TeachIllinois Offering 3 Online Courses this Summer.

TeachIllinois is proud to offer 3 online courses this summer that can be taken for graduate credit through Lindenwood University. Courses are $199 for 30 PDHours, with 2 graduate credits for an additional $150 through LU. Combined, that’s less than 1 credit hour at some places.

– Using Google to Improve Student Writing
– Workflow Tips for Educators
– Giving better and Faster Feedback in the Classroom

Tyler Youngers is the instructor of these 100% online courses. He has taught these courses online in Iowa and has experience as a classroom writing teacher in public education.

Let me know if you have questions. mweld@roe3.org

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Columbus Elementary School’s “Anti-bullying” Activity with Fredbird

On Friday, March 16th, Fredbird visited Columbus Elementary School (Edwardsville School District.)  Each day, we begin with a morning meeting from 9:00-9:15 a.m.  Mrs. Matarelli, the principal, opened the meeting and today’s emphasis was the importance of team work.  Students were involved in the activity and provided key characteristics of how to be a positive team player.  Respect, unselfish, and hard work were the three main ideas that the students suggested.  The overall experience was very positive.  The Columbus teachers and staff will continue to incorporate character education to help our students understand the importance of bullying “Stops with Me”.

New! 2 ROE 41 Workshops Added

1.) March 16th in Vandalia

How to Improve the Attendance of 21st Century Students and Parents
Dr. Jesse Jackson III.

Regular Attendance at school is vital for a student’s success. It is impossible to recover the time lost from a missed day, and the more a student misses, the further they fall behind. This seminar will help schools staff to take the best steps that can improve attendance. This empower seminar will help teachers: • Why students come to school late • How to Improve Attendance of At-Risk Students • How to best Use a Truancy Department Staff • Things you Can Control (or at least influence) • Those Strategies That Have a Power and Positive Impact on School Attendance • 10 Power Methods to help with Title 1 student parents. (The registration form is included with the flyer.)

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2.) April 19th in Edwardsville

Spring Kindergarten Round Robin with Greg Smedley-Warren.

1.) Mr. Greg will share stories from his classroom and the lessons he has learned and how they can be implemented in other classrooms. The #happyclassroom is a way for teachers around the world to share positive experiences from their own rooms. Mr. Greg will describe in detail the mission of this hashtag and how it relates to your attitudes toward education and their classroom.
2.) We’ll see how easy it is to integrate technology into your center time! Plus, discover how center wheels and tubs help make managing and rota;ng centers simple for you and your students. You will also explore ways to effectively manage your math and literacy centers.
3.) We will talk about ways to use an iPad for whole-group instruction in handwriting, math and literacy — even if you have only one iPad. Explore how to use QR codes as a math and literacy center. You will also learn how to use technology to manage your classroom and make teaching a little less overwhelming.
4.) Learn about different types of behavior systems, rewards and consequences, the importance of routines, expectations and procedures, and ways to bring free and low cost incentives into your classroom.

(The registration form is included with the flyer.)

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March Guest Blog: EAWR Foundation: “Keeping That Oiler Spirit Alive!”

The EAWR Foundation was founded in January 2011 as a way of providing extra resources for our school and students that the district might not be able to afford. Since then, it has engaged in outreach to wonderful alumni and community members, many of whom are lovingly devoted to Wood River High.

The Foundation is governed by the Board of Directors appointed by the school board, but which is independent of the school board in most legal respects. It is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation that is registered with the State of Illinois. The founding Board of Directors in 2011 was Merle Bassett, Jean Bruce, Susan Broadway, Leroy Emerick, Bob Kasten, John Pearson, Erin Phillips, Leigh Robinson, and Henry Studnicki.

The Foundation got off to a running start, with it’s first direct mailing fundraising campaign (2011) netting $11,275 in its discretionary account. Also, given its IRS status, the Foundation has also been the choice of several local scholarship funds, that were started by our friends who wished to give back (the Eunice and Elmer St. Peters Scholarship; the Dale Studnicki Memorial Scholarship; the Shirley Waide Drama Scholarship; the Scott King Art Scholarship; the Merle Bassett Memorial Scholarship; the Toni Fry-Hilgert Memorial Scholarship, and the Orville & Kathleen Brunjes Scholarship). Our donors have also given through memorials (including Dr. Harold Hudson, Darrell Franklin) or graduating classes (such as the class of 1961).

