Research 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.
- Can 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.
BYOL is becoming increasingly more popular in K-12 schools- for instructional technology professional development and for classroom use! Bring your own laptop allows you to use great Web 2.0 applications on your own computer- making it even easier to access them at a later date.
THE Journal recently featured an article called The ABCs of BYOL on one Ohio school district’s bring your own laptop effort for students- and the issues that arise from it, like teacher prep, parental buy-in, and equity.
Locally, Lindbergh Schools has a BYOL program. Their program is called Lindbergh Laptop Friendly Schools and has been up and running since January 2011. According to the district, “[s]tarting with the second semester of the 2010-2011 school year, LHS students will be able to access school and Internet resources through the use of their personal computing device such as netbooks, laptops, iPads, tablets, slates, etc. Other schools will follow during the 2011-2012 school year.” As they note on their website, “[t]his is a young deployment and we hope students and parents will find it useful and educational.”
Many of the Virtual Learning Center‘s programs- including the Midwest Education Technology Conference– offer BYOL workshops for educators. This summer, in the tele, participants may bring their own computer rather that use one provided by the VLC’s lab. However, some tele classes are exclusively BYOL, such as the Google workshops and Tech4Learning workshops- allowing us to offer more PD to St. Louis area educators.
So what do you think of BYOL- for schools, for PD?