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edplus fbEducationPlus’ Learning Division has a new, updated Facebook page. For those who liked the old page, your ‘like’ should automatically transfer within two weeks of this blog post. If you haven’t visited us on Facebook before, please take a moment to check out the new page and its offerings.

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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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We just heard about this four-week Google+ online class celebrating the Everly Brothers, one of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s first inductees!

From the Hall of Fame:

You are invited to join the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum’s award-winning education team for a special Google+ online class on the musical legacy of the Everly Brothers – 1986 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductees and this year’s annual Music Masters honorees. Learn how Don and Phil Everly became the leading duo of rock and roll, transforming the country sounds of their childhood into rich harmonies and perfectly crafted songs that crossed over from country to pop and even R&B in the late 1950s and early 1960s.

Each week will focus on a new topic – their role in the first wave of rock and roll, their musicianship and skill as singers, and their approach to songwriting. The class will also connect the legacy of the Everly Brothers to bands and artists on the radio today. Continue to check Google+ for resources to continue the conversation in your classroom– infographics, video demonstrations, lesson plans and other materials that you can only find at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum.

TITLE: CLASSROOM CONVERSATIONS: UNDERSTANDING THE EVERLY BROTHERS’ MUSICAL LEGACY This program is appropriate for middle and high school students. There is no cost to connect.

ONLINE CONVERSATION BEGINS: September 29 on Rock Hall’s Google+ Continue to check  Google+ each week for resources to continue the conversation in your classroom.

LIVE DISCUSSION WITH ROCK HALL EDUCATORS: October 20 from 12-12:45 pm CT Conversation culminates with a discussion that will be streamed live on the Rock Hall’s Google+. This discussion will be guided by questions and comments submitted by classrooms via Google+. Reservations/registration not required.

QUESTIONS? Contact the education staff at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum at education@rockhall.org.

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Dr. Ted Huff is the principal of Francis Howell Middle School in St. Charles, MO. Ted is passionate about setting standards of excellence within all facets of the school setting. Focused on character education, Ted believes that by establishing relationships first, everything else will fall into place. As a 21st century educator, he believes we must equip our students and staff with the technology and best practices that will empower them to be successful at all levels of performance.

TedTed Huff 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 his best practices at the Midwest Education Technology Community Conference this February. Learn more about the annual conference at METCconference.org.

A progressive proponent of social media and bring your own device, Ted models the expectations for his staff, students and community. He is the founder of #FHMchat, Howell Middle’s parent-teacher-community chat. He is also an active participant, like Laura Gilchrist, in #MOedchat. Ted is 2014 graduate of the Technology Leadership Academy and he is a BAMMY! finalist for Middle School Principal. In addition, Ted is an adjunct professor at Lindenwood University.

Online, you can find Ted by reading his blog, theodorehuff.blogspot.com and following him on Twitter at @TedHiff and at @News4FHMS.

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photo by Jenn TillerYesterday, EducationPlus’ new initiative, Principles for Principals, kicked off with more than 100 area principal and assistant principals gathered to hear from Dr. Sue Szachowicz. A retired high school principal, she shared the story of how her high school went from failing state tests to acing them. She spoke about how every school has their own DNA, and how leadership brings out collaboration in staff, which provides a united front to ensure positive outcomes for students. Several attendees tweeted during the session using #EdPlusP4P. In addition, Dr. Szachowicz, a Senior Fellow at the International Center for Leadership in Education, provided access to her presentation deck: Szachowicz | Leadership | St. Louis.

The event with Dr. Szachowicz was a free  kick off to the new Principles for Principals Academy. EducationPlus, starting October 14, offers a comprehensive professional learning opportunity. If you were unable to make it yesterday, you are still able to register for the academy.

[photo by Jen Tiller]

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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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