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Join us on Friday, November 6th for the Fall 2015 Best Practices Conference, an exciting day of collaborative learning designed specifically for elective and exploratory teachers in grades 6-12! Choose from more than 20 specialized break-out sessions designed to foster innovation created by local and regional area instructional leaders. In addition, participate in teacher’s choice sessions designed by you, for you in an “unconference” format.
 

  • Connect with thought-leaders
  • Collaborate around topics of interest
  • Explore best practices in your content
  • Enhance classroom practice
Audience: Elective/Exploratory teachers in grades 6-12, Specific content areas include: Fine Arts, Performing Arts, CTE (FACS, Engineering, Industrial Technology, Business), Health/PE and World Languages.
Featuring Keynote Speaker Jim Johnson
Dreams Really Do Come True

Coach Johnson lived one of the most inspiring and heart-warming stories of the 21st century. He shares his six essential keys: Passion, Mission, Goal Setting, Perseverance, Carpe Diem and Team Work to help each audience member make their own dreams come true. Based on what transpired in a few short moments in early 2006, Coach Jim Johnson is now an authority on the subject of realizing your dreams. In his many public-speaking appearances, the Rochester, New York resident relates his role in a basketball game that had Hollywood calling. He also emphasizes the importance of teamwork and sportsmanship, delivering his talks with a heartfelt style that has brought audiences to their feet.
  Over 20 Breakout Sessions Including:

  • Business
  • Engineering
  • FACS
  • Fine Arts
  • Health & PE
  • Industrial Technology
  • Performing Arts
  • World Languages

 $200 Member; $250 Standard Price | Register** EdPlus Learning Service Credits may be used to cover the costs of the registration fee. Please contact your district to see if you are eligible **


 Finally! A Conference for Elective and Exploratory Teachers of Grades 6-12

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Nikki is a veteran educator, librarian and Instructional Technology Facilitator for James Clemens High School in Madison,

Nikki Robertson @NikkiDRobertson

Nikki Robertson @NikkiDRobertson

Alabama. She is passionate about 1:1 Digital Initiatives, collaboration with other education professionals, and assisting students in becoming well informed, critically thinking digital citizens.

As a featured speaker at METC 2016, Nikki will be presenting a three-hour preconference workshop on Monday, February 8, as well as breakout sessions on February 9 and 10. On Wednesday February 10 she will be the keynote speaker for the Library and Media Literacy Luncheon.

Nikki is the co founder of EdCamp Atlanta, a free “un-conference” committed to reaching educators in public, private, charter, and higher ed environments to share innovative instructional strategies and pioneering technologies that transform education for all students.

She co moderates the #TLChat LIVE! Twitter Sessions the 2nd Monday of each month, which provide a forum for school librarians to discuss current teacher-library topics. Nikki also produces and co-anchors TL News Night, a LIVE show presented in news show format featuring a Wrap up of “This Month in School Libraries” and deeper discussion of topical school library issues with special guest experts.

Her latest endeavor is organizing the Google Hangouts for Education website which is a place where teachers with their students can connect, learn, share and grow together as a community using Google Hangouts on Air.

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Featured Speaker Donnie Piercey works in a hybrid role as a fifth grade teacher and district technology integration specialist for Eminence Independent Schools in Kentucky. Donnie has run a 1:1 iPad, Chromebook, and Macbook classroom over the course of his eight year teaching career. He is a Google for Education Certified Innovator, an Google for Education Trainer and a Google Geo in EDU Teacher Advisory Board (GTAB) member.

Follow Donnie on Twitter at @mrpiercEy

Follow Donnie on Twitter at @mrpiercEy

Learn from Donnie at his preconference workshop EdTech in the Elementary on February 8, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm. He will also present breakout sessions during the general conference February 9 and 10, 2016. They will include DIY virtual reality and Google geo tools in the elementary.

Donnie is always trying to find new and innovative ways to incorporate technology across the curriculum in order to increase student learning and engagement. You can see what his students are up to by visiting his classroom website, www.mrpiercey.com.

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Mike McCann

Follow Mike on Twitter at @mccann1776.

We’re excited to share our MIDWEST SPOTLIGHT EDUCATOR bios on The Connected Classroom! These K-12 educators demonstrate motivation, engagement, transformation and connection while using technology to improve teaching and learning. They will share their best practices at the MIDWEST EDUCATION TECHNOLOGY COMMUNITY CONFERENCE in February. This year, we have educators from across the state of Missouri presenting. The METC 2016 MIDWEST SPOTLIGHT EDUCATORS were selected by the METC Conference committee.

