Team Trailblazer Weekly Update

February 22, 2016

May you smile and laugh much this week!

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Please find the most recent MDE Spotlight newsletter - if you haven't already, please sign up at the BAA for automatic testing updates!

Important State Testing Information

Any new staff not yet assigned to testing sites will receive their site and date info soon!


I have also attached our site info details in the email.


From Wendy for ALL TEACHERS and SITE STAFF:


MSTEP:


New training videos have been posted (please see page 2 of attachment)


www.michigan.gov/mstep (under What’s New)


o The 1st 2 videos will be very helpful for teachers & test administrators in preparing students to take the CAT (computer adaptive test) portion of the 2016 M-STEP.


o Please review and use the Online Practice for math & ELA to practice navigating the CAT portion of the M-STEP with your students (What’s New – Content Specific Information)


o 3rd video, Spring 2016 M-STEP Test Administration for District & School Test Coordinators Chapter 1 – Overviewmust be viewed prior to online training in March.


SAT/PSAT/ACT WorkKeys


· Pages 3 & 4 – ACT WKK important info

· Page 5 – SAT Test Day Training opens – training must be complete prior to your school’s virtual paper/pencil training in March

o The pre-administration activities for SAT, PSAT and WorkKeys will be complete immediately after the tests have concluded

o Labels will be affixed on test day upon check-in

o The SDQ (Student Data Questionnaire) has its own set of labels and answer sheets have another set of labels

· TrainingSAT Supervisor Test Day Online Training window – Feb. 19 – prior to paper/pencil virtual training with your school’s staff (see Outlook calendar) - SAT SITE LEADS SHOULD HAVE RECEIVED AN EMAIL ON FRIDAY WITH INSTRUCTIONS


All Staff should plan on attending:


· Training – week of March 14PSAT Test Day Training Webinar

· Training – March 2 3-4pm M-STEP Admin. Training

· Training – March 3 3-4pm MI-Access Admin. Training


For more information:

· College Board website for Michigan – www.collegeboard.org/michigan

Anna VanDeven is the newest addition to Wendy Poulton's MI K12 Testing Team! Anna comes from MGLVA and has experience in testing.

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National Honor Society at MVCA - UPDATE

UPDATE: Heather Shue and Lauri Alexander have expressed interest in getting our chapter off the ground - THANK you!


If you are interested in serving on the committee to review candidates, please let one of them know.


Thanks!


We have had students express interest in having a National Honors Society chapter at MVCA. We have talked about it for a few years and we would like to extend this opportunity to our students this spring and into next year. It is a wonderful addition to any student's college application.


We are looking for an individual to chair this process. If possibly interested, I can send you the information. (Thank you Lynn Bradley for getting the ball rolling!) The involvement does not look incredibly time consuming, but we do need a point person.


Once established, we will need a committee up 5 teachers to review possible candidates for NHS.


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See attached Count Day report!

I have attached our latest count day report. It is sorted by HR teacher.


We need each of our students to meet a full 1.0 FTE. If a student is sitting at .6, he/she only has logged into 3 of his/her 6 courses on any day since count day. Each course counts as a .2 FTE.


If you have a HR student on this list, can you please get in touch with the student and have him/her log into each one of his/her courses while on the phone to meet the requirement?


Thanks!

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Formal Observations starting this week!

Amy and Tiffany are excited to get started with our formal observations. We will identify a group of 16-20 teachers to work with every 2-3 weeks.


Amy will send out the directions in advance to guide you in signing up for your observations and for submitting some reflection ahead of time.


We are looking forward to it!

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7-12 Trailblazer Team Time

Thank you for your time and participation on Friday, February 19. Here is the recording!


I have also attached the slides from the meeting.



Session: Mrs. Snyder

Type: None

Started: Feb 19, 2016 07:38 AM Eastern (EST, North America/Canada)

Ended: Feb 19, 2016 09:04 AM Eastern (EST, North America/Canada)

This session was recorded. To view the recording, please click the link below:

https://sas.elluminate.com/p.jnlp?psid=2016-02-19.0538.M.14BBF5719A516B359750CBFAC36D6D.vcr&sid=559

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Upcoming Meet and Greets - THIS WEEK!

If you are in the GR area, please consider attending!


