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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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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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Learn the best strategies for FlippingThe Connected Classroom is the EducationPlus Learning Division blog. Here are the top five most visited posts (tie for #1!) for the past month–  did you contribute to the clicks?

1) Flip Teaching 1-2-3
1) CharacterPlus National Conference in Two Weeks
2) Digital Citizenship in Schools
3) Microsoft’s DigiGirlz Camp in STL
4) How Children Succeed Online Book Study

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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