Forder Elementary School (map)

Join us for an UNconference focused on all things relating to English Learners (TESOL, ELL, EL, ESOL, TESL, TEFL, ESL, ESP. No matter our acronym we support kids, families and our community! At TESOLcamp come excited to break out into sessions driven by conversations about teaching English Learners. Topics may include technology, communication, strategies and much more.

What is an UNconference?

An unconference is basically a conference without predefined topics. There is a high-level structure and theme, but actual topics are generated by the participants on the spot, and breakout groups are formed dynamically based on interest and relevance.

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Connected Teachers: SEL Cohort

Connected Teachers: SEL Cohort

Four face to face meetings and an online session to bring SEL strategies to your practice.

The 2019-2020 SEL cohort will offer four face-to-face meetings throughout the school year. The alternating months will involve virtual check-ins and follow-up in regards to the previous month’s topic using a private Facebook group page where we will share resources and livestream our in-person conversations for our virtual participants. The focus of this cohort will be to provide educators with a community to discuss topics related to social-emotional learning in our students and in ourselves. We will work to encourage healthy habits and coping strategies that will foster a healthy environment in and out of the classroom. Aside from focused conversations, the cohort will also be an avenue for teachers to form real-life and online connections and build a network of educators with a commitment to social-emotional growth for themselves and their students. The cohort is open to any educators who are interested in learning and growing with others personally and professionally. The work of our cohort will be grounded in the book Onward: Cultivating Emotional Resilience in Educators by Elena Aguilar.

Session Details:

September (Saturday 9/21 9:30-11:30 am - Grant's View Library Meeting Room 2):

SPEAKER: Amy Peach @APeachSTL, EducateSTL, Rotten Apples Podcast

Setting strong habits in and out of the classroom

Setting personal and professional goals

November (Wednesday 11/6 5:00-7:00pm - Grant's View Library Meeting Room 2)

SPEAKER: Michelle Benedict, SEL Cohort Co-Facilitator, 4th Grade Teacher, Alive&Well Ambassador

Trauma: How can we support students through the ups and downs of the holiday season?

Secondary Trauma: How can educators best cope with our students’ trauma and our own stresses

January (Date/Location TBD)

SPEAKER: Michelle Benedict, SEL Cohort Co-Facilitator, 4th Grade Teacher, Alive&Well Ambassador

Encouraging Mindfulness in ourselves and our students as the school year comes to a close

Share final thoughts and wrap-up

March (Date/Location TBD)


Listening to a parent’s perspective on having children with SEL needs and working with the education system

How can we become more effective communicators in and out of school?

Choose your PD option

We will offer two membership options. A Full membership will be for those wishing to attend all face-to-face sessions which will include light food and refreshments, a copy of the book and access to all virtual conversations and content. There will also be a Virtual membership to those who are unable or do not wish to attend face-to-face meetings, but would like to listen to the conversations happening in real-time via Facebook livestream and have access to all online content (Note: Virtual membership DOES NOT include a copy of the book, but members may choose to purchase a copy separately)

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Disruptive Innovation in Education

Disruptive Innovation in Education

Cortex (map)

Education in its current form hasn't changed since its standardization in 1892. If you're anything like me, you'd like to shake some of that up a little bit. We've got to do something better/different/unique/special/well....innovative.

Coined by Clayton M. Christensen of Harvard University. Disruptive innovation in education is:

  1. the catalyst for bringing about more equitable access to high-quality education.

  2. is the mechanism for bringing about a personalized education system

  3. a process to circumvent the political battles that have historically been at the center stage of education reform.

Come ready to learn, connect and disrupt while we study together, connect with experts and create a little disruption of our own.

Cohort Overview

September 5:30pm- How disruption is done in other sectors (Business, Healthcare, etc.) and what education can learn from them.
October - Disrupting Class - Key takeaways, disruptive roundtable
November - Activists and Activism - How productive disruption leads to change
December - Now what?, introduce a disruption project, Introduce the Mastermind Process, Create Momentum.

*Specific Dates to be determined as speakers/venues are finalized.

Benefits of Joining the cohort

  • Meet other Disruptors in our region

  • Learn about Disruptive Innovation in Education

  • Have an online community to share resources, ideas, and connections

  • Receive a copy of the book "Disrupting Class"

  • Connect beyond the cohort on a "Disruption Project" of your own through a Mastermind Group structure

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Innovation Hall (map)

No longer can we work in silos. Educational inequities continue to occur in our schools. To make lasting change, school districts have to address the system. Central Office IS the system. Learn a Systems Thinking approach to address and help dismantle the inequities facing students across our region.


