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D Sharon Pruitt - original owner of the photoResearch shows how important Early Childhood Education is to students’ long term success. The CHARACTERplus 19th annual National Character Education Conference this June has sessions tailored to meet the needs of Early Childhood Educators, including:

  • Early Childhood Education and Character Education: a perfect match and how to make your school feel like a home. Before a child can flourish academically, character must be established and a trusting relationship with the family must be built. Families, students, staff and community members should feel welcomed, respected and part of the team. The caring community we create starts with the climate and culture of our building.
  • D Sharon Pruitt - original owner of the photoCan you integrate Character Education to Pre-Schools? Learn more about social and emotional learning, service learning and class meetings to enhance your caring community.
  • A panel session with educators from Lindbergh, Rockwood and Southwest Early Childhood Centers, who will share resources and best practices. You will walk away with practical ideas and strategies about service learning, buddies, data collection, newsletters staff surveys , professional development and more!

In addition, conference attendees will have the chance to visit Rising Star Education‘s booth to see their latest early childhood DVD series, Harry & His Bucket Full of Dinosaurs, plus other great resources.

Registration is now open for the June 17-19 conference at the St. Charles Convention Center; by visiting characterplus.org, you can see different strands and keynote speaker bios.

Photos by D Sharon Pruitt.

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flickr creative commonsAre you a teacher who is looking for ways to challenge, motivate and engage every learner in your math program? In these interactive and fun math games workshops, participants will learn how to use games as a teaching strategy and why this strategy works. Come prepared to play and learn all kinds of game strategies and teaching tips that appeal to all learning styles and will complement any math program. Student samples, reproducible game boards, journal masters and, home connection ideas will be provided. Get your math program rolling with this great workshop opportunity!

Participant Learning Outcomes:
• Games & strategies for teaching numeration, place value, operations, patterning, data management, problem solving and more.
• Ideas for adapting games across the grade levels to reach all learners in your classroom.
• Classroom & resource management ideas to make implementing games-based learning easy.
• Ideas for math backpacks, cross-graded groups, centers, resource room, English Language Learners.
• How to extend math games into journals & assessment.

There are three dates for different grade levels for this professional development (see below). The games use cards, a variety of dice, as well as dominoes as manipulatives and integrate strategies for teaching and reinforcing problem solving skills. The registration deadline for all three dates is May 1, 2013. Each workshop runs 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Cooperating School Districts and costs $85 for CSD members and $100 for non-members.

DATE: Wednesday, May 15, 2013 | The handout and game ideas will focus on the following areas of the Common Core State Standards for primary students: numeration and number sense, basic operations, fact families and fluency, place value, patterning, data management and more.

DATE: Thursday, May 16, 2013 | The handout and game ideas will focus on the following areas of the Common Core State Standards for elementary students: numeration and number sense, basic operations, fact families and fluency, place value, patterning, data management and more.

DATE: Friday, May 17, 2013 | The handout and game ideas will focus on the following areas of the Common Core State Standards for middle school and junior high students: all operations and order of operations, problem solving, pre-algebra and algebra, rounding, graphing, patterning, statistics, data management and more.

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Facing the Challenge: Helping Teachers Better Work with Young Children with Challenging Behaviors | This training is designed to help early childhood professionals better understand, define, prevent, and respond to challenging behaviors. Participants will have opportunities to reflect on a child with whom they have worked, as well as view video clips from real childhood classrooms, with the outcome of developing a deeper understanding of challenging behaviors. Content to be covered:

preschool Flickr• What is Challenging Behavior?  • Developmentally Appropriate Behavior • Why do Kids Misbehave? • Parents as Partners Prevention Strategies

This workshop is March 14 at Cooperating School Districts. Members pay $70, non-members pay $90; registration fees include lunch. Susan Brawley, Ed.S, will present. Susan has been working in the early childhood field for over twelve years as a trainer, Education Coordinator, college instructor and elementary teacher. She most recently worked with the University of Missouri as a Regional School-wide Positive Behavior Support Consultant. Register online by February 28.

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Thomas Jefferson | Flickr The three-week institute Thomas Jefferson: Personality, Character and Public Life, offered by the National Endowment for the Humanities, will take place at Boston University from July 8 to 26, 2013.  Speakers include R. B. Bernstein, Peter Hatch, Joanne Freeman, Jan Lewis, and Peter Onuf. The institute will seek to deepen our understanding of one of the most important figures in American history, a figure who is fascinating, influential, inspiring, and embattled.

