Presented by Tami Bopp, Director of CharacterPlus Programs and Stephanie Madlinger, Director of Educational Innovation/METC, EducationPlus
Workshop Grade Level: K-12
Do you know what type of digital footprint you are creating? Are your students aware of how their online actions affect themselves and others? We teach our children how to be good citizens and safe within the physical community, but what about norms for appropriate, responsible behavior with regard to technology use? As educators, we must prepare students to live in a world without physical boundaries and help them learn how to work collaboratively with others, virtually or otherwise. During this full day workshop, we will explore the nine elements of Digital Citizenship: Access, Commerce, Communication, Literacy, Etiquette, Law, Rights & Responsibilities, Health & Wellness and Security, based on Mike Ribble’s book, Digital Citizenship in Schools. Come with your laptops and mobile devices, so we can practice safe, ethical behaviors together. Leave with ideas for Respecting, Educating, and Protecting yourself and others.
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Shakespeare Festival of St. Louis‘ Director of Community Engagement & Education, Jennifer Wintzer, will share at the CharacterPlus National Conference how Shakespeare’s characters have grit. Shakespeare Festival St. Louis’ educational touring ensemble hits the road each school year with 50-minute adaptations of Shakespeare’s plays, companion resource guides and supplemental workshops for students grades K-12. Explore the festival’s theatrical approach to character education with this exciting breakout session. Using key principles of character education, she will guide participants through hands-on, experiential activities to explore the moral dilemmas of some of the Bard’s most famous (and infamous) characters. You will enhance content knowledge and will learn theatre activities that support student understanding of ethical and civic values such as respect, trustworthiness, caring and fairness within the context of Shakespeare’s plays.
Jennifer’s presentation at the conference takes place just after this season’s production of Antony and Cleopatra closes (running May 22- June 14 in Forest Park). Admission to all performances is free, and this year marks the 15th anniversary of plays in the park.
The CharacterPlus National Conference takes place June 16-17. In previous posts, we’ve shared about the pre-conference workshops options open to educators. Here, we’d like to focus a bit more on our two keynote speakers.
Tuesday keynote Principal Baruti Kafele, an award-winning educator and best-selling author, is a leading authority on professional development strategies for creating a positive school climate and culture, transforming the attitudes of at-risk student populations, motivating males to excel in the classroom and school leadership development. His messages include attitude, goal setting, planning, purpose, vision, determination, self-esteem, self-image, decision-making, school behavior, bullying, distractions, temptations and so much more in an effort to motivate, educate and empower students for success. Learn more about Principal Kafele, see his books and videos at PrincipalKafele.com. Follow @PrincipalKafele on Twitter.
Wednesday keynote Tanya Avrith is an innovation specialist, helping lead change by working with educators, parents, K-12 and college students. While she was the lead educational technology and digital citizenship teacher at the Lester B. Pearson School Board in Montreal, Canada, Tanya was instrumental in the vision and execution of the district-wide Digital Citizenship Program. Tanya presents to educators, students and parents all over North America. She has also been invited to Facebook headquarters to discuss digital citizenship education. Tanya spent the last two years guiding students how to harness the power of social media and will be incorporating this message into her keynote. She is a Google Certified Teacher and an Apple Distinguished Educator as well as the co-host of EduSlam.me. Follow @TanyaAvrith on Twitter.