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The EducationPlus Learning Department is proud to support the ARCHS Spring Institute for Early Childhood & Youth Development Professionals.  ARCHS is hosting a full day of professional learning opportunities with a fantastic lineup of leading edge STEAM experts from across the St. Louis region.

professional learningARCHS hopes educators will take advantage of the expertise from  EducationPlus, Box Cars & One Eyed Jacks, Gateway Greening, The Magic House, Quirkles, St. Louis Science Center, University of Missouri 4-H Robotics, and more on this full day of learning.

The spring institute is designed to offer ways to learn from area educational leaders, as well as from each other with a focus on STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts & Math) from 8 am – 3:30 pm on Saturday, April 5, for just $45.

EdPlus Learning Consultants will be providing professional development all day. Learn more and register online here;   see the agenda for additional details.

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Dr. Sharon Faber is an author and consultant with more than 30 years of experience as a teacher, building and central office administrator, university professor, and staff development trainer. During her years in education, she has taught almost every grade level, and she has been an assistant principal, principal, English and Reading Supervisor, Director of Leadership Training, and middle school facilitator. Dr. Faber has written extensively in the areas of literacy and leadership at the middle and high school levels, including the best sellers, How to Teach Reading When You Are Not a Reading Teacher (2006) and How to Teach Academic Vocabulary (2010). Dr. Faber returns to St. Louis this summer to conduct her popular workshops at EducationPlus.

sharon faberSharon Faber’s full summer 2014 EdPlus schedule available online:

7/21/14  How to Teach Reading When You Are Not a Reading Teacher
7/22/14  How to Teach Writing in Any Content
7/23/14  How to Teach Academic Vocabulary So Kids Can Remember
7/24/14  Schools for the 21st Century

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kemperFor their annual spring Community Day, the Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum is partnering with the Japan America Society of St. Louis.

This open-house celebration will offer interactive art experiences for all ages including a traditional Japanese tea ceremony, ikebana demonstrations (Japanese flower arrangement), Kamishibai (Japanese storytelling), and a Hina Doll presentation. Community Day is funded in part by a grant from the Women’s Society of Washington University and takes place March 22 from 11 am-3 pm.

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The Missouri State EconChallenge ONLINE! is a way for students to flex their intellectual muscle and test their economic content knowledge. Sponsored by the Council for Economic Education, the Challenge encourages students to apply their economics knowledge by competing with other students from across the state.

Once you have registered as a teacher, you can begin to create student teams of 3 to 5 students in either of two divisions.  After creating your teams, you will be given unique access codes for each student. Distribute these access codes to your students when they are ready to take the Challenge. Once competition begins, students can enter the EconChallenge ONLINE! website and complete a 30 question rapid fire exam consisting of macro, micro, and international questions. Each student will be given 35 minutes but all team members must complete the exam within 3 hours. The winners of the EconChallenge ONLINE! will receive notification once the competition has ended.

March 17 – April 2, 2014
MISSOURI STATE ECONCHALLENGE ONLINE! COMPETITION
• Teams log in and face the Challenge to determine the Missouri Championship team.

April 15, 2014
NATIONAL SEMIFINALS
• The Missouri Champion will compete in the National Semifinals.

MAY 17-19, 2014
NATIONAL FINALS
• The top four qualifying teams in each division will be invited to compete for the national title in New York City.

Thanks to UMKC Center for Economic Education for letting us know about this event! Good luck to those who participate!

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DENIf you thought the Winter  Olympics was the only place to watch competitive feats of strength, mental toughness, and endurance, then we have a surprise for you! The Discovery Education EdPlus Olympics is an ongoing, engaging, interactive, fun contest for educators and is a great way to learn more about Discovery Education, plus have a chance to win prizes:

Gold: The educator with the most points reported will receive a Discovery Education prize pack that includes a Discovery bag, notebook/pen, shirt, DVD set, and more;
Silver: The educator with the second most points reported will receive a Planet Earth and LIFE DVD set and Discovery Education bag;
Bronze: The educator with the third most points reported will receive a Discovery bag!

There are six ways to earn points

1. Log In
2. Join the Community by being a DEN STAR
3. Share Discovery Education
4. Create a Board
5. Create a Quicklist or My Content Folder
6. Attend a Discovery Education Webinar

It’s important that you report your points using the same email address each time. These Olympics are self reporting and you must do so online. The ‘games’ run until March 28, with winners being notified on April 3, 2014. Good luck!

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Kevin Honeycutt, Will BlaylockThe 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 Making IT Happen: Will Blaylock

#2 2014 METC Conference Keynotes: Kevin Honeycutt and Lodge McCammon

#3 Student Journalists Cover METC Live

#4 Sharpen Your Skills and Open Up New Worlds!

