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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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media classIn our one day workshop Integrating Writing & Digital Tech:

• Explore new ideas to create multimedia presentations that meet Missouri Learning Standards for using writing, media literacies and technology skills.
• Check out technology applications that meet the college and career readiness standards.
• Use Google Drawing, Forms, and Presentations for interactive presentations. Select technology applications such as SMore, Piktochart, Easel.ly and more to create online newsletters and infographics.
• Learn how to communicate with parents and students with online digital newsletters that work on mobile platforms.

This workshop is July 23, 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at EducationPlus. Register online.

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-2This week, a collaborative learning opportunity involving three EducationPlus PLN’s, SLACCA, EduCoaches and LARC, is taking place at the Ferguson Florissant School District. We’re beginning a four year literacy initiative and the Reading Workshop for Beginners Three Day Institute is kicking it off! The institute is a way for the region’s educators to share best practices. Participants will be gaining an understanding of the instructional philosophy and framework of the Reading Workshop.

They will be walking away with a structure for implementing and starting the workshop approach in their classrooms. Teams of three to five teachers are here with an instructional coach and/or administrator from their district. The districts participating this week include:

•  Affton-1
•  Bayless
•  Ferguson Florissant
•  Francis Howell
•  Parkway
•  Rockwood
•  SSD
•  University City

These educators are engaging in lesson planning and implementation as well as daily breakout sessions. Facilitators sharing their best practices are from Fox, Bayless, Parkway, Ritenour, Warren County and Wentzville school districts. The June session filled so quickly that we are now offering a July session.

Reading Workshop for Beginners Three Day Institute takes place again July 21-23 at Cross Keys Middle School. Register for this session by July 14; keep in mind you must attend all three sessions. Questions? Contact EducationPlus’ Director of Teaching and Learning, Stephanie Madlinger.

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digigirlz pdf logoThe Saint Louis Science Center is hosting an opportunity for girls to participate in hands-on computer and technology workshops, connect with Microsoft employees and learn about careers in technology.

Microsoft’s DigiGirlz Camp is a free program is for all girls entering 8th through 12th grades. During this camp, participating girls will experience many forms of technology firsthand, participate in tours and demonstrations, network with women in the field and hear from executive women. They will also have a chance to win participation prizes.

WHEN: August 5-6, 2014
WHERE: Saint Louis Science Center (breakfast & lunch are included)
DRESS CODE: Business Casual

Register by July 11, 2014!
Registration is full.

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CharacterPlus Nat’l Conference attendees at a session on this book study

Join EducationPlus for a unique, free, online book study of Paul Tough’s best-selling book, “How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character.”

Participants in this study will explore Tough’s hypothesis that non-cognitive skills like persistence, self-control, curiosity, grit, conscientiousness and self-confidence are more crucial than sheer brainpower to achieving success. Participants will also address poverty and its impact on the lives of young people and the belief that these non-cognitive skills can help reduce some of the early learning deficits children face. Participants will need to purchase their own copy of the book or contact us in advance of the study.

Audience: Administrators, PreK-12 Classroom Teachers, Curriculum Coordinators, Instructional and Literacy Coaches

Twitter Dates & Times
#MOedchat using #MOreads as ad additional hashtag
June 19, 9:00 pm
July 17, 9:00 pm
August 21, 9:00 pm
September 18, 9:00 pm

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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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African American Memory: Preserving the History of the Civil Rights Era
Summer Seminar for Middle School and High School Teachers
July 22 – 25, 2014 at Washington University

The Washington University African and African American Studies Program and the University Libraries is accepting applications for a summer seminar. The university will invite ten St. Louis-area middle school and high school educators to study the complex issues surrounding the history and artifacts of the Civil Rights Era.

