Curriculum Directors' Newsletter

April 2014

Spring is Here!

The snow has melted; spring flowers are emerging; and summer is just around the corner! It's that time of year when we reflect on the past several months of our work: What can we celebrate? What can we improve? How can we grow professionally?


The quality of our professional learning and collaboration are primary keys to our students' achievement. Take some time this spring to consider the role of professional learning in the continuous improvement cycle.


Just to get you started, we've shared a few articles and resources on effective PD, new teacher support, as well as a professional learning strategy called "The Wagon Wheel." Watch for our updated professional learning offerings, including some fun and engaging summer opportunities!

Effective Professional Learning

Articles to Refresh Your Game

Dennis Sparks discusses fundamentals of powerful professional development


Engage, Learn, Support, Measure: Sign up to get this free new guide from EdSurge on Personalized PD.


PLC Master Schedules: How to create time for learning and interventions during the day.

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Supporting New Teachers' Learning

Edutopia has a fantastic new teacher blog that you can use for mentoring "mini-lessons."


High Quality Mentoring and Induction Practices


Check out this Newsletter from the New Teacher Resource Center on creating and sustaining an effective induction program.


VIDEO: Teaching Channel: The New Teacher Experience

Wagon Wheel: A Professional Learning Protocol

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MDE Requirements and Dates

MDE Assessment and Accountability Updates: Week of April 14
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Just for fun...

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School Improvement/ASSIST Updates

School Improvement and ASSIST Updates:

Assistance with the School Improvement process and the ASSIST website. Sessions repeat: select a.m. or p.m.


April 23 – 8:30 a.m. –11:30 a.m. or 12:30 p.m.-- 3:30 p.m., Genesee Area Skill Center


MISchool Data

A general overview/update on the MISchool Data website


April 21 – 12:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m., GISD Davis Education Center


Using MISchoolData.org for School Improvement

Receive guidance on completing the School Data Profile Diagnostic on the ASSIST website. Participants will receive a complimentary detailed guidebook on the School Improvement process. Sessions repeat: select a.m. or p.m.


May 1 – 8:30 a.m. –11:30 a.m. or 12:30 p.m.-- 3:30 p.m., GISD Davis Education Center

May 8 – 8:30 a.m. –11:30 a.m. or 12:30 p.m.-- 3:30 p.m., GISD Davis Education Center


School Improvement Technical Assistance

An open, walk-in session to work with Dave Treder on your School Improvement documentation.


May 14 – 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., GISD Davis Education Center

May 20 – 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., GISD Davis Education Center

June 18 – 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., GISD Davis Education Center

June 20 – 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., GISD Davis Education Center

Spring Professional Learning e-Catalog is here!

Our Spring PD Edition is here! Check it out to find many refreshing professional learning ideas!

Upcoming Professional Development