The Foundation’s furthest donation came from a former exchange student from Italy. Also, The Bank of Edwardsville and First Cloverleaf Bank (1st Mid-America Bank) have both given large donations for specific projects (new stage curtains, electronic marquee, etc.)

Some donors give through their company’s matching grants (Boeing, General Electric are a couple of examples). And, some of our most generous donors have given gifts of over $1,000 with some of those donors having done that repeatedly. Also, many of our donors give smaller but still cherished amounts of support. As a matter of fact, the Foundation has different levels representing range of giving (Gold, Maroon, Oiler, Friend of EAWR)

Some of the more notable Foundation purchases and donations have been (see photos below): 1) 10 iPads for classroom use ($5,800 – 2012); 2) New Auditorium stage curtains ($12,000 – 2014, with $3,000 of that coming from The Bank of Edwardsville and First Cloverleaf Banks combined); 3) A new “drum line” drum sets for the marching band ($10,000 – 2014); 4) A set of professional cameras for our student Yearbook photographers ($1,020 – 2014); 5) The new electronic marquee ($22,500 – also aided by a $5,000 gift from The Bank of Edwardsville); 6) Funds for the Chess Club ($100 – 2015); 7) A 65” HD TV for the Cafeteria ($800 – 2016); 9) With a matching grant from the Oiler Booster Club, a new stage mat for basketball games ($700 – 2017); 10) Window A/C units for the top floor classrooms ($10,200 – 2017); 11) With the immense help of memorial funds from the Orville and Kathleen memorial trust, the purchase of a new football scoreboard ($28,000 – 2018).

Other Foundation donations have been made behind the scenes for the direct benefit of students (e.g. articles of clothing, tuition to HOBY camps), and some student clubs (such as the Spirit Club).

The Foundation relies on several giving and fundraising sources: Direct giving; memorial bequests; matching donations from certain corporate programs; sale of commemorative bricks for the Brick Display in front of the Memorial Gym; proceeds from the bi-annual cash raffle; et al.

The Foundation has raised over $119,000 in general giving (not including scholarship funds) since its inception and has big projects and “wish lists” being developed right now.

The EAWR Foundation is proud to support the students and activities of East Alton – Wood River Community High School. After all …

“It’s great to belong to Wood River High,
To know good fellowship.
A friendly smile, a word worthwhile,
A song on every lip.
He profits the most who serves the best, with love & loyalty,
So, here’s a song to help along,
Hurrah for Victory!”

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February Guest Blog: East Alton School District 13

If you drive through Madison County too quickly, you might miss the 5.5 square miles that make up East Alton. It’s easy to do, especially with the expansion of 255 and the larger communities around us. What you would be missing out on is the amazing, and forward thinking things that East Alton Elementary District #13 is doing. In the education world, we are marking our mark on the map and refuse to be passed by!

We are continually implementing new and wonderful things for our students, while not forgetting the tried and true programs or opportunities that make a major impact on our students, staff and community.

Foster Grandparents:

We are excited to continue our Foster Grandparent program at Eastwood Elementary.1
We have 4 grandparents who come help, and are eager and willing to do whatever our students need. Sometimes you can find Grandma or Grandpa working with students individually or in small groups on academic concepts they are struggling with. Other times you will find them eager to give a smile or a hug to any studnt, or staff member, that just needs a little extra love and attention! Still other times, there are the direct conversations about choices that child is making. It’s the talk that no one enjoys being called out for your choices, but the students know that the conversation is coming from a place of caring and compassion. Students walk away knowing that there’s one more person truly invested in them.

2nd Grade Morning Reading:

2As a district we strive to cultivate a passion for students’ love of reading! Research has also proven that to be a better reader, you have to read more. With a limited number of hours in a school day, we wanted to ensure that we are utilizing every moment our students are with us. Therefore, from 8:00 – 8:30 am, three days a week, you will find our 2nd graders reading with adult volunteers from the community. Our 2nd graders love the opportunity to have someone sit, one-on-one, with them and listen to them ready. 3

Our adult volunteers cherish the opportunity to interact, by asking questions about the child’s book and then wishing them a great day as they head off to class. The opportunity to have the East Alton Community invest in the children, whom are its future, is immense. The impact this program has had on our 2nd grade reading levels is undeniable and supported by the data of our assessments.