Tuesday - February 23, 2016 - 6:00-8:00 pm

MVCA Learning Center, Grand Rapids

678 Front Avenue NW,

B Gagnon with Mr. Duran, Mrs. Haynes and Mrs. Bradley at the Friday Meet and Greet in Ann Arbor!

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Mrs. Butzu looking good in her new #noexcuses t-shirt, which was created and presented to her by a student at the Meet and Greet in Ann Arbor!

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PROMISING PRACTICES IS THIS WEEK! WHAT WILL YOU ATTEND?

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Promising Practices 2016

Thursday, Feb. 25th, 8am

This is an online event.

Our 5th annual Promising Practices conference is scheduled for Thursday, February 25th, 2016. Please enroll at k12training.com!


From the K12 Team:


We currently have 788 staff enrolled to attend the upcoming Promising Practices Conference scheduled for Thursday, February 25th, 2016. The following schools have staff who have been accepted as presenters: AZVA, CASC, CPA, CVCS, GCA, Hoosier, iCademy, IDVA, IS_WA, LVCA, MGLVA, MVCA, NVVA, OHVA, OKVA, ORVA, TXVA, UTVA, WAVA, WYVA.

Please enroll at k12training.com. Experts from the field are sharing their promising practices. We have presenters sharing on topics such as:


· Interactive Writing Process Class Connect for the ELA Teacher

· Writing for Everyone

· Modeling Mathematics with Graphs of Sugar Cane

· Engaging through Multiculturalism in the Online Classroom

· Student Facilitators

· Growth Mindset: Growing a Resilient Learner

· Collecting the Read Data the Easy Way

· Data Driven Instruction in the Virtual Classroom

· Developing Content Teams through Effective School-based PLCs

· Read World Learning: Engaging Students Using the World Around Them

Last year we had over 1100 attendees. Come and support your colleagues. Mark your calendars, enroll for the event in K12Training and promote participation!

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2016 Outstanding Teacher Award

The GVSU Charter Schools Office is excited to announce that we are taking submissions for the 2016 Outstanding Teacher Award. The award will be presented to a teacher working in a GVSU-authorized charter school who exemplifies excellent teaching skills.

The winner of the award will receive a $1,000 prize to be used in the classroom. For example, last year’s inaugural winner was able to purchase 3 new iPads for her room. The nominator of the winner will also receive $100 for their own classroom.

To nominate a teacher, please complete the attached fillable PDF and email it to Michael Cousins (cousinmi@gvsu.edu) or directly to the CSO (gvsucso@gvsu.edu). We encourage you to pass this form to the staff in your building too, as teachers are allowed to nominate their colleagues. The deadline for submissions is March 13, 2016.

*NOTE* Nominators will remain anonymous through the contest.

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CORE Course updates for SY16-17

With our MS moving to a new platform and with the release of new courses, here is our plan for next year regarding our core subjects:


MATH:

Grades 7-Algebra 2 will move to new NextGen courses - all on NOHS and new platform


ELA:

Grade 7 will move to use the course on new platform -note: it is ONE course with all 4 components in it - grade book, discussion board, dropbox, quizzes. Grade 8 will use ENG103A/B. Grades 9 and 10 will use new NextGen courses and ENG303 and 403 will stay as they are now.


SCIENCE:

Grade 7 will move to using the new platform physical science course. Grade 8 will again use SCI113A/B. HS science courses will stay the same.


SOCIAL STUDIES:

Grade 7 will move to using the World History B course on the new platform. Grade 8 will stick with HST302A. HS SS courses will stay the same.

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ELL Schedule

I have attached Heather Kaczmarek's weekly ELL schedule in the email.
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Updated Enrollment Numbers - WOWZA!

Enrollment Numbers


Approved = active students

Still enrolling = in the pipeline - if they fully comply with all requirements, they will become active


Grade Approved Still Enrolling

Elem 1020 125

K 109 32

1 138 19

2 189 19

3 179 14

4 202 18

5 203 23

MS 1040 137

6 302 36

7 337 40

8 401 61

HS 1507 290

9 652 96

10 389 65

11 269 74

12 197 55

Grant Total 3567 552

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What can you attend with your team? As a GVSU Charter School, we are members and all PD is free!

