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original blog post about Creating Success for ELL Students

Dr. Sharon Faber’s September 30th session on Creating Success for ELL Students is full- however- she’s agreed to facilitate another one on November 7th! At that event, she will also provide specific and practical techniques that can be used by teachers in all subject areas to assist ELL students with their comprehension and vocabulary skills. For more details on this full-day session in November at the Brentwood Conference Center, visit our registration page.

Here’s more about the training: as the student population becomes increasingly linguistically diverse, educators are faced with the challenge of providing academically rigorous instruction to ELLs. This requires teachers to adopt new strategies that challenge learners to think at higher levels. How do we modify our teaching strategies in the classroom to make sure that these appropriate opportunities happen for ELL students? While many teachers were never trained to teach reading, writing, or ELL students, they get ELL students who are struggling readers or even non-readers in their classes.

Dr. Faber received her bachelor of science degree from Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls, Texas, her master’s in educational leadership from the University of Texas at San Antonio, and her doctorate in educational leadership from the University of Virginia.

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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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Craig Wagganer’s professional career has focused on leadership, team building, professional development and building relationships. Having overseen multiple boards and staffs, Craig has developed effective communication, leadership and team building skills that have benefited numerous organizations. He presents two Support Staff Academy (a program of EducationPlus) sessions this June:

LISTENING + SPEAKING = EFFECTIVE COMMUNICATION
Thursday, June 26, 2014 | 8:30 – 11:30 AM
$59 Member, $74 Non Member | Register online
Presenter: Craig Wagganer, LeadersBridge

Learn witty and interactive approaches to increasing communication skills. We’ll share how to T.H.I.N.K before you speak; understand the power of listening and the effect it has on both sides of communication; and how to facilitate effective communication that fosters a growth atmosphere. The workshop is entertaining, fast-paced, and interactive.

EXPLORING LEADERSHIP ROLES & RELATIONSHIPS
Thursday, June 26, 2014 | 12:30 – 3:30 PM
$59 Member, $74 Non Member | Register online
Presenter: Craig Wagganer, LeadersBridge
Together we’ll explore the heart of leadership; the vertical relationship in leadership that pertains to being efficient; and the horizontal line of leadership that deals with being effective. At the end of the time together each participant will have experienced and integrated three keys to make their leadership a real plus.

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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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Guest blog post by Robert Dillon and Chris McGee, edcamptSTL organizers. Dillon is principal of Maplewood Richmond Heights Middle School in St. Louis County; McGee is a Curriculum Coordinator for Science and Social Studies for the Webster Groves School District,  also located in St. Louis County. Follow Bob and Chris on Twitter.

We have all experienced long-form, conference professional development, and we have probably all experienced individual professional development that had you with a book on your couch learning about something new to implement in the classroom, but it has only been a few years since the opportunity to receive just-in-time professional development has been widely available to educators. This is the type of support that you receive that is focused on your needs, in real-time that connects you with colleagues in your field.

Chris McGee

Just-in-time professional development is one of the goals of the the edcamp concept that is spreading across the globe. Edcamp allows educators to have conversations that they want, about the topics that they want, in a space that they want. Since the first edcamp just a few years ago, educators have been gathering on Saturdays with the hope of building learning allies with educators in their community and beyond. Just-in-time for Monday, teachers and leaders are receiving the resources, supports, tools, and energy that they need to make Monday better than Friday for their students.

Robert Dillon

The second edcampSTL will take place on February 9 at Hixson Middle School in Webster Groves. Even before this post, there are already 200 area educators signed up to participate in the event. There is a growing number of educators that are looking for ways to be more innovative, define their own success, and create new learning experiences for their kids. Many of them are growing and learning as connected educators on Twitter, and this group of learners and educational leaders have felt the power of Edcamp, and they are signed up and bringing colleagues to this just-in-time professional development experience.

Take the time to register today for edcampSTL. A day of handcrafted learning that is designed by the participants to meets your needs has been the elixir for so many educators around the country to propel them to a new level of passion in their classroom instruction. There is no greater time than now to receive your booster shot of just-in-time professional development courtesy of edcampSTL.

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Today at Cooperating School Districts we had two professional development sessions take place, including a seminar (left), Transition to College: Services for Students with Disabilities in Post-Secondary Education presented by Julia Edwards, Assistant Dean of Disability Support Services from Ozarks Technical Community College. Growing enrollment of students with disabilities in post-secondary education have generated considerable interest in discussion on accessibility of higher education for students with disabilities- the session provided information for educators and service providers which can assist in a successful transition to college for students.

Also at 1460 Craig Road was a CPI- Non Violent Crisis Prevention refresher course (right). Participants in attendance completed the full 8-hour initial Nonviolent Crisis Intervention Training Program prior to attending their first refresher training with Bruce Hunter; it’s recommended that participants attend these refresher trainings on a yearly basis to renew their skills. To learn how you can participate in future workshops for either program, consult CSD’s event calendar.

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Next week, it’s our last Wednesday Webinar for this school year- hard to believe! On May 9th, find out what Cooperating School Districts’ Virtual Learning Center has in store for summer tele (technology enhanced learning environment) workshops and how you can earn Lindenwood University graduate credit for them! In this 60-minute webinar, learn from lead instructors Martha Bogart and Stephanie Madlinger the types of workshops being offered at CSD, what you can expect of the professional development, and when you can take them. To register for this free webinar, visit this link. Can’t log on at 4 o’clock on Wednesday? No worries, this event, like all of the others this school year, will be archived and you can catch it when you have free time.

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