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The Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District wants to partner with St. Louis area educators (4-12th grades) on stormwater pollution awareness and education using the nonpoint source EnviroScape model. The EnviroScape model is the leading teaching tool that water educators have for portraying the complexity and importance of water quality practices.  The model also enhances water education curriculum and provides students more information about STEM careers.

To reach more schools and students throughout the area, MSD is offering to loan out EnviroScape models to schools for use in their classrooms and train educators how to use the Enviroscape model at no cost.  Two free training workshops will be held in October for interested schools. Attendees will leave the 90 minute workshop knowing how to use the EnviroScape model in their classroom. MSD will provide 1.5 hours for professional development in watershed and stormwater management certificates at the end of each workshop.

The workshops will be offered on Thursday, October 2, 2014 and Tuesday October 14, 2014, 9:00 – 10:30 AM at the MSD training auditorium located at 10 East Grand Avenue, St. Louis, Missouri 63147. For more information or to RSVP, contact rabieh@stlmsd.com.

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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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gmlp agenda for nov 14

photo by Mary Pat Gallagher • infographic by Rebecca Morrison

Gateway Media Literacy Partners invites area (pre)K-12 educators to an experiential outdoor workshop with a media literacy infusion at Shaw Nature Reserve’s Dana Brown Education Center during Media Literacy Week. On Friday, November 14, GMLP will hold STEM & MEDIA: A Natural Fit. Science educators, media specialists, art teachers- anyone is welcome to attend this day of learning.

This is a bring your own device workshop; while you attend, take fall nature photos to share on Instagram; tweet about what you are learning throughout the day to your professional learning network! Think critically about media presentations, learn how to make videos, understand how to use a GPS, appreciate Missouri ecology, network with other educators and more!

This workshop will be lead by the GMLP Education Community Engagement Committee, Shaw outdoor educators, volunteer teacher naturalists and edtech instructors. Also, Don Corrigan, author, publisher and Webster University journalism professor will keynote, discussing his book Environmental Missouri. Topics he addresses in his book include: urban sprawl, radioactive waste, lead contamination, airborne mercury, as well as noise and light pollution. Don is a GMLP Klotzer Award Honoree.

Workshop sessions will be held both indoors and outside. Dress appropriately for the weather, bring a charged device and be ready to walk away refreshed and energized to bring new ideas back to you school.

Much of the workshop curriculum- focusing on science and technology especially- aligns to Missouri Learning Standards. Visit our registration page to see links! A full day of learning will take place, registration cost is $20 per person (bring fee onsite the day of the event). Lunch will be provided.

 

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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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Spaunhorst (750 SQ)Sarah Spaunhorst teaches high school computer science and engineering courses at Visitation Academy in St. Louis, MO. In each year of her four year teaching career, she has assisted with the creation of new technology- based courses, from a STEM course in middle school to AP Computer Science. Sarah has also fostered her students’ creativity by sponsoring submissions to the annual Show-Me a Movie Contest.

Sarah 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.

Her main focus within all of her classes is using technology in order to assist students with real life outside the classroom and beyond high school. In 2013, Sarah was named one of fifty Siemens STEM Institute Fellows through Discovery Education. She is a DEN STAR Educator. Follow her on Twitter  @SpaunhorstSarah.

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Laura Gilchrist (750 SG)Laura Gilchrist teaches 6th grade science and social studies in the North Kansas City School District (MO). In 2014, Laura was honored with Teacher of the Year in her district, Christa McAuliffe Pioneer in Education Award from the Northland Chamber of Commerce, Stars of the Classroom honoree from the Missouri Lottery and the Kansas City Royals and BAMMY! finalist for Middle School Teacher. In addition, Laura was honored as a Missouri Teacher of the Year finalist in 2014.

Laura 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.

Laura has built a reputation for connecting people and ideas and for making things happen. As co-organizer of EdcampKC and founder of edcamp learning at her own school, Laura is passionate about teacher-driven professional development. She believes strongly that teacher learning is just as important as student learning since teachers are the lead learners and role models for kids. She uses technology choices to empower her students in collaborative project based learning. Read her blog at lauragilchrist4.com. Follow Laura on Twitter at @lauragilchrist4.

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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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