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Join us on Friday, November 6th for the Fall 2015 Best Practices Conference, an exciting day of collaborative learning designed specifically for elective and exploratory teachers in grades 6-12! Choose from more than 20 specialized break-out sessions designed to foster innovation created by local and regional area instructional leaders. In addition, participate in teacher’s choice sessions designed by you, for you in an “unconference” format.

  • Connect with thought-leaders
  • Collaborate around topics of interest
  • Explore best practices in your content
  • Enhance classroom practice
Audience: Elective/Exploratory teachers in grades 6-12, Specific content areas include: Fine Arts, Performing Arts, CTE (FACS, Engineering, Industrial Technology, Business), Health/PE and World Languages.
Featuring Keynote Speaker Jim Johnson
Dreams Really Do Come True

Coach Johnson lived one of the most inspiring and heart-warming stories of the 21st century. He shares his six essential keys: Passion, Mission, Goal Setting, Perseverance, Carpe Diem and Team Work to help each audience member make their own dreams come true. Based on what transpired in a few short moments in early 2006, Coach Jim Johnson is now an authority on the subject of realizing your dreams. In his many public-speaking appearances, the Rochester, New York resident relates his role in a basketball game that had Hollywood calling. He also emphasizes the importance of teamwork and sportsmanship, delivering his talks with a heartfelt style that has brought audiences to their feet.
  Over 20 Breakout Sessions Including:

  • Business
  • Engineering
  • FACS
  • Fine Arts
  • Health & PE
  • Industrial Technology
  • Performing Arts
  • World Languages

 $200 Member; $250 Standard Price | Register** EdPlus Learning Service Credits may be used to cover the costs of the registration fee. Please contact your district to see if you are eligible **

 Finally! A Conference for Elective and Exploratory Teachers of Grades 6-12

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educators at csd (EdPlus) Educators just like you are doing amazing things through online and blended learning opportunities, providing students experiences that are far beyond what’s possible in the traditional classroom.  As educators, we must prepare students to live in a world without physical boundaries and help students learn how to work with others, virtually or otherwise. You are invited to participate in a multi-session academy that explores the facets of online teaching and learning. Learn more …

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The annual EducationPlus LMS Academy focuses on the changing role of the Library Media Specialist in K-12 education. This six-session long learning opportunity will assist LMS personnel in teaching and connecting the standards of AASL, ISTE and the NETS along with the Missouri Learning Standards.

Registration is now open for all library media specialists and those interested in media literacy in K-12 education who wish to grow their professional learning network. One session of the academy is a day at the Midwest Education Technology Community Conference, which has sessions dedicated to LMS and media literacy. Educators will examine problem based activities and lessons pertaining to web and media literacy, plus explore digital citizenship and literacy curriculum resources. Best practices in copyright and fair use are important aspects to the academy discussion.

All sessions take place on Wednesdays, from 4-7 pm at EdPlus (except for the full-day at METC).

2015 dates: October 7, November 4, December 2
2016 dates: January 6, February 10 (METC @ St. Charles Convention Center), March 2

Learn more and register here.

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The LearningLab is pleased to share that we have returning plus new year-long academies in place for 2015-2016. Participation in each of these academies includes admittance to the 2016 Midwest Education Technology Community Conference in February for participants! To learn more about the content, dates (each starts in October 2015 and runs through March 2016) and price of each academy, please visit our calendar or click on the infographic below. Registration is now open!

2015-16 edtech academies

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Hard to believe we’re approaching mid-July already! We have a few more edtech workshops lined up throughout the month – and there is still time to register! Learn from members of the St. Louis (and beyond!) edtech community in engaging, hands-on sessions at EducationPlus. See the registration calendar here, and keep reading to see what’s being offered before the school year starts!

edtech at edplusLimited is space is available in:

July 21: Social Media in Schools: Tackling Social Media Responsibility

July 22: Teaching & Learning Through Tweets: Twitter for Teachers

July 23: Creating SMART Board Lessons to Engage & Motivate Students

July 24: iPads in the Classroom

July 31: Taking Discovery Education Streaming to the Next Level

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Nick Cusumano and Laura Gilchrist are co-teaching a two-day #METCpd workshop this week at EducationPlus called Building Literacy Skills Through Digital Content Creation as part of our Summer of Innovation! Participants took a break from the conference room to step outside on a photowalk this morning! Laura even pulled out her selfie stick! These two fantastic instructors are tweeters, so follow them for great ideas, best practices and favorite resources!

photowalkFind Laura on Twitter at @lauragilchrist4 and Nick at @edtech4theatre.

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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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