development

Day 4 – Tuesday, January 13, 2015
Writing an Effective IEP, to include writing goals based on the standards

Day 5 – Monday, March 9, 2015
Wrap Up: Topic to be determined based on needs through out the series

Included in the package price will be the opportunity to attend one of the other professional development opportunities offered through the Special Education Division of the RPDC.

pd bubble IIThe Special Education Teacher Academy will be a total package cost of $150. The academy is designed for teachers new to Special Education, though veteran educators are welcome to participate in one or all sessions for a refresh.

These programs will be offered for individual enrollment if you choose not to register for the entire series. Register at www.edplus.org by September 17.

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1-5The 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?

Flip Teaching 1-2-3

St. Louis Summer Reading Clubs

Organizing Information Overload

What Common Core Learning Looks Like in the Classroom and How Leaders Foster It

SSA Mini-Conference Returns June 11

 

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