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Learn more about Cooperating School Districts’ summer educational technology workshops, like the boot camp
with Meg Ormiston, by clicking on the image below.

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CJ HuffFrom Tragedy to Triumph –– The Journey of the Joplin Schools – this Midwest Education Technology Conference Leadership Lunch Keynote takes place Tuesday, February 12, from 12-2 p.m. with Dr. C.J. Huff, Superintendent of Joplin Schools.

Joplin Schools was devastated by an EF-5 tornado on May 22, 2011. In spite of heavy losses, the school district rallied the community to open schools on time 87 days later. This session will provide an overview of some of the current challenges and opportunities faced by the Joplin Schools as it endeavors to turn this terrible tragedy into an amazing opportunity to reinvent public education for its children.

Dr. Huff’s recognitions include People Magazine’s “2011 Heroes Among Us,”  eSchool News 2012 Tech-Savvy Superintendent Award, Missouri Association of School Administrators 2012 Pearce Award. To attend this luncheon at METC, additional registration is required at a cost of $30.

To hear a preview of Dr. Huff’s talk, listen to this podcast produced by Cooperating School Districts’ Craig George.

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Roxanne Glaser is content director for Whirlidurb Video Conference Services, and she is a Featured Speaker in the Virtual Teaching & Learning conference strand of METC. With a masters degree in Educational Technology from Pepperdine University and extensive experience in supporting schools in educational opportunities through distance technologies, she has managed, coordinated and presented via videoconference for the past eight years while creating quality collaborative and interactive educational opportunities. In this podcast, Cooperating School Districts‘ Craig George chats with Roxanne about her work and motivating, engaging, transforming, and connecting students. The Midwest Education Technology Conference is coming up February 13-15th. See Roxanne, via videoconference, on Tuesday the 14th.

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Midwest Education Technology Conference Keynote Speaker John Carver (from Van Meter Community School District in Iowa) presents twice on Tuesday, February 14. The first presentation is with the Breakfast for Administrators where he’ll discuss Our “Printing Press” Moment: Educational Transformation, hold on to your hats!. Later in the day, he’ll talk about Hitting a Moving Target: The Nuts & Bolts of Becoming a 21st Century School District. John Carver recently took some time out of his schedule to talk to Cooperating School Districts about his upcoming sessions at the 2012 METC. To hear this podcast, click on his photo to the left. To register for the conference, visit

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Over the next couple of weeks, we’ll be featuring the 2012 Midwest Education Technology Conference Featured Speakers. Last week we shared Lucy Gray and Ken Shelton’s bios. Today’s focus is on Cindy Lane and Tony Vincent– two of our presenters from the Midwest! The Virtual Learning Center and the Advisory Committee are excited to have them be part of METC 2012. Don’t forget to look for @clane, @tonyvincent, and @METC_CSD on Twitter!

Cindy Lane is an Educator, Instructional Technologist, and a Network Sherpa. She is a Discovery Education Certified Trainer. Cindy has traveled to 48 states training teachers to use Discovery Education in their classrooms. She is certified to train in all current Discovery Education programs ranging from Web 2.0 to Techbook. Cindy is also a Google Certified Teacher, a Master Trainer for Intel Teach to the Future, and as an eMINTS Instructional Trainer. She is an adjunct professor for several regional colleges/universities. including the University of Missouri-Columbia and St. Louis Community College. Cindy is extremely innovative, resourceful & specializes in finding unique and creative ways to use traditional computer tools in the classroom.

Tony Vincent started teaching fifth grade in Omaha, Nebraska in 1998, when it wasn’t so easy to publish online. Knowing that his students were motivated to see their work on the Web, Tony first had students write book reviews on Later his students spent each school year contributing projects to their classroom site, Planet 5th. Planet 5th became so popular that it received thousands of hits from around the world. In 2001, Tony’s students became among the first to use handheld computers for learning and later among the first to podcast. Today, he works as an independent consultant, working with educators worldwide. Tony’s blog, Learning in Hand, is a great resource for educational technology. From netbooks and web applications to iPods, iPads, and podcasting, Tony has put together practical information for educators interested in mobile learning.


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The St. Louis bestseller list for the week ending May 8 from The Riverfront Times, as compiled by the St. Louis Independent Booksellers Alliance and based on sales at Left Bank Books, Main Street Books, Pudd’nhead Books, Subterranean Books, and Sue’s News, has been released.

St. Louisans again top both the adult and children’s bestseller lists! Amy E. Sklansky‘s You Are My Little Cupcake holds onto the # 1 slot on the children’s list, while Eric GreitensThe Heart and the Fist: The Education of a Humanitarian, the Making of a Navy Seal placed # 1 spot on the adult list. (Amy is also #3 on the children’s list with My Daddy and Me).

Coincidentally, both bestselling authors are involved with Cooperating School Districts’ programming! Amy Sklansky, as you know, is one of our most popular New Links content providers- she videoconferences regularly from CSD (see above photo). Eric Greitens is a featured speaker at this summer’s Character Education Conference (produced by CHARACTERplus, another program of Cooperating School Districts).

Amy Sklansky and Eric Greitens were both on the bestseller list last week, too, as was New Links author Patricia McKissack. Their books are available at the booksellers listed at the beginning of the post.

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Midwest Education Technology Conference keynote Peter Buffett took some time to talk with Cooperating School Districts about his parents, his book, his career, and his life, and how they connect to the METC 2011 theme of Motivate, Engage, Transform, Connect.

Take a few minutes to listen to Peter talk about motivation, engagement, technology, ingenuity and storytelling by clicking here.

In addition to being METC‘s keynote speaker Wednesday morning, he’ll be performing Wednesday evening for the public at the St. Charles Convention Center at 7 o’clock.

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