SIUE Education Student Interventions:

For many years we have had the pleasure of hosting SIUE students in our classrooms as they gather field experience and complete their student teaching for their Elementary Education programs. This year, we have expanded our partnership with SIUE School of Education. Several education students come in to work with students from 7:30 – 8:30 am. The SIUE students complete math and reading academic assessments with elementary students, identify their individual areas of need and then create lessons and activities to complete with that student. The SIUE students are given the opportunity to experience an area of education that a college classroom cannot provide – the complexity of authentic students. Our students are provided with more intervention time to increase their skills in the areas of math and reading, without the limitations of the traditional school day.4

Inquiry and Design Class:

5At East Alton Middle School, every 7th grade student will take a quarter course of Inquiry and Design. This is not your traditional middle school class by any stretch of the imagination. Speaking of imagination, that is exactly what these students need, along with critical thinking, problem solving and grit! After the initial two weeks in the course, where students are guided by their teacher through problem solving challenges, the students are challenged to design something they are passionate about, build a functioning version of that product and determine how to market it to the masses. It is not unusual to hear power tools, and hammering, as you walk pass this classroom, but the true power of this course is to hear the collaboration between students as they try to problem solve why their motor won’t turn over, or why their make-up is too think, or even why the robot is not hitting it’s target as programmed. The future looks bright with these inventors on the rise.

District 13 News Station:

6Last year, District 13 News started broadcasting to share important district information with students and parents, acknowledge some of our outstanding students and staff, and keep the community in the loop of what is happening in our district. This year, the news station has expanded to being completely student written, directed and produced. They have also starting including Public Service Announcements about things they believe are important and relevant to District 13 students. With the students’ knowledge of multiple technology applications, due to our district’s one-to-one iPad initiative, the production level of these broadcast has far exceeded the expectations of a middle school run news channel. You can catch the District 13 News on our EAMS Facebook page or by going to our district website www.easd13.org.

These are just a few of the amazing things are happening in the East Alton Elementary District #13! So, while East Alton, IL may only occupy a small area of Madison County, EASD #13 is making a huge impact on the community. There is no doubt that the future is bright for the students here and you will be hearing about our district a lot in the future!

Tech 2018 – There’s Still Time To Register!

I wanted to remind you that TECH 2018 Applications are still open. Please share with colleagues.
Each year, hundreds of students and teachers from across Illinois come together at the State Capitol Building in Springfield to speak with legislators about the innovative ways in which they use technology to enhance student learning. The resulting student technology showcase continues to impress upon our state legislators the importance of developing a plan to promote adequate, equalized and reliable funding to meet school technology needs. Illinois Computing Educators (ICE) invites you to be part of this year’s event – TECH 2018.
Applications must be submitted by Friday, March 9, 2018. All demonstrations are scheduled to take place from 9:30am-11:30am or 1:00pm-3:00pm on Thursday, May 10, 2018.
Tim McIlvain

Director, Learning Technology Centers
217-893-1431 | ltcillinois.org 

Madison County Illinois Teachers are “Mad about Math”

MadaboutMathpictureSecond and Third Grade teachers from school districts in Madison County participated in a “Mad about Math” workshop on January 23rd that provided the opportunity for them to focus on their math curriculum, their instructional materials, and the assessments that their districts use. These teachers also shared what worked best in their classrooms in an effort to help others become the best.
The teachers who attended this workshop will return to their districts and to their schools and share what they have learned about the most effective methods to teach math to their colleagues.
This workshop is one of several that are offered by the Regional Office of Education’s School Improvement division. Dr. Robert Daiber, Regional Superintendent of Schools for Madison County, said, “Although Madison County is the home of great teachers and great schools, we are constantly working to become better.”
Keep track of upcoming workshops here: http://bit.ly/ROE_SIP_REG