Tag Archives: Collaboration

Hangout with Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum

We just heard about this four-week Google+ online class celebrating the Everly Brothers, one of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s first inductees!

From the Hall of Fame:

You are invited to join the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum’s award-winning education team for a special Google+ online class on the musical legacy of the Everly Brothers – 1986 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductees and this year’s annual Music Masters honorees. Learn how Don and Phil Everly became the leading duo of rock and roll, transforming the country sounds of their childhood into rich harmonies and perfectly crafted songs that crossed over from country to pop and even R&B in the late 1950s and early 1960s.

Each week will focus on a new topic – their role in the first wave of rock and roll, their musicianship and skill as singers, and their approach to songwriting. The class will also connect the legacy of the Everly Brothers to bands and artists on the radio today. Continue to check Google+ for resources to continue the conversation in your classroom– infographics, video demonstrations, lesson plans and other materials that you can only find at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum.

TITLE: CLASSROOM CONVERSATIONS: UNDERSTANDING THE EVERLY BROTHERS’ MUSICAL LEGACY This program is appropriate for middle and high school students. There is no cost to connect.

ONLINE CONVERSATION BEGINS: September 29 on Rock Hall’s Google+ Continue to check  Google+ each week for resources to continue the conversation in your classroom.

LIVE DISCUSSION WITH ROCK HALL EDUCATORS: October 20 from 12-12:45 pm CT Conversation culminates with a discussion that will be streamed live on the Rock Hall’s Google+. This discussion will be guided by questions and comments submitted by classrooms via Google+. Reservations/registration not required.

QUESTIONS? Contact the education staff at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum at education@rockhall.org.

Reading Workshop for Beginners Institute

-2This week, a collaborative learning opportunity involving three EducationPlus PLN’s, SLACCA, EduCoaches and LARC, is taking place at the Ferguson Florissant School District. We’re beginning a four year literacy initiative and the Reading Workshop for Beginners Three Day Institute is kicking it off! The institute is a way for the region’s educators to share best practices. Participants will be gaining an understanding of the instructional philosophy and framework of the Reading Workshop.

They will be walking away with a structure for implementing and starting the workshop approach in their classrooms. Teams of three to five teachers are here with an instructional coach and/or administrator from their district. The districts participating this week include:

•  Affton-1
•  Bayless
•  Ferguson Florissant
•  Francis Howell
•  Parkway
•  Rockwood
•  SSD
•  University City

These educators are engaging in lesson planning and implementation as well as daily breakout sessions. Facilitators sharing their best practices are from Fox, Bayless, Parkway, Ritenour, Warren County and Wentzville school districts. The June session filled so quickly that we are now offering a July session.

Reading Workshop for Beginners Three Day Institute takes place again July 21-23 at Cross Keys Middle School. Register for this session by July 14; keep in mind you must attend all three sessions. Questions? Contact EducationPlus’ Director of Teaching and Learning, Stephanie Madlinger.

What Common Core Learning Looks Like in the Classroom and How Leaders Foster It

collaborationIn our region, there are schools and districts that use the language of PLCs and others that emphasize data collection/data teams. One of the sessions offered at the Common Core and Understanding by Design Institute is designed to honor the power of collaboration—for adults and for the students in our classrooms.

An important focus of the Common Core is for students to engage in academic discourse. One way in which they do this is through productive, collaborative, learning experiences where they answer questions, build understanding, and solve problems. In order for our students to engage in these collaborative experiences, we must engage in academic discourse through our own productive collaboration. In the session, educators from the region will explore and develop strategies for productive collaborative experiences in the classroom with students as well as outside the classroom with colleagues.

To learn more about the other sessions being offered over the course of this three-day professional learning opportunity, click here.

All Atwitter About METC 2011

recent tweets about the upcoming METC

You too, can participate the conversation on the 2011 Midwest Education Technology Conference via Twitter!  Be sure to follow us @METC_CSD and to look us up by the hashtag #METC_CSD.

Thanks to educators @chollingsworth,  @kevcreutz, and  @justintarte for letting us share their tweets in this post.  We’re looking forward to seeing them and you at METC this February at the St. Charles Convention Center! In the meantime, we hope to add you to our Professional Learning Network!

Team Work – Collaboration Videoconference

Children’s book authors, Patricia McKissack and her son, Fredrick McKissack, Jr., conduct a 60-90 minute session about their collaboration on several books– Black Diamond, the Story of the Negro Baseball Leagues, Hard Labor, and the upcoming graphic novel, Nat Love, Cowboy. During the highly interactive session, the McKissacks will discuss how the team works to maintain consistency, sequence, form, and accuracy. Students will be asked to participate by answering a brief quiz that will identify who might be a good collaborator with them.

During the videoconference with students, the McKissacks introduces themselves and give brief biographical information including how they became collaborators. After a definition of “collaboration” and the many forms it can take, the McKissacks will focus on research writing first draft, editing, and final draft as they are affected by collaboration.  Time for questions and answers from the students will follow, along with a brief test to see who would be a good collaborator for you?

The goal of the project is to introduce students to the process that authors use to write and/or illustrate a book together. In addition, the project will encourage students to work with each other in the spirit of sharing, compromise, and respect for others’ thoughts & ideas.

At the end of the project students will be able to:

•  Work together brainstorming to come up with ideas for writing a short story.
•  Agree upon a story line.
•  Create a draft of the story then hand it off to the writing partner (collaborator).
•  Analyze their writing with each other.
•  Share their work through email with other collaborators.
•  Revise their writing to conform to the correct standards of English.
•  Prepare a finished manuscript (publish).

This videoconference will be $300 per session. Interested? Send your requests to Rebecca Morrison at Cooperating School Districts in St. Louis, Missouri.