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VLC Spotlight: Karen Vaughan

We’re continuing on with our VLC Spotlight series by featuring one of the newest team members, Karen Vaughan. While Karen has only worked for the Virtual Learning Center for about three years, she’s been with Cooperating School Districts for 20 years!

Karen is the Conference and Special Events Coordinator. You probably recognize her – Karen coordinates the Midwest Education Technology Conference (METC), the Character Education Conference (CEC), the Best Practices Conference, along with the Support Staff Academy/Mini-Conference and Executive Professionals Academy. She touches nearly every division of CSD with her work, though the VLC is lucky enough to call her our own.

Karen is a Certified Meeting Professional and Certified Special Events Professional; she graduated from University of Missouri-St. Louis with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration.

At home, she has two Irish Setters and a Boston Terrier that she considers to be her “fur-babies.” She’s a skilled quilter, loves to ride her Harley, and Karen is an avid NHRA (that’s National Hot Rod Association) drag racing fan.

VLC this Week

It’s been a busy week here in the Virtual Learning Center Take a look…


…. at just a few pictures of what took place this week- a SMART Board class in the TELE, the ITEF grant meeting, the Ritenour ITEA, plus the Best Practices Conferences Martha presented at on Thursday. March is looking as busy, too!

Honoring Teachers, Classrooms and Schools That Get Results

The Best Practices Conference is a joint project between Cooperating School Districts and Regional Professional Development Center Advisory Board.

During the fourth annual conference (Honoring Teachers, Classrooms and Schools That Get Results), participants have the opportunity to hear & learn practitioners from our local schools whose practices are making a difference for students and teachers. This is reflected in increased knowledge, improved skills and academic achievement. This year, participants have the opportunity to attend at least four breakout sessions and also hear keynote speaker Bonnie M. Davis, Ph.D. Dr. Davis will present how to create culturally considerate schools where all students can learn and achieve.

DATE:  Thursday, February 24, 2011 | TIME:  8:30 A.M. to 3:30 P.M.
LOCATION:  Maryland Heights Centre | 2344 McKelvey Road | Maryland Heights, MO 63043
COSTS: $40 for CSD members | $50 for non-members

Other sessions include: Annie’s Hope – School-Based Grief Support for Students; One Kid at a Time;  How to Successfully Implement and Maintain a Data Wall; Stop, Collaborate, & Listen!; and Using Systems Thinking Habits and Tools in the Classroom. To register, click here.

If you have questions regarding this event, please contact Karen Vaughan.
Please register by Tuesday, February 22nd; registration is limited to 200 attendees.

CSD’s Best Practices Conference Coming Up!

RPDC logoThe third annual Best Practices Conference, sponsored by the Cooperating School Districts of Greater St. Louis, Inc. (CSD) and the St. Louis Regional Professional Development Center (RPDC), is coming up at the end of February.

The Best Practices Conference provides St. Louis area educators with ideas and strategies from local teachers and CSD professional developers (including the Virtual Learning Center’s Martha Bogart and Ruth Litman-Block) that have proven effective in making a difference for students and teachers.

Participants can attend four breakout sessions and also hear keynote speaker Tierney Cahill, author of Ms. Cahill for Congress. The book is the story of a fearless teacher, her sixth grade students, and the election that changed their lives.

University City High School’s Margaret Williams, 2008-2009 Missouri Teacher of the Year, will also present. Her session, “Bringing the African-American Experience to Life,” provides suggestions on how to make African-American studies more engaging, yet full of learning. Participants will be involved in activities covering ancient African studies, slavery, and the 20th and 21st centuries. These activities are more than just hands-on- they involve the arts, literature, research, geography, and more.

This year’s conference is next week- February 26 at the Maryland Heights Center, 2344 McKelvey Road. The conference is limited to 200 attendees, so register today to save your place!  To register or request more information, please contact Karen Vaughan at 314-692-9731.