#COLchat to Action Experience

2015 Date TBA

#COLchat to Action a Success!

Thank you for being a part of the movement! Take that first step to building a true C.O.L.

Opening #COLchat experience and #COLchats can be watched now!

July 29, 2014 in Swartz Creek, MI

This one day experience was designed for teachers, administrators, parents, and anyone else that is ready to change the way you live, work, and play!


Thank you for joining our #COLchat PLN in Swartz Creek, Michigan on July 29th to turn words into actions!

We have tweeted it up and now its time to take action!

Thank you to Our Sponsors

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#COLchat to Action

Tuesday, July 29th 2014 at 8:30am-4:30pm

8427 Miller Rd

Swartz Creek, MI

Pay via P.O./Check

Sending a check?

email ahartley@swcrk.org to reserve your registration.


*You may send check after July 1, 2014


Swartz Creek Community Schools: #COLchat to Action

8354 Cappy Lane

Swartz Creek. MI 48473

Attn: Adam Hartley

Earn State Continuing Education Clock Hours

SCECHs will be available on the day of the conference!

#COLchat to Action Experience

Registration 7:30 - 8:15 a.m.

Welcome 8:15 - 8:30

#COLchat Opening Experience 8:30 - 9:30 a.m.

#COLchat to Action #1 9:40 - 10:40

2 - 12 min #COLchats 10:50 - 11:20 a.m.

Lunch (Provided) / Connect 11:30 - 12:30 p.m.

2 - 12 min #COLchats 12:40 - 1:10 p.m.

#COLchat to Action #2 1:20 - 2:20p.m.

#COLchat to Action #3 2:30 - 3:30 p.m.

Closing #COLchat 3:30 - 4:00 p.m.

Connect / Book Sales / T-shirts 4:00 - 4:30 p.m.

#COLchat Featured Speakers

We will have 4 #COLchats on stage. These chats will be 12 minutes long and will showcase how #COLchat participants turned words into action.

Dr. Craig Mertler

Dr. Craig A. Mertler, President of Mertler Educational Consulting, has been an educator for 28 years, 18 of those in higher education, and 6 as an administrator. Over his career, he has taught courses focused on the application of action research to promote educator empowerment, school improvement, and job-embedded professional development, and also teaches research methods, statistical analyses, and educational assessment methods. He has served as the research methodology expert on more than 100 doctoral dissertations and Masters theses.

He is the author of 20 books, four invited book chapters, and 18 refereed journal articles. He has also presented more than 35 research papers at professional meetings around the country, as well as internationally. He conducts workshops for in-service educational professionals (at all levels) on classroom-based action research and on the broad topic of classroom assessment. His primary research and consulting interests include classroom-based action research, data-driven educational decision making, professional learning communities, and classroom teachers’ assessment literacy. Before teaching and researching at the university level, he taught high school biology and earth science, and also coached track and volleyball. In his leisure time, he coaches high school volleyball and enjoys playing golf and travelling with his family.

Dr. Mertler owns and operates Mertler Educational Consulting, LLC (http://www.craigmertler.com/mec) and he can be reached at craig.mertler@gmail.com for consulting, professional development, and speaking engagements. Additionally, you can read his blog at http://www.craigmertler.com/blog.

Colby Sharp

Colby Sharp is a third grade teacher at Parma Elementary in downtown Parma, Michigan. He is the co-founder of Nerdy Book Club. He co-hosts the monthly Twitter chats #titletalk (with @donalynbooks) and #SharpSchu (with @mrschureads). You can find him online at www.mrcolbysharp.com and on Twitter at @colbysharp.


#COLchat Description: Empowering Students to Share Their Story

Everyone has a story to tell. It is vital that we share the stories of the greatness that is happening in our schools and in our classrooms. During his talk Mr. Sharp will take you on a journey of a year in his classroom and how providing students with the opportunity to share their stories changed everything.

John Haydamacker

John M. Haydamacker has reengineered and revitalized the teaching and learning in his classroom! He has seventeen years of teaching experience from kindergarten to 8th Grade, with fourteen of those years teaching Middle School Science. He graduated with his bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in Middle School Science Education from Western Michigan University, with post-graduate teaching courses from Michigan Technical University.

John is currently employed by Grosse Ile Township Schools. John’s presentations include the Michigan Department of Education/Advanced Ed State School Improvement Conference, and the MAMSE Conference. Some of Mr. Haydamacker’s favorite topics are Standards-Based Grading, Summative & Formative Assessments, Professional Learning Communities, Effective Grading Practices, and interventions used to make sure the “Focus Is On Learning”. Being part of a team of teachers committed to improving their skills for the sake of student learning has dramatically changed his approach to teaching, assessing, and leading in his classroom. Let’s observe how overhauling an outdated grading practice has changed the culture of his classroom, have a few laughs, and think!

David Simancek

Dave Simancek is currently the principal of The Swartz Creek Academy, an alternative high school in Swartz Creek Michigan. Dave believes in building a culture of learning by empowering his students and staff to take ownership in their environment and to collaborate for a common purpose.

Dave created The Power of 100 which many high schools have adopted to battle bullying behavior.

The Power of 100 is organized around the idea there will always be 100 teens walking the halls and spread out on school grounds on the lookout for acts of bullying and there to support those who are on the receiving end of it.

Power of 100:

http://www.abc12.com/story/18244075/power-of-100-ani-bullying-summit

http://swartzcreekview.mihomepaper.com/news/2011-05-19/Front_Page/SCHS_empowers_students_to_subside_bullying_trend.html

Dave is a true leader in building #COL's and moving away from Compliancy!

#COLchat Co-Founders/Moderators and Conference Organizers

Need to stay over night?

Holiday Inn Gateway and Courtyard by Mariott in Grand Blanc will be the official #COLchat to Action Hotel.

Rate is discounted at $99 per night. Book by July 7, 2014 for the #COLchat Rate.

See Information Below

Holiday Inn Gateway Reservation: Keyword COL

Courtyard by Marriot

Want to stay at the Courtyard by Marriott, (directly behind the Holiday Inn Gateway Centre)?? Call the Courtyard at 810-232-3500 and ask to reserve a room under Culture of Learning booking code G3676.