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September and October 2019

EILP Network

This series of professional development dates are for K-3 classroom teachers, special education teachers, coaches and interventionists. Dates dedicated to: *Increasing Educators' Capacity through the Implementation of Research-Supported Early Instructional Literacy Practices (EILP) *Supporting the K-3 EILP in Every Classroom Every Day *Networking K-3 Educators throughout Genesee County School Districts *Personalized Coaching in the EILP for Attendees *Setting-up Your Clasroom with the Essentials in Mind *K-3 EILP Classroom Resources


September 17, 2019

October 15, 2019

November 19, 2019

December 17, 2019

January 21, 2020

February 18, 2020

March 24, 2020

April 21, 2020

Mary 19, 2020


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AVMR PLC Group

Each session will focus on one specific topic that will reconnect teachers to the Teaching and Learning Cycle of Math Recovery® that will give teachers the opportunity to discuss assessments, instruction, groups and data throughout the year.


September 24, 2019

October 29, 2019

December 10, 2019

January 28, 2020

March 3, 2020

April 14, 2020


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Secondary Math Leaders Group

The Mathematics Leadership Team will participate in research-informed professional development experiences with the purpose of sustaining improved mathematics achievement. Topics will include Mathematical Mindsets, Problem Solving, Number Talks, and Guided Math. The Mathematics Leadership Team focus during the past three years was very strategic - a deep understanding of the Common Core, creating quality math units/lessons, and experiencing research-based strategies for improving classroom instruction. We will continue this work into the upcoming school year. At each meeting, we focus on a different math domain/conceptual category from the Common Core.


September 30, 2019

January 15, 2020

May 5, 2020


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[CANCELLED] Hollywood or History? Engaging Students with US History

Teaching and learning through Hollywood movies is anything but a new approach and has been something of a mainstay in the classroom for nearly a century. However, purposeful and effective instruction through film is not problem-free and there are many challenges that accompany classroom applications of Hollywood motion pictures. In response to the problems and possibilities associated with teaching through film, Dr. Scott L. Roberts of Central Michigan University has developed a collection of practical, classroom-ready lesson ideas that might bridge gaps between theory and practice and assist teachers endeavoring to make effective use of film in their classrooms based on a inquiry-focused strategy called Hollywood or History?


October 28, 2019

November 4, 2019

December 16, 2019

**This entire series has been cancelled.


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Creating a Caring School Community

This professional learning experience focuses on implementing the Caring School Community program, a year-long, comprehensive, school-wide SEL program for grades K-8. All Participants will receive the Caring School Community program. Participants will learn:


  • How to build caring relationships among students and adults
  • Ways to directly teach social skills that students need
  • Techniques for integrating SEL and academic learning throughout the school day
  • Classroom management strategies that create calm, productive leaning environments
  • How to implement and approach to discipline that eschews rewards and punishments in favor of supporting the development of self-management and self-discipline in students


A grade-specific kit will be sent to each participant upon registration.


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Elementary Math Leaders Group

Elementary Mathematics Leadership meetings provide networking opportunities to teachers who serve as representatives of their district.The Mathematics Leadership Team focus during the past three years was very strategic - a deep understanding of the Common Core, creating quality math units/lessons, and experiencing research-based strategies for improving classroom instruction. We will continue this work into the upcoming school year. At each meeting, we focus on a different math domain/conceptual category from the Common Core.


October 3, 2019

December 5, 2019

February 5, 2020

April 17, 2020


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Math Recovery Intervention Specialist (MRIS) - CANCELLED

MRIS program is a year-long course that provides intensive intervention training and develops teaching and expertise in mathematics. Assessment and instructional topics include addition and subtraction, structuring numbers, number word sequences, numeral identification, place value, multi-digit addition and subtraction, multiplication and division. Due to the intensity and depth of professional development training, MRIS is recommended for educators who have at least three years of teaching experience. Intervention teachers, leaders, and coaches and anyone who works with students who are not meeting grade-level standards would benefit from this professional development. MRIS certification is a prerequisite to Facilitator, Champion and Leader Courses that build in-district capacity.


October 7, 2019

October 8, 2019

October 9, 2019

October 10, 2019

December 10, 2019

December 11, 2019

December 12, 2019

March 9, 2020

March 10, 2020

March 11, 2020

Phonological Awareness

Join us as we play with listening games, rhyming, phonemes, alliteration and manipulation of sounds. Our goal is to support staff in developing and delivering instruction that promotes and develops phonological awareness.


October 9, 2019 (Pre-K through 1st Grade)

January 29, 2020 (Grades 2-5)


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Add+Vantage Math 1

Add+VantageMR (AVMR) Course 1 is a 4-day course that includes dynamic, diagnostic,individual assessments in number words and numerals, structuring numbers and addition and subtraction strategies. The assessment, data collecting, and teaching tools accelerate the educator's ability to recognize the students current levels of numeracy understanding to make data-driven instructional decisions. AVMR is beneficial for anyone working or supervising others in the area of mathematics. It is most appropriate for pre-Kindergarten through elementary, as well as for middle school educators who work with students that have fallen at least two years behind standards. AVMR Course 1 is a pre-requisite for AVMR Course 2.


October 15, 2019

October 30, 2019

November 14, 2019

December 3, 2019


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Happiness Advantage Training

Experience the Happiness Advantage through this GISD training to begin a personal transformation toward a more positive mindset and more productive & adaptable work life. Read the parable, The Orange Frog and take the online module training prior to attending your training.


October 11, 2019

October 18, 2019


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Passage Based Writing K-5 - CANCELLED

Passage based writing (PBW) is a skill that is necessary for students to fully comprehend and talk about text. What is PBW?, How do I teach my students?, Where do I find resources?, and How do I incorporate this into my already busy day?. These are a few of the questions that will be answered during this session.


October 22, 2019 - This date has been cancelled and will be rescheduled.


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Student-Centered Coaching

Student-Centered Coaching is an evidence-based instructional coaching model that shifts the focus from "fixing" teachers to collaborating with them to design instruction that targets student outcomes. Participants will learn concrete strategies for implementing a coaching model that is grounded in student evidence. This will include an introduction to the core practices for student-centered coaching. We will also explore how principals and district leaders can take an active role in leading a coaching effort.


October 22, 2019


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4-5 Essential Instructional Practices - CANCELLED

Have you seen or heard of the Essential Instructional Practices in Literacy for Grades 4-5? Research suggest that each of these practices in every classroom every day could make a measurable positive difference in the State’s literacy achievements. Please join us as we explore the Essential Instructional Practices in Literacy for Grades 4-5 and work to improve student achievement.


October 23, 2019 - This date has been cancelled and will be rescheduled.


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Ramping Up Read Aloud - CANCELLED

Join us as we explore Read Alouds as a way to motivate students, build community and improve comprehension and vocabulary. We will look at the essential practices and explore different ways of presenting Read Alouds.


October 29, 2019 - This event has been cancelled.


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