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Crucial Conversations: Dialog Among Students about the St. Louis School Transfer Program


EducationPlus announces a series of videoconference dialogs among schools on the topics of improving unaccredited schools and the St. Louis school transfer program.

These conversations are suggested for classes in Civics, Government, History, Journalism and Social Studies. High school students from different demographic areas of St. Louis, including the unaccredited districts and the receiving districts, will have an opportunity to talk with each other in a series of five videoconference dialogs. Schools must participate in all five sessions and have a way to connect over the Internet with voice and video to participate; this could be by having a  Polycom-type unit or Skype-type connection. Time will be determined by participating schools and EducationPlus. To learn more, including session descriptions and the series’ alignment with Common Core ELA Standards, follow this link.

Session 1 | Jan. 29, 2014
Session 2 | Feb. 24, 2014
Session 3 | March 31, 2014
Session 4 | April 15, 2014
Session 5 | May 7, 2014

Objectives of this program are for the students to:

  • Research the background of the school accreditation process and the current transfer program, including national and Missouri state educational policy
  • Interview the parties involved with Missouri school accreditation and the current transfer program
  • Evaluate and summarize school accreditation from all perspectives
  • Compile and document data and anecdotal evidence related to the current transfers
  • Brainstorm and develop recommendations for education policy in Missouri
  • Present results of study to appropriate parties

2012 Show-Me a Movie Deadline in 1 Week

Show-Me Red CarpetJust a few reminders about the Show-Me a Movie Digital Storytelling Contest:

• Entries must be received no later than 3 p.m. CST on December 14, 2012. Entries received after this deadline will not be considered.

• Movies must be submitted via the web: required website for upload is SchoolTube. The online entry form includes a space for the URL to be submitted to CSD. We no longer accept movies on CD.

• There are two online forms (entry form– one per movie and reflection– one per student) as part of the submission process.

• The contest is now open for submissions from elementary (2-5), middle school, and high school students in Missouri + Illinois.

• Movies that lack the proper citations for resources used within the submission will automatically be disqualified from judging,
rather than just points taken off total score, as judges have done in previous years.

See all the rules online at

#kidvote brings election to classroom

To see some great images of students participating in mock elections this week, check out the #kidvote hashtag. One particularly active teacher is METC Spotlight Educator Krissy Venosdale of Hillsboro, Missouri. She’s documenting every step of her students’ election process- voting, tabulating, reporting, and Skyping- over several media platforms. You can find links to them all at her Twitter feed, including their mock election results. Remember, for those of you 18 and over voting in the real election, the closing time for Missouri polls is 7 p.m. central time; the Show-Me State is worth 10 electoral votes in the presidential race.

Using Skype to Discuss Using Digital Portfolios to Collect & Evaluate Student Work

Today in her Using Digital Portfolios to Collect & Evaluate Student Work workshop, Stephanie Madlinger connected briefly via Skype to high school English teacher Nicholas Provenzano, who holds a Masters Degree in Educational Technology from Central Michigan University. He discussed with the St. Louis participants at Cooperating School Districts how he uses Web 2.0 to encourage student writing- citing Google Apps, Blogger and Evernote as his favorites. Visit Flickr to see more shots from the full-day workshop.

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