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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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Craig Wagganer’s professional career has focused on leadership, team building, professional development and building relationships. Having overseen multiple boards and staffs, Craig has developed effective communication, leadership and team building skills that have benefited numerous organizations. He presents two Support Staff Academy (a program of EducationPlus) sessions this June:

Thursday, June 26, 2014 | 8:30 – 11:30 AM
$59 Member, $74 Non Member | Register online
Presenter: Craig Wagganer, LeadersBridge

Learn witty and interactive approaches to increasing communication skills. We’ll share how to T.H.I.N.K before you speak; understand the power of listening and the effect it has on both sides of communication; and how to facilitate effective communication that fosters a growth atmosphere. The workshop is entertaining, fast-paced, and interactive.

Thursday, June 26, 2014 | 12:30 – 3:30 PM
$59 Member, $74 Non Member | Register online
Presenter: Craig Wagganer, LeadersBridge
Together we’ll explore the heart of leadership; the vertical relationship in leadership that pertains to being efficient; and the horizontal line of leadership that deals with being effective. At the end of the time together each participant will have experienced and integrated three keys to make their leadership a real plus.

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Voyage of Learning Teachers’ Academy is a summer program for teachers from the St. Louis area that builds connections between students, teachers, the Voyager institutions and cultural institutions in Forest Park. Throughout the eight days of intensive professional development programming, the instructional team emphasizes knowledge, skills, and resources essential to effective experiential education, with the ultimate goal of encouraging teachers to utilize Forest Park as a natural extension of the classroom.

fp-r-allen-home-spring-2014To date, this Forest Park Forever program has trained 365 teachers to incorporate outdoor learning into their classes, impacting 70,000 students throughout the region. Teachers are encouraged to participate in teams from their schools.  Voyage of Learning:

  • Builds teachers’ skills
  • Promotes interdisciplinary approaches
  • Aligns with “Show Me” Standards
  • Creates pool of resources

For teachers, the program offers:

  • 5 PDU credits
  • 3 Graduate Credits available through UMSL
  • Transportation/Bus Funds for class trips


  • Voyagers Rendezvous, June 24, 2014 (Attendance Optional)
  • Orientation & Reception, July 15 2014, 4:00-7:30 pm
  • Academy, July 16-25, 2014, 8:00 am – 3:00 pm

Learn more at their website, and see more images like the one above, at

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EducationPlus’ Support Staff Academy has two fantastic offerings next month! Both sessions are presented by  Laurie Corners, professional organizer at Simplified Living Solutions. Laurie is passionate about helping others through the art of organization. Using her natural talents and abilities, she easily creates systems to make spaces work more efficiently and effectively. Prior to joining Simplified Living Solutions’ team, Laurie worked as a collaborative leader and was recognized for her administrative advocacy, teaching excellence, and consultative experience in the field of Early Childhood Special Education for 15 years. Register online.

organizationFriday, April 25, 2014
8:30 – 11:30 AM
Organizing Your Computer: Electronic Data Management

Are you overwhelmed by the site of your computer desktop? Are you tired of wasting time searching for documents and files on your computer?  Do you worry about what you would do if your computer suddenly crashed?  Are you overwhelmed by the number of emails in your inbox? Laurie will lead the group in a discussion of how to tackle all of the clutter in your email inbox, on your physical and computer desktop, as well as in your paper and electronic files.  She will give you a step-by-step process to not only clear out the clutter, but how to keep it from coming back.  Laurie will provide tips on how to establish routines for keeping your computer organized and backed up.  There will be opportunities for hands-on practice.  If you have a work or personal laptop, please bring it so you can begin the organizational process right now!

12:30 – 3:30 PM
Time Management: Steps to Optimizing Your Productivity

Do you feel like you have a never-ending “to do” list? Are you disappointed at the end of the day when you feel like you have gotten nothing done? Are you ready to take meaningful steps towards maximizing your time at work?  Laurie will provide practical information that you can implement at work right away! You will learn how to prioritize your “to do” list and how to create routines that increase your overall productivity. Laurie will work with you to determine when you are at your peak level of productivity during the work day, as well as provide tips on how to tackle the major pitfalls that are sabotaging your efforts towards making the most of the time you have a work. Please gather up any loose paperwork that is lying on your work surface and bring it to the seminar to be used for a hands-on activity.

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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!


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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 [* 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].

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The EducationPlus Support Staff Academy now offers technology classes designed to meet the needs of education support staff by offering MS Office and Google Drive PD. Click on the image above to learn more and to register.

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The Support Staff Academy from EducationPlus now offers technology classes designed to meet the needs of education support staff with MS Office and Google Drive! Classes are designated Beginner to Intermediate, please note the level of the course before registering.


MS Word 2010: Working with Images, Shapes & More Level 4
Tech Level: Intermediate
Jan. 17, 2014 | 12:30-3:30 pm
EducationPlus member $59 | Non-member $74
Explore the graphics and drawing features of MS Word such as inserting and working with graphics and clipart, shapes, hyperlinks, plus more.

