Category Archives: Character Education
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.
Join CHARACTERplus for a field trip to two National Schools of Character: Ridgewood Middle School in the Fox School District and Mehlville High School in the Mehlville School District. On February 26, participants board the bus at 7 am at EducationPlus, then travel to the first school. Lunch is on you at the Terazzo Grill; you will be able to select from their Lunch Specials at $7.99 (plus beverage, tax and tip). By noon, field trippers are back on the bus and on the way to Mehlville.
Ridgewood Middle School
• ImpACT- a leadership class for young men that involves them in the Job Project, Tie Tuesday, BizKid$, and their own research for the Truth about Drugs Project.
• Bus Driver Meet & Greet- During Advisory, students regroup according to the bus they ride and take time to get to know their driver. Together they brainstorm ways to better the culture on the bus.” This is part of a series in Advisory that started with a Peace on the Bus activity on Feb. 19, creation of appreciation gifts on March 5, and Bus Driver Appreciation Day on March 12.
• Team Leadership Class- We will see the inner workings of a class based on the Flippen model.
• Character Council- We will join different working committees of the Council in the cafeteria, art room, and computer lab.
Mehlville High School
• Meet our Student Guides at the new Auditorium.
• Overview & Tour
• Visit TAP (Teacher Advisory Period) classes to see project-based learning, the leadership of Character Captains, peer lessons and class meetings.
7:00 AM Board Bus at EducationPlus • 1460 Craig Road, 63146
7:50 AM Arrive at Ridgewood Middle •1401 Ridgewood School Rd, 63010
11:00 AM Arrive Terazzo Grill • 249 Arnold Crossroads Center, 63010
12:30 PM Arrive Mehlville High • 3200 Lemay Ferry Rd, 63125
2:30 PM Return to EducationPlus
Registration is still open for the 31st annual Midwest Education Technology Conference- including precon workshops being held February 10, 2014. We are featuring various precons in blog posts on The Connected Classroom. Topic of this post: media literacy and web literacy half-day workshops. Help your students analyze, evaluate, and understand what they see on screen:
Featured Speaker Howie DiBlasi presents on My Hero: Heroes & Heroines – Web Literacy & Media Skills Workshop. The mission of the MY HERO project is to use media and technology to celebrate the best of humanity. This workshop will use crowdsourcing, collaboration, writing, media skills, web literacy and technology to celebrate “Hero Stories”. The study of heroes applies across the curriculum, in all grade levels and can be an integral part of character education, media arts and computer literacy, as well as a tool for reading comprehension and the development of writing skills. Participants will learn how to define and recognize a hero, distinguish between a hero and a celebrity, and create and publish a story using web-based tools. This is a bring your own laptop with browser and wifi capability session.
2013 Midwest Spotlight Educator Don Goble and Julie Smith present on Media Literacy: Pedagogy & Production. Interested in media literacy but not sure where to begin? Learn what it is, how to teach it and why it is important. Come join these media literacy evangelists as they share sure-fire ways to kickstart media literacy regardless of the age levels or curriculum that you teach. With the quick edit of a photo or of the (re)placement of music, a visual message can change quickly. At the end of this workshop, attendees will have a working knowledge of media literacy, awareness of how to implement media literacy across the curriculum, skills and ideas for implementing production use in the classroom as well as resources. This is a bring your own laptop with browser and wifi capability session.
Registration is now open for the 20th CHARACTERplus National Conference, taking place this summer! Learn more about Academic Success through Character Education at the St. Charles Convention Center June 16-18. Early Bird Registration runs until February 28! If you are interested in presenting at the conference, CHARACTERplus is taking submissions until February 4.
The CHARACTERplus National Conference is a program of EducationPlus.
Wednesday, August 28, 2013 Sign Up Now for an Exciting Project with Your Students! Design a Set for Upcoming Opera
For Teachers of Math, Technology, Gifted, Theater, Drama and Music:
What happens when you combine a partnership with Opera Theatre of Saint Louis with the concepts of Common Core Math, Project-Based Learning, WebQuests, and the Performance Character principles of cooperation, interdependent learning, leadership expectations, meaningful work, presentation, and the ability to learn from experts?
Put another way….
Q: When does Common Core Math & Character become your ticket to the world of the stage?
A: When students in grades 3-12 team up to create a Set Design Proposal that includes a “to-scale model” and their logic-based reasons why their design is the best choice for the children’s opera, The Very Last Green Thing. Student teams will present their work for professional review at the STAGE RIGHT EXHIBITION on Saturday, October 19 at Touhill Performing Arts Center from 1-3 p.m. Their work will be on display during the run of The Very Last Green Thing from Oct. 21-26.
How does it work? Teachers and advisors go to WebQuest Set Design at https://sites.google.com/site/webquestsetdesign/
They will find a WebQuest that includes the project description, leadership roles and resources for each member of the student teams, lesson plans and the entry form. Explore it and determine if and how it might become part of your Fall curriculum. Keep these key dates in mind.
Sep. 20 Deadline for Entry Form. No student team can present without confirmed receipt of the Entry Form.
Oct. 14 Deadline for completion of the Set Design Proposal, including to scale rendering, model and 5- minute oral presentation
Oct. 19AM: Delivery of set design models to Touhill Performing Arts Center
Oct. 19PM: Showing and Review of the Set Designs by teams of Theater Professionals 1 – 3 PM
Call or email Diane Stirling with any questions after you’ve reviewed the WebQuest site. Phone: 314.303.6815 Email: email@example.com