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modified Franklin Library PhotoThe CharacterPlus National Conference is offering six pre-conference workshops this year. Each pre-con is a half-day workshop, taking place from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. or 1-4 p.m. If a participant is taking part in a morning and an afternoon pre-con, lunch will be provided. Here are two of the pre-cons being offered, we will share out more in future blog posts!

Dramatic Play: Giving Meaning to Service Learning
Topic: Service Learning & Community Partners
Audience Grade Level: Early Childhood | Experience Level: All
Presenter: Andrea Walton, ARCHS

Yes! Young children can participate in Service Learning Projects. This session will explain what service learning is and how teachers can incorporate age-appropriate projects into their program through Dramatic Play.

Fostering Student Self-Motivation
Topic: Intrinsic Motivation
Audience Grade Level: Early Childhood-12 |  Experience Level: All
Presenter: Vivian Delia, FICP

Learn best practices and strategies to foster student self-motivation. The ABCs of intrinsic motivation is used to describe the importance of autonomy, belonging and competence to create a healthy school climate and instruction for optimal learning. Participants will read and discuss latest articles along with assessing where they are and where they want to be in this movement.

CharacterPlus is a resource of EducationPlus. Registration for the conference is open. To read our previous post on CharacterPlus National Conference pre-con workshops, click here.

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Make-A-SplashTanya Avrith‘s passion stems from a strong desire to effect change and inspire others to explore how they can use the technology to help differentiate individual students’ needs, provide a vehicle for collaboration and allow for deeper purpose and voice in student learning. Her CharacterPlus National Conference keynote addresses digital citizenship:

Rebranding digital citizenship is not an option. It is an imperative. It is our professional and moral responsibility as educators. We need to rebrand digital citizenship so that it becomes part of our daily practice. The technology itself, and our guidance on its use, needs to have a regular place in the classroom and in our students’ lives at school. We need to empower our students to have a voice and learn as citizens of a connected world.

At the conference, she will also present on the following topics:

  • Harnessing the Power of Social Media & the Web
  • Building Your Early Footprint
  • Helping Parents Embrace their Children’s Digital Life

Tanya holds a M.A. in Educational Technology and a B.A. in Communication Studies from Concordia University in Montreal as well as a B.Ed from the University of Ottawa. Tanya is a connected educator with strong ties to her PLN. She also is a Google Certified Teacher and an Apple Distinguished Educator. Learn more about Tanya and her work at tanyaavrith.com.

Register for the CharacterPlus National Conference today; it takes place June 15-17 in St. Charles, Missouri, a suburb of St. Louis. CharacterPlus is a resource of EducationPlus.

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The CharacterPlus National Conference is offering six pre-conference workshops this year. Each pre-con is a half-day workshop, taking place from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. or 1-4 p.m. If a participant is taking part in a morning and an afternoon pre-con, lunch will be provided. Here are two of the pre-cons being offered, we will share out more in future blog posts!

Charles presentingInspired Leadership that Transforms School Culture
Topic: School Climate & Culture | Audience Grade Level: Elementary | Experience Level: Beginner | Presenters: Lynn Clapp & Jim Schneider, Vertical Performance

What are the keys for creating a culture of character in schools? Leaders thatvalue the skills of relationship building and staff empowerment can spark and sustain a genuine “love” for a collective purpose. This experiential presentation will offer ideas and activities to enhance or transform school culture!

Courageous Conversations About Race
Topic: Diversity & Race in the Classroom | Audience Grade Level: K-12 | Experience Level: All | Presenter: Dr. Charles Pearson, EducationPlus

Have you ever wanted to have a dialogue in your class or among peers about race but didn’t know where to begin? Would you use a protocol that facilitates productive dialogue about this sometimes difficult topic? This workshop explores the “Courageous Conversation” method, providing you with foundational knowledge and skills that you can apply to a relevant dialogue about this challenging topic. Through small group work and practice, you will understand the agreements and conditions of “Courageous Conversations” and be able to apply the “Courageous Conversation Compass” as a tool to support effective discussions.

Registration is now open for the general conference as well as the pre-cons. Pre-conference fees are $75 per workshop for members and $85 per workshop for non members.

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What does it means to be culturally responsive? What does culturally responsive teaching look and sound like? How does culturally responsive pedagogy improve teaching and learning? Terri Moore, with more than 30 years teaching experience at Parkway School District and at the university level, delivers the curriculum for the Missouri Baptist University course “Teaching in a Diverse Society” and will delve into these questions. She’ll show participants how to look at their selections of literature, music, writing assignments, historical leaders and research projects.

Join Terri and other area educators as they are Creating a Cultural Responsiveness Classroom Environment. The registration deadline is January 9 for the January 16 workshop at St. Louis Public Schools Training Loft. Terri will demonstrate the facilitation skills and ground rules that keep conversations honest and constructive. Learn more here and for additional information regarding the content of this event contact Diane Stirling at dstirling@edplus.org.

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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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#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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