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National Schools of Character Field Trip

Ridgewood MiddleJoin CHARACTERplus for a field trip to two National Schools of Character: Ridgewood Middle School in the Fox School District and Mehlville High School in the Mehlville School District. On February 26, participants board the bus at 7 am at EducationPlus, then travel to the first school. Lunch is on you at the Terazzo Grill; you will be able to select from their Lunch Specials at $7.99 (plus beverage, tax and tip). By noon, field trippers are back on the bus and on the way to Mehlville.

Ridgewood Middle School
ImpACT– a leadership class for young men that involves them in the Job Project, Tie Tuesday, BizKid$, and their own research for the Truth about Drugs Project.
Bus Driver Meet & Greet– During Advisory, students regroup according to the bus they ride and take time to get to know their driver. Together they brainstorm ways to better the culture on the bus.” This is part of a series in Advisory that started with a Peace on the Bus activity on Feb. 19, creation of appreciation gifts on March 5, and Bus Driver Appreciation Day on March 12.
Team Leadership Class– We will see the inner workings of a class based on the Flippen model.
Character Council– We will join different working committees of the Council in the cafeteria, art room, and computer lab.

Mehlville High School
Meet our Student Guides at the new Auditorium.
• Overview & Tour
• Visit TAP (Teacher Advisory Period) classes to see project-based learning, the leadership of Character Captains, peer lessons and class meetings.

Schedule Breakdown:
7:00 AM Board Bus at EducationPlus • 1460 Craig Road, 63146
7:50 AM Arrive at Ridgewood Middle •1401 Ridgewood School Rd, 63010
11:00 AM Arrive Terazzo Grill • 249 Arnold Crossroads Center, 63010
12:30 PM Arrive Mehlville High • 3200 Lemay Ferry Rd, 63125
2:30 PM Return to EducationPlus

Learn more and register at characterplus.org.

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.

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

#CCSSUbDOur first 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 this week at the Fox School District. Educators from several Missouri districts, including, but not limited, to Kirkwood, Ladue, Parkway and Rockwood, attended three days of professional learning. Another three-day session of the CCSS & UbD Institute takes place July 8-10 at the Ritenour School District. Learn more at www.edplus.org/wiggins  www.csd.org/wiggins. More photos from the June session will be posted to Flickr; you can read some of the thoughts shared by following the #CCSSUbD hashtag on Twitter.

Going Deep in the Swamp Again

Our friend Janine Lim is revisiting some of her older posts, so I thought I’d do the same- we started to blog regularly on The Wired Classroom in the spring of 2007! (Hard to believe it’s been four years now!) This post I’m sharing today is dated May 17, 2007 … enjoy!

Deep in the Swamp, in the warm morning sun…
Yesterday, we had a wonderful videoconference- actually two- with St. Louis author Donna M. Bateman. Donna, along with Dexter the Alligator, talked about life in the swamp. For our first session, we had 4 kindergarten classes (at 4 sites) connect- two schools in the Francis Howell District, one in Parkway and the final one from Fox. The kids were fantastic! For the second session, we had 2 Francis Howell second grade classes connect from 2 schools. The feel was a bit different than it had been for the first group, but these kids were on top of it. At the end of the session, they asked Donna questions about writing a book, where she lives, and her inspirations. Donna revealed that Deep in the Swamp is her first book but she already has ideas for a second. One participating teacher wrote me a lovely e-mail: “You made it happen! My students and I thank you for this authentic and meaningful learning experience. Connecting and interacting with the author has brought this story to life. We continue to appreciate the opportunities for powerful ways to grow!” Another wrote, “Just wanted to tell you how wonderful the VC was yesterday. It totally fit what we’re studying and I was not expecting it too. Awesome! Everything was perfect!