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Guest Blog Post on the Upcoming 19th Annual CHARACTERplus National Character Education Conference

CHARACTERplus, celebrating it’s 25th year, is a program of Cooperating School Districts of Greater St. Louis. CHARACTERplus works to advance the cause of character education and sustain its impact on the lives of educators and students. CHARACTERplus team members work with educators, students, and organizations like the St. Louis Cardinals* to promote the cause. This year, they are holding their 19th annual national conference on character education. Guest blogger Suzy Ward shares more –

Hi, I am Suzy Ward and am the Conference Coordinator for CHARACTERplus’ Character Education Conference. It is June 17-19th and conveniently located at the St. Charles Convention Center. This is the 19th annual national conference and promises to be our most exciting conference yet! Although it is held in St. Louis, it attracts over 500 people from across the country and even Taiwan. It is a great vacation destination too.

We have international experts in the field of Character Education. We have new keynote presenters like Michele Borba, and Hal Urban is back by popular demand. Plus, we have over 60 breakout sessions to meet your needs from enhancing school climate and culture, intrinsic motivation to service learning. You will hear directly from students, State and National Schools of Character to other Early Childhood through High School educators.

Are you looking for more in-depth training in Bullying Prevention or Character Education and Common Core State Standards? Spend the day at one of our pre-conferences June 17th. Each one is from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. at the St. Charles Convention Center; this includes lunch and parking at no additional costs. Pre-conferences include:

New Character Education and the Common Core State Standards- Across the nation schools are focused on preparing for the Common Core. You understand its importance, but are you asking yourself: now what? While most associate it with Language Arts and Math, there are many opportunities to integrate Character Education. This session is your opportunity to hear presenters from Kansas, South Carolina and Missouri on how they have integrated these two critical initiatives.  Each state will present then have a panel discussion. They will address College and Career Readiness, Social and Emotional skills, productive persistence skills to curriculum for the 21st century learners.

Bullying Prevention The CHARACTERplus Way– How do you create a culture of allies? How do you respond to bullying actions? This workshop will provide research-based,  field-tested answers to tailor to your own school needs. Presenters Tami Bopp and Diane Stirling have trained and coached educators for more than a decade  in creating cultures that increase belonging, autonomy (student voice) and competence. They have trained adults and worked with students  in bullying prevention. Most recently, they have worked with Stan Davis, author of Schools Where Everyone Belongs. Participants will learn how to assess their culture, build staff to student and peer-to-peer relationships, increase empathy, survey students, listen and respond effectively to what they report anonymously, develop a response team and a rubric-based system of consequences.

As a thank you to those who support character education, including bullying prevention, service learning, and caring school communities, CHARACTERplus would like to invite you to leave a comment at the end of this post on your favorite CHARACTERplus program. Do you promote character education in your school? Are you able to attend the annual conference and its precons? What moves you to be involved?

* Leave a comment; the first 25 to share their thoughts receive 2 tickets to the Monday, April 29th game at Busch Stadium – see the St. Louis Cardinals play the Cincinnati Reds! Be sure when you leave your comment to give your full name and email address (email address only visible to blog administrator / ticket distributor). We’ll let you know how/where to pick up your tickets before the game. One comment per person, please, so we can share  these tickets with as many fans of character education as we can!

March 2013 Top Reads

top 5It’s no April Fool’s! Here are the top five blog posts for the past month on The Connected Classroom — have you read them?

#1  GMLP Media Literacy Mini Conference: Pedagogy & Production
#2  Book Study: Common Core for the Not-So-Common Learner
#3  CSD offers New Technology Workshops this Summer
#4  Meeting Common Core Standards Using Google Tools
#5  19th Annual National Character Education Conference is June 17-19 in Missouri

CHARACTERplus National Character Education Conference Call for Proposals

[December 12 EDIT: the submission deadline is extended to January 30]
CHARACTERplus‘ 19th National Character Education Conference takes place June 17-19, 2013 at the St. Charles Convention Center. Character Education is the core to student academic achievement, building a positive school climate and developing caring and productive citizens. Cooperating School Districts is seeking proposals from educators for the summer conference. Be a part of positively changing conference participants world – the call for proposals  is now open!  The deadline to submit proposals is December 10, 2012; presenters receive a reduced rate to attend the conference.

•School Climate/Culture
•Bullying Prevention
•Service Learning
•Unity/Team Building Activities-Building Relationships
•Staff Buy-in/How to Lead Change
•Curriculum Integration
•Student Leadership/Empowerment
•Research/Data Driven Decision Making
•Global Issues
•Community Partners
•State Standards | Common Core
•Academic Achievement
•Social & Emotional Learning
•Strategies for Pre-Service Teachers
•Intrinsic Motivation

If you have any questions about content, contact Suzy Ward at sward@csd.org. For assistance with submitting your proposal, contact Karen Vaughan at kvaughan@csd.org.

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.

New Links and CHARACTERplus Feature #1 St. Louis Authors in Programs

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.