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metc presenterInterested in presenting at the 32nd annual Midwest Education Technology Community Conference? METC 2015 is February 9-11. The conferences continues to grow in size- onsite attendance in St. Louis, Missouri, was over 2,000 last year and online attendance via Twitter reached several hundred thousand educators!

Make note of these 2014 dates & start planning!

• Preconference Workshop Proposal Deadline: August 23
• General Session Proposal Deadline: September 13
• Proposal Review Period: September-October
• Acceptance Notification: October

Seeking Precons and Breakouts:
• Preconference Workshop (3 hour or 6 hour)
• General Session (50 minutes or 1 hour & 50 minutes)

Nine strands:
1. Assessment (ex: data teams & analysis)
2. Differentiated Instruction (ex: assistive technology)
3. Digital Creation (ex: 3D printers, 3D design)
4. E-Learning (ex: flipped classroom)
5. Innovative Instruction (ex: literacy skills and math reasoning)
6. Leadership & Professional Learning (ex: innovative leadership practices)
7. Library & Media Literacy (ex: copyright, fair use & Creative Commons)
8. Mobile Learning (ex: 1:1)
9. Technical Infrastructure & Support (ex: wireless networking)

To learn more about presenting at METC, visit METCconference.org. METC a resource of EducationPlus and is an affiliate of ISTE.

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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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Support Staff! You Are A STAR!The 22nd annual Support Staff  Academy Mini-Conference- Celebrating and Honoring Support Staff- is June 11, 2014 at Mehlville High School. We’re excited to have Scott Taylor keynote the mini-conference; he is an educational consultant and motivational speaker. He is the former principal of Crestwood Elementary School in Lindbergh Schools. Scott retired in last summer after 32 year career in education. He’ll address how support staff truly impacts the students they work with on a daily basis.

Other topics covered during the day include: communication, health and safety, leadership and office technology. Attendees will have an opportunity to network with one another as well as visit exhibitors like Books Are Fun, Office Essentials, PartyLite, Vantage Credit Union, plus others.

Learn more, and register online, at www.edplus.org.

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CFP-Graphic-with-numbers-webThe 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)  Seeking 2015 Midwest Spotlight Educators for METC

(2)  Discovery’s Geocaching Day

(3)  Adventures in STEM Education: Learn to Code!

(4)  Instructional Practice in the Culturally Responsive Classroom

(5)  Google Goods that Meet the Standards

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The CharacterPlus National Conference preconference workshops take place June 16, 2014. The conference offers two, full-day workshops.

precons c+CharacterPlus Bullying Prevention
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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The METC Conference invites you to nominate a colleague or apply to be a Midwest Spotlight Educator for the 2015 conference. The recognition, in its third year, honors education technology leaders from the region, whose practices are making a difference for students and teachers. Midwest Spotlight Educators increase knowledge, improve skills and academic achievement with their integration of technology into instructional practices.

Midwest Spotlight EducatorsSpotlight Educators Benefits:

  • Free two-day registration to METC 2015
  • One year membership to the METC ISTE Affiliate
  • METC T-shirt
  • Midwest Spotlight Educator Certificate of Recognition
  • Press release
  • Recognition during METC
  • Opportunity to apply for a hotel travel voucher (if from outside of St. Louis)

To see who has been a past Midwest Spotlight Educator, select a year: 2013 or 2014. Those chosen as Midwest Spotlight Educators are eligible again for the honor five years after they’ve received it. 2015 submissions are due by June 2. Visit METCconference.org to read all the requirements of the application process.

 

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thirsty for moreLearn more about the CHARACTERplus National Conference’s keynotes and breakout session speakers at characterplus.org. The conference is June 17-18, with precon workshops on June 16.

Strands include:

• Academic Achievement
• Bully Prevention
• Early Childhood
• Service Learning
• Social & Emotional Skills
• Plus More

CHARACTERplus is a resource of EducationPlus.

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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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