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gj keynoteThe Connected Classroom is the EducationPlus LearningLab blog. February’s favorite blog posts featured the Midwest Education Technology Community Conference and student work! Here are the top five most visited posts for the past month– did you contribute to the clicks?

1)  METC 2015 Virtual Conference Available Online Now READ HERE
2)  Midwest Education Technology Community Meet Up READ HERE
3)  Here’s the Debut of the 2014 Show-Me a Movie Winners! READ HERE
4)  STL Student Summit on Race 2015 READ HERE
5)  Andrew Wall: Making IT Happen READ HERE

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Student Summit on RaceHere’s a great image from today when over one hundred St. Louis area student leaders gathered at Ritenour High School to discuss improving race relations and making a difference in the community. Student journalists again documented the summit’s conversations. At last month’s initial meeting, the students from 14 area high schools created ‘sibling schools,’ where two schools paired together to talk about issues and unrest facing the St. Louis. Shadowing students in the other buildings also took place. Today, they shared updates and solutions on bridging racial divisions. To see how the St. Louis Student Summit on Race unfolded, visit the hashtag #Gateway2Change.

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Show_Me_Movie-10th-AThe 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)  Here’s the Debut of the 2014 Show-Me a Movie Winners!

2)  Dr. Troy Hogg: Making IT Happen

3)  Creating a Cultural Responsiveness Classroom Environment

4)  2014 in review

5)  Achieving Rigor with Marzano Essentials

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You’re working hard to make the instructional shifts that foster student growth, resulting in lifelong big thinkers who are fully prepared to succeed in the global workplace. The Marzano Center Essentials for Achieving Rigor Experience is a full-day workshop for teachers and administrators to unpack the Essentials for Achieving Rigor model. Regardless of the program you have in place, these focused, hands-on sessions will strengthen your use of instructional strategies that help students:

• Identify critical content
• Record and represent new knowledge
• Examine similarities and differences
• Generate and test hypotheses

You’ll also deepen your knowledge of Marzano Center Essentials for Achieving Rigor, the student-centered model of instruction that moves students toward mastering higher-order thinking skills required by rigorous state standards. During her 35 years as an educator, presenter Betsy Carter has taught students at all grade levels, from kindergarten through high school, specializing in mathematics. She has facilitated its implementation as both a growth model and an evaluation tool in her district.

All K-12 educators  are invited to participate Friday, January 30, 2015. Please register by January 16.


in syncStart off the New Year more productive than ever by attending our Personal Productivity workshop, which is designed to help equip you for success.

Topics covered January 28 at EducationPlus will include working smarter, not harder, time management and strategies to start the semester on the right foot. Join Drew Schwartz and other area educators and start 2015 better than ever! Registration info can be found here.

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123 sci center eventWe are excited to share that we have a free day of learning planned with Discovery Education.

Designed specifically for Missouri educators and taking place at the Saint Louis Science Center, this event will be filled with learning and networking. Discussion topics will highlight creative ways to engage students and invigorate your STEAM curriculum using the latest 21st Century tools and Discovery Education resources.

Covering all subject areas and grade levels, we’ll fill the gaps with helpful information on navigating Discovery Education, talk about the new and exciting enhancements for 2015, and uncover some resources that you never knew you had!

DE Day of Learning: STEAM-ing it UP! takes place 1/23. Register online, today! On the day of the event, a light breakfast and lunch will be provided by Discovery Education. [This event’s registration is now full].

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The early years are crucial for most aspects of human development, and character is no exception. CharacterPlus has assembled a team of experts including an international expert in child development and character education, a leader and innovator in early childhood education and director of a center, the principal of the first National Early Childhood School of Character in the country, an inspiring and creative teacher and other valuable local resources.

puzzlePoints of discussion during this full-day workshop sponsored by PNC will include:

• Components of early childhood character
• What influences character development at an early age?
• Whole-school strategies
• Classroom strategies
• Literacy-based strategies
• Partnering with parents

Participants will also receive resources and templates for creating their own resources on December 1. Learn more about the speakers, whether you can attend for free, plus more at our online calendar.

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