Tag Archives: Rockwood School District

Upping Engagement: Using Social Media to Connect at METC

@ROCK_supt TweetingRockwood School District’s Dr. Eric Knost, known as @ROCK_supt to the Twitter community, uses social media in his role as superintendent to engage with students, staff, parents and community.

At the Midwest Education Technology Community Conference’s Leadership Lunch in February, Dr. Knost will talk about his best practices for school leaders in social media, how he encourages his own administrators to use it and how it has helped his district’s community engagement efforts. He’ll be followed by a panel discussion with other school leaders on the effective use of social media in schools today.

Register today to join Dr. Knost for Upping Engagement: Using Social Media to Connect with Students, Staff and the Community. On Twitter, follow Dr. Knost at @ROCK_supt and METC at @METCedplus.

February 2014 Top Reads

Kevin Honeycutt, Will BlaylockThe Connected Classroom is the EducationPlus Learning Division blog. Here are the top five most visited posts for the past month – did you contribute to the clicks?

#1 Making IT Happen: Will Blaylock

#2 2014 METC Conference Keynotes: Kevin Honeycutt and Lodge McCammon

#3 Student Journalists Cover METC Live

#4 Sharpen Your Skills and Open Up New Worlds!

#5 Stream Video from METC 2014

Making IT Happen: Will Blaylock

William BlaylockMaking IT Happen is an internationally recognized awards program from ISTE for educators and leaders in the field of educational technology integration in K–12 schools. The program identifies and rewards educational technology leaders around the world for their commitment and innovation. The Midwest Education Technology Community (METC) ISTE affiliate is pleased to honor our latest Making IT Happen educator.

METC’s most recent Making IT Happen winner has been an invaluable part of the Rockwood School District. He has moved the district into the digital age by being a flexible leader who is constantly looking to see what tools and practices will serve his students and teachers well. At the same time, he is constantly evaluating current tools that are no longer relevant or do not meet district instructional needs. In his tenure, he has implemented many organizational structures including collaborative online productivity through Google Apps for Education, and has introduced bring your own device into the district to give students more access to digital tools.

As the Director of Technology in Rockwood, he has been integral in creating a digital learning environment where teachers and students can use technology seamlessly. He oversees the Instructional Technology Specialists who help classroom teachers use technology as part of their instructional practice. Leadership provided by our winner has been integral to the process of getting technology into the hands of students in the district. He models technology in all of his meetings with teachers, administrators and community members and highlights the work that Rockwood teachers are doing in their classrooms.

He earned a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Southeast Missouri State University, a master’s degree in teaching from Webster University and a master’s degree in strategic studies from Army War College in Carlisle, PA. He has leadership roles on several local, regional and international professional technology organizations and committees and also serves as Brigade Commander in the Missouri National Guard.  In addition to the Making IT Happen award, he has been recognized with awards for his work in education and technology and received medals including Meritorious Service, Missouri Conspicuous Service, Bronze Star and Humanitarian Service.

While he has been in instructional technology since 1997 and has greatly contributed to the use of technology in his district, his expertise has benefited the St. Louis area as well. He has served on the METC advisory Committee for many years, serves as adjunct professor at Webster University, and has served as president of the Educational Technology Association. His work in education has touched and influenced many people throughout his career and will continue to do so. Whether he is writing a grant to provide technology resources to teachers and students, or providing a vision to his district, Will Blaylock is truly Making IT Happen in the St. Louis area.

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.

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.