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CharacterPlus National Conference Pre-cons Include Service Learning and Student Self-Motivation

modified Franklin Library PhotoThe CharacterPlus National Conference is offering six pre-conference workshops this year. Each pre-con is a half-day workshop, taking place from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. or 1-4 p.m. If a participant is taking part in a morning and an afternoon pre-con, lunch will be provided. Here are two of the pre-cons being offered, we will share out more in future blog posts!

Dramatic Play: Giving Meaning to Service Learning
Topic: Service Learning & Community Partners
Audience Grade Level: Early Childhood | Experience Level: All
Presenter: Andrea Walton, ARCHS

Yes! Young children can participate in Service Learning Projects. This session will explain what service learning is and how teachers can incorporate age-appropriate projects into their program through Dramatic Play.

Fostering Student Self-Motivation
Topic: Intrinsic Motivation
Audience Grade Level: Early Childhood-12 |  Experience Level: All
Presenter: Vivian Delia, FICP

Learn best practices and strategies to foster student self-motivation. The ABCs of intrinsic motivation is used to describe the importance of autonomy, belonging and competence to create a healthy school climate and instruction for optimal learning. Participants will read and discuss latest articles along with assessing where they are and where they want to be in this movement.

CharacterPlus is a resource of EducationPlus. Registration for the conference is open. To read our previous post on CharacterPlus National Conference pre-con workshops, click here.

Edited image credit: Flickr Creative Commons

CHARACTERplus National Character Education Conference Features Early Childhood Education Strand

D Sharon Pruitt - original owner of the photoResearch shows how important Early Childhood Education is to students’ long term success. The CHARACTERplus 19th annual National Character Education Conference this June has sessions tailored to meet the needs of Early Childhood Educators, including:

  • Early Childhood Education and Character Education: a perfect match and how to make your school feel like a home. Before a child can flourish academically, character must be established and a trusting relationship with the family must be built. Families, students, staff and community members should feel welcomed, respected and part of the team. The caring community we create starts with the climate and culture of our building.
  • D Sharon Pruitt - original owner of the photoCan you integrate Character Education to Pre-Schools? Learn more about social and emotional learning, service learning and class meetings to enhance your caring community.
  • A panel session with educators from Lindbergh, Rockwood and Southwest Early Childhood Centers, who will share resources and best practices. You will walk away with practical ideas and strategies about service learning, buddies, data collection, newsletters staff surveys , professional development and more!

In addition, conference attendees will have the chance to visit Rising Star Education‘s booth to see their latest early childhood DVD series, Harry & His Bucket Full of Dinosaurs, plus other great resources.

Registration is now open for the June 17-19 conference at the St. Charles Convention Center; by visiting characterplus.org, you can see different strands and keynote speaker bios.

Photos by D Sharon Pruitt.

Math Games Using, Cards, Dice + Dominoes

flickr creative commonsAre you a teacher who is looking for ways to challenge, motivate and engage every learner in your math program? In these interactive and fun math games workshops, participants will learn how to use games as a teaching strategy and why this strategy works. Come prepared to play and learn all kinds of game strategies and teaching tips that appeal to all learning styles and will complement any math program. Student samples, reproducible game boards, journal masters and, home connection ideas will be provided. Get your math program rolling with this great workshop opportunity!

Participant Learning Outcomes:
• Games & strategies for teaching numeration, place value, operations, patterning, data management, problem solving and more.
• Ideas for adapting games across the grade levels to reach all learners in your classroom.
• Classroom & resource management ideas to make implementing games-based learning easy.
• Ideas for math backpacks, cross-graded groups, centers, resource room, English Language Learners.
• How to extend math games into journals & assessment.

There are three dates for different grade levels for this professional development (see below). The games use cards, a variety of dice, as well as dominoes as manipulatives and integrate strategies for teaching and reinforcing problem solving skills. The registration deadline for all three dates is May 1, 2013. Each workshop runs 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Cooperating School Districts and costs $85 for CSD members and $100 for non-members.

DATE: Wednesday, May 15, 2013 | The handout and game ideas will focus on the following areas of the Common Core State Standards for primary students: numeration and number sense, basic operations, fact families and fluency, place value, patterning, data management and more.

DATE: Thursday, May 16, 2013 | The handout and game ideas will focus on the following areas of the Common Core State Standards for elementary students: numeration and number sense, basic operations, fact families and fluency, place value, patterning, data management and more.

DATE: Friday, May 17, 2013 | The handout and game ideas will focus on the following areas of the Common Core State Standards for middle school and junior high students: all operations and order of operations, problem solving, pre-algebra and algebra, rounding, graphing, patterning, statistics, data management and more.

Helping Teachers Better Work with Young Children with Challenging Behaviors

Facing the Challenge: Helping Teachers Better Work with Young Children with Challenging Behaviors | This training is designed to help early childhood professionals better understand, define, prevent, and respond to challenging behaviors. Participants will have opportunities to reflect on a child with whom they have worked, as well as view video clips from real childhood classrooms, with the outcome of developing a deeper understanding of challenging behaviors. Content to be covered:

preschool Flickr• What is Challenging Behavior?  • Developmentally Appropriate Behavior • Why do Kids Misbehave? • Parents as Partners Prevention Strategies

This workshop is March 14 at Cooperating School Districts. Members pay $70, non-members pay $90; registration fees include lunch. Susan Brawley, Ed.S, will present. Susan has been working in the early childhood field for over twelve years as a trainer, Education Coordinator, college instructor and elementary teacher. She most recently worked with the University of Missouri as a Regional School-wide Positive Behavior Support Consultant. Register online by February 28.

Teacher Summer PD – Thomas Jefferson: Personality, Character and Public Life

Thomas Jefferson | Flickr The three-week institute Thomas Jefferson: Personality, Character and Public Life, offered by the National Endowment for the Humanities, will take place at Boston University from July 8 to 26, 2013.  Speakers include R. B. Bernstein, Peter Hatch, Joanne Freeman, Jan Lewis, and Peter Onuf. The institute will seek to deepen our understanding of one of the most important figures in American history, a figure who is fascinating, influential, inspiring, and embattled.

Focusing on Jefferson’s personality and character and connecting them to his public career will be the theme of the first week, followed by an examination of  his views on religion, his role as a family man, and his correspondence with John Adams. In the final week, the Institute turns to slavery, science, and money.

The application and further information (like the stipend for teachers is $2,700; itinerary and speaker bios) is at the institute’s website.

During the three weeks, participants will also ponder some larger questions:

  • Is the intimate life knowable?
  • Does it connect to the public man or woman?
  • Do we each fashion our own version of Jefferson to reflect our values and needs?
  • What is Jefferson’s legacy?

Discussion will include pedagogical questions:

  • What role should biography and primary sources play in history instruction?
  • How does teaching biographies fit with state standards and high stakes testing?
  • How do we teach intimate information about famous Americans to young people?
  • How can teachers be honest and realistic yet still inspire students and encourage citizenship?

Learn more by visiting thomasjeffersonpersonalitycharacterandpubliclife.org.