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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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Today’s Library Media Specialist must play the versatile role of an instructional partner responsible for ensuring that students and staff are efficient and effective users of information. The annual LMS Academy focuses on the changing role of the Library Media Specialist in K-12 education. This eight-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 open for all library media specialists and those interested in media literacy in K-12 education. Participants will:

• Understand media literacy as it applies to 21st century skills
• Network with colleagues working across the area & globally
Library Media Specialists at #METC15Learn digital tools that promote effective use of media for students
• Examine problem based activities and digital, web & media literacy lessons
• Examine best practices for Copyright & Fair Use
• Explore digital citizenship & literacy curriculum resources
• Contribute in an online learning community, Moodle
•  Attend one day of the Midwest Education Technology Community Conference (METC)

All eight sessions meet at EducationPlus from 4- 7pm, except for METC. Participants have an option to earn 3.0 graduate credits for an additional cost of $100 per credit hour through Lindenwood University. Find all the dates, costs and how to register here. Participants will learn how they’ll register for METC once the academy starts.

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Technology LeadershipAcademyRegistration is open for superintendents, assistant superintendents, principals, assistant principals, librarians, media specialists, tech coordinators and teachers to attend the 2014-2015 TLA. This popular academy assists educators in developing the knowledge and skills necessary to use technology as a tool for more effective and efficient leadership in their schools.

The Technology Leadership Academy will help you:
•  Develop a vision to improve student performance using technology
•  Assess tech strengths and needs of your staff/students
•  Develop a practical and useful technology plan
•  Expand your network of colleagues

Cost for six, all-day sessions: $1,000. Participants are encouraged to bring their own laptop to the sessions. (For an extra $600, participants may purchase an iPad.  Please contact Stephanie Madlinger at smadlinger@edplus.org.) In addition, participants have an option to earn 3 graduate credits for an additional cost of $100 per credit hour through Lindenwood University. Click on the image above for more information, including dates and locations.

 

 

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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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