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As your regional ISTE affiliate, the METC is an #EdTech community that supports and advocates for the use of technology and instructional practices that increase student achievement and engagement. We offer professional learning opportunities that are traditional, blended, and online in order to Connect Innovative Learners. Be sure to follow @METCedplus to learn more about the 2016-17 #METCpd offered to you.
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Below are a few interesting upcoming events that may be of interest. If you are employed by an EducationPlus Member School, you may join the METC for FREE. If you are an employee of a non-public or outstate school,  individual membership is just $40 per year. More information can be found on our METC website.

We appreciate our community of educators and will be offering discounts throughout Teacher Appreciation Week, May 2-6. Watch our website and social media communications to take part in these benefits. THANK YOU for all you do!

Happy Learning & Connecting,

Stephanie Madlinger
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Director of Educational Innovation / METC
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April Is Advocacy Month: #WhyEdTech

As part of Advocacy Month in April, ISTE is seeking video messages from education leaders and policymakers. We are hopeful that you would be willing to take just a few minutes to record a quick video message that answers the question, “Why do you stand for EdTech?”

* Record a 10-20-second video of yourself explaining why you support EdTech.
* Upload the video to YouTube; post on your Twitter, Facebook or Instagram  account with the hashtag #WhyEdTech and tag @METCedplus.

ISTE and METC will be sharing these messages on social media throughout April for Advocacy Month. Thank you in advance for your time and for considering this request. With voices like yours, we’re confident we can spark a grassroots movement that illustrates the importance of #EdTech and encourages support for its suitable funding.
Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA):
Meet the New Law Webinar

For the first time in more than a decade—and a half-century after enactment of the country’s main K-12 law—Congress has redefined the federal role in elementary and secondary education by creating the new Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). In a monumental shift of authority, the new education law returns a great deal of federal power on educational issues to states and local districts. The law also provides state and districts with significant flexibility in how they spend federal education dollars and includes a new program that has technology as a major focus.

ISTE LogoWhat does this mean for you, your school, your district, or your state? Great questions!

Join an interactive webinar, led by ISTE's legislative counsel Jon Bernstein, to learn what ESSA has in store, including:

• An explanation of ESSA's new framework, including implementation milestones

• A deep dive into the Student Success and Academic Enrichment Grant program and how its technology and professional development provisions may benefit ISTE members

• A federal funding forecast for next school year

• An opportunity to get your questions answered

Free to our METC members, ISTE members and the public!
Thursday, April 28
 Time: 3 p.m. Central Register here

2016-17 Academies (each include attendance at #METC17)

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Expanded by popular demand! These learning opportunities include technology tools and hands-on learning that is focused on your individual and school needs. Each of these long-term academies include one-day of the 2017 METC Conference. YOU can join one or more and learn with a cohort of educators through face-to-face and online learning communities. Build your skills and your PLN!

 Title  Starting  Date  Length
 MO Google for Education Academy  Begins  Sept. 19  GEG Eastern MO4 half days + MO Summit  Featuring GAFE
 Blended Online Learning & Teaching Academy  Begins  Sept. 29  3 full days
 Library Media Specialist Academy  Begins
 Oct. 5
 5 half days 
 Technology Leadership Academy for  School Leaders  Begins  Oct. 19  4 full days
 Technology Leadership Academy for  Teachers  Begins  Oct. 20  5 half days

Sizzling Summer Workshops

As part of our pledge to create continuous learning opportunities, these topics ranked the highest attended at our most recent METC events. So we are bringing them back to you again this summer. Register early for these sizzling, hot topics!

 LEGO Series: MoreToMath & Simple Machines for Grades 1-4  June 1
 LEGO Series: WeDO 2.0 for Grades 1-5  June 2
 Google Mania: Mini Boot Camp (offered twice over Summer)  June 6 & 7 
 July 6 & 7
 Flipping Your Classroom & PD  June 9
 Using Mobile Devices in the Classroom  June 13 & 14
 Adventures in STEM Education: Learn to Code  June 15
 Digital Citizenship: It's Common Sense  June 20 & 21
 Google Extensions & Add-Ons  June 22
 Cool Tools & Free #GoOpen Resources for Teachers  July 20 & 21

LEGO Simple Machine  Google Mania 2016


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