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Are you interested in bringing a published poet to your classroom? Amy Sklansky can connect to your classroom through distance learning technologies like videoconferencing and desktop connections. Contact Distance Learning Consultant Diane Tinucci at dtinucci@edplus.org for more information.

Designed specifically for Missouri educators, this unique day of professional learning  on May 2 will highlight creative ways to engage students and invigorate your curriculum using the latest 21st century tools and Discovery Education resources. Come join us for a free day of learning while we celebrate with a Cinco de Mayo theme. Bring your laptop, we’ll provide lunch. Here’s what will be taking place:

Introductory Session: Back to the Basics
Dive into the new Discovery Education! We’ll fill the gaps with helpful information on navigating, talk about the new and exciting enhancements, and uncover some resources that you never knew you had! From the Common Core Standards search to the new Quicklist, My Content, and My DE for Students this session will prepare you to springboard into deeper Discovery Education integration in your classroom.

Breakout Session Choices:

  • Student Engagement with Discovery Education
  • Discovery Education Builder Tools: Make and Take
  • IRON DEN: Board Builder Challenge
  • DEN STAR: Model Classroom

Please register for this free event by April 25.

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Voyage of Learning Teachers’ Academy is a summer program for teachers from the St. Louis area that builds connections between students, teachers, the Voyager institutions and cultural institutions in Forest Park. Throughout the eight days of intensive professional development programming, the instructional team emphasizes knowledge, skills, and resources essential to effective experiential education, with the ultimate goal of encouraging teachers to utilize Forest Park as a natural extension of the classroom.

fp-r-allen-home-spring-2014To date, this Forest Park Forever program has trained 365 teachers to incorporate outdoor learning into their classes, impacting 70,000 students throughout the region. Teachers are encouraged to participate in teams from their schools.  Voyage of Learning:

  • Builds teachers’ skills
  • Promotes interdisciplinary approaches
  • Aligns with “Show Me” Standards
  • Creates pool of resources

For teachers, the program offers:

  • 5 PDU credits
  • 3 Graduate Credits available through UMSL
  • Transportation/Bus Funds for class trips

Dates:

  • Voyagers Rendezvous, June 24, 2014 (Attendance Optional)
  • Orientation & Reception, July 15 2014, 4:00-7:30 pm
  • Academy, July 16-25, 2014, 8:00 am – 3:00 pm

Learn more at their website, and see more images like the one above, at www.forestparkforever.org/education.

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kemperFor their annual spring Community Day, the Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum is partnering with the Japan America Society of St. Louis.

This open-house celebration will offer interactive art experiences for all ages including a traditional Japanese tea ceremony, ikebana demonstrations (Japanese flower arrangement), Kamishibai (Japanese storytelling), and a Hina Doll presentation. Community Day is funded in part by a grant from the Women’s Society of Washington University and takes place March 22 from 11 am-3 pm.

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metc 2014 virtualCouldn’t make it in person to the METC Conference last month? Don’t worry! Select sessions are available online, for free – no plane, train or automobile needed to participate! Access this great resource at METCconference.org, and save the date for 2015: February 9-11.

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What does it take to efficiently plan a successful event?

MEETINGS & EVENTS 101 takes place Friday, March 7, 2014 * through the Support Staff Academy offered by EducationPlus. This SSA session is 8:30- 11:30 am and costs $59 for members, $74 for non members.

Presenter Anne Churchill of AnnaBelle Events in Columbia, Missouri will discuss the basics of meeting planning, including how to implement your planning process effectively and efficiently. This session will be focused on the fundamentals of planning meetings and events. During the session the participants will learn the steps to confidently plan and execute a successful event. We will break down all of the elements of the planning process and take an in-depth look at the importance of goals, budget, timeline, planning tasks, and more. The information presented is intended to be general enough to apply to almost any event, regardless of size or type. After the session participants will have an understanding of the planning process and be able to take an event from idea to execution in a systematic and organized way.

Register online at edplus.org. [* PROGRAM UPDATE: Friday's session has been postponed. If you are interested in this presentation, you'll be able to catch it at the Support Staff Academy Mini-Conference on June 11 at Mehlville High School].

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Kevin Honeycutt, Will BlaylockThe 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 Making IT Happen: Will Blaylock

#2 2014 METC Conference Keynotes: Kevin Honeycutt and Lodge McCammon

#3 Student Journalists Cover METC Live

#4 Sharpen Your Skills and Open Up New Worlds!

#5 Stream Video from METC 2014

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Teachers just like you are doing amazing things through distance learning, providing their students experiences that are far beyond what’s possible in the classroom.  flickr creative commons

The EducationPlus Distance Learning Academy will equip you with the knowledge and tools to make amazing experiences  come to life for your students! St. Louis area teachers have connected their students to the rainforests of Borneo and to the underwater wonders of the Great Barrier Reef. Where will you take your students?

In the three day academy this summer, you’ll learn about e-learning, online projects and videoconferencing using tools like Polycom, Cisco, Skype, Google and LifeSize.  You’ll also learn how to effectively use other collaborative technologies such as Google Docs, blogs and wikis.  As you collaboratively work on projects over distance learning you’ll develop a Personal Learning Network that will be valuable in your teaching.

Learn more about dates, fees, and graduate credit opportunities by visit our online registration calendar.

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Educators know they must be able to effectively teach students that are culturally different from them. To become effective in areas related to race and culture, adults must understand both teacher actions and perceptions that get in the way of creating a culturally responsive classroom environment. EducationPlus invites you to join other teachers and administrators to better understand and implement culturally responsive teaching practices in the classroom that support all children learning.

In this half day workshop on April 24, Dr. Charles Pearson will cover topics including current theory about race, racism, privilege, internalized racism, culture, and other essential concepts related to the impact of race and culture in the classroom. Participants will be equipped to move from a fear of dealing with challenges of race to acting in an “anti-racist” manner as they interact with children of various cultures. Dr. Pearson’s doctoral work focused upon factors that lead to success in African American academic achievement initiatives in schools. He served as a Curriculum Coordinator, Principal and Assistant Superintendent.

Register online to participate in this important discussion.

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