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Our organization has been around for three years. We’ve been doing okay, but we recognize the need to do some serious fundraising if we would like to see this mission continue.
Have the event attended by 100+ people
Recognize the impact our organization is having on our region
Provide an experience that mimics our core values
The event was held at Third Degree Glass Factory on 10/4 starting at 6pm. Below are some of the Pre-unGala images:
Run Of Show:
6:15 - Welcome and information on navigating the unGala, Dr. Christopher McGee, Founder & CEO and Julie Lawson, Executive Director
6:45 - Glass Blowing Demo, 3rd Degree Glass Company
7:15 - Welcome from the Board of Directors, Brenda Watt
Keynote Speech, Carey Davis, Head Football Coach, Hazelwood Central High School; former starting fullback, Pittsburgh Steelers
Closing Comments, Dr. Amy Peach
8:30 - Silent Auction closes
Throughout the evening there were 8 stations for attendees to participate in. These stations encouraged attendees to connect with one another and learn a new concept or skill. The stations below were shared:
Foil boat challenge
Meet Others Scavenger Hunt
Shared the impact our organization is having on our region from last year’s data:
17 Professional Learning events
43 Hours of Professional Learning
1591 educators attended our events last year
68,413 total hours of professional learning awarded last year
Total savings of $1,562,552.92 to our region’s schools and districts.
Provide an experience that mimics our core values
Innovative set up unlike others have experienced
Connecting and learning were positioned at the core of the event
Board of Directors
Brenda Watt, President
Dr. Amy Peach
Dr. Basiyr Rodney
Dr. Donna Jahnke
Founder and CEO
Dr. Chris McGee
Mauel S. Herrera
Dr. Katrice Noble
Dr. Kacy Seals
Innovative Technology Education Fund
Missouri State Teachers Association
Silent Auction Sponsors
Cannoli’s Restaurant Crest Bowl
Missouri Botanical Garden
Painting with a Twist
In the last several years, the type of students served in special education classrooms has shifted from students simply needing academic remediation to a larger population of students with emotional disturbances, significant difficulties with executive functioning and regulation, intellectual disabilities, and medical needs. The need for trauma-informed teaching and modification of curriculum is increasing. With Special School District employees spread out all over St. Louis County the opportunities to connect with colleagues are few and far between. The job of a special education service provider presents many unique challenges that make professional collaboration imperative to not only student success but also to staff growth and well-being.
On Saturday, September 8th, Connected Learning, and Jennifer Ferguson hosted the first SPEDcampSTL at Long Elementary from 8:30-12:00. Eighty educators from across St. Louis County, some from Jefferson County, and as far south as Cape Girardeau gathered together to discuss topics such as racial bias and equity in special education, the impact giftedness has on emotional regulation, behavior intervention and modification, parent involvement, language therapy data collection ideas and strategies, music therapy, and staff well-being. Participants connected not only during the three breakout sessions but also virtually through Flipgrid videos in which they reflected on what they hoped to gain from the morning. The event concluded with giveaways from Adam Welcome and Kids Deserve It, Burgess Publishing Company, Boardmaker, and Flipgrid. SPEDcampSTL was a testament to the growing need for professional collaboration in the special education community.
Check out the session board and collaborative notes: http://www.bit.ly/SPEDCamp18
Enjoy some of the media from the day's learning here:
Learning and Leading the culture of IKEA
Educators around the globe are looking into other sectors to better understand how to create something special in our schools and classrooms. Come learn how IKEA makes your experience special and how you can bring that back to your school/classroom.
2/26 - 27
Lee's Summit R-7 Schools would like to invite teachers and administrators to CONNECTMidwest. Participants will experience two full days of interactive, highly relevant professional learning opportunities
2/28 - 3/1
Embracing Diversity and Inclusion conference at Webster University a "Free-mium" conference with BOLD speakers, great insight and inspiring ideas.