MS Excel 2010: Foundation Level 1
Tech Level: Beginner
Jan. 24, 2014 | 12:30-3:30 pm
EducationPlus member $59 | Non-member $74
Learn the basics of building a spreadsheet in MS Excel. This workshop will include understanding the structure of a spreadsheet, creating and formatting a simple spreadsheet, creating user formulas, using the sum function and printing all or parts of a spreadsheet. PREREQUISITE: Experience with mouse and saving files.

MS Word 2010: Mail Merge, Review and Proofreading Level 5
Tech Level: Intermediate
Feb. 21, 2014 | 12:30-3:30 pm
EducationPlus member $59 | Non-member $74
Learn how to create a variety of mail merge documents (letters, labels, catalogs); use the features in the Documents Elements ribbon such as creating a table of contents and using the header and footer; and utilize the Review tools for group collaboration.

MS Excel 2010: Charts, Functions & More Level 2
Tech Level: Intermediate
Feb. 28, 2014 | 12:30-3:30 pm
EducationPlus member $59 | Non-member $74
Take the next step in developing spreadsheets. This workshop will include using Excel’s Formula Builder, creating charts, advanced features in formatting cells, working with multiple worksheets, sorting data and more.

Google Drive: Docs
Tech Level: Beginner to Intermediate
March 14, 2014 | 12:30-3:30 pm
EducationPlus member $59 | Non-member $74
Learn how Google Drive allows you to create documents then share and collaborate with others. This workshop focuses on creating and saving Google documents; setting up a document (margins); working with text (cutting and pasting) formatting, bulleted and numbered lists (agendas & tasks); and sharing and collaborating the document with others. PREREQUISITE: Participants must have a Google Account and/or Gmail.

MS PowerPoint: Creating Powerful Presentations
Tech Level: Intermediate
March 28, 2014 | 12:30-3:30 pm
EducationPlus member $59 | Non-member $74
Know the basics of PowerPoint, but want to jazz up your presentations with style and pizazz? Come learn how to create presentations that hold the audience’s attention and still deliver the message!

Library Media Specialist (LMS) Academy  2013-2014

This academy focuses on the changing role of the Library Media Specialist in K-12 education today. Today’s LMS must play the versatile role of an instructional partner responsible for ensuring that students and staff are efficient and effective users of information. This long-term academy will assist LMS personnel in teaching and connecting the standards of AASL, ISTE and the NETS along with the Common Core Standards. Registration is open for all library media specialists and those interested in media literacy in K-12 education. Participants have an option to earn 3.0 graduate credits for an additional cost of $60 per credit hour through Lindenwood University.

Participants will:

●  Learn how to develop lessons that support the AASL, ISTE, CCSS & NETS Standards
●  Understand the meaning of media literacy as it applies to 21st century skills
●  Network with colleagues working in school libraries across the area and globally
●  Learn digital tools that promote effective use of digital media for K12 students
●  Examine problem based activities and digital, web & media literacy lessons
●  Examine best practices for Copyright and Fair Use
●  Explore digital citizenship and literacy curriculum resources
●  Contribute in an online learning community, Moodle
●  Participate in 30 hours of blended learning professional development
●  Attend one day of the Midwest Education Technology Conference (METC)

Dates and times of participation:

All classes meet at CSD from 4-7pm:

●   September 24
●  October 15
●  November 12
●  December 10
●  January 14
●  February 11 OR 12 (METC; St. Charles Convention Center)
●  March 11
●  April 8

Cost: $395 non-members      $495 members

All training sessions will take place at CSD on 1460 Craig Rd. except for the Feb. session, which will be at the St. Charles Convention Center.

To register, go to: and scroll down to Sept. 24th.

P.O.’s and credit cards will be accepted.  Space is limited, so register early!  If you have questions, contact Martha Bogart at or 314-692-1258.

LMS Academy CSDOur Library Media Specialist Academy focuses on the changing role of the Library Media Specialist in K-12 education. Today’s LMS plays the versatile role of an instructional partner responsible for ensuring that students & staff are efficient & effective users of information. The academy assists LMS personnel in teaching and connecting the new standards of AASL, ISTE and the NETS. Registration is open for all library media specialists to attend this eight-part academy on:

All sessions, except for METC, are 4-7 p.m. at CSD. Just some of the topics to be covered include: understanding the meaning of media literacy as it applies to 21st century skills; learning digital tools that promote effective use of digital media for K-12 students; examining best practices for Copyright & Fair Use; and exploring digital citizenship and literacy curriculum resources.

The cost is $495 non-CSD members and $395 for members. In addition, participants have an option to earn 3.0 graduate credits for an additional cost of $60 per credit hour through Lindenwood University. Learn more by clicking here.

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