Tag Archives: PLN

Principals’ Professional Learning Network

principal pln imageAre you a principal? Who knows the challenges you face better than those who share your vision, determined mindset and quest for student and staff growth? Join us at our St. Louis/St. Charles regional professional learning network (PLN) meet up as we share conversations about the latest changes in the field and how others are implementing good practice across our counties. Topics covered will directly relate to area principals’ needs and interests. You don’t have to be an island— find out the difference a PLN can make to your good work! It might just be that boost that you’ve been looking for. Upcoming dates, times and locations include:

  • June 10  at  North Kirkwood Middle School for Middle School Principals | 8-9:30 a.m. | RSVP
  • August 26  at  EducationPlus (Craig Road) for High School Principals | 7:30-9:30 a.m. | RSVP
  • September 14  at  EducationPlus (Woodson Road) for Elementary School Principals* | 4:30 -6 p.m. | RSVP

Future elementary sessions* have already been scheduled, with November 9, January 11, March 7 and April 11 set. During the first middle and high school meetings, topics and new meeting dates will be discussed.

For questions regarding the principals’ PLNs, please contact Dr. Julie Sperry, director of leadership development at EducationPlus.

Slay Zombie Librarianship with Jennifer LaGarde at METC

If your library is still just a place where students go to check out books and, on special occasions, hear a story, you may already be infected by a silent but deadly plague threatening the future of school libraries everywhere: Zombie Librarianship!

brainzJoin Jennifer LaGarde as she takes aim at the undead among us at the METC Library and Media Literacy Luncheon, identifying the characteristics that define zombie librarianship. She’ll share countless examples of how to use technology, harness the power of learning networks and employ authentic collaboration to be a zombie fighter: a school librarian who defies expectations by bringing the awesome every single day!

EducationPlus is also excited to have Gwyneth Jones, The Daring Librarian, as one of our keynotes! See even more Library & Media Literacy opportunities at METC here.

Sharpen Your Skills and Open Up New Worlds!

Teachers just like you are doing amazing things through distance learning, providing their students experiences that are far beyond what’s possible in the classroom.  flickr creative commons

The EducationPlus Distance Learning Academy will equip you with the knowledge and tools to make amazing experiences  come to life for your students! St. Louis area teachers have connected their students to the rainforests of Borneo and to the underwater wonders of the Great Barrier Reef. Where will you take your students?

In the three day academy this summer, you’ll learn about e-learning, online projects and videoconferencing using tools like Polycom, Cisco, Skype, Google and LifeSize.  You’ll also learn how to effectively use other collaborative technologies such as Google Docs, blogs and wikis.  As you collaboratively work on projects over distance learning you’ll develop a Personal Learning Network that will be valuable in your teaching.

Learn more about dates, fees, and graduate credit opportunities by visit our online registration calendar.

PLNs, IWB, VC and Google coming to the tele

Well, technically, we’re covering the first two weeks of June in this list:

Tuesday, June 2:  SMART Board Level I
Wednesday, June 3:  SMART Board Level II
Monday, June 6:  Save Time & Collaborate with Your Own PLN
Tuesday, June 7:  Where in the World: Teaching with Google Earth & Google Maps
Wednesday, June 8:  New Links for Your Classroom with Videoconferencing & Skype
Thursday, June 9:  Google Feng Shui
Friday, June 10:  Promethean ActivBoard Level I

To read full class descriptions, and get information on graduate credit, times, requirements costs, etc., visit our website.

Learn How to Save Time & Collaborate with Your Own PLN

NEW! Save Time & Collaborate with Your Own PLN is scheduled for Monday, June 6th from 8:30 a.m.  to 3:30 p.m. at Cooperating School Districts. Are you overwhelmed? Do you feel isolated in your role as an educator? Having a PLN allows you to learn and share with other educators around the world so you don’t feel alone. A PLN is a reciprocal network that you create based on your interests and needs. Come to this class to find out just what a PLN is and why do you need one. By developing your own PLN, you create multiple opportunities to learn from, connect with, gather information and resources, create and share with professionals like you. In this class, we will explain how to develop a PLN and then share various tools that can help you. We plan to explore Twitter, social networks, and other collaborative applications including Ning, Skype, and social bookmarking sites to get you on your way.  Class costs: $149 CSD for members; $189 for non-members. For an additional fee,  one graduate credit is  available to interested parties. Register by clicking here.