St. Louis Education Author's Weekend

St. Louis Education Author's Weekend

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Become a Published Author!

We're orchestrating a project this summer to publish a book about how we are changing learning in the region. It is designed to be a collection of stories that feature a diverse group of school district in the process. We are limited to 25 WRITERS.

Interested?  Email Dr. Robert Dillon at

You may be the perfect person to craft these 2500 words or someone else in your district or organization may be this person. The working title for the book is: "25 Stories, 1 City: Changing the Way We View Learning." It is the latest ConnectED Learning project. 

The end result will be a published book (haven't you always wanted to be an author) that we can use to reshape the narrative around education in the region. To help make time and space for this book, we are holding July 20, 21 as community writing days. These will be in the showroom at the CIC@CET. Some of us need community and support to hold us accountable and some of us would rather construct our first draft in another way. Either way, you are welcome to join. 

More details below and here.

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A 1/2 day Unconference for all things Special Education.  We're gathering the best and the brightest to discuss, share, connect with every SSD staff member, aide, support staff, OT, PT, Speech/Language Therapist, Preservice Educators, etc. You name it!  Come one come all! Connect, Learn, Share, Create!  Our kids deserve it!

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Connected Learning Gala

Connected Learning Gala


Please join us for the first annual Connected Learning Gala for Innovation and Technology! We are shining the spotlight on 15 local educators, demonstrating innovative programs, and sharing our mission of connecting educators. Dinner and drinks are included. Our fundraising goal is $20,000 to continue bringing amazing professional development opportunities to St. Louis. We hope that you will show your support on April 12th!

  • Tickets: $35 per person or $350 per table

  • Reception: 6pm

  • Dinner & Auction: 7pm

  • Attire: Cocktail-ish

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Screening: Beyond Measure

Screening: Beyond Measure

Saint Louis Public Library (map)

Every day we hear stories about America’s troubled education system. And we’re told that in order to fix what’s broken, we need to narrow our curricula, standardize our classrooms, and find new ways to measure students and teachers. But what if these “fixes” are making our schools worse.
In Beyond Measure, we set out to challenge the assumptions of our current education story.

Rather than ask why our students fail to measure up, this film asks us to reconsider the greater purpose of education. What if our education system valued personal growth over test scores? Put inquiry over mimicry? Encouraged passion over rankings? What if we decided that the higher aim of school was not the transmission of facts or formulas, but the transformation of every student? And what if this paradigm-shift was driven from the ground up? By students, parents, and educators? By all of us?

In Beyond Measure, we find a revolution brewing in public schools across the country. From rural Kentucky to New York City, schools that are breaking away from an outmoded, test-driven education are shaping a new vision for our classrooms. These are schools that see critical thinking, communication, exploration, experimentation, collaboration, and creativity as the key to good education. And they are dramatically improving outcomes for children of all backgrounds. They are schools where practically every student graduates and goes on to finish college.

Beyond Measure offers a positive picture of what’s possible in American education when communities decide they are ready for change. Are you?

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