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June 12-13, 2017
Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center 

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Nationally, there is a great need to strengthen positive relations between African-Americans, Latinos and other people of color with the institutions entrusted to advance, educate, nurture, protect and serve all citizens.  Building on the success of the 2016 National Summit, this Summit will provide communities with tools to create a culture of understanding and respect in their schools and neighborhoods.  By engaging educational leaders, law enforcement personnel, community members and private and public officials, community teams will build upon their strengths and create a plan for improving relationships between schools, law enforcement and the communities that they serve.

The Summit Planning Committee will be accepting proposals for concurrent sessions through March 31, 2017.  Submit your best practices today!

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Student Art and Video Contest

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Participating Conference Hotels

Hilton Columbia Center featuring Ruth’s Chris Steak House 

Hampton Inn - Downtown Historic District

 

 

Blue Ribbon Academy is perfect for individual educators looking to enhance their skills or groups of educators from a particular school or district working on developing strategies important to their school needs.

FOR THE INDIVIDUAL: Blue Ribbon Academy can deepen your understanding of an important topic while providing Professional Development hours or Graduate Credits through Kent State University.

FOR THE SCHOOL/DISTRICT GROUP: Blue Ribbon Academy can assist you in collaborative learning across a cohort group that is designed to quickly impact change in your school. All participants will acquire Professional Development hours or Graduate credits through Kent State University.

The Academy focuses on all of the elements of a successful school. You'll find an emphasis on Leadership Development, School Culture, and Student Focus. Specific courses are designed to have an immediate impact on your school. Whether it's technology integration, community and parent involvement, active teaching and learning, and improving overall student performance, or curriculum. You'll find a course that is right for you and your school professional development needs.

We also tailor our programs to meet your group's needs. Let us know and we'll put together a series of course that will take your school from good to great!

 

Continuing Education Units or Graduate Credit Hours Available

 

Courses by Category

15 Professional Development Hours are available for the successful completion of each course

OR

1 Graduate Credit hour will be conferred by Kent State University for the successful completion of each course 

Influential Instruction:  How To Improve Teaching and Learning in Your School

Course ID: SFS 511

Category: Student Focus and Support

Instructor(s): Kerrie Bass

Offered
Spring B
Summer A
Fall B

Cohort Online Course

Why School Culture Matters: Building the Foundation for Effective Teams and Increased Student Achievement

Course ID: SOC 521

Category: School Organization and Culture

Instructor(s): Marianne L. Lescher

Offered
Spring A & B
Summer A & B
Fall A & B

Cohort Online*

Best Practices, Critical Analysis, and A Call to Action

Course ID: SFS 522

Category: School Organization and Culture

Instructor(s): Kevin Cutler

Offered
Spring A & B
Summer A & B
Fall A & B

Cohort Online*

Culture: Boost Morale and Improve Results

Course ID: SOC 523

Category: School Organization and Culture

Instructor(s): Mark Minskey

Offered
Spring A & B
Summer A & B
Fall B

Cohort Online*

Next Generation Science in the Elementary Classroom

Course ID: CSC 531

Category: Challenging Standards and Curriculum

Instructor(s): Jodi Cinq Mars, Matt Chase

Offered
Spring A & B

Cohort Online*

Literature Appreciation and Meeting Common Core Standards Simultaneously

Course ID: CSC 532

Category: Challenging Standards and Curriculum

Instructor(s): Becky Johnson

STEM and Makerspace Implementation in Elementary Schools and Classrooms

Course ID: CSC 533

Category: Challenging Standards and Curriculum

Instructor(s): Denise Taylor

Offered
Spring A & B
Summer A & B
Fall A & B

Cohort Online*

Hinge Points & Impacts- Creating Active Teaching and Learning in the Classroom

Course ID: ATL 541

Category: Active Teaching and Learning

Instructor(s): Stacy Barnette

Offered
Spring A & B

Cohort Online*

Effective Lesson Design and Delivery

Course ID: ATL 542

Category: Active Teaching and Learning

Instructor(s): Shirley Ann Smith

Offered
Spring A & B
Summer A & B
Fall A & B

Fixed Time Course*
Wednesday 5:00 - 7:00 CST

Using Data to Fulfill Your School's Vision of Excellence

Course ID: LDR 551

Category: Leadership and Educational Vitality

Instructor(s): David Franklin

Offered
Spring A & B
Summer A & B

Cohort Online*

Technology Integration for School Success

Course ID: TI 561

Category: Technology Integration

Instructor(s): Davina Mann, Keith George

Offered
Spring A & B
Summer A & B
Fall A & B

Engaging Online tools for Today's Teachers and Students

Course ID: TI 562

Category: Technology Integration

Instructor(s): Donna Thompson

Offered
Spring A & B
Fall A & B

Cohort Online*

"We Are the Champions":  Developing and Maintaining a Professional Community

Course ID: PRC 571

Category: Professional Community

Instructor(s): Jerome Ward

Offered
Spring A & B

Cohort Online*

Building Capacity Through Community Engagement School, Family, and Community Partnerships

Course ID: SFCP 581

Category: School, Family, Community Partnerships

Instructor(s): Nathalie C Lilavois

School-Family Relationships and their Impact on Student Achievement.

Course ID: SFCP 582

Category: School, Family, Community Partnerships

Instructor(s): Keith Trawick

Offered
Spring A

Cohort Online*

Leveraging Partnerships to Increase School Effectiveness

Course ID: SFCP 583

Category: School, Family, Community Partnerships

Instructor(s): Crystal Scillitani

Offered
Spring A & B

Fixed Time Course*

Building Effective Family & Community Partnerships in School Settings

Course ID: SFCP 584

Category: School, Family, Community Partnerships

Instructor(s): Jesus Celaya

Offered
Spring A & B

Cohort Online*

Identifying, Measuring and Communicating School Success

Course ID: IOS 591

Category: Indicators of Success

Instructor(s): Catherine M. Freericks

Offered
Spring A & B
Summer A & B
Fall A & B

Cohort Online*

 
 

 *Cohort Online Course-Students access course materials independently and at their convenience throughout the week. Assignments and coursework requirements follow a weekly schedule.

*Fixed-Time Online Course-Students are required to log in and participate in the course at a specific time each week.  Students and the instructor have an opportunity to interact on line in real time.

 

 

Becoming a Lighthouse Certified Educator

As you pursue your coursework you have the opportunity to become Lighthouse Certified. Lighthouse certification is granted to individuals who successfully complete the required coursework. Upon completion, all Lighthouse Certified Individuals will have the opportunity to be honored at Disney World at our Annual Conference.

Administrators pursuing a Lighthouse Administrative Certification must successfully complete three overview courses in the areas of Leadership and Educational Vitality, School Organization and Culture, and Active Teaching and Learning. In addition the individual must also complete at least 2 electives in the areas of Indicators of Success and School and Community Partnerships.

Educators pursuing a Lighthouse Teaching Certification must successfully complete three overview courses in the areas of Leadership and Educational Vitality, School Organization and Culture, and Active Teaching and Learning. In addition the individual will complete 2 electives of choice.

All students pursuing Lighthouse Certification must complete the appropriate registration document when enrolling each term.

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