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

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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 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, 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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It’s impossible to isolate “school” within the walls of the building, as each student that walks through the front doors brings with them a wider part of the community. How can you create a climate of success and keep drop out rates low by using community connections? Join area educators March 13 to discuss effective and intentional strategies to keep students in school in “If You Create It, They Will Stay!”. Presenters from EducationPlus, the St. Louis Regional Professional Development Center, and educators from districts across the state will be looking at five successful models and/or strategies. The models include aspects of mentoring, data collection, service learning, along with family and community involvement. Register by visiting and going to the calendar.

Ridgewood MiddleJoin 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.

Schedule Breakdown:
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

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Register for and learn more by visiting the EducationPlus website at and click on calendar and registration on the right! Here’s a sample of what’s coming up:

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Foundations for the Common Core Math – February 7; 8:30am – 3:30pm
This workshop is for teachers, administrators, leaders, and staff who have had little or no introduction to the Common Core State Standards. These beginning workshops will provide the essential foundational understanding of the Missouri Core Academic Standards (CAS) for Math. We will focus on exploring the foundation for the standards, navigating the document, understanding the learning progressions and recognizing the major shifts in content, instruction and assessment.

Democratizing the DBQ Workshop – February 20; 8:30am – 3:30pm
This workshop is open to all Social Studies or Communication Arts teachers in grades 4-12. The DBQ Project publishes materials in U.S. History, World History, Civics and Literature. Workshop participants will work through a Mini-Q in World History but the methodology can be used in different content areas. We work with teachers who are interested in how to make inquiry-based document analysis and argument writing accessible to all students. Come see why so many teachers, schools, and school districts are using Document Based Questions to help teachers and students meet the Common Core State Standards and enjoy doing it!

PBIS & CHARACTERplus: Braiding the Initiatives Workshop – February 21, 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
This interactive workshop builds on the common ground shared by Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports, School-wide Positive Behavior Supports and CHARACTERplus. The session is framed by a collaborative checklist developed by previous participants and focused on
• Universals and Core Values
• Assessment and Evaluation
• Practices
• Acknowledgements & Recognitions
• Systems
• Professional Learning

Support Staff Technology Workshop: MS Word – MailMerge, Review & Proofreading – February 21; 12:30 – 3:30pm
This is an intermediate level training. Learn how to create a variety of mail merge documents (letters, labels, catalogs); use the features in the Documents Elements ribbon such as creating a Table of Contents and using the Header and Footer; and utilize the Review tools for collaboration.

Common Core ELA Series: Writing Workshop – February 25; 8:30am – 3:30pm
The Standards require three types of writing:  narrative, informational and opinion/argument — with an emphasis in informational and argument writing.  This workshop will provide participants with strategies for helping  students become proficient writers in all three genres while using the writing process and technology tools that enhance its use.  Research-based instructional strategies for weaving the language standards into writing instruction will also be shared.

Flipped Teaching – February 25 & 27; 4-7 pm
For those teachers who have already made the decision to Flip and want to jump into “show me the easy way to Flip, step by step.”

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CHARACTERplus National Conference 2013
The 20th CHARACTERplus National Conference is taking place June 16-18 at the St. Charles Convention Center. CHARACTERplus is currently accepting proposals for breakout sessions. Strands include School Climate/Culture, Social & Emotional Skills, and Student Leadership/Empowerment. To see all the latest news on CHARACTERplus, follow them on Twitter at @CHARACTERplus and search the hash tag #charplusconf.

CHARACTERplus is a resource of EducationPlus.

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ESJ Conference Flyer 2014 -1Educators for Social Justice (ESJ) is a group of K-12 teachers, community educators, university faculty, students and citizens from a wide range of institutions and organizations across the metro-St. Louis region. The group is committed to exploring and acting on the relationship between literacy and social justice in classrooms, schools, and communities.

Their annual Education for Change Conference is February 21-22 at Maplewood-Richmond Heights Elementary School. The theme this year is “Race, Class & Education in St. Louis.” The keynote speaker is Sister Mary Antona Ebo. She  was among the Civil Rights activists who traveled to Selma, Alabama, in the spring of 1965 to march for voting rights for African Americans.

Breakout session speakers include:
• Tiffany Wang, Diversity Awareness Partnership
• Vanessa Conway, MIRA
• Charlotte Ejay, Director of People Personnel and Diversity for Parkway School District
• Aaron Jennings & interns, Washington University’s Brown School of Social Work
• Phil Hunsberger & Billie Mayo, Educational Equity Consultants and April Fulstone, Wydown Middle School

Learn more at

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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:

Howie DiBlasiFeatured 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.

Goble and Smith2013 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.

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