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balancedThe Smarter Balanced Library is a resource available to all Missouri teachers. Its Digital Library is a collection of professional learning resources and instructional resources to help educators tailor their Missouri Learning Standards instruction to students’ needs using formative assessment processes. Educators can use these resources throughout the school year to:

  • Identify any misconceptions they might have regarding formative assessment
  • Increase their use of formative assessment tools
  • Better understand where students are in their learning
  • Make quick adjustments to instruction

EducationPlus is offering six workshops over three days to help educators to learn how to navigate the Digital Library, differentiate between professional and instructional resources and explore resources for their specific needs.

Dates Available:
Monday, October 27, 2014 OR
Monday, November 10, 2014 OR
Friday, December 12, 2014

Times:  8:30- 11:30am and repeats 12:30 – 3:30pm;
choose morning or afternoon session.

Location
:  EducationPlus, 1460 Craig Rd., St. Louis, MO 63146
Cost:  $50 Members and Non-Members

Participants will need to bring their own device and district provided access code to this workshop. Register online at www.edplus.org.

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Digital Wish believes that every child deserves a technology-rich education that will provide them with the skills necessary to excel in the global economy. Every day, they develop new online tools and promotions that empower teachers and their supporters to get new technology for their classrooms and enhance learning for children. Here’s a list of the most popular deals and programs running through Digital Wish right now. Feel free to circulate these around your school districts! Here are a few highlights:

Digital Wish has placed over $12 million dollars in technology, into the hands of teachers. A few statistics:

  • Technology Wishes Granted: 31,141
  • Schools Impacted: 11,004
  • Fundraisers Started: 997

To see some of the requests and projects made by teachers utilizing Digital Wish, visit this link.

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Max Brooks METCThe “print-to-digital” transition is full of challenging opportunities. As a regional manager with Discovery Education, an organization committed to providing the best digital resources for curriculum, instruction and assessment, Max Brooks has the privilege of helping administrators, teachers and students overcome these challenges.
 Learn from his expertise at the Midwest Education Technology Community Conference this February!

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We just heard about this four-week Google+ online class celebrating the Everly Brothers, one of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s first inductees!

From the Hall of Fame:

You are invited to join the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum’s award-winning education team for a special Google+ online class on the musical legacy of the Everly Brothers – 1986 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductees and this year’s annual Music Masters honorees. Learn how Don and Phil Everly became the leading duo of rock and roll, transforming the country sounds of their childhood into rich harmonies and perfectly crafted songs that crossed over from country to pop and even R&B in the late 1950s and early 1960s.

Each week will focus on a new topic – their role in the first wave of rock and roll, their musicianship and skill as singers, and their approach to songwriting. The class will also connect the legacy of the Everly Brothers to bands and artists on the radio today. Continue to check Google+ for resources to continue the conversation in your classroom– infographics, video demonstrations, lesson plans and other materials that you can only find at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum.

TITLE: CLASSROOM CONVERSATIONS: UNDERSTANDING THE EVERLY BROTHERS’ MUSICAL LEGACY This program is appropriate for middle and high school students. There is no cost to connect.

ONLINE CONVERSATION BEGINS: September 29 on Rock Hall’s Google+ Continue to check  Google+ each week for resources to continue the conversation in your classroom.

LIVE DISCUSSION WITH ROCK HALL EDUCATORS: October 20 from 12-12:45 pm CT Conversation culminates with a discussion that will be streamed live on the Rock Hall’s Google+. This discussion will be guided by questions and comments submitted by classrooms via Google+. Reservations/registration not required.

QUESTIONS? Contact the education staff at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum at education@rockhall.org.

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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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photo by Jenn TillerYesterday, EducationPlus’ new initiative, Principles for Principals, kicked off with more than 100 area principal and assistant principals gathered to hear from Dr. Sue Szachowicz. A retired high school principal, she shared the story of how her high school went from failing state tests to acing them. She spoke about how every school has their own DNA, and how leadership brings out collaboration in staff, which provides a united front to ensure positive outcomes for students. Several attendees tweeted during the session using #EdPlusP4P. In addition, Dr. Szachowicz, a Senior Fellow at the International Center for Leadership in Education, provided access to her presentation deck: Szachowicz | Leadership | St. Louis.

The event with Dr. Szachowicz was a free  kick off to the new Principles for Principals Academy. EducationPlus, starting October 14, offers a comprehensive professional learning opportunity. If you were unable to make it yesterday, you are still able to register for the academy.

[photo by Jen Tiller]

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