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proposals due METC 2The METC ISTE affiliate is accepting proposals for the annual conference. The Midwest Education Technology Community Conference takes place Monday, February 8 through Wednesday, February 10 at the St. Charles Convention Center in the St. Louis, Missouri suburb. Learn more about what METC is seeking for the conference:

Monday, February 8, 2016 Pre-conference Workshops (two options)
Proposals due by August 25, 2015

3 Hour (Half Day) & 6 Hour (Full Day) Workshops

Pre-conference workshops are always provided on the first day of the METC Conference, Monday, February 8, 2016. They offer attendees the opportunity to attend a workshop that is hands-on and in-depth on a specific topic, tool, etc. Each workshop has a maximum number of slots and preregistration is required. All pre-cons are BYOD (bring your own device) and are located on site at the St. Charles Convention Center.

Tuesday-Wednesday, February 9-10, 2016 General Sessions (five options)
Proposals due by September 14, 2015

50 Minute General Session
Limited to three presenters. Consists of a presentation with resources and time for a Q&A period with attendees. 

50 Minute Panel Session
Limited to three to five panelists. Consists of a panel discussion on a common issue, question or topic that is relevant to conference attendees with time for a Q & A period.

1 Hour & 50 Minute BYOD Session (Double Session)
Bring Your Own Device. The emphasis in these sessions is interactive and hands-on time with a tool, product, etc. The focus of a BYOD Double Session should not be a tool, etc. that is not widely available or that would be associated with a fee for attendees.

50 Minute Exhibitor Plus Educator Session
An educator who is currently in the classroom must be the primary presenter for the session and selling of the product is not permitted. The focus is rather to show how the educator themselves uses the product.

50 Minute Exhibitor Demo Session
This allows the exhibitor to demo their product without the requirement of an educator as the primary presenter. Learn more on the exhibitor presentation info page.

For more information, please click here.

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blog post by Laurie Milburn PhD,
Special Education Improvement Consultant

blog post bySummer vacation is a time for teachers to recharge and refocus as they prepare for another group of students. Summer can also be a time for teachers to re-tool their literacy pedagogy for working with the “not-so-common-learners” and students struggling to make reading progress commensurate with their peers. In July, St. Louis will host the International Literacy Association 2015 Annual Conference. This conference will bring together more than 6,000 literacy educators and experts from around the world to explore ideas, best practices and resources for literacy education and advocacy. In addition, the conference will feature more than 300 sessions on key topics affecting literacy educators today, including content literacy, children’s literature, classroom engagement, innovation, international literacy instruction and professional development. This is a great opportunity to gain practical, research-based professional development from literacy luminaries. The MELL and Special Education Consultants hope to see you at ILA 2015!

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googlemaniaThe Connected Classroom is the EducationPlus LearningLab blog. Here are the top five most visited posts for the past month– did you contribute to the clicks?

(1)  Google Mania Takes Over in July  read it here
(2)  To Thine Own Self Be True: Character Education with Shakespeare  read it here
(3)  St. Louis Summer 2015 Reading Clubs  read it here
(4)  Project Based Learning & 21st Century Skills with LEGO  read it here
(5)  Using Sensory Integration Strategies to Help Students Focus  read it here

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The CharacterPlus National Conference takes place June 16-17. In previous posts, we’ve shared about the pre-conference workshops options open to educators. Here, we’d like to focus a bit more on our two keynote speakers.

kafeleTuesday keynote Principal Baruti Kafele, an award-winning educator and best-selling author, is a leading authority on professional development strategies for creating a positive school climate and culture, transforming the attitudes of at-risk student populations, motivating males to excel in the classroom and school leadership development. His messages include attitude, goal setting, planning, purpose, vision, determination, self-esteem, self-image, decision-making, school behavior, bullying, distractions, temptations and so much more in an effort to motivate, educate and empower students for success. Learn more about Principal Kafele, see his books and videos at PrincipalKafele.com. Follow @PrincipalKafele on Twitter.

