Wednesday, March 2, 2011

We've Moved!

We've moved.
Our new site is
See you there!

Saturday, January 8, 2011

The Student As Historian - DBQ Strategies and Resources

Check out this presentation by Peter Pappas, recently featured on SlideShare. Many of you worked with Peter at his fall presentation. This SlideShade a great review, full of ideas, resources, and links for engaging student thinking. Enjoy.

Monday, December 13, 2010

Teachers Textbooks Technology

At Monday's Board meeting we presented to the Board an update on three of the district's processes: assuring quality hiring practices, providing texts and materials, getting technology in every classroom. These three components are part of West Clermont's Strategic Plan, approved in 2010. Click here to see the PowerPoint slides that accompanied our presentation.

Sunday, December 5, 2010

How lovely are your branches!

"Necessitie, the inventour of all goodnesse."
Toxophilus, 1545

"Neccesity is the Mother of Invention."
Richard Franck, 1658

Not much time.

Not many materials.

And we're responsible for decorating a huge evergreen for the 1st Annual Union Township Civic Center's Tree Lighting! Yikes!

Actually, there's no need for alarm. With the West Clermont Art Department, these kinds of situations are everyday fare. When the clock is rapidly ticking and supplies are in short supply, our talented art teachers take the reins.

In record time, West Clermont K-12 art students created festive, colorful, large-scale weatherproof ornaments. Hundreds of kids. Hundreds of decorations. We did it up on a grand scale!

And the 1st annual tree lighting was a success. Hot chocolate, cookies and carols added to the cold, clear night. But the tree took center stage, and her branches were indeed, very lovely.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Quality PD on A Shoestring

Thanks to the Board members and school administrators who joined us for a demonstration and conversation about low-cost, no-cost web applications to help create quality professional learning. As promised, here is your "paperless" handout:

Voicethread: Share images & text, collaborate & comment 
Ning: Share within a members-only network
Skype: Free audio or video conferencing
Google Docs: Share documents, spreadsheets, calendar
Animoto: Easily create dynamic slide shows
Blogging: Share text, images, & links
Screencasting: Teach & talk about what’s on screen
Twitter: Learn & share with fellow educators
Wallwisher: Easily collect & post comments

Bonus: See also Jing for easy screen capture capability

Click here for November 9 PPT slides.
Click here for November 9 handout

Presented to the Ohio School Boards Association Capital Conference, November 9, 2010

West Clermont Local Schools Department of Teaching & Learning
4350 Aicholtz Road Cincinnati OH 45245 | 513.943.5017
M.E. Steele-Pierce PhD Assistant Superintendent skype: steelepierce1
Cheryl Turner MEd Instructional Supervisor skype: cturnerr
Tanny McGregor MEd Instructional Supervisor skype: tanny744

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Halloween 2.0

Grand Avenue

Source: 10-30-2010

Saturday, October 9, 2010

edcamp Cincy

W-T Elementary School was the host site of Greater Cincinnati's first edcamp, Saturday, October 9.

Learn about edcamps here.

Learn about edcamp Cincy here.

Follow the updated edcamp Cincy wiki here.

More photos and interviews here.

Sixty educators from around the Greater Cincinnati region gathered to create their own personal learning agendas and networking conversations. West Clermont participants included Julie Schneider, Tammy Marcotte, Cheryl Koehler, Kathy Stemmer, Joan Stear, Jeff Riel, Kendra Herdtner, LeAnna Webber, Joe Stahl, Alicia Walls, Scott Morgan, Matt White, Cheryl Turner and M.E. Steele-Pierce. Ask them about the day!