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code classIn this full-day, hands-on workshop, coding is presented using drag & drop programming in a game-like, constructivist atmosphere. Today’s group, with instructor Debbie Fucoloro, are exploring the basics of programming by completing a series of tasks & puzzles. Those attending will leave EducationPlus with an understanding of how computer programs and their language work, as well as a desire to share the excitement of learning how to code with their students once the school year starts. What a great to incorporate science, technology, engineering and math into the classroom!

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media classIn our one day workshop Integrating Writing & Digital Tech:

• Explore new ideas to create multimedia presentations that meet Missouri Learning Standards for using writing, media literacies and technology skills.
• Check out technology applications that meet the college and career readiness standards.
• Use Google Drawing, Forms, and Presentations for interactive presentations. Select technology applications such as SMore, Piktochart, Easel.ly and more to create online newsletters and infographics.
• Learn how to communicate with parents and students with online digital newsletters that work on mobile platforms.

This workshop is July 23, 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at EducationPlus. Register online.

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media icons canvaHow do kids use social media? What does their use mean for them as far as privacy, their digital footprint and the law?

Spend the morning of July 24 learning all the ins & outs of social media (Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, etc.) and how your students use it, both for good and bad. During the afternoon, see how you can make use of social media in your classroom to create effective communication, collaboration and learning outcomes. Students are already savvy, shouldn’t you be?

julie smith twitterThursday, 7/24/14: 8:30 AM – 3:30 PM | $159 Members; $199 Non-Members |1 graduate credit available | Register online | Tweet with instructor Julie Smith, Media Literacy Guru, Social Media Enthusiast

 

[This session had to be cancelled; stay tuned for future classes]

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-2This week, a collaborative learning opportunity involving three EducationPlus PLN’s, SLACCA, EduCoaches and LARC, is taking place at the Ferguson Florissant School District. We’re beginning a four year literacy initiative and the Reading Workshop for Beginners Three Day Institute is kicking it off! The institute is a way for the region’s educators to share best practices. Participants will be gaining an understanding of the instructional philosophy and framework of the Reading Workshop.

They will be walking away with a structure for implementing and starting the workshop approach in their classrooms. Teams of three to five teachers are here with an instructional coach and/or administrator from their district. The districts participating this week include:

•  Affton-1
•  Bayless
•  Ferguson Florissant
•  Francis Howell
•  Parkway
•  Rockwood
•  SSD
•  University City

These educators are engaging in lesson planning and implementation as well as daily breakout sessions. Facilitators sharing their best practices are from Fox, Bayless, Parkway, Ritenour, Warren County and Wentzville school districts. The June session filled so quickly that we are now offering a July session.

Reading Workshop for Beginners Three Day Institute takes place again July 21-23 at Cross Keys Middle School. Register for this session by July 14; keep in mind you must attend all three sessions. Questions? Contact EducationPlus’ Director of Teaching and Learning, Stephanie Madlinger.

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1-5The 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?

Flip Teaching 1-2-3

St. Louis Summer Reading Clubs

Organizing Information Overload

What Common Core Learning Looks Like in the Classroom and How Leaders Foster It

SSA Mini-Conference Returns June 11

 

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Nationally, teachers and students are using The DBQ Project methods and materials starting in the 4th grade and sometimes even younger. The DBQ Project promotes reading and writing about complex texts in social studies but our goal is to make these rigorous skills engaging and worthwhile.

  1. All students need to learn how to think
  2. Learning to think requires practice
  3. Thinking is hard work
  4. Thinking is clarified by writing
  5. Thinking is for everyone

This hands-on introductory workshop on June 25 at EducationPlus will show you how to structure the DBQ for young and inexperienced readers and writers. Learn how you can integrate literacy strategies into social studies content areas to ensure that students learn to grapple with historical questions as they learn to read, write, and think. This workshop is open to anyone but it will particularly focus on helping teachers reach young or reluctant learners.

