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EducationPlus’ Best Practices Conference returns this November. This is an exciting day of collaborative learning designed specifically for elective and exploratory teachers in grades 6-12. Participants will be able to choose from 20+ specialized break-out sessions created by local and regional area instructional leaders to foster innovation. Educators will also participate in teacher’s choice sessions designed by participants, for participants, where they will connect with thought-leaders, collaborate around topics of interest, explore best practices in your content and enhance classroom experiences. Specific content areas of discussion include classroom practices in fine and performing arts, CTE (FACS, engineering, industrial technology, business), health/PE plus world languages. Registration is open now for the November 6th conference at Ft. Zumwalt North High School.

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Best Practices Conference 2015: EnrichEd Learning for Elective and Exploratory Teachers. Learn more by clicking here.

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Along with facilitators Steffanie Forbes and Laura Jackson from LEGO Education, participants worked through hands-on activities that covered modeling in science, math, engineering and literacy today. They learned new practices in robotics and simple machines that will provide opportunities for their students to demonstrate and build their 21st century skills. Plus, LEGOS!

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photo by Stephanie Madlinger
photo by Stephanie Madlinger

We have several edtech offerings this summer, but for one week in July, it’s going to get a bit STEAMy, with design thinking, coding and project based learning scheduled! Registration is still open, so you can sign up today!

July 13-14: STEAM-ing It Up: Design Thinking in the Classroom; learn from Debbie Fucoloro and Christine Ruder. Beginning with essential questions, they will explore many strategies and practices available to maker educators– makerspace and PBL processes that include: LEGOs, littleBits, squishy electronics, Sphero, wearable computing, Arduino, recycling and robotics, coding and more… all of which allow educators and students to share, engage, explore and collaborate on their learning journey together.

July 15: Adventures in STEM: Learn to Code; Debbie Fucoloro continues to share her best practices in drag and drop programming in a hands-on, game-like constructivist atmosphere.

July 16: Project Based Learning & 21st Century Skills in the Elementary Classroom with LEGO Educationjoin Steffanie Forbes and Laura Jackson has they guide you through hands-on activities that cover modeling in science, math, engineering, language arts, reading, social studies and literacy– using LEGOs. 

July 17: Project Based Learning & 21st Century Skills with LEGO EducationSteffanie Forbes and Laura Jackson focus on the secondary classroom in their second day at EdPlus. Explore real world math, science, renewable energy and engineering, plus simple & motorized mechanisms and physics, again, in hands-on activities.

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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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