Tag Archives: Support Staff Academy

May 2014 Top Reads

1-5The 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?

Flip Teaching 1-2-3

St. Louis Summer Reading Clubs

Organizing Information Overload

What Common Core Learning Looks Like in the Classroom and How Leaders Foster It

SSA Mini-Conference Returns June 11


SSA Mini-Conference Returns June 11

Support Staff! You Are A STAR!The 22nd annual Support Staff  Academy Mini-Conference– Celebrating and Honoring Support Staff- is June 11, 2014 at Mehlville High School. We’re excited to have Scott Taylor keynote the mini-conference; he is an educational consultant and motivational speaker. He is the former principal of Crestwood Elementary School in Lindbergh Schools. Scott retired in last summer after 32 year career in education. He’ll address how support staff truly impacts the students they work with on a daily basis.

Other topics covered during the day include: communication, health and safety, leadership and office technology. Attendees will have an opportunity to network with one another as well as visit exhibitors like Books Are Fun, Office Essentials, PartyLite, Vantage Credit Union, plus others.

Learn more, and register online, at www.edplus.org.

PD on Building Relationships

Craig Wagganer’s professional career has focused on leadership, team building, professional development and building relationships. Having overseen multiple boards and staffs, Craig has developed effective communication, leadership and team building skills that have benefited numerous organizations. He presents two Support Staff Academy (a program of EducationPlus) sessions this June:

Thursday, June 26, 2014 | 8:30 – 11:30 AM
$59 Member, $74 Non Member | Register online
Presenter: Craig Wagganer, LeadersBridge

Learn witty and interactive approaches to increasing communication skills. We’ll share how to T.H.I.N.K before you speak; understand the power of listening and the effect it has on both sides of communication; and how to facilitate effective communication that fosters a growth atmosphere. The workshop is entertaining, fast-paced, and interactive.

Thursday, June 26, 2014 | 12:30 – 3:30 PM
$59 Member, $74 Non Member | Register online
Presenter: Craig Wagganer, LeadersBridge
Together we’ll explore the heart of leadership; the vertical relationship in leadership that pertains to being efficient; and the horizontal line of leadership that deals with being effective. At the end of the time together each participant will have experienced and integrated three keys to make their leadership a real plus.

Steps to Optimizing Your Productivity

EducationPlus’ Support Staff Academy has two fantastic offerings next month! Both sessions are presented by  Laurie Corners, professional organizer at Simplified Living Solutions. Laurie is passionate about helping others through the art of organization. Using her natural talents and abilities, she easily creates systems to make spaces work more efficiently and effectively. Prior to joining Simplified Living Solutions’ team, Laurie worked as a collaborative leader and was recognized for her administrative advocacy, teaching excellence, and consultative experience in the field of Early Childhood Special Education for 15 years. Register online.

organizationFriday, April 25, 2014
8:30 – 11:30 AM
Organizing Your Computer: Electronic Data Management

Are you overwhelmed by the site of your computer desktop? Are you tired of wasting time searching for documents and files on your computer?  Do you worry about what you would do if your computer suddenly crashed?  Are you overwhelmed by the number of emails in your inbox? Laurie will lead the group in a discussion of how to tackle all of the clutter in your email inbox, on your physical and computer desktop, as well as in your paper and electronic files.  She will give you a step-by-step process to not only clear out the clutter, but how to keep it from coming back.  Laurie will provide tips on how to establish routines for keeping your computer organized and backed up.  There will be opportunities for hands-on practice.  If you have a work or personal laptop, please bring it so you can begin the organizational process right now!

12:30 – 3:30 PM
Time Management: Steps to Optimizing Your Productivity

Do you feel like you have a never-ending “to do” list? Are you disappointed at the end of the day when you feel like you have gotten nothing done? Are you ready to take meaningful steps towards maximizing your time at work?  Laurie will provide practical information that you can implement at work right away! You will learn how to prioritize your “to do” list and how to create routines that increase your overall productivity. Laurie will work with you to determine when you are at your peak level of productivity during the work day, as well as provide tips on how to tackle the major pitfalls that are sabotaging your efforts towards making the most of the time you have a work. Please gather up any loose paperwork that is lying on your work surface and bring it to the seminar to be used for a hands-on activity.

Support Staff Academy: Meeting & Events 101

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What does it take to efficiently plan a successful event?

MEETINGS & EVENTS 101 takes place Friday, March 7, 2014 * through the Support Staff Academy offered by EducationPlus. This SSA session is 8:30- 11:30 am and costs $59 for members, $74 for non members.

Presenter Anne Churchill of AnnaBelle Events in Columbia, Missouri will discuss the basics of meeting planning, including how to implement your planning process effectively and efficiently. This session will be focused on the fundamentals of planning meetings and events. During the session the participants will learn the steps to confidently plan and execute a successful event. We will break down all of the elements of the planning process and take an in-depth look at the importance of goals, budget, timeline, planning tasks, and more. The information presented is intended to be general enough to apply to almost any event, regardless of size or type. After the session participants will have an understanding of the planning process and be able to take an event from idea to execution in a systematic and organized way.

Register online at edplus.org. [* PROGRAM UPDATE: Friday’s session has been postponed. If you are interested in this presentation, you’ll be able to catch it at the Support Staff Academy Mini-Conference on June 11 at Mehlville High School].