#5 Stream Video from METC 2014

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ESJ Conference Flyer 2014 -1Educators for Social Justice (ESJ) is a group of K-12 teachers, community educators, university faculty, students and citizens from a wide range of institutions and organizations across the metro-St. Louis region. The group is committed to exploring and acting on the relationship between literacy and social justice in classrooms, schools, and communities.

Their annual Education for Change Conference is February 21-22 at Maplewood-Richmond Heights Elementary School. The theme this year is “Race, Class & Education in St. Louis.” The keynote speaker is Sister Mary Antona Ebo. She  was among the Civil Rights activists who traveled to Selma, Alabama, in the spring of 1965 to march for voting rights for African Americans.

Breakout session speakers include:
• Tiffany Wang, Diversity Awareness Partnership
• Vanessa Conway, MIRA
• Charlotte Ejay, Director of People Personnel and Diversity for Parkway School District
• Aaron Jennings & interns, Washington University’s Brown School of Social Work
• Phil Hunsberger & Billie Mayo, Educational Equity Consultants and April Fulstone, Wydown Middle School

Learn more at educatorsforsocialjustice.org

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Show-Me a Movie logoThis year, we received nearly 150 movie entries for our annual digital storytelling contest. Last week, judging took place over two days (first time ever!) and we now can announce the winning movies. Congratulations to the following entries in the 2013 Show-Me a Movie Contest, and thank you to all who submitted student work!

Show-Me a Challenge
Elementary: Helping Hands, Probe Center, Ferguson-Florissant School District
Middle School: Insecurities, LaSalle Springs Middle School, Rockwood School District
Middle School Honorable Mention: One Paper Turns Into Millions, Bryan Middle School, Francis Howell School District
High School: P.A.N.D.A.S. Strong, Ursuline Academy

Show-Me Your Community
Elementary: Heroes at Home: Our School Community, Eisenhower Elementary School, Fort Leavenworth School District
Middle School: Old Vine Riverfront Bistro, Francis Howell Middle School, Francis Howell School District
High School: Reaching Hands in Difficult Times, Ursuline Academy

Show-Me Your Creativity
Elementary: Why Play Minecraft?, Meramec Elementary School, Clayton School District
Middle School: Imagination is Powerful, Orchard Farm Middle School, Orchard Farm School District
High School: The Art of Design, Visitation Academy

Show-Me Something New
Elementary: How to Make a Pinch Pot, Buder Elementary, Ritenour School District
Middle School: How to be Confident, LaSalle Springs Middle School, Rockwood School District

Show-Me a Story
Elementary: Super Leader Saves the Day, Stanton Elementary, Rockwood School District
Middle School: Tarra and Bella, Rockwood South Middle School, Rockwood School District
High School: Girl in the Mirror, Ursuline Academy

We’re excited that report that many new schools participated in the contest this year. While we’ve had winners from across the state of Missouri in the past (including the Kansas City area and Joplin), the 2013 contest actually marks the first out-of-state winner, Heroes at Home: Our School Community, from the Fort Leavenworth School District in Kansas.

The winning movies will be showcased on our SchoolTube channel  and we will be honored at a reception at the 31st annual Midwest Education Technology Conference next month.

METC and Show-Me a Movie are programs of EducationPlus.

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Registration is still open for the 31st annual Midwest Education Technology Conference- including precon workshops being held February 10, 2014. We are featuring various precons in blog posts on The Connected Classroom. Topic of this post: media literacy and web literacy half-day workshops. Help your students analyze, evaluate, and understand what they see on screen:

Howie DiBlasiFeatured Speaker Howie DiBlasi presents on My Hero: Heroes & Heroines – Web Literacy & Media Skills Workshop. The mission of the MY HERO project is to use media and technology to celebrate the best of humanity. This workshop will use crowdsourcing, collaboration, writing, media skills, web literacy and technology to celebrate “Hero Stories”. The study of heroes applies across the curriculum, in all grade levels and can be an integral part of character education, media arts and computer literacy, as well as a tool for reading comprehension and the development of writing skills. Participants will learn how to define and recognize a hero, distinguish between a hero and a celebrity, and create and publish a story using web-based tools. This is a bring your own laptop with browser and wifi capability session.

Goble and Smith2013 Midwest Spotlight Educator Don Goble and Julie Smith present on Media Literacy: Pedagogy & Production. Interested in media literacy but not sure where to begin? Learn what it is, how to teach it and why it is important. Come join these media literacy evangelists as they share sure-fire ways to kickstart media literacy regardless of the age levels or curriculum that you teach. With the quick edit of a photo or of the (re)placement of music, a visual message can change quickly. At the end of this workshop, attendees will have a working knowledge of media literacy, awareness of how to implement media literacy across the curriculum, skills and ideas for implementing production use in the classroom as well as resources. This is a bring your own laptop with browser and wifi capability session.

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