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Our new, year-long learning opportunity for principals and assistant principals starts this fall. EducationPlus has partnered with the International Center for Leadership in Education for this seven-session program. Up to three cohorts of principals and assistant principals will be created to accommodate geographic considerations of those participating. Additionally, content will be based on needs of the group. All will be facilitated by a representative from the International Center for Leadership in Education; participants must enroll is all sessions in the ongoing academy.edplusp4pCreating a Culture of High Academic Expectations, October 14
During this interactive course participants will learn about the benefits of a systems approach to improve student achievement.

Establishing Structures and Communicating a Shared Vision, November 11
Building leaders will take a closer look at the structures that are in place to support a successful implementation of a shared vision, including transforming learning and teaching.

Leading Change for Rigorous & Relevant Learning, December 9
Building leaders will take a deeper look at creating effective learning environments through the lens of the Daggett System for Effective Instruction.

Developing and Implementing Rigorous & Relevant Instruction, January 21
This course focuses on building a supportive, collaborative process with instructional staff to increase levels of rigor and relevance in their teaching and student learning.

Facilitating Data-Driven Decision Making, February 11
Instructional leaders will learn about data and how it is collected and used at district, school, classroom and individual student levels.

Leading Professional Dialogue to Support Rigor & Relevance, March 4
This training is designed to allow building leaders to take a deeper look at their roles in encouraging interconnectivity and collaboration through professional dialogue.

Sustaining a Culture of Instructional Excellence, May 6
Leaders will continue to develop an understanding of the organizational leadership that can transform learning and teaching.

Principles for Principals will help good principals become great,
and great principals become better.

Register online:
EducationPlus Member Early Bird Rate:  $1,500 until Sept. 30 | Member Rate:  $1,800 after Sept. 30 | Non-member Rate:  $2,000

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EducationPlus is also hosting a free kickoff event to this academy for administrators to learn more about the content being offered. Taking place September 23, Susan Szachowicz  (author of Transforming Brockton High School: High Standards, High Expectations, No Excuses) will keynote and there will be an opportunity for attendees to network with one another. Register online to participate at the kickoff.

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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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luis perezAre you looking for new ways to support special education learners in your classroom with edtech? 2015 METC Featured Speaker Luis Perez will not only present break sessions throughout the conference, but he will also offer a precon on February 9.

According to Corwin Press, who published Luis’ book Mobile Learning for All, he was diagnosed with an eye condition at the age of 29 that results in progressive vision loss. Luis is considered legally blind; he only has about 10 degrees of central vision left. As a person with a visual disability, Luis knows firsthand what a difference mobile tech can make.

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Show_Me_Movie-10th-AIt’s that time of the year again! Teachers and students are planning their projects for the Show-Me a Movie Contest, celebrating its 10th year in 2014! To see complete rules and guidelines, please visit www.edplus.org. Show-Me a Movie is a program of EducationPlus and the METC ISTE affiliate. To refresh your memory, or if you’re new the contest, let’s share the Show-Me a Movie F.A.Q.:

Can students in grades 2-12 in private, parochial and public schools from any part of Missouri and its Border States (Iowa, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Kansas and Nebraska) enter?  Yes.

Can a teacher sponsor or advise more than one group? 
Yes.

If students want to enter, but find none of their teachers willing to sponsor them, can they have another adult sponsor them? No. Only school staff may act as sponsors.

Will the prizes go to the students in the group or to the school? If there are cash prizes, they are awarded to the school; students receive prize bags that are distributed at the showcase at the METC Conference.

Will movies be rejected if they are received after 5 p.m. on the deadline date? Yes. Schools should allow ample time for movies/entry forms to arrive on time. Schedule deadlines accordingly. Be familiar with how to upload to your online platform. URLs should be tested before submitted to EducationPlus. Do not wait until the last minute.

Does the 2-minute limit on the move length include titles and credits? No. The content of the movie should not be more than 2 minutes in length. Longer movies will be disqualified. All sources used in creation of movie must be included in credits.

To what extent may copyrighted material be allowed in producing a movie? Generally, for educational use, 25% of copyrighted material, including music and sounds, can be used, according to the Fair Use Law. Trademarks should not be used unless permission is granted. All sources must be cited- this includes students’ original photography or music that is included in production. If music is part of the movie-making program, indicate so in the credits.

Can a group of students submit one reflection sheet? No. Each student in the group must submit his/her own reflection sheet. Their individual scores will be averaged in order to score the movie. Maximum length for the reflection is 200 words.

To learn how to participate, visit www.edplus.org. All movies must be submitted no later than 5 pm CT on December 5, 2014.

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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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METC 2015 speakersThe 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) It’s Coming, All Things Google
(2) 2011 Show-Me a Movie Winners…
(3) Spotlight on Bob Deneau @ METC 2015
(4) Spotlight on Angela Van Batavia @ METC 2015
(5) Midwest Education Technology Community Conference 2015 Keynotes

To learn the latest on Show-Me a Movie, visit www.edplus.org. Contest rules and guidelines for 2014 have been posted! Midwest Education Technology Community Conference info can be found at METCconference.org. Of course, we’ll continue to post to the blog.

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