GVSU - Free PD Opportunities

Nonviolent Crisis Intervention (West)

Event Start: Wednesday, February 24, 2016 at 9:00 AM

Member Cost: $0.00

Non-member Cost: $150.00

Location: GVSU Bicycle Factory

Presenter: Daniel Matthews

Description: Nonviolent Crisis Intervention training is for teachers and staff members who interact with students on a daily basis. More than 8 million professionals world wide have participated in this program to learn how to resolve conflict at the earliest possible stage. Nonviolent Crisis Intervention is known world wide for its innovative, holistic philosophy of providing Care, Welfare, Safety, and Security for staff and those in their care-even during crisis moments. This program is now recognized by many as the


Guided Reading (East)

Event Start: Thursday, February 25, 2016 at 8:30 AM

Member Cost: $0.00

Non-member Cost: $75.00

Location: GVSU Detroit Center

Presenter: Lori Davis



DE-ICER Science: 6 Steps to Planning and Delivering High Quality Instruction (West)

Event Start: Friday, February 26, 2016 at 8:30 AM

Member Cost: $0.00

Non-member Cost: $150.00

Location: GVSU Bicycle Factory

Presenter: Steven Dracht, MSE

Description: DE-ICER Science: 6 Steps to Planning and Delivering High Quality Instruction provides science teachers of all grades an opportunity to collaborate and plan science instruction based on the DE-ICER strategy that helps focus instruction, engage students, increase rigor, and incorporate Common Core literacy standards. Audience: 3rd - 7th grade teachers



It's More Than a Test: Implementing a Successful SAT Assessment Program (East)

Event Start: Monday, February 29, 2016 at 9:00 AM

Member Cost: $0.00

Non-member Cost: $150.00

Location: GVSU Detroit Center

Presenter: Mark Thomas

Description: With the recent decision by MDE to utilize the SAT assessment as the foundation of the Michigan Merit Exam, secondary educators in our state are faced with the challenge of quickly becoming experts when it comes to "all things SAT!" This workshop is designed to build your knowledge base regarding the College Board's suite of SAT tools and assessments. We will also discuss topics which will include such things as how administrators can create plans for effective messaging to various stakeholders, training and professional development needs for staff, tools and resources available to support ongoing success, how to effectively create a longitudinal SAT assessment plan, the development of annual growth measures, and how to develop a process for using results to shape curriculum, drive teaching practice, and improve learning.



Designing Differentiated Units of Instruction (West)

Event Start: Monday, February 29, 2016 at 12:30 PM

Member Cost: $0.00

Non-member Cost: $75.00

Location: GVSU Bicycle Factory

Presenter: Bradley Smit

Description: How do we engage students in their learning and move them from mere knowledge of a topic to critical thinking? The purpose of this professional development workshop is to train educators in the process of creating Layered Curriculum® units of instruction that differentiate the learning process and promote higher order thinking from students. Layered units of instruction differentiate by providing students with choices in how they will learn, and move students from basic knowledge tasks to critical thinking and analysis of their learning targets. Participants will walk away with a new unit plan for use in their classroom and new skills in developing units that engage students in their learning. Participants should bring to the workshop a laptop and a copy of their most recent grade level content expectations or district learning targets.


MAP© 102- Proctor Training Webinar

Event Start: Tuesday, March 1, 2016 at 2:00 PM

Member Cost: $0.00

Location: Online

Presenter: Lissa Brunan

Description: This is a webinar for those who are NEW to proctoring the NWEA web-based assessment. Participants will be introduced to the steps of preparing the system for testing as well as proctoring a live test. Participants will also experience the test from the student's perspective and sample a computer adaptive test. Multiple testing scenarios will be covered so proctors know the best way to handle all situations. PLEASE NOTE: Webinar access information will be sent three days and one day before the webinar. Watch your email for that information.

This is a member only event



It's More Than a Test: Implementing a Successful SAT Assessment Program (West)

Event Start: Thursday, March 3, 2016 at 9:00 AM

Member Cost: $0.00

Non-member Cost: $150.00

Location: GVSU Bicycle Factory

Presenter: Mark Thomas

Description: With the recent decision by MDE to utilize the SAT assessment as the foundation of the Michigan Merit Exam, secondary educators in our state are faced with the challenge of quickly becoming experts when it comes to "all things SAT!" This workshop is designed to build your knowledge base regarding the College Board's suite of SAT tools and assessments. We will also discuss topics which will include such things as how administrators can create plans for effective messaging to various stakeholders, training and professional development needs for staff, tools and resources available to support ongoing success, how to effectively create a longitudinal SAT assessment plan, the development of annual growth measures, and how to develop a process for using results to shape curriculum, drive teaching practice, and improve learning.



