Tag Archives: Cooperating School Districts

Here are the 2014 Midwest Spotlight Educators

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Top left to right: April Burton, Amy Taylor, Megan Chambers, Gina Hartman, Chris McGee  |  Bottom left to right: Robert Dillon, Christine Ruder, Nick Cusumano, Heidi Morgan, Kelly Gilchrist

The METC Conference’s Midwest Spotlight Educators is an honor that recognizes education technology leaders in the region, whose practices are making a difference for students and teachers. This is reflected in increased knowledge, improved skills and academic achievement by integrating technology into their instructional practices. The 2014 Midwest Spotlight Educators were selected, after an application process, by the METC Planning and Advisory Committee. Look for The Connected Classroom to profile each leading up to METC in February; in the meantime, click on the photo above to learn more about the selected Illinois and Missouri educators. Congratulations to the 2014 spotlight educator group! Each will present at least twice at the conference.

METC is a program of Cooperating School Districts and the METC ISTE affiliate.

Library Media Specialist Academy Enrollment Open

LMS Academy CSDOur Library Media Specialist Academy focuses on the changing role of the Library Media Specialist in K-12 education. Today’s LMS plays the versatile role of an instructional partner responsible for ensuring that students & staff are efficient & effective users of information. The academy assists LMS personnel in teaching and connecting the new standards of AASL, ISTE and the NETS. Registration is open for all library media specialists to attend this eight-part academy on:

All sessions, except for METC, are 4-7 p.m. at CSD. Just some of the topics to be covered include: understanding the meaning of media literacy as it applies to 21st century skills; learning digital tools that promote effective use of digital media for K-12 students; examining best practices for Copyright & Fair Use; and exploring digital citizenship and literacy curriculum resources.

The cost is $495 non-CSD members and $395 for members. In addition, participants have an option to earn 3.0 graduate credits for an additional cost of $60 per credit hour through Lindenwood University. Learn more by clicking here.

Common Core State Standards and Understanding by Design Summer Institutes Bring Educators Together, In Person and Online

Ritenour CCSSOur final Common Core State Standards and Understanding by Design Summer Institute– a collaboration with the St. Louis Area Curriculum Coordinators Association (SLACCA) and Authentic Education- was a great success last week at the Ritenour School District.

To read some of the tweets from the event, visit our Storify on #CCSSUbD.

The first three-day session was last month at the Fox School District.

June 2013 Top Reads

Here are the top five blog posts for the past month on The Connected Classroom — have you read them?

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Missouri educators collaborating during the Common Core State Standards and Understanding by Design Summer Institute

(1)   Common Core State Standards and Understanding by Design Summer Institute Brings Together Area Educators

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

(3)   Apply for the Google Teacher Academy in Chicago

(4)   Visual Literacy & the Common Core Standards

(5)   St. Louis Area Libraries Offering Summer Reading Clubs

Media Literacy Resources Available

gmlpGateway Media Literacy Partners, Inc. (GMLP) was incorporated in Missouri 2004.  GMLP’s goal is to attract individuals, organizations and institutions who as community citizens strongly believe media literacy is a democracy skill, is a survival skill and a nexus for change, vital to developing critical thinking, and media literacy empowers citizens to make intelligent and healthy choices throughout their lifetime.

One committee of GMLP is Education Community Engagement; earlier in June, ECE held a mini conference at Cooperating School Districts on Media Literacy for K-12 educators. On it’s webpage, there are many resources from not only those who presented (Bill Bass, Linda Dougherty, Mitch Eden, Don Goble, and Julie Smith) but recommendations from the ECE committee. Do take some time to click around and check it out!

Cooperating School Districts is an institutional member of GMLP.