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educators at csd (EdPlus) Educators just like you are doing amazing things through online and blended learning opportunities, providing students experiences that are far beyond what’s possible in the traditional classroom.  As educators, we must prepare students to live in a world without physical boundaries and help students learn how to work with others, virtually or otherwise. You are invited to participate in a multi-session academy that explores the facets of online teaching and learning. Learn more …

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The annual EducationPlus LMS Academy focuses on the changing role of the Library Media Specialist in K-12 education. This six-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 now open for all library media specialists and those interested in media literacy in K-12 education who wish to grow their professional learning network. One session of the academy is a day at the Midwest Education Technology Community Conference, which has sessions dedicated to LMS and media literacy. Educators will examine problem based activities and lessons pertaining to web and media literacy, plus explore digital citizenship and literacy curriculum resources. Best practices in copyright and fair use are important aspects to the academy discussion.

All sessions take place on Wednesdays, from 4-7 pm at EdPlus (except for the full-day at METC).

2015 dates: October 7, November 4, December 2
2016 dates: January 6, February 10 (METC @ St. Charles Convention Center), March 2

Learn more and register here.

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The LearningLab is pleased to share that we have returning plus new year-long academies in place for 2015-2016. Participation in each of these academies includes admittance to the 2016 Midwest Education Technology Community Conference in February for participants! To learn more about the content, dates (each starts in October 2015 and runs through March 2016) and price of each academy, please visit our calendar or click on the infographic below. Registration is now open!

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CLIMBS participants consult their copies of “Teaching English Language Learners: A Differentiated Approach” during today’s session

The Content Language Integration as a Means of Bridging Success program–  also known as CLIMBS–  is designed to assist teams of K-12 educators in meeting the needs of their English Language Learner students, to build capacity and increase collaboration among educators at the local level. CLIMBS provides an introduction to the use of research-based approaches to scaffolding instruction in classrooms that include ELLs.

Over the course of a full semester–  in five full-day, face-to-face meetings–  teams of educators learn to implement the WIDA ELD Standards in ways that support ELLs’ development of academic language and help ensure their access to intellectually challenging grade-level content. They do this by:

• Exploring cultural practices and the processes of acculturation
• Developing foundational understanding of second language acquisition processes
• Practicing strategies to differentiate instruction according to students’ English language development levels
• Exploring formative assessment as a strategy to expand language learning for students
• Integrating WIDA ELD Standards, Features of Academic Language, and Performance Definitions for planning and instruction
• Collaborating with other one another to support ELL success

CLIMBS was originally developed by the Center for Applied Linguistics on behalf of the WIDA Consortium. Pairs of educators become CLIMBS Licensed Facilitators through the CLIMBS Facilitator Institute. Then, CLIMBS Licensed Facilitators offer the CLIMBS program in a district or local educational context, for teams of ESL/bilingual and general education teachers. EducationPlus’ Marlow Barton is co-facilitating today’s session in the Rockwood School District.

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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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