Led by university faculty, this four-day seminar will provide an in-depth exploration of Washington University’s special collections, including the archives of Henry Hampton, creator of the acclaimed documentary series Eyes on the Prize. In addition, curriculum topics, such as defining the Civil Rights Era, primary source research, visual literacy, preserving the materials and memory of the marginalized, and the rise and fall of the American city will be discussed. Teachers will be introduced to a variety of teaching resources and methods that will enable them to engage students with greater intellectual power. The learning outcomes of African American Memory: Preserving the History of the Civil Rights Era include:

  • Broader understanding of Civil Rights Era history
  • Overview of the latest theories and trends in Civil Rights Era scholarship
  • Increased awareness of locally and digitally available resources
  • Introduction to visual literacy, including the learning potential of historically disregarded cultural material

Sessions will be conducted by faculty, curators and community specialists, including:

  • Dr. Gerald Early, Merle Kling Professor of Modern Letters, Professor of English and of African and Afro-American Studies, Washington University
  • Dr. Jonathan Fenderson, Assistant Professor of Afro-American Studies, Washington University
  • Dr. Stefan M. Bradley, Director and Associate Professor of African American Studies, Saint Louis University

If accepted, participants receive a $300 stipend and will be expected to:

  • Attend the seminar in its entirety and complete associated readings
  • Incorporate takeaways in their teaching
  • Provide feedback on the seminar as a whole and share any subsequent applications of the knowledge gained

To apply, please submit this application to Nadia Ghasedi, Head of the Visual Media Research Lab, at nghasedi@wustl.edu, by July 1. Required for consideration:

  • A completed application, including a paragraph describing your interest in the seminar and how your participation will impact your students
  • A résumé, including two references

As a follow-up to the four-day summer seminar, fall workshop sessions may also be held, if funding permits, for which an additional stipend will be offered. Summer participants will be encouraged to apply.  More information about the fall workshops will be forthcoming later this summer. Please direct questions to nghasedi@wustl.edu.

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Nationally, teachers and students are using The DBQ Project methods and materials starting in the 4th grade and sometimes even younger. The DBQ Project promotes reading and writing about complex texts in social studies but our goal is to make these rigorous skills engaging and worthwhile.

  1. All students need to learn how to think
  2. Learning to think requires practice
  3. Thinking is hard work
  4. Thinking is clarified by writing
  5. Thinking is for everyone

This hands-on introductory workshop on June 25 at EducationPlus will show you how to structure the DBQ for young and inexperienced readers and writers. Learn how you can integrate literacy strategies into social studies content areas to ensure that students learn to grapple with historical questions as they learn to read, write, and think. This workshop is open to anyone but it will particularly focus on helping teachers reach young or reluctant learners.

Presenter: Beth Montgomery is Co-Director of Professional Development and Partnerships for The DBQ Project. Beth has extensive experience working with educators on closing the achievement gap, technology integration, and reading and writing in the history classroom.

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Learn the best strategies for FlippingThe two day Flip Teaching 1-2-3 seminar on June 16-17 includes:

• hearing from educators who are already Flipping in their classrooms
• learning how to use the technology to record videos and upload to computers
• discussing best strategies for Flipping your class
• incorporating differentiation, inspiring students
• receiving a copy of the book Flip Your Classroom

Register online, where you’ll find more enrollment details.

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This workshop focuses on the shift in Rigor in Missouri’s Math Learning Standards. We will explore the Next Generation Assessment problems, discuss how computational fluency and conceptual understanding work in tandem, and explore the array of technological resources that provide real world problems, tasks, visuals, data and multi-disciplinary situations for students to solve.

Rigor requires understanding of mathematical concepts, computational fluency with arithmetic, and application of knowledge to real world situations.

Practice addressed during this workshop at EducationPlus with Jan Keenoy and Nancy George:

jan and nancy#3 Construct viable arguments & critique reasoning of others
#4 Model with mathematics
#5 Use appropriate tools strategically
#6 Attend to Precision

Register online for the all-day June 30th workshop. Cost is $159 for members and $199 for non-members. In addition, one graduate credit is available.

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