Presenter: Beth Montgomery is Co-Director of Professional Development and Partnerships for The DBQ Project. Beth has extensive experience working with educators on closing the achievement gap, technology integration, and reading and writing in the history classroom.

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Summer workshop • Friday, 7/11/14 • 8:30  – 3:30 • Register Online

Overwhelmed by the flood of information pouring out for teachers? Learn how to utilize social media to collect great educational ideas and resources. This session will provide solutions for collecting and organizing the overload of digital information. Practice with Symbaloo, Scoop.it, Paper.li, EduClipper, Pinterest, Twitter and more.  Use these digital tools to search Common Core resources and technology applications that can be applied in the classroom. Connect globally with educators to build a personal learning network that provides instructional resources and ideas.

ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR
doughtertytwitterLinda Dougherty’s Twitter profile: High School Teacher-Librarian – District Library Chair – METC 2013 Spotlight Educator – ISTE – SIGLIB- SIGLIB Digital Playground Presenter – #MOedchat#TLCHAT
@ljdougherty | St.Louis, MO | lindajdougherty.com

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New workshop • Tuesday, 7/29/14 • 8:30  – 3:30 • Register Online

So your school has “Gone Google” and left you behind? NO WORRIES! Out of the 50+ free tools brought to you by Google, a Google Certified Teacher will share the educationally based tools tied to Missouri Learning Standards you need to understand and help you navigate through them during this workshop. Among the favorites are DOCS, GMAIL, CALENDAR, SEARCH, CUSTOM SEARCH ENGINES and EVEN MORE!! Get the goods on all things Google in this fast-paced workshop.

ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR

clanetwitterCindy Lane’s Twitter profile: Instructional Technologist, DEPD trainer, GCT, TLC-Teaching and Learning Consultant, Easily distracted by anything Web 2.0 for education! | @claneSt. Louis, MO http://xrl.us/cindyclane

Pearson1In the next half-day seminar on instructional practices, get answers to questions such as how do culturally responsive practices align with best practices in instruction? What are best practices in classroom management? What are you already doing that aligns with culturally responsive pedagogy? What data points paint the best picture of whether a teacher, or a classroom, is culturally responsive? Building upon the individual awareness form the essential principles training, participants will examine classroom practice with Dr. Charles Pearson (pictured). Dr. Pearson is a resource consultant with EducationPlus. He focuses on the areas of culturally responsive instructional practices and effective parental engagement. Charles has been a Missouri educator for over 30 years, teaching at the secondary level.

Instructional Practice in the Culturally Responsive Classroom: What It Is and How It Works is Thursday, May 15, 2014,  9am – 12pm. Registration closes May 1.

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Craig Wagganer’s professional career has focused on leadership, team building, professional development and building relationships. Having overseen multiple boards and staffs, Craig has developed effective communication, leadership and team building skills that have benefited numerous organizations. He presents two Support Staff Academy (a program of EducationPlus) sessions this June:

LISTENING + SPEAKING = EFFECTIVE COMMUNICATION
Thursday, June 26, 2014 | 8:30 – 11:30 AM
$59 Member, $74 Non Member | Register online
Presenter: Craig Wagganer, LeadersBridge

Learn witty and interactive approaches to increasing communication skills. We’ll share how to T.H.I.N.K before you speak; understand the power of listening and the effect it has on both sides of communication; and how to facilitate effective communication that fosters a growth atmosphere. The workshop is entertaining, fast-paced, and interactive.

EXPLORING LEADERSHIP ROLES & RELATIONSHIPS
Thursday, June 26, 2014 | 12:30 – 3:30 PM
$59 Member, $74 Non Member | Register online
Presenter: Craig Wagganer, LeadersBridge
Together we’ll explore the heart of leadership; the vertical relationship in leadership that pertains to being efficient; and the horizontal line of leadership that deals with being effective. At the end of the time together each participant will have experienced and integrated three keys to make their leadership a real plus.

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