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Distance Learning ACT Prep Options thru CSD for MO Schools

Cooperating School Districts of Greater St. Louis has a partnership with The Princeton Review to bring inexpensive, quality ACT prep to Missouri students through distance learning. For just $140, a student gets three practice tests, 20 hours of interactive instruction over videoconference and access to online resources from The Princeton Review.

The class meets after school, from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays. There are Saturday practice tests that are not over videoconference.

The registration deadline for the next class is September 1st.
Questions? Contact Rebecca Morrison at CSD: 314-692-1274.

Videoconference Class schedule:
Saturday   Sept 17 2011
Tuesday    Sept 20 2011 | Thursday  Sept 22 2011
Tuesday    Sept 27 2011 | Thursday  Sept 29 2011
Saturday   Oct 1 2011
Tuesday    Oct 4 2011 | Thursday  Oct 6 2011
Tuesday    Oct 11 2011 | Thursday  Oct 13 2011
Saturday   Oct 15 2011
Tuesday    Oct 18 2011 | Thursday  Oct 20 2011

* Another option for schools within Cooperating School Districts boundaries are the online courses that use Elluminate. Learn more about those here.

New Online ACT Prep Option for St. Louis area students

princeton review logoIn addition to our ACT Prep interactive videoconference course, New Links will now be offering online test prep for public, private and parochial schools within Cooperating School Districts of Greater St. Louis. The online test prep includes ACT PSAT and SAT, which comes with two options: Online and Live Online. These classes are taught by the experts at The Princeton Review!

Online classes are self-paced by the participating student and cover approximately 30-40 hours of time. The account is active for 200 days.

Live Online classes can be customized to students’ needs. Live Online classes last 18 hours; they can run six sessions with three hours/block, or run nine sessions with 2 hours/block. During Live Online classes, students interact with an instructor who leads them through the curriculum.

These classes can run up to $599. Through Cooperating School Districts* (click on comments section for more information), you get the same Princeton Review classes for a greatly discounted rate:

· Online class through CSD will cost a student just $125

· Live Online class through CSD will cost a student just $150

For more complete details on these online courses from The Princeton Review and Cooperating School Districts of Greater St. Louis, contact New Links Program Coordinator Rebecca Morrison. Look for more information on future college prep offerings from The Princeton Review and CSD later this summer!

Webconferencing with The Hermitage in Tennessee

The Hermitage in Nashville, Tennessee, is the home of  Andrew Jackson, the 7th President of the United States, and the education department there uses Elluminate as their webconferencing platform. All you need is a computer with an Internet connection to participate in a webconference. When you sign up for a program, they will send you a link with the invitation to the session room in advance of the program.

Programs offered by The Hermitage:

Origin of the Specie: Andrew Jackson and the Bank War
When Andrew Jackson was elected in 1828, he brought the promise to reform government with him, and high on his list was the “corrupt” and “monstrous” Bank of the United States.
Audience: Education: Grade(s): 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

Overview of RACHEL
Discover what The Hermitage, Home of President Andrew Jackson, has to offer via Elluminate’s webconferencing platform.
Audience: Education: Grade(s): 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, Parent

Slavery at The Hermitage
At the peak of The Hermitage’s production, Andrew Jackson owned about 150 slaves. How does one become a slave? How could widespread slavery happen in a country built on freedom? What would life be like for a slave at The Hermitage?
Audience: Education: Grade(s): 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

The Corrupt Bargain: The Election of 1824
“The Corrupt Bargain” takes an interactive look at the election that changed the course of American history, examining the question of whether or not our nation is a republic, or a democracy.
Audience: Education: Grade(s): 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

Trail of Tears
The Trail of Tears is an interactive examination of the events leading up to, and resulting from, the removal of Native Americans from the southeast to land west of the Mississippi.
Audience: Education: Grade(s): 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

Second Curriculum & Technology Showcase Featured at Cooperating School Districts

Yesterday was the second of two showcases held at Cooperating School Districts of Greater St. Louis this summer. The St. Louis Area Curriculum Coordinators Association (SLACCA) chose six vendors to invite to this Curriculum & Technology Showcase, hosted by CSD.

Participants for yesterday’s event included Elluminate; PD 360; Reading Plus; Recorded Books; SunGard Public Sector | K-12 Education (Performance PLUS); and  The Master Teacher.

In addition, Dr. Bena Kallick was the opening speaker for this showcase and then the curriculum & professional development vendors were  featured the rest of the day.

To see photos from the showcase, click here.

Our next showcase is planned for the fall; details will come soon.

Vendor Showcase this summer for CSD Members

Bena Kallick

The Virtual Learning Center, along with the RPDC and St. Louis Area Curriculum Coordinators Association (SLACCA), will hold two vendor showcases for Cooperating School Districts members this summer.

The first showcase for CSD members to participate in will take place Friday, June 11, and features Virtual K-12 Learning vendors, including:

• Acellus  • Aventa Learning  • K12 Virtual Schools L.L.C.  • SchoolTown  • SqoolTools  • University of Nebraska-Lincoln Independent Study High School

Meg Ormiston

Meg Ormiston will be a special guest speaker on June 11, sponsored by SchoolTown. Meg is involved in professional development activities focused on changing instructional practice in the classroom.

The second showcase will take place Monday, June 21, and features curriculum and professional development vendors, including:

• Elluminate  • PD 360  • Reading Plus  • Recorded Books  • SunGard Public Sector | K-12 Education (Performance PLUS) •  The Master Teacher

Dr. Bena Kallick will also be a special guest speaker on June 21, sponsored by SunGard Public Sector | K-12 Education. Dr. Kallick is a curriculum and assessment expert. Like Meg Ormiston, Bena Kallick speaks across the country to educators.

CSD members, to register for the June 11 showcase to learn more about the listed Virtual K-12 Learning products, click here. To register for the June 21 showcase to learn more about the listed curriculum and professional development products, click here.