Tech. Tools and Teaching Tricks (East)

Event Start: Thursday, March 3, 2016 at 10:00 AM

Member Cost: $0.00

Non-member Cost: $150.00

Location: GVSU Detroit Center

Presenter: Lissa Brunan

Description: Bring your laptops, cell phones, gmail account, and your imagination as we rapid fire through TONS of online tools and website available to teachers FOR FREE! Experience using the technology from a student's perspective and engage like you've never thought possible. We will introduce, explore, and discuss tools, tricks, and ideas you can bring back to your classroom to utilize IMMEDIATELY. Many of these FREE technologies can be used together to create an even more powerful experience for teachers, parents, and students. There will be time to explore and showcase tips/trick/tools that you are currently using in their classrooms or that you discover during the workshop!



Mathematics Literacy Crosswalk (East)

Event Start: Friday, March 4, 2016 at 12:30 PM

Member Cost: $0.00

Non-member Cost: $75.00

Location: GVSU Detroit Center

Presenter: Kelie Fuller

Description: With a little planning, integrating the Common Core State Standards for ELA and Mathematics is easy! Learn to quickly vary rigor for an optimal student learning experience. Audience: 1st-8th grade



The Right Way to Write in Middle School (West)

Event Start: Monday, March 7, 2016 at 9:00 AM

Member Cost: $0.00

Non-member Cost: $150.00

Location: GVSU Bicycle Factory

Presenter: Kathryn Kotowski

Description: We will focus on creating a community of writers within a writing workshop format that is adaptable and flexible enough to implement in core content areas. We will explore the structure of a workshop, strategies to move our students to see and experience the power of writing, and techniques to get your students thinking deeply about the content. In addition, we will discuss the importance of authentic writing that will allow for student choice and result in high interest, meaningful writing for both the student and you. Our goal by the end of the day will not only include a tool box of ideas and strategies to implement immediately into your classroom, but also a plan for implementing writing into your next (or current) unit.



Using PBS Learning Media in the Classroom (East)

Event Start: Tuesday, March 8, 2016 at 8:30 AM

Member Cost: $0.00

Non-member Cost: $75.00

Location: GVSU Detroit Center

Presenter: Dan Warren

Description: PBS LearningMedia" is your destination for direct access to thousands of classroom-ready, curriculum-targeted digital resources. PBS LearningMedia builds on the strength of public media and is designed to improve teacher effectiveness and student achievement. PBS ensures that this website has age appropriate and safe resources that are aligned to Common Core and national standards. Learning is supported through curriculum specific videos and interactives, as well as audio, documents, activities, and in-depth lesson plans. You can browse by standards, grade level, subject area, and special collections. You can store, favorite and share resources with your class and colleagues. PBS LearningMedia also includes effective tech tools that enhances student engagement. Best of all, PBS LearningMedia's basic service is free for PreK-12 educators.



Special Education Under IDEA and Section 504: What PSA Officials Need to Know (West)

Event Start: Wednesday, March 9, 2016 at 9:00 AM

Member Cost: $0.00

Non-member Cost: $150.00

Location: GVSU Seidman Center

Presenter: Rob Dietzel

Description: Attorney Robert A. Dietzel from the Thrun Law Firm will discuss public school academies' obligations under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act. Mr. Dietzel will explain the interplay between Section 504 and the IDEA. He will explore "red flags" that require public school academies to evaluate potentially eligible students, how to complete a legally compliant evaluation, when and how to write a compliant IEP or Section 504 plan, and the special discipline rules and procedures that apply to students with disabilities. Finally, Mr. Dietzel will address emerging issues related to disability-based bullying and harassment and service animals in public schools. Participants are encouraged to ask questions during the presentation.



Using PBS Learning Media in the Classroom (West)

Event Start: Thursday, March 10, 2016 at 8:30 AM

Member Cost: $0.00

Non-member Cost: $75.00

Location: GVSU Bicycle Factory

Presenter: Dan Warren

Description: PBS LearningMedia" is your destination for direct access to thousands of classroom-ready, curriculum-targeted digital resources. PBS LearningMedia builds on the strength of public media and is designed to improve teacher effectiveness and student achievement. PBS ensures that this website has age appropriate and safe resources that are aligned to Common Core and national standards. Learning is supported through curriculum specific videos and interactives, as well as audio, documents, activities, and in-depth lesson plans. You can browse by standards, grade level, subject area, and special collections. You can store, favorite and share resources with your class and colleagues. PBS LearningMedia also includes effective tech tools that enhances student engagement. Best of all, PBS LearningMedia's basic service is free for PreK-12 educators.



