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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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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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Big History integrates the insights of the sciences with the humanities into lessons designed for students to think about the past and future.  According to Big History, by sharing “the big picture” and challenging students to explore the relationship between key events over time, Big History ultimately helps young people develop key critical thinking skills and the ability to better synthesize and apply complex information.

Are you looking for ways to integrate technology with the world history classroom, critical thinking, reading like a historian, making an argument and the Common Core?

You are invited to learn the answers to these questions on March 12, and to hear from teachers and creators of Big History why educators love the Big History Project for 9th and 10th grade history students.  And don’t miss the opportunity to meet Bob Bain, Professor of Education, University of Michigan and contributor to the Big History Project, and partake in drinks and hors d’oeuvres at the Forest Park Visitor Center. This event is bring your own device optional, and in partnership with Forest Park Forever & Big History.

This after school event is free, but registration is required.

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Register for and learn more by visiting the EducationPlus website at edplus.org 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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EducationPlus announces a series of videoconference dialogs among schools on the topics of improving unaccredited schools and the St. Louis school transfer program.

These conversations are suggested for classes in Civics, Government, History, Journalism and Social Studies. High school students from different demographic areas of St. Louis, including the unaccredited districts and the receiving districts, will have an opportunity to talk with each other in a series of five videoconference dialogs. Schools must participate in all five sessions and have a way to connect over the Internet with voice and video to participate; this could be by having a  Polycom-type unit or Skype-type connection. Time will be determined by participating schools and EducationPlus. To learn more, including session descriptions and the series’ alignment with Common Core ELA Standards, follow this link.

Session 1 | Jan. 29, 2014
Session 2 | Feb. 24, 2014
Session 3 | March 31, 2014
Session 4 | April 15, 2014
Session 5 | May 7, 2014

Objectives of this program are for the students to:

  • Research the background of the school accreditation process and the current transfer program, including national and Missouri state educational policy
  • Interview the parties involved with Missouri school accreditation and the current transfer program
  • Evaluate and summarize school accreditation from all perspectives
  • Compile and document data and anecdotal evidence related to the current transfers
  • Brainstorm and develop recommendations for education policy in Missouri
  • Present results of study to appropriate parties

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Technology Leadership AcademyThis school year enrollment in the annual Technology Leadership Academy was so high that EducationPlus was required to split the group into two sections. One section met yesterday and continued their instructional technology professional development and their work on iPads. During the course of the year-long meetings, participants develop a vision of how to use technology to improve student performance and assess strengths and needs of their staff and students in the area of technology.

To see more images of the TLA, visit our Flickr page.

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In an earlier post, we shared information about the National Council for the Social Studies Conference taking place in November in St. Louis. Also in St. Louis, but in September, is the Missouri Council for history Education Conference (MOCHE).

Taking place at the Gateway Conference Center of the St. Louis Federal Reserve Bank, September 26-27, the theme is Helping History Teachers Teach The Common Core. Registration is required by September 18. A sampling of topics includes: History for English Language Learners and Struggling Readers; Lewis and Clark Meet Twitter; and Going Beyond the Scavenger Hunt: Methods in Museum Education. Registration includes meals, books, and partial parking, plus networking with like-minded history educators: K-12, public and private, university, parks and museum educators.

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