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faberAs the student population becomes increasingly linguistically diverse, educators are faced with the challenge of providing academically rigorous instruction to ELLs. This requires teachers to adopt new strategies that challenge learners to think at higher levels. How do we modify our teaching strategies in the classroom to make sure that these appropriate opportunities happen for ELL students? While many teachers were never trained to teach reading, writing, or ELL students, they get ELL students who are struggling readers or even non-readers in their classes.

Dr. Sharon Faber’s September 30th session will provide specific and practical techniques that can be used by teachers in all subject areas to assist ELL students with their comprehension and vocabulary skills. Register online before September 16. For more details on this full-day session, visit our registration page.

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reading workshopThe 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)  Bloomin’ Toolbox + Google Goods
2)  Accepting METC 2015 Proposals Through Start of School Year
3)  World War I, 100 Years Later
4)  Two-Day Digital Citizenship Workshop
5)  Reading Workshop for Beginners Institute

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We are offering several opportunities in the first few months of 2015 for educators to take advantage of some great professional development from Kagan. Listed below are the topics, dates and times. For each grouping, you must attend all the dates listed.  All sessions include:

• Kagan workbook & course materials
• Certificate of completion
• Option to to purchase merchandise at an onsite
• Option to seek college credit

Click on the topic to register for that specific session:

Kagan Cooperative Learning
Day 1:  Monday, January 26, 2015
Day 2:  Tuesday, January 27, 2015
Day 3:  Monday, February 23, 2015
Day 4:  Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Kagan Class Building & Team Building
January 28 & 29, 2015

Kagan Comprehensive Literacy K-5
February 2 & 3, 2015

Kagan Win-Win Discipline
March 16 & 17, 2015

Kagan Accelerating Achievement
March 18 & 19, 2015

For information regarding the content of these events, registration questions or any special requests (including dietary) contact Tiffiny Creech at tcreech@edplus.org.

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Adaptive SchoolsComing this fall to EducationPlus is Adaptive Schools: Developing & Facilitating Collaborative Groups.

This is a four-day workshop- participants must attend all the sessions- and is two days in September and two days in October:

Day 1: Wednesday, 9/24; Day 2: Thursday, 9/25;
Day 3: Wednesday, 10/22; Day 4: Thursday, 10/23.

Adaptive Schools is about facilitating groups, and helping to develop those groups with which you work to their highest capacity. Join other educators as we learn:

• two different ways of talking on groups
• why we need to be “adaptive”
• meeting norms that work
• how to deal with conflict in a community
• the skills of an excellent facilitator
• how to be a presenter that is credible
• the tools of an engaged and valuable group member

Session leader Toni Prickett is the owner and founder of Region Insights, an educational entity whose primary focus is helping educators build internal capacity. She facilitates individuals and groups who desire a deeper understanding of constructivist learning, group development, group facilitation and coaching. As a National Training Associate for the Center for Cognitive Coaching and the Center for Adaptive Schools, she has worked with state departments of education, superintendents, principals, staff developers, instructional coaches and teachers to enhance their own capacity to be self-reflective and self-governing.

To learn more about this four-day session, including times, fees and how to register, please visit this link. For questions regarding Adaptive Schools workshops at EducationPlus, contact Tiffiny Creech via email or by phone at 314-692-1256.

If you have attended this four-day series in the past and would like to learn more about a follow-up session on Deepening Capacity as Collaborators and Inquirers, save the dates of October 20-21 and look for a future blog post from the Learning Team on this blog!

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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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