Focusing on Jefferson’s personality and character and connecting them to his public career will be the theme of the first week, followed by an examination of  his views on religion, his role as a family man, and his correspondence with John Adams. In the final week, the Institute turns to slavery, science, and money.

The application and further information (like the stipend for teachers is $2,700; itinerary and speaker bios) is at the institute’s website.

During the three weeks, participants will also ponder some larger questions:

  • Is the intimate life knowable?
  • Does it connect to the public man or woman?
  • Do we each fashion our own version of Jefferson to reflect our values and needs?
  • What is Jefferson’s legacy?

Discussion will include pedagogical questions:

  • What role should biography and primary sources play in history instruction?
  • How does teaching biographies fit with state standards and high stakes testing?
  • How do we teach intimate information about famous Americans to young people?
  • How can teachers be honest and realistic yet still inspire students and encourage citizenship?

Learn more by visiting thomasjeffersonpersonalitycharacterandpubliclife.org.

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Join the Virtual Learning Center of Cooperating School Districts for a free day of professional development and networking as we “Tech or Treat” with the Discovery Educator Network. This event will feature live as well as virtual sessions provided by the DEN Leaders across the country and locally.

CSD provides Discovery Education products like DE streaming (formerly unitedstreaming), DE Science, DE Assessment and many other educational resources to Missouri schools at a discount. Come find out how to best use these and other digital products in your classroom to increase student achievement and engagement. Learn how to take the first or next steps in integrating digital resources with your interactive white boards, mobile devices and software applications.

Onsite participants will choose between large group virtual professional development & discussions or small group hands-on breakout sessions offered throughout the day. Bring a friend or group and take time to create & collaborate with like-minded professionals. This event is at no cost and is sure to provide a fun way of learning. Some of the best and brightest educators are planning to attend, share & collaborate at CSD. Don’t miss out on this free day of learning & sharing – be sure to bring your own laptop and mobile device for hands-on practice and learning. Limited computers and headphones will be available.

Audience: PreK-12 Classroom Teachers, Curriculum Specialists, Instructional Coaches, and Library Media Specialists

Participants Will Leave With:
-Deep exploration of the variety of digital content available within DE.
-Integration strategies to bring digital content alive in your classroom & engage students.
-Exposure to a wealth of professional development through the DEN.
-Experience with integrating DE resources with Tech4Learning, interactive whiteboards, mobile devices + more
-Knowledge of opportunities offered by the CSD’s Virtual Learning Center.

Saturday, October 22, 2011
7:30 AM – 2:30 PM  (breakfast & lunch will be provided)

Location:
Cooperating School Districts
1460 Craig Road
St. Louis, MO 63146

Bring your “Tech or Treat” Costume!
(Prizes for best costume, although costumes not required.)

Register here.

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They're using technology - are you?

St. Louis area educators, are you already familiar with what the Internet offers, but unsure about how exactly to use it in combination with software applications and Web 2.0 technologies in your classes? The focus of this two-day class at Cooperating School Districts will be to help you create an entire lesson plan from lesson objectives and assignments to teacher and student support materials, all the way to a scoring guide for technology projects. Get tools and a model for technology integration in your classroom.

  • Learn easy to use Internet search strategies for you and your students
  • Find lesson plans and classroom projects on the Web to use or modify
  • Store websites in a free location on the web
  • Create lists and/or search engines of approved websites for students
  • Learn the “grammar” of the web     • Create quizzes online
  • Create assignments that require students to use technology
  • Find scoring guide templates for technology projects and create your own rubric online

Creating Technology-Rich Lessons to Increase Student Achievement is June 21 & 23, 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. each day. It costs $279 for a CSD member and $349 for a non-member. Also, two graduate credits are available, for an additional fee, with this course. Register here.

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We’re offering Cyberbullying In and Out of the Classroom on July 6 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The cost is $149 for CSD members and $189 for non-members. If you are interested, one graduate credit is available for this course. What can you expect? Technology + 24/7 + Bullying = Cyberbullying. That’s the formula for the newest bully on the block. Learn what a cyberbully is, why kids become cyberbullies, how the target can protect him/herself, and how schools/districts should address this issue. Online resources/lessons and suggested student projects and activities will be shared. Time will be allotted to begin developing your student project.

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