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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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Past Readers' WorkshopThe Readers’ Workshop structure has a number of important components that require practice and refinement to obtain the instructional benefits and the student improvement that we are seeking. This opportunity on November 20, 2014 offers a deeper look at strategy groups and one-on–one conferring.

Participants will develop a more comprehensive understanding of the preparation and practices that make strategy groups and one-on-one conferring most effective for young growing readers. This full day workshop at Center of Clayton, 50 Gay Avenue, is structured for specific group facilitation for K-2, 3-5, and 6-8 participants to customize the readers workshop to those grade bands.

We welcome teams of teachers, curriculum coordinators and literacy coaches to this event. Visit our website at http://edplus.org and click on Calendar & Registration on the right. Here’s a bit more about our presenters:

• Dana Humphrey is a Common Core ELA Consultant for EducationPlus™. Dana is a master teacher with 32 years of educational experience as a middle school English teacher, department chair, district curriculum coordinator and professional development presenter locally and at the state and national level.
• Jan Keenoy is a Common Core Math Consultant for EducationPlus™. Jan has been a Missouri educator for over 40 years, teaching in elementary and middle school classrooms, Parents as Teachers, and serving as an Elementary Coordinator supporting curricular, instructional, assessment planning, implementation, and providing extensive professional development.
• Lois Copeland is a 30 year veteran of elementary classroom teaching, having spent most of her career in the primary grades in the Parkway School District.

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Max Brooks METCThe “print-to-digital” transition is full of challenging opportunities. As a regional manager with Discovery Education, an organization committed to providing the best digital resources for curriculum, instruction and assessment, Max Brooks has the privilege of helping administrators, teachers and students overcome these challenges.
 Learn from his expertise at the Midwest Education Technology Community Conference this February!

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Sharon Slodounik (750 SQ)Sharon Slodounik is in her 13th year as a gifted specialist at Glenridge Elementary in the School District of Clayton in Missouri. Staying on the cutting edge of education has been her goal, which always included integrating technology — whatever was the current technology of the time.

Sharon is a 2015 Midwest Spotlight Educator. This recognition, in its third year, honors leaders from the region in education technology, whose practices are making a difference for students and teachers. You can hear her best practices at the Midwest Education Technology Community Conference this February. Learn more about the annual conference at METCconference.org.

She shares that at ISTE 2014, Senior Education Evangelist at Google Jaime Casap reminded the audience that the smart phone in our hand is the worst technology that a 5-year-old will ever see. With that kind of future thinking in mind, Sharon has integrated robotics in her work with students and sponsored multiple after school LEGO Mindstorms sessions for 3rd, 4th and 5th graders. She was also instrumental in piloting a successful building 5th grade STEM Day that moved to a district wide event the next year.

With a BS and MS in Secondary Education, Administrative Certification and many additional hours of graduate study, her career experiences include being a library media specialist as well as years in elementary and secondary teaching. Connect with Sharon on Twitter @sharonslodounik.

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original blog post about Creating Success for ELL Students

Dr. Sharon Faber’s September 30th session on Creating Success for ELL Students is full- however- she’s agreed to facilitate another one on November 7th! At that event, she will also 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. For more details on this full-day session in November at the Brentwood Conference Center, visit our registration page.

Here’s more about the training: as 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. Faber received her bachelor of science degree from Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls, Texas, her master’s in educational leadership from the University of Texas at San Antonio, and her doctorate in educational leadership from the University of Virginia.

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Customized LearningEducationPlus’ customized professional learning is developed specifically for your school or district’s needs, and is delivered at onsite at your facility. Click here to see fees for various levels of training opportunities. We’re excited to provide tailored professional development in:

• Classroom implementation of the Missouri Learning Standards
• Literacy and Critical Thinking for Non-Core Classes
• Media Literacy
• Technology Integration
• Curriculum Development
• Cultural Responsiveness
• Plus whatever may be requested

Program design includes assessing the needs of district; developing pedagogy; creating materials; establishing measurement tools as well as onsite facilitation. For more information on opportunities, visit www.edplus.org.

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