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Category Archives: Literacy

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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-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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visual literacy Students are surrounded by visual images all day long: TV,  streaming, apps… Examine how technology has changed the creation of visual images in news & ads and discuss what that effect has been on our students. Learn how to help students decipher the messages implicit in visual images while developing lessons that align to the standards.

Join us in Teaching New Literacies to Meet the Standards on Tuesday, July 22. Register online at www.edplus.org.

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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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Despite what seemed to be an endless winter- and countless snow days- the end of the school year is in sight! Here are three summer reading programs offered by local libraries:

Girl Holding Book Looking Out Window free creative commons |  "D Sharon Pruitt"  is the original owner of the photoFor St. Louis Public Library,

• Turn in a Summer Reading Club Reading Record at any St. Louis Public Library between May 5-July 26.
• Keep track of the library books and/or magazines you read or listen to (eBooks & audio books count too!).
• Each time you complete five books, win a small prize, get the next Reading Record, and keep reading.
• Age-appropriate prizes are available for Babies and Toddlers.

Summer reading clubs at St. Louis County Library run from May 12-August 2. Participation is free, registration for all summer reading clubs begins May 12. All reading club logs must be submitted and prizes claimed by Saturday, August 9. Some more information:

• Sign up for the kids’ summer reading club starting May 12 at a branch near you.
• Keep track of the number of minutes you read on the special reading passport you receive when you sign up.
• Bring the reading passport to the library when you reach each prize stop.

St. Charles City-County Library District‘s summer reading program is June 2-August 2. Fifteen hours of reading completes the program to receive a book and enter for the grand prize drawing.

Please visit the libraries’ respective websites for further details about each club!

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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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