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The CharacterPlus National Conference takes place June 16-17. In previous posts, we’ve shared about the pre-conference workshops options open to educators. Here, we’d like to focus a bit more on our two keynote speakers.

kafeleTuesday keynote Principal Baruti Kafele, an award-winning educator and best-selling author, is a leading authority on professional development strategies for creating a positive school climate and culture, transforming the attitudes of at-risk student populations, motivating males to excel in the classroom and school leadership development. His messages include attitude, goal setting, planning, purpose, vision, determination, self-esteem, self-image, decision-making, school behavior, bullying, distractions, temptations and so much more in an effort to motivate, educate and empower students for success. Learn more about Principal Kafele, see his books and videos at PrincipalKafele.com. Follow @PrincipalKafele on Twitter.

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Wednesday keynote Tanya Avrith is an innovation specialist, helping lead change by working with educators, parents, K-12 and college students. While she was the lead educational technology and digital citizenship teacher at the Lester B. Pearson School Board in Montreal, Canada, Tanya was instrumental in the vision and execution of the district-wide Digital Citizenship Program. Tanya presents to educators, students and parents all over North America. She has also been invited to Facebook headquarters to discuss digital citizenship education. Tanya spent the last two years guiding students how to harness the power of social media and will be incorporating this message into her keynote. She is a Google Certified Teacher and an Apple Distinguished Educator as well as the co-host of EduSlam.me. Follow @TanyaAvrith on Twitter.

Both keynotes will also present breakout sessions. Conference registration is now open. CharacterPlus is a resource of EducationPlus.

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Powerful Learning for the PreK-2This four-day tech camp, Powerful Learning for the PreK-2 Educator, is designed for teachers, instructional coaches or technology specialists who work with early learners.

Come explore free online resources, create with web-based and app-based tools and plan tech-rich activities and lessons to use in your learning setting right away!

“Head counselor” Gail Lovely is a teacher and a learner. Gail has a degree in psychology from UCLA and her MS in Educational Technology from Pepperdine University. Gail has taught learners from ages 2 to 82 and is passionate about learning with them as she teaches. She is known for her passion for technology as a tool and is known for her practical approach to education, her appreciation and admiration for teaching and learning and her skill at making the complex understandable and the difficult manageable.

Learn more about the agenda each day and how to register here.

Tech Camp Dates
Monday,  June 1, 2015
Tuesday,  June 2, 2015
Wednesday,  June 3, 2015
Thursday,  June 4, 2015

[To see who else is sharing their best practices this summer, click here.]

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Facilitator Mary Pat Gallagher (center) will lead participants through the experiential learning workshop at Little Creek Nature Area. Photo by Marteana Davidson.

This unique workshop is a breath of fresh air! It will be held at the Little Creek Nature Area, a 97-acre outdoor educational facility owned and operated by the Ferguson-Florissant School District. Since 1974, teachers have provided ecology, environmental science, field biology and living history programs for district students.

On June 9, EdPlus workshop participants will explore STEAM resources connected to technology standards, digital and media literacy. Using nature, art and technology tools, we will examine how experiential learning can be replicated in your classroom today. Geocaching, nature walks and animal viewing will be some of the activities you experience. We’ll encourage you to take nature photos to share on Instagram & tweet about what you are learning throughout the day to your PLN. During the workshop we’ll share how to think critically about media presentations, learn how to make simple videos, appreciate Missouri ecology and network with other educators and more.

This workshop will be held both indoors and outside, so 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! Learn more and register here.

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The Connected Classroom is the EducationPlus LearningLab blog. Here are the top five most visited posts for the past month– did you contribute to the clicks?

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A few of the 2015 Midwest Spotlight Educators

1)  Shining the Spotlight on Exceptional Educators  read it here

2) 
STL Student Summit on Race 2015  read it here

3)  METC 2015 Virtual Conference Available Online Now  read it here

4)  February 2015 Top Reads  read it here

5)  Project Based Learning & 21st Century Skills with LEGO  read it here

 

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The CharacterPlus National Conference is offering six pre-conference workshops this year. Each pre-con is a half-day workshop, taking place from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. or 1-4 p.m. If a participant is taking part in a morning and an afternoon pre-con, lunch will be provided. Here are two the final two pre-cons being offered, with national speakers! Have you registered?

