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February 11: Best Practices Conference

Cooperating School Districts’ Best Practices Conference is a full day of learning and sharing the best educational practices. CSD ITEF partnered with the Innovative Technology Education Fund for the conference this year. ITEF is a St. Louis- based charitable nonprofit operating as a private foundation. Best Practices participants will hear keynote Monte Selby, as well as top educators from the St. Louis metro area, whose practices are making a difference for students and teachers, like:

  • Don Goble, Ladue School District, on media literacy
  • Patricia Ulrich, Ritenour School District, on systems thinking
  • Gregory Taylor, St. Louis Public Schools, on creating and using classroom websites for differentiation
  • plus other education professionals from CSD, the St. Louis RPDC, and school districts

In addition, ITEF Spotlight Presentations Include:

  • Using iPads in the Classroom, Affton School District
  • Great Video Made with Inexpensive Gear, Westminster Christian Academy
  • Using Online Courses to Keep Students On Track to Graduate, Marian Middle School
  • iPads and the Library:  Transforming All Students into Digital Learners, Hazelwood School District

Dr. Selby will also present several sessions during both the morning and afternoon, including Emotions: This Crazy Kid is Making ME Crazy and Motivated Meetings: The End of Boring. Dr. Selby will share ideas and strategies to use with children, preK-12; providing solutions to issues and challenges facing classroom teachers today.

You are invited to join area teachers and leaders on Monday, February 11. Online registration ends on February 1, 2013; walk-ins, however, are welcome the day of the conference. (Also scheduled, although in a different section of the St. Charles Convention Center, are the preconference workshops for the 30th annual Midwest Education Technology Conference). For questions on either event, contact CSD’s Conferences & Events Coordinator, Karen Vaughan at kvaughan@csd.org.

Systems Thinking in Schools

Announcing a series of workshops that will provide an introduction to Systems Thinking and its connections to other effective instructional practices and school improvement efforts.

During each of the workshops, participants will:
• develop skills and knowledge in the use of systems thinking habits, concepts and tools
• experience, practice, and discuss interactive, inquiry-based instructional and school improvement strategies
• use systems thinking tools to analyze complex issues and identify high leverage interventions
• develop and share a plan of application relevant to their work

Date: First class is Thursday, September 15
Schedule: 3rd Thursday, each month through May 17
(Classes are consecutive – register here)
Time: 4:00 – 6:30 p.m.
Location: Cooperating School Districts (CSD)
Cost: No fee, materials & snacks provided

For additional information about local learning opportunities contact  Mary Scheetz.