Tag Archives: Common Core State Standards

Project Based Learning & 21st Century Skills with LEGO

Join us in a series of fun and engaging workshops where educators will have the opportunity to work with LEGO Education kits and technology to bring Common Core and NGS to life! Participants will work through hands-on activities that cover modeling in science, math, engineering, language arts, reading, social studies and literacy that will provide opportunities for students to demonstrate and build their 21st century skills. Bring engaging and motivating programs into your classroom! Topics will vary by session (review descriptions when you register for your event). LEGO Education manipulatives available include:

•  WeDo Robotics: STEAM
•  StoryStarter: ELA, Reading, Social Studies, Science
•  MoreToMath Primary Math
•  MINDSTORMS Robotics EV3: Explore real world Math, Science, Renewable Energy and  Engineering.
•  Simple & Motorized Mechanisms: Physical Science, Physics, Renewable Energy, and Engineering.

Brad FlickingerProject Based Learning & 21st Century Skills in the Elementary Classroom with LEGO Education has open registration dates of May 5, July 16 and October 22.

Project Based Learning & 21st Century Skills with LEGO Education has open registration dates of May 6, July 17 and October 23.

Visit the EducationPlus professional development calendar to register. Photo credit: Brad Flickinger

Understanding the Smarter Balanced Digital Library

balancedThe Smarter Balanced Library is a resource available to all Missouri teachers. Its Digital Library is a collection of professional learning resources and instructional resources to help educators tailor their Missouri Learning Standards instruction to students’ needs using formative assessment processes. Educators can use these resources throughout the school year to:

  • Identify any misconceptions they might have regarding formative assessment
  • Increase their use of formative assessment tools
  • Better understand where students are in their learning
  • Make quick adjustments to instruction

EducationPlus is offering six workshops over three days to help educators to learn how to navigate the Digital Library, differentiate between professional and instructional resources and explore resources for their specific needs.

Dates Available:
Monday, October 27, 2014 OR
Monday, November 10, 2014 OR
Friday, December 12, 2014

Times:  8:30- 11:30am and repeats 12:30 – 3:30pm;
choose morning or afternoon session.

:  EducationPlus, 1460 Craig Rd., St. Louis, MO 63146
Cost:  $50 Members and Non-Members

Participants will need to bring their own device and district provided access code to this workshop. Register online at www.edplus.org.

Strategies for Training Engineers In Your Modern Classroom

stemCommon Core State Standards, College and Career Readiness Standards, and the Next Generation Science Standards place great emphasis on a multi-disciplinary approach that increases interconnectedness among all disciplines and engineering.  “Putting the “E” in STEM: Strategies for Training Engineers In Your Modern Classroom” offers middle and high school teachers from all disciplines an introduction to essential principles of engineering, places to find resources, easily accessible tools, and basic ways to begin including engineering principals into their current curriculum. Curriculum coordinators and administrators are also encouraged to attend. Learn more from Dr. Bridgette Davis of Louisiana State University’s School of Education on April 21. Registration is available online; members pay $150 for a full day of learning.

Social Studies: Gateway to the Core of Learning

NCSSThe National Council for the Social Studies Conference is in St. Louis this November 22-24. NCSS, celebrating it’s 93rd annual conference, will highlight Common Core non-fiction text strategies as well as the new social studies framework for the standards in social studies. In addition, school visits to Maplewood Richmond Heights School District and New City School are available Thursday, November 21.

There is a special offer for groups in Missouri and Illinois; register four teachers for $700-
save over $300 off regular registration rates! If they receive your registration form by October 25, they will mail your registration materials directly to you. If NCSS receives your form after October 25, but by November 18, they will process your registration, and hold your materials for pickup at onsite NCSS Registration. To learn more, and see sessions, check out the registration forms:

2013 NCSS Local Individual Registration form
2013 NCSS Local Group Registration form

Integrating Technology Tools in Math to Meet Common Core State Standards

 Integrating Technology Tools in Math to Meet #CCSSAll day today Nancy George and Jan Keenoy are leading Integrating Technology Tools in Math to Meet Common Core State Standards today in the tele. The workshop was for math teachers at all grade levels who want to understand the Missouri Core Academic Standards (CAS) for Math and how to tie technology tools into their teaching.  Nancy and Jan, along with the participants, explored the foundation for the standards, the learning progressions, and the major shifts in content, instruction and assessment, along with the technology tools that students need to be successful. What was your biggest a-ha moment from the day?