Special Education Under IDEA and Section 504: What PSA Officials Need to Know (East)

Event Start: Thursday, March 10, 2016 at 9:00 AM

Member Cost: $0.00

Non-member Cost: $150.00

Location: GVSU Detroit Center

Presenter: Rob Dietzel

Description: Attorney Robert A. Dietzel from the Thrun Law Firm will discuss public school academies' obligations under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act. Mr. Dietzel will explain the interplay between Section 504 and the IDEA. He will explore "red flags" that require public school academies to evaluate potentially eligible students, how to complete a legally compliant evaluation, when and how to write a compliant IEP or Section 504 plan, and the special discipline rules and procedures that apply to students with disabilities. Finally, Mr. Dietzel will address emerging issues related to disability-based bullying and harassment and service animals in public schools. Participants are encouraged to ask questions during the presentation.



Youth Mental Health First Aid (East)

Event Start: Monday, March 14, 2016 at 8:00 AM

Member Cost: $0.00

Non-member Cost: $150.00

Location: GVSU Detroit Center

Presenter: Christy Buck

Description: Youth Mental First Aid is designed to teach parents, family members, caregivers, teachers, school staff, peers, neighbors, health and human services workers, and other caring citizens how to help an adolescent (age 12-18) who is experiencing a mental health or addiction challenge or is in crisis. Youth Mental Health First Aid is primarily designed for adults who regularly interact with young people. The course introduces common mental health challenges for youth, review typical adolescent development, and teaches a 5-step action plan for how to help young people in both crisis and non-crisis situations. Topics covered includes anxiety, depression, substance use, disorders in which psychosis may occur, disruptive behavior disorders (including AD/HD), and eating disorders.



The Art of Persuasion (West)

Event Start: Monday, March 14, 2016 at 8:30 AM

Member Cost: $0.00

Non-member Cost: $75.00

Location: GVSU Bicycle Factory

Presenter: Mike Shaw

Description: In ancient Greece, a philosopher scribbled "Whoever does not study rhetoric will become a victim of it" on the side of a building. With the advent of the Internet and 24/7 cable television, those words are even more relevant to the 21st century. This course introduces you to the art of teaching rhetorical analysis by breaking down Super Bowl commercials (in addition to several founding documents) and how this skill aligns with the Common Core and the re-designed SAT writing prompt. Audience: Language Arts and Social Studies 7-12


The Right Way to Write in Middle School (East)

Event Start: Monday, March 14, 2016 at 9:00 AM

Member Cost: $0.00

Non-member Cost: $150.00

Location: GVSU Detroit Center

Presenter: Kathryn Kotowski

Description: We will focus on creating a community of writers within a writing workshop format that is adaptable and flexible enough to implement in core content areas. We will explore the structure of a workshop, strategies to move our students to see and experience the power of writing, and techniques to get your students thinking deeply about the content. In addition, we will discuss the importance of authentic writing that will allow for student choice and result in high interest, meaningful writing for both the student and you. Our goal by the end of the day will not only include a tool box of ideas and strategies to implement immediately into your classroom, but also a plan for implementing writing into your next (or current) unit.



Culture and Climate: Being Culturally Responsive to the Needs of Urban Students (formally Student Culture 101) (East)

Event Start: Tuesday, March 15, 2016 at 8:30 AM

Member Cost: $0.00

Non-member Cost: $75.00

Location: GVSU Detroit Center

Presenter: Vondra Glass & Shena Hill-Scott

Description: Many believe that urban schools are failing to educate the students they serve. The perception is that urban students are in an environment that is violent, decaying, disruptive, scant resources and the quality of teaching and learning is poor. One of the biggest predictors of student success is the socio-economics status and urban schools are more likely to have higher concentrations of low income families. Urban 8th graders score lower on achievement tests and are less likely to complete college, how should urban schools be culturally responsive to meeting the needs of the urban student? In that there is no silver bullet to resolve the plight of the urban education, however there are key focal points of culture and climate building that are pertinent to turning around urban school that are at-risk.