Pushing Past Mediocre…
(The 7 Ps to Leadership, Legacy & Human Excellence)

Topic: Staff & Student Leadership
Audience Grade Level: High School | Experience Level: All
Presenter: Joe Beckman, Epic on Purpose
Greatness lives within every student. Our job is to unleash it. In this high energy presentation, national youth speaker Joe Beckman identifies how students (and educators) can push past mediocre, and live a life of excellence. The 7 P’s to Leadership, Legacy and Human Excellence will be used including Purpose, Positivity and Potential. WARNING: Due to high levels of fun and laughter, we recommend you fully stretch the muscles in your face prior to attending.

Leading the Character Charge when Followers are Few & Hard to Find
Topic: School Climate & Culture
Audience Grade Level: K-12 | Experience Level: Beginner
Presenters: Madison Tomlinson & Sheril Morgan,
State Schools of Character, character.org
What happens when you seem to be alone or among the few who want to see school culture changed? How can you make change happen when nothing seems to be happening? We will explore the options you have in leading change when you don’t see anyone following. You will find ideas to build momentum in and outside of your school.

CharacterPlus National Conference session

Expect for CharacterPlus National Conference sessions to be hands-on! This year’s conference is June 16-17, with the pre-con workshops, like the ones listed above, on June 15.

CharacterPlus is a resource of EducationPlus. Learn more at edplus.org/characterplus/home. To read our previous posts on CharacterPlus National Conference pre-con workshops, click here.

 

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Did you know students and teachers can access and create lessons in Discovery Education Streaming? Are you aware of the thousands of resources aligned to the learning standards?

Build STEAM in your school!

Come learn on Wednesday, June 3rd the STEAM features available to you and your students from DE Streaming. Review the Teacher Tools, Atlas, STEM resources and Learning Management System too! Explore the Builder Tools; Board Builder, an Online Poster, Quiz & Writing Prompt Builder, along with the Assignment Builder. Learn how you can integrate these online, curriculum resources and share them with students and staff today! College credit available upon request. Registration is open.

Presenter Tina Lauer is the instructional technologist and assessment coordinator in the St. Charles R-VI School District. She is also an adjunct professor at Lindenwood University in the School of Education. Tina is a Discovery STAR educator, Google Certified Teacher and Google Education Trainer. She has presented at several local conferences including the METC Conference and the MO Summit featuring Google for Education. Learn from her expertise this summer!

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modified Franklin Library PhotoThe CharacterPlus National Conference is offering six pre-conference workshops this year. Each pre-con is a half-day workshop, taking place from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. or 1-4 p.m. If a participant is taking part in a morning and an afternoon pre-con, lunch will be provided. Here are two of the pre-cons being offered, we will share out more in future blog posts!

Dramatic Play: Giving Meaning to Service Learning
Topic: Service Learning & Community Partners
Audience Grade Level: Early Childhood | Experience Level: All
Presenter: Andrea Walton, ARCHS

Yes! Young children can participate in Service Learning Projects. This session will explain what service learning is and how teachers can incorporate age-appropriate projects into their program through Dramatic Play.

Fostering Student Self-Motivation
Topic: Intrinsic Motivation
Audience Grade Level: Early Childhood-12 |  Experience Level: All
Presenter: Vivian Delia, FICP

Learn best practices and strategies to foster student self-motivation. The ABCs of intrinsic motivation is used to describe the importance of autonomy, belonging and competence to create a healthy school climate and instruction for optimal learning. Participants will read and discuss latest articles along with assessing where they are and where they want to be in this movement.

CharacterPlus is a resource of EducationPlus. Registration for the conference is open. To read our previous post on CharacterPlus National Conference pre-con workshops, click here.

Edited image credit: Flickr Creative Commons

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