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Wednesday keynote Tanya Avrith is an innovation specialist, helping lead change by working with educators, parents, K-12 and college students. While she was the lead educational technology and digital citizenship teacher at the Lester B. Pearson School Board in Montreal, Canada, Tanya was instrumental in the vision and execution of the district-wide Digital Citizenship Program. Tanya presents to educators, students and parents all over North America. She has also been invited to Facebook headquarters to discuss digital citizenship education. Tanya spent the last two years guiding students how to harness the power of social media and will be incorporating this message into her keynote. She is a Google Certified Teacher and an Apple Distinguished Educator as well as the co-host of EduSlam.me. Follow @TanyaAvrith on Twitter.

Both keynotes will also present breakout sessions. Conference registration is now open. CharacterPlus is a resource of EducationPlus.

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The Connected Classroom is the EducationPlus LearningLab blog. Here are the top five most visited posts for the past month– did you contribute to the clicks?

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A few of the 2015 Midwest Spotlight Educators

1)  Shining the Spotlight on Exceptional Educators  read it here

2) 
STL Student Summit on Race 2015  read it here

3)  METC 2015 Virtual Conference Available Online Now  read it here

4)  February 2015 Top Reads  read it here

5)  Project Based Learning & 21st Century Skills with LEGO  read it here

 

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The CharacterPlus National Conference is offering six pre-conference workshops this year. Each pre-con is a half-day workshop, taking place from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. or 1-4 p.m. If a participant is taking part in a morning and an afternoon pre-con, lunch will be provided. Here are two the final two pre-cons being offered, with national speakers! Have you registered?

Pushing Past Mediocre…
(The 7 Ps to Leadership, Legacy & Human Excellence)

Topic: Staff & Student Leadership
Audience Grade Level: High School | Experience Level: All
Presenter: Joe Beckman, Epic on Purpose
Greatness lives within every student. Our job is to unleash it. In this high energy presentation, national youth speaker Joe Beckman identifies how students (and educators) can push past mediocre, and live a life of excellence. The 7 P’s to Leadership, Legacy and Human Excellence will be used including Purpose, Positivity and Potential. WARNING: Due to high levels of fun and laughter, we recommend you fully stretch the muscles in your face prior to attending.

Leading the Character Charge when Followers are Few & Hard to Find
Topic: School Climate & Culture
Audience Grade Level: K-12 | Experience Level: Beginner
Presenters: Madison Tomlinson & Sheril Morgan,
State Schools of Character, character.org
What happens when you seem to be alone or among the few who want to see school culture changed? How can you make change happen when nothing seems to be happening? We will explore the options you have in leading change when you don’t see anyone following. You will find ideas to build momentum in and outside of your school.

CharacterPlus National Conference session

Expect for CharacterPlus National Conference sessions to be hands-on! This year’s conference is June 16-17, with the pre-con workshops, like the ones listed above, on June 15.

CharacterPlus is a resource of EducationPlus. Learn more at edplus.org/characterplus/home. To read our previous posts on CharacterPlus National Conference pre-con workshops, click here.

 

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modified Franklin Library PhotoThe CharacterPlus National Conference is offering six pre-conference workshops this year. Each pre-con is a half-day workshop, taking place from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. or 1-4 p.m. If a participant is taking part in a morning and an afternoon pre-con, lunch will be provided. Here are two of the pre-cons being offered, we will share out more in future blog posts!

Dramatic Play: Giving Meaning to Service Learning
Topic: Service Learning & Community Partners
Audience Grade Level: Early Childhood | Experience Level: All
Presenter: Andrea Walton, ARCHS

Yes! Young children can participate in Service Learning Projects. This session will explain what service learning is and how teachers can incorporate age-appropriate projects into their program through Dramatic Play.

Fostering Student Self-Motivation
Topic: Intrinsic Motivation
Audience Grade Level: Early Childhood-12 |  Experience Level: All
Presenter: Vivian Delia, FICP

Learn best practices and strategies to foster student self-motivation. The ABCs of intrinsic motivation is used to describe the importance of autonomy, belonging and competence to create a healthy school climate and instruction for optimal learning. Participants will read and discuss latest articles along with assessing where they are and where they want to be in this movement.

CharacterPlus is a resource of EducationPlus. Registration for the conference is open. To read our previous post on CharacterPlus National Conference pre-con workshops, click here.

Edited image credit: Flickr Creative Commons

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