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The results of the 2015 Board of Directors election are in, and ISTE is pleased to welcome new board member, Bill Bass, as well as two returning members, Dr. Mila Thomas Fuller and Sheryl Nussbaum-Beach. They will start their three-year terms Jan. 1.

Bill is the innovation coordinator for instructional technology and library media at Parkway School District in Chesterfield, Missouri. He’s also an adjunct professor of education at Missouri Baptist University.

Mila Thomas Fuller, Ed.D, Dr. Mila Fuller, deputy executive director of the National Council of Teachers of English, will be representing ISTE at METC 2016. She will also be presenting two sessions: Supporting Student Writers through the Use of Digital Organizers and Evaluating Digital Tools for Use in the Classroom.

Sheryl Nussbaum-Beach is CEO of Powerful Learning Practice in Virginia Beach, Virginia. She has worked as a classroom teacher, technology coach, charter school principal, district administrator, university instructor and digital learning consultant.

Dr. Matt Harris will become the new chair and Dr. Kecia Ray will become past chair effective Jan. 1.

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Learn how two media specialists transformed libraries at their district into Learning Commons spaces starting with developing a five year plan. They will also help participants brainstorm ideas for their own libraries and how to transform them and how to promote them in new and innovative ways.

The Library Media Specialist: Lead, Motivate, Serve

Presenters: Andrea Head & Kelly Hauquitz, media specialists, Francis Howell School District, St. Charles, Missouri.

The preconference workshop will be on February 8, 2016, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm at the St. Charles Convention Center.

The presenters explained more about their workshop in the video they created below!

 

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Kimberly Lindskog

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We’re excited to share our MIDWEST SPOTLIGHT EDUCATOR bios on The Connected Classroom! These K-12 educators demonstrate motivation, engagement, transformation and connection while using technology to improve teaching and learning. They will share their best practices at the MIDWEST EDUCATION TECHNOLOGY COMMUNITY CONFERENCE in February. This year, we have educators from across the state of Missouri presenting. The METC 2016 MIDWEST SPOTLIGHT EDUCATORS were selected by the METC Conference committee.

Kim Lindskog is a part of the Teaching, Learning and Accountability team as a Library Systems Support Specialist in the Parkway School District. She embraces her role in supporting librarians and sharing her knowledge with districts across the area by regularly presenting at conferences including ISTE, METC, M3, MASL and SLRLN. Kim’s focus is to help define what it means to be a digital age librarian, craft spaces that promote individual and community growth and create opportunities through transformative ideas that change the connection from the past to the future for library programs. Kim is able to work with both students and adults to make technology integration, reading and information literacy an authentic part of the classroom experience.

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Michelle Schmitz

Follow Michelle on Twitter at @mschmitz_1

We’re excited to share our MIDWEST SPOTLIGHT EDUCATOR bios on The Connected Classroom! These K-12 educators demonstrate motivation, engagement, transformation and connection while using technology to improve teaching and learning. They will share their best practices at the MIDWEST EDUCATION TECHNOLOGY COMMUNITY CONFERENCE in February. This year, we have educators from across the state of Missouri presenting. The METC 2016 MIDWEST SPOTLIGHT EDUCATORS were selected by the METC Conference committee.

Dr. Michelle Schmitz
is in her 11th year as an administrator in the Liberty Public School District. Dr. Schmitz is an elementary principal who is reimagining and rethinking education to meet the needs of today’s learner. Schmitz opened EPiC Elementary where Every Person is Inspired to Create. It is a learning environment that is re-imagining education based on three pillars: empowering creativity, equipping students and engaging communities. Dr. Schmitz believes that as we navigate through the 21st century, there is an incredible sense of urgency to foster a culture of leaders who will continue developing our complex world. It is our responsibility and obligation to teach students the acquisition process of developing new ideas and redesigning existing ideas. In its first year EPiC Elementary had over 1,500 visitors. It an environment where visitors can see “together, we can transform education.” 

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Manuel Herrera

Follow Manuel on Twitter at @manuelherrera33.

We’re excited to share our MIDWEST SPOTLIGHT EDUCATOR bios on The Connected Classroom! These K-12 educators demonstrate motivation, engagement, transformation and connection while using technology to improve teaching and learning. They will share their best practices at the MIDWEST EDUCATION TECHNOLOGY COMMUNITY CONFERENCE in February. This year, we have educators from across the state of Missouri presenting. The METC 2016 MIDWEST SPOTLIGHT EDUCATORS were selected by the METC Conference committee.

Over the past 12 years Manuel Herrera has served learners through several roles in education. From the beginning of his career as a middle school Special Education teacher, Manuel has advocated that students be given the opportunity to leverage technology as a way to create, connect and share their learning. He believes that when students are driven by their own passions and curiosity, they have the opportunity to create their learning and teach others. Currently, Manuel is the Coordinator of 1:1 Programming for the Affton School District, located in south St. Louis. He is also a member of the leadership team for the educational non-profit ConnectEd Learning. Manuel has presented at conferences in Illinois, Missouri and Texas, including SXSWEdu, METC, EdCamp, ActivEducator and RCET-SW. Manuel holds his M.Ed Administration.

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Valorie Stokes

Connect with Valorie on Twitter at @See_Spot_Read

We’re excited to share our MIDWEST SPOTLIGHT EDUCATOR bios on The Connected Classroom! These K-12 educators demonstrate motivation, engagement, transformation and connection while using technology to improve teaching and learning. They will share their best practices at the MIDWEST EDUCATION TECHNOLOGY COMMUNITY CONFERENCE in February. This year, we have educators from across the state of Missouri presenting. The METC 2016 MIDWEST SPOTLIGHT EDUCATORS were selected by the METC Conference committee.

Valorie Stokes serves as the library media specialist for Platte County R3 High School and coordinates the district’s K-12 library program. Valorie collaborates with educators and their students at all levels to help them effectively use technology to enhance learning.

From 2008-2011, she led the National Writing Project’s Web Presence Facilitation Team and presented about her experiences at several of the national NWP Annual Meetings. She has also taken an active role in creating professional development experiences and teaching graduate courses in teaching with technology for the Prairie Lands Writing Project at Missouri Western State University. In her work,  Valorie encourages the thoughtful and purposeful exploration and use of technology and embraces the 4 C’s as lenses through which to think about and work with technology resources and tools.

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EducationPlus’ Best Practices Conference returns this November. This is an exciting day of collaborative learning designed specifically for elective and exploratory teachers in grades 6-12. Participants will be able to choose from 20+ specialized break-out sessions created by local and regional area instructional leaders to foster innovation. Educators will also participate in teacher’s choice sessions designed by participants, for participants, where they will connect with thought-leaders, collaborate around topics of interest, explore best practices in your content and enhance classroom experiences. Specific content areas of discussion include classroom practices in fine and performing arts, CTE (FACS, engineering, industrial technology, business), health/PE plus world languages. Registration is open now for the November 6th conference at Ft. Zumwalt North High School.

Best Practices Collage

Best Practices Conference 2015: EnrichEd Learning for Elective and Exploratory Teachers. Learn more by clicking here.

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