Mike McCann is currently in his first year as an assistant principal at Black Hawk Middle School in the Warren County R-III School District. Previously, in the Wentzville School District, he was a seventh grade social studies teacher and then a instructional technology coach. In 2014, Mike was selected to attend Google Teacher Academy and became a Google Certified Teacher (now Google Certified Innovator) and is currently on the planning committee for the Missouri Summit featuring Google for Education. In 2013, he attended the Technology Leadership Academy at EducationPlus. As an instructional leader, Mike strives to help encourage and motivate teachers to want to use technology in the classroom as a way to engage students. He is also helping to boost parent involvement at Black Hawk Middle School through the use of social media.

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Kimberly Lindskog

Follow Kim on Twitter at @klindskog

We’re excited to share our MIDWEST SPOTLIGHT EDUCATOR bios on The Connected Classroom! These K-12 educators demonstrate motivation, engagement, transformation and connection while using technology to improve teaching and learning. They will share their best practices at the MIDWEST EDUCATION TECHNOLOGY COMMUNITY CONFERENCE in February. This year, we have educators from across the state of Missouri presenting. The METC 2016 MIDWEST SPOTLIGHT EDUCATORS were selected by the METC Conference committee.

Kim Lindskog is a part of the Teaching, Learning and Accountability team as a Library Systems Support Specialist in the Parkway School District. She embraces her role in supporting librarians and sharing her knowledge with districts across the area by regularly presenting at conferences including ISTE, METC, M3, MASL and SLRLN. Kim’s focus is to help define what it means to be a digital age librarian, craft spaces that promote individual and community growth and create opportunities through transformative ideas that change the connection from the past to the future for library programs. Kim is able to work with both students and adults to make technology integration, reading and information literacy an authentic part of the classroom experience.

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Michelle Schmitz

Follow Michelle on Twitter at @mschmitz_1

We’re excited to share our MIDWEST SPOTLIGHT EDUCATOR bios on The Connected Classroom! These K-12 educators demonstrate motivation, engagement, transformation and connection while using technology to improve teaching and learning. They will share their best practices at the MIDWEST EDUCATION TECHNOLOGY COMMUNITY CONFERENCE in February. This year, we have educators from across the state of Missouri presenting. The METC 2016 MIDWEST SPOTLIGHT EDUCATORS were selected by the METC Conference committee.

Dr. Michelle Schmitz
is in her 11th year as an administrator in the Liberty Public School District. Dr. Schmitz is an elementary principal who is reimagining and rethinking education to meet the needs of today’s learner. Schmitz opened EPiC Elementary where Every Person is Inspired to Create. It is a learning environment that is re-imagining education based on three pillars: empowering creativity, equipping students and engaging communities. Dr. Schmitz believes that as we navigate through the 21st century, there is an incredible sense of urgency to foster a culture of leaders who will continue developing our complex world. It is our responsibility and obligation to teach students the acquisition process of developing new ideas and redesigning existing ideas. In its first year EPiC Elementary had over 1,500 visitors. It an environment where visitors can see “together, we can transform education.” 

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Manuel Herrera

Follow Manuel on Twitter at @manuelherrera33.

We’re excited to share our MIDWEST SPOTLIGHT EDUCATOR bios on The Connected Classroom! These K-12 educators demonstrate motivation, engagement, transformation and connection while using technology to improve teaching and learning. They will share their best practices at the MIDWEST EDUCATION TECHNOLOGY COMMUNITY CONFERENCE in February. This year, we have educators from across the state of Missouri presenting. The METC 2016 MIDWEST SPOTLIGHT EDUCATORS were selected by the METC Conference committee.

Over the past 12 years Manuel Herrera has served learners through several roles in education. From the beginning of his career as a middle school Special Education teacher, Manuel has advocated that students be given the opportunity to leverage technology as a way to create, connect and share their learning. He believes that when students are driven by their own passions and curiosity, they have the opportunity to create their learning and teach others. Currently, Manuel is the Coordinator of 1:1 Programming for the Affton School District, located in south St. Louis. He is also a member of the leadership team for the educational non-profit ConnectEd Learning. Manuel has presented at conferences in Illinois, Missouri and Texas, including SXSWEdu, METC, EdCamp, ActivEducator and RCET-SW. Manuel holds his M.Ed Administration.

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