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Register for and learn more by visiting the EducationPlus website at edplus.org and click on calendar and registration on the right! Here’s a sample of what’s coming up:
Foundations for the Common Core Math – February 7; 8:30am – 3:30pm
This workshop is for teachers, administrators, leaders, and staff who have had little or no introduction to the Common Core State Standards. These beginning workshops will provide the essential foundational understanding of the Missouri Core Academic Standards (CAS) for Math. We will focus on exploring the foundation for the standards, navigating the document, understanding the learning progressions and recognizing the major shifts in content, instruction and assessment.
Democratizing the DBQ Workshop – February 20; 8:30am – 3:30pm
This workshop is open to all Social Studies or Communication Arts teachers in grades 4-12. The DBQ Project publishes materials in U.S. History, World History, Civics and Literature. Workshop participants will work through a Mini-Q in World History but the methodology can be used in different content areas. We work with teachers who are interested in how to make inquiry-based document analysis and argument writing accessible to all students. Come see why so many teachers, schools, and school districts are using Document Based Questions to help teachers and students meet the Common Core State Standards and enjoy doing it!
PBIS & CHARACTERplus: Braiding the Initiatives Workshop – February 21, 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
This interactive workshop builds on the common ground shared by Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports, School-wide Positive Behavior Supports and CHARACTERplus. The session is framed by a collaborative checklist developed by previous participants and focused on
• Universals and Core Values
• Assessment and Evaluation
• Acknowledgements & Recognitions
• Professional Learning
Support Staff Technology Workshop: MS Word – MailMerge, Review & Proofreading – February 21; 12:30 – 3:30pm
This is an intermediate level training. Learn how to create a variety of mail merge documents (letters, labels, catalogs); use the features in the Documents Elements ribbon such as creating a Table of Contents and using the Header and Footer; and utilize the Review tools for collaboration.
Common Core ELA Series: Writing Workshop – February 25; 8:30am – 3:30pm
The Standards require three types of writing: narrative, informational and opinion/argument — with an emphasis in informational and argument writing. This workshop will provide participants with strategies for helping students become proficient writers in all three genres while using the writing process and technology tools that enhance its use. Research-based instructional strategies for weaving the language standards into writing instruction will also be shared.
Flipped Teaching – February 25 & 27; 4-7 pm
For those teachers who have already made the decision to Flip and want to jump into “show me the easy way to Flip, step by step.”
Our 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:
- September 24
- October 15
- November 12
- December 10
- January 14
- February 11 or 12 at the Midwest Education Technology Conference
- March 11
- April 8
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.
Learning & Collaborating with Google Drive (formerly Docs) is a full-day of educational technology professional development offered by the Learning Division of Cooperating School Districts this summer.
Come create using these free Google Tools, and open up your classroom for your staff and your students.
Did you know that you could use the basic abilities of Word, PowerPoint, and Excel in an online collaborative environment by logging onto Google- anywhere? Are you interested in creating a variety of online forms for assessment through surveys, quizzes, and questionnaires? Would you like to create classroom drawings or charts to access anytime or anywhere?
Come learn about the six tools in Google Drive from Google Certified Teacher Bill Bass and discover how these online collaborative environments can expand your classroom and save you time. You’ll learn how Google Drive and other Google Apps can support learning 24/7. PRE-REQUISITE: You must have a Google Account and/or Gmail. Learning & Collaborating with Google Drive is scheduled for Friday, June 14, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The cost is $145 for a CSD member; $185 for a non-member. For those interested, one graduate credit is available after completing additional coursework. Register online.
Cooperating School Districts hosted a two-day Kagan workshop January 8 & 9. They provide simple, step-by-step tools that can easily be incorporated into daily lessons to make learning more fun and successful. Here are a couple photos from the professional development days. See more images at Flickr.com/photos/csd-stl.