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Dr. Ted Huff is the principal of Francis Howell Middle School in St. Charles, MO. Ted is passionate about setting standards of excellence within all facets of the school setting. Focused on character education, Ted believes that by establishing relationships first, everything else will fall into place. As a 21st century educator, he believes we must equip our students and staff with the technology and best practices that will empower them to be successful at all levels of performance.

TedTed Huff is a 2015 Midwest Spotlight Educator. This recognition, in its third year, honors leaders from the region in education technology, whose practices are making a difference for students and teachers.  You can hear his best practices at the Midwest Education Technology Community Conference this February. Learn more about the annual conference at METCconference.org.

A progressive proponent of social media and bring your own device, Ted models the expectations for his staff, students and community. He is the founder of #FHMchat, Howell Middle’s parent-teacher-community chat. He is also an active participant, like Laura Gilchrist, in #MOedchat. Ted is 2014 graduate of the Technology Leadership Academy and he is a BAMMY! finalist for Middle School Principal. In addition, Ted is an adjunct professor at Lindenwood University.

Online, you can find Ted by reading his blog, theodorehuff.blogspot.com and following him on Twitter at @TedHiff and at @News4FHMS.

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keenoy & cupThe CharacterPlus National Conference offers two preconference workshop opportunities on June 16.  One is Character Education and the Common Core Standards; this session includes both rationale and strategies for integrating the CharacterPlus Way with the implementation of the Missouri Learning Standards (Common Core). Participants will explore specific ways that such character virtues as autonomy, influence, belongingness and competence can be infused into real world academic projects, discussions and active classroom learning.

Lead by facilitator Jan Keenoy (pictured), participants will use collaborative learning strategies to explore exactly how the Missouri Learning Standards (Common Core) in ELA and math can link directly to CharacterPlus virtues such as diligence, judgment, honesty and tact. In essence, CharacterPlus and the Missouri Learning Standards can be implemented successfully in tandem.

Experienced educators will share how they have successfully integrated character education into Common Core State Standards.

Resources from Paul Tough (How Children Succeed), University of Chicago (Research on the importance of Non-Cognitive Attributes in Student Achievement), the Noyce Foundation (Magic Bullets that Lead to Student Success) and Harvard University (The Mindful Classroom, Project Zero, Making Thinking Visible) will be cited as we link the similarities between character education and MLS shifts. Jan will also offer ways that character education can be infused into district curriculum documents in ways that capitalize on student values and beliefs  in an effort to motivate the student to rewrite his or her personal identity narrative both in character and academics.

Registration is now open.

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The CharacterPlus National Conference preconference workshops take place June 16, 2014. The conference offers two, full-day workshops.

precons c+CharacterPlus Bullying Prevention
CharacterPlus Bullying Prevention is a whole-school, whole-child approach based on years of experience in positive school climate and the research of Stan Davis and Charisse Nixon. This workshop explores strategies and skills that develop a culture of allies among students. Davis provides a rubric-based system we will share to respond to harmful peer actions consistently. Examples from area schools will guide participants in developing their own action plan.

Character Education and the Common Core Standards
Experienced educators will share how they have successfully integrated character education into Common Core State Standards. Learn how to adapt best practices and align them to meet your needs. Walk away with lesson plans in English Language Arts, Literacy and Math that will better prepare students for success in school and beyond.

Pre-Conference Fees June 16 [fee includes one meal and free parking]

CharacterPlus Bully Prevention
member $149, non-member $169

Character Education & the Common Core State Standards
member $149, non-member $169

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thirsty for moreLearn more about the CHARACTERplus National Conference’s keynotes and breakout session speakers at characterplus.org. The conference is June 17-18, with precon workshops on June 16.

Strands include:

• Academic Achievement
• Bully Prevention
• Early Childhood
• Service Learning
• Social & Emotional Skills
• Plus More

CHARACTERplus is a resource of EducationPlus.

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Maryville University continues thoughtful discourse on important issues of the day with a dialogue on diversity, inclusion, freedom, reconciliation and community-building. Three panelists will share their personal experiences and insights on reconciliation leading to a “rainbow nation” and discuss how we can deploy practical wisdom that stems from heroic actions by individuals close to Nelson Mandela during apartheid and the current post-apartheid era. Learn more at Nelson Mandela’s Legacy of Reconciliation: Lessons for Leading an Inclusive Community on April 23. The event, starting at 6:30 p.m. at the Edward Jones Auditorium, is free of charge & open to the public, but reservations are requested.

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C+speakersThe 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.

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