The term systems thinking is a broad description for the process of understanding complex systems behavior. In the context of the STEEP project, systems thinking has been applied to the issue of education and equity.

Systems thinking is based on the idea that the component parts of a system can best be understood in the context of relationships with each other and with other systems, rather than in isolation. A systems thinking approach is grounded in the principle that the only way to fully understand a problematic situation is to understand the parts in relation to the whole.

See recent events here.

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Connected Principal Cohort

Connected Principal Cohort

This will be a group that meets regularly on video chat with some in person events at locations that make sense for those involved. We will connect with each other throughout the school year. At the end of August we will start with a book study using Hamish Brewer's new book, "Relentless". From there the direction will be determined based on group needs and values.

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Books and Brew - Jackson MO

Books and Brew - Jackson MO

Barrel 131 (map)

Are you a lifelong learner? Of course you are....

Do you enjoy socializing with others? Well, yes 

Then Books and Brew is for you!  Join us for an afternoon enjoying handcrafted wines or beers and handcrafted words that will impact the way you teach. Similar to pairings with wine and cheese, books will be paired with a corresponding brew. Books will be available to peruse along with a summary and description of how they are similar to the brew they had been paired with. Educators are encouraged to sample the books and share the professional reading they have partaken with others. Each participant will receive one free drink. Books will be available as prizes following the conclusion of the event.

Become a "Learning Sommelier" with us!

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Edcamp IL

Edcamp IL

Triad High School (map)

The information below is directly quoted from the Edcamp Online site.

Edcamp is a form of unconference designed specifically for teachers and their needs.

What makes Edcamp an unconference?

Unlike traditional conferences which have schedules set months in advance by the people running the conference, Edcamp has an agenda that’s created by the participants at the start of the event. Instead of one person standing in front of the room talking for an hour, people are encouraged to have discussions and hands-on sessions. Sponsors don’t have their own special sessions or tables, all of the space and time are reserved for the things the people there want to talk about. People could pay hundreds of dollars to attend another conference, or they could go to Edcamp for free.

Built on principles of connected and participatory learning, Edcamp strives to bring teachers together to talk about the things that matter most to them: their interests, passions, and questions. Teachers who attend Edcamp can choose to lead sessions on those things that matter, with an expectation that the people in the room will work together to build understanding by sharing their own knowledge and questions.

Edcamps are:

  • free

  • non-commercial and conducted with a vendor-free presence

  • hosted by any organization interested in furthering the edcamp mission

  • made up of sessions that are determined on the day of the event

  • events where anyone who attends can be a presenter

  • reliant on the “law of two feet” that encourages participants to find a session that meets their needs

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UNgala: Formally Informal

UNgala: Formally Informal

Third Degree Glass Factory (map)

Join us for a fundraising event UNlike anything you’ve ever been a part of.

Formal speeches = nope,

Formal attire = nope,

Rubbery chicken = nope.

Real conversations about real learning, YES!

The 2nd annual UNgala supports the work of Connected Learning: a STL non-profit connecting educators and transforming schools. Celebrate the best in education innovation with us as we disrupt the typical gala experience with a night of creativity, interactive maker stations, and delicious food and drink!

Check out the amazing night we had last year!

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Social Justice in Education: Coming Together through Conversation

Social Justice in Education: Coming Together through Conversation

University City High School (map)

The Connected Learning team, in partnership with the University City School District, will be the organizing partner in creating a one day Social Justice event. The event will be a conference/EDcamp hybrid with traditional conference-style learning in the morning and EDcamp style discussions and reflections in the afternoon. The focus of the day will be to bring together educational stakeholders such as teachers, administrators, and service providers to discuss topics related to Social Justice, Bias, and Equity.

The key outcomes of the event will be to:

- Define the most pressing issues regarding equity in education;
- Heighten the awareness of these issues;
- Allow space for discussion and collaboration in the areas of Equity and Social - Justice in education and;
- Facilitate progress around these issues by bringing community members together and discussing potential solutions to encourage equity in education.

Our goal will be to deliver a premier event for our region supporting the professional learning for up to 50 educators with opportunities for follow up discussions and continued collaborations in the weeks and months following this event.

Agenda for the Day:

8:00-8:30 Check-in and light breakfast
8:30-8:45 Opening Remarks
8:45 -9:30 Keynote speaker
9:40-10:30 Breakout Session 1
10:40-11:30 Breakout Session 2

11:30-12:30 Lunch

12:30-1:20 Panel Discussion
1:30-2:00 Debrief session 1
2:10 - 2:40 Debrief session 2
2:40-3:00 Closing Remarks

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