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Did you know that after the Holocaust, the British government provided aid to over 700 child survivors? At least 20 of these children came under the nurturing care of Alice Goldberger, a German immigrant who fled to the United Kingdom at the outset of the war, at a children’s home called Weir Courtney. Hundreds of their writings and drawings—depicting happy scenes from their postwar lives—were donated to the United State Holocaust Memorial Museum by one of Alice’s former wards. Learn the extraordinary story behind these seemingly ordinary pages and the Museum’s efforts to preserve them from archivist Rebecca Erbelding of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. This is a free public lecture and Ms. Erbelding will be showing the children’s art in a PowerPoint presentation format. Here’s a bit more information:

Co-Sponsored by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and
The Holocaust Museum and Learning Center of St. Louis

Sunday, March 23 at 1:00 pm
Jewish Federation Kopolow Building
Holocaust Museum and Learning Center
12 Millstone Campus Drive, St. Louis, Missouri

Please RSVP by Friday, March 21.

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Global Connections and Exchange: Youth TechCamps (TechCamps) is a nine-month STEAM virtual exchange program, whose centerpiece is an in-person 8-day technology camp in Amman, Jordan.  This program connects high school students in the United States with their peers in Jordan to answer, How do we, as youth, use technology to create solutions for climate change issues affecting our local and global communities?

Global Connections and Exchange: Youth TechCamps is funded by the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. This program is offered FREE of charge in exchange for full participation of student and educators in all program activities through September 2014.

For more information click here.

National Distance Learning Week is November 11- 15, and to mark the week the United States Distance Learning Association is offering free webinars all week long.  They offer a great opportunity to learn more about distance learning and how others across the country are using it effectively.  To see the full schedule and learn more click here.

HP has partnered with ISTE and the New Media Consortium (NMC) to offer free online mini-courses for innovative approaches to STEM education–the HP STEMx Catalyst Academy.  These are four-week mini-courses on topics such as Remote Labs, Maker Spaces, Sports Performance, Gaming, and App Design.   Most course are starting November 15, but registration is open now.

Through Discovery Education you can connect to live free broadcasts from the tundra during the annual polar bear migration in Churchill, Manitoba, Canada.  Broadcasts are available on November 5 and 6.

Join us for this unique opportunity to learn about one of the most beautiful and powerful animals on Earth, the polar bear.  To learn more click here.

CSD’s Executive Professional Academy is hosting a special session on Wednesday, October 16 focused on helping administrative assistants create a stronger team with their boss.  The event will feature a superintendent and administrator panel that will discuss effective strategies for working better together.  Admins and their bosses are welcome to attend and take part in the conversation.  

The session will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the offices of Special School District.  The cost for non-EPA members is $25.  Click here for more information.


ImageKaren Engelkenjohn is the METC ISTE affiliate Fall 2013 Making IT Happen winner! Making IT Happen is an internationally recognized awards program for educational technology integration in K-12 schools from ISTE (International Society for Technology in Education). The program identifies and rewards educational technology leaders around the world for their commitment and innovation.

Karen is a teacher in the Ladue School District where she coaches robotic teams (a K-8 program she introduced), utilizes stop-action cameras to create environmental awareness videos with students, coaches teachers on how to facilitate their own robotic and STEM lessons, supports parents with their own robotic teams, and creates lessons using iPads, laptops, SMART Boards, GPS devices, and much more. To quote her nomination: “She is willing to empower any child, school, program, church, teacher, or interested party to integrate technology, awareness of programs, and support.”


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