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Category Archives: Collaborations

faberAs the student population becomes increasingly linguistically diverse, educators are faced with the challenge of providing academically rigorous instruction to ELLs. This requires teachers to adopt new strategies that challenge learners to think at higher levels. How do we modify our teaching strategies in the classroom to make sure that these appropriate opportunities happen for ELL students? While many teachers were never trained to teach reading, writing, or ELL students, they get ELL students who are struggling readers or even non-readers in their classes.

Dr. Sharon Faber’s September 30th session will provide specific and practical techniques that can be used by teachers in all subject areas to assist ELL students with their comprehension and vocabulary skills. Register online before September 16. For more details on this full-day session, visit our registration page.

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reading workshopThe Connected Classroom is the EducationPlus Learning Division blog. Here are the top five most visited posts for the past month–  did you contribute to the clicks?

1)  Bloomin’ Toolbox + Google Goods
2)  Accepting METC 2015 Proposals Through Start of School Year
3)  World War I, 100 Years Later
4)  Two-Day Digital Citizenship Workshop
5)  Reading Workshop for Beginners Institute

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We are offering several opportunities in the first few months of 2015 for educators to take advantage of some great professional development from Kagan. Listed below are the topics, dates and times. For each grouping, you must attend all the dates listed.  All sessions include:

• Kagan workbook & course materials
• Certificate of completion
• Option to to purchase merchandise at an onsite
• Option to seek college credit

Click on the topic to register for that specific session:

Kagan Cooperative Learning
Day 1:  Monday, January 26, 2015
Day 2:  Tuesday, January 27, 2015
Day 3:  Monday, February 23, 2015
Day 4:  Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Kagan Class Building & Team Building
January 28 & 29, 2015

Kagan Comprehensive Literacy K-5
February 2 & 3, 2015

Kagan Win-Win Discipline
March 16 & 17, 2015

Kagan Accelerating Achievement
March 18 & 19, 2015

For information regarding the content of these events, registration questions or any special requests (including dietary) contact Tiffiny Creech at tcreech@edplus.org.

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@IBTIMESUK PHOTO

July 28, 2014 marks the centennial of the start of World War I. A wealth of information and resources is available online, including archives from Kansas City’s National World War I Museum and a collection from the British Library that includes over 500 sources from European historians. Several photographers have superimposed photos from the past with the places of the present. Do take some time today to look over these resources and reflect upon the lives lost during this time.

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Adaptive SchoolsComing this fall to EducationPlus is Adaptive Schools: Developing & Facilitating Collaborative Groups.

This is a four-day workshop- participants must attend all the sessions- and is two days in September and two days in October:

Day 1: Wednesday, 9/24; Day 2: Thursday, 9/25;
Day 3: Wednesday, 10/22; Day 4: Thursday, 10/23.

Adaptive Schools is about facilitating groups, and helping to develop those groups with which you work to their highest capacity. Join other educators as we learn:

• two different ways of talking on groups
• why we need to be “adaptive”
• meeting norms that work
• how to deal with conflict in a community
• the skills of an excellent facilitator
• how to be a presenter that is credible
• the tools of an engaged and valuable group member

Session leader Toni Prickett is the owner and founder of Region Insights, an educational entity whose primary focus is helping educators build internal capacity. She facilitates individuals and groups who desire a deeper understanding of constructivist learning, group development, group facilitation and coaching. As a National Training Associate for the Center for Cognitive Coaching and the Center for Adaptive Schools, she has worked with state departments of education, superintendents, principals, staff developers, instructional coaches and teachers to enhance their own capacity to be self-reflective and self-governing.

To learn more about this four-day session, including times, fees and how to register, please visit this link. For questions regarding Adaptive Schools workshops at EducationPlus, contact Tiffiny Creech via email or by phone at 314-692-1256.

If you have attended this four-day series in the past and would like to learn more about a follow-up session on Deepening Capacity as Collaborators and Inquirers, save the dates of October 20-21 and look for a future blog post from the Learning Team on this blog!

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Cindy Lane

Both of Cindy Lane’s workshops next week are on free Google/Web 2.0 resources. Register online.

The last two summer edtech workshops are scheduled next week at EducationPlus with Google Certified Teacher Cindy Lane:

• Bloomin’ Toolbox: Resources for Today’s Educators consists of diving into the six levels of Bloom’s Taxonomy, aligned with Common Core principles, and retrieving useful web 2.0 tools to use in your classroom.  Time will be spent collaborating with other educators to share tools as well as looking into the usefulness of sites listed by the facilitator.  All websites discussed will be housed on a Google site for further reflection. JULY 28.

Google Goods that Meet the Standards: So your school has “gone Google” and left you behind?  NO WORRIES!  Out of the 50+ free tools brought to you by Google, a Google Certified Teacher will share the educationally based tools tied to Missouri Learning Standards you need to understand and help you navigate through them during this workshop.  Among the favorites are DOCS, GMAIL, CALENDAR, SEARCH, CUSTOM SEARCH ENGINES and EVEN MORE!!  Get the goods on all things Google in this fast-paced workshop. July 29.

Visit www.edplus.org to learn more & to register.

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code classIn this full-day, hands-on workshop, coding is presented using drag & drop programming in a game-like, constructivist atmosphere. Today’s group, with instructor Debbie Fucoloro, are exploring the basics of programming by completing a series of tasks & puzzles. Those attending will leave EducationPlus with an understanding of how computer programs and their language work, as well as a desire to share the excitement of learning how to code with their students once the school year starts. What a great to incorporate science, technology, engineering and math into the classroom!

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