MAP© 301- Learning Continuum (WEST)

Event Start: Tuesday, March 15, 2016 at 10:00 AM

Member Cost: $0.00

Non-member Cost: $75.00

Location: GVSU Bicycle Factory

Presenter: Alissa Thelen & Lissa Brunan

Description: This workshop focuses on navigating through the NWEA MAP Learning Continuum through the Class View and Test View. Time at the beginning will be spent on reviewing instructional grouping and data-based lesson planning with the NWEA Class Report. Then, participants will look at academic skills and concepts (learning statements) from the Learning Continuum and be given instructional resources to help support



Youth Mental Health First Aid (West)

Event Start: Wednesday, March 16, 2016 at 8:00 AM

Member Cost: $0.00

Non-member Cost: $150.00

Location: GVSU Bicycle Factory

Presenter: Christy Buck

Description: Youth Mental First Aid is designed to teach parents, family members, caregivers, teachers, school staff, peers, neighbors, health and human services workers, and other caring citizens how to help an adolescent (age 12-18) who is experiencing a mental health or addiction challenge or is in crisis. Youth Mental Health First Aid is primarily designed for adults who regularly interact with young people. The course introduces common mental health challenges for youth, review typical adolescent development, and teaches a 5-step action plan for how to help young people in both crisis and non-crisis situations. Topics covered includes anxiety, depression, substance use, disorders in which psychosis may occur, disruptive behavior disorders (including AD/HD), and eating disorders.


Independent Workstations: How Hard Can They Be? (WEST)

Event Start: Wednesday, March 16, 2016 at 8:30 AM

Member Cost: $0.00

Non-member Cost: $150.00

Location: Grand Valley State University

Presenter: Lori Davis

Description: This course will provide participants with a clear understanding of what components go into developing independent (center) workstations. Stations will align to Common Core Standards and/or NWEA Learning Continuum Goals. Participants will review a checklist for developing center activities. Work time will be factored into the day so attendees can develop center activities for their classrooms.


Google Tips for Teachers (West)

Event Start: Wednesday, March 16, 2016 at 12:30 PM

Member Cost: $0.00

Non-member Cost: $75.00

Location: GVSU Bicycle Factory

Presenter: Andy Losik

Description: Description: They're free. They're everywhere. They're waiting for you to engage learners and finally use technology in a way that makes teaching easier, more fun, and not more work. Explore everything from Drive and Docs to Forms, Google Classroom, Advanced Search, and the Google Cultural Institute.


Independent Workstations: How Hard Can They Be? (East)

Event Start: Thursday, March 17, 2016 at 8:30 AM

Member Cost: $0.00

Non-member Cost: $150.00

Location: GVSU Detroit Center

Presenter: Lori Davis

Description: This course will provide participants with a clear understanding of what components go into developing independent (center) workstations. Stations will align to Common Core Standards and/or NWEA Learning Continuum Goals. Participants will review a checklist for developing center activities. Work time will be factored into the day so attendees can develop center activities for their classrooms.



MAP© 301- Learning Continuum (EAST)

Event Start: Thursday, March 17, 2016 at 10:00 AM

Member Cost: $0.00

Non-member Cost: $75.00

Location: GVSU Detroit Center

Presenter: Alissa Thelen & Lissa Brunan

Description: This workshop focuses on navigating through the NWEA MAP Learning Continuum through the Class View and Test View. Time at the beginning will be spent on reviewing instructional grouping and data-based lesson planning with the NWEA Class Report. Then, participants will look at academic skills and concepts (learning statements) from the Learning Continuum and be given instructional resources to help support teaching classroom activities.


Designing Differentiated Units of Instruction (East)

Event Start: Friday, March 18, 2016 at 12:30 PM

Member Cost: $0.00

Non-member Cost: $75.00

Location: GVSU Detroit Center

Presenter: Bradley Smit

Description: How do we engage students in their learning and move them from mere knowledge of a topic to critical thinking? The purpose of this professional development workshop is to train educators in the process of creating Layered Curriculum® units of instruction that differentiate the learning process and promote higher order thinking from students. Layered units of instruction differentiate by providing students with choices in how they will learn, and move students from basic knowledge tasks to critical thinking and analysis of their learning targets