Improv Skills for Educators
Come learn new Improv games, strategies and activities to build community with your colleagues and students! Improv is so much more than comedy. It's learning about discomfort, agreeing and running with an idea, it's truly listening to another person, it's empathy and putting yourself in another person's shoes. You know what else? It's FUN! It'll make you laugh, it'll change how you interact with students.
A multitude of learning around VR and AR and its impact on society to come. Register for this FREE event and check out all the learning
The New Normal: Reframing Diversity in Tech and Entrepreneurship
You can't innovate without diversity. Period. Yet most proposed solutions to increasing diversity in tech and entrepreneurship falls short. SO what's the solution? Kathryn Finney will address the very real, technological and historic barriers to increasing diversity in an ever-growing sector of tech and entrepreneurship and how companies from start-ups to non-profits can directly address those barriers in creating a "New Normal"
Learning Space Design Scavenger Hunt
Great design is often elusive, especially to those (like me) who struggle with good design. Learn, discover, grow, and shift your mindset in order to expand your possibilities. Together let's uncover the experiences we want our students to have. When we better understand the experiences we want our students to have we can then design your amazing space. Learn how to bring your instruction to life and find amazing resources to revitalize your space.
Seeds of Joy
You're met Jill Stratton right here at South. If you enjoyed her, learn even more about bringing JOY into your life. Bringing together evidenced-based research and a lively blend of music, personal stories, and reflection, this workshop is more of a mini-retreat for heart and soul. Come if you're curious, skeptical, hungry, or hopeful and leave with "seeds of joy" and strategies for increasing and sustaining happiness this spring and beyond.
Chromecamp is an “unconference,” a free, non-commercial gathering of passionate educators who share an interest in a particular topic – in this case, the Chrome (the browser and OS) and the entire Google Ecosystem. Attendees volunteer to run sessions – conversations, not presentations – on specific topics related to this theme (or not – sessions can also be about social media or other educational concepts, but the emphasis is on Chrome and Google.)
The Missouri Botanical Garden has an awesome event focused on sustainability just for your school and your students. Check it out!
28 question stems to foster critical thinking (TOTALLY TIES TO TEI STANDARD 4)
Need a summer job? Check out the Global Hack position attached.
Local resource to find out resources across our region. Lit Around the Lou
VIDEO: Individualizing assignments in google classroom (great way to differentiate assignments for students.)
6 steps to make your next book study the best one yet
6 Excellent Google Mapping Tools to Develop Students Geo-Literacy
5 Downloadable Vocabulary Activities that Make Words Stick
Great things happen when you're bored: 5 fascinating things I learned by making myself bored
Who couldn't use better (or more) sleep? Learn how to fall asleep quicker
The Japanese use of the word "Space" might change how you view the world.
So as future jobs continue to shift, what does it mean for those that struggle academically that working in a grocery store may be a thing of the past? Amazon Go
Teachers as Learners: Moving from Unintentional to Engaged to Empowered - Reminded me, we are either constantly refining our practice around the needs of our students and the world THEY are entering or we are saying their needs are irrelevant.
Twitter is Like Going to the Grocery Store - “Not every idea you encounter on Twitter will go in your shopping cart.” Check out the “10 signs you might be ready to learn using Twitter.”
“If the learning in the classroom is all about what the teacher does, and less about what the students create, then what is the long-term impact that this will have on our students?” How can students take content knowledge learned and create something new with it? Read More.
Sad news about what kids are doing on their 1:1 chromebooks across the world. YIKES!
11th graders poem rocks the world, what could our kids write that shapes their world?
50 blog ideas for educators. Do you blog? Do your students? Why not?
When working alongside our colleagues, if we remember the principles of adult behavior we may have better friends, better colleagues and deeper engagement.
The importance of Deep Fun. Having fun at work is far more than just ping-pong tables, although those are cool too.
The Key Trait that Einstein, Jobs and Divinci had in common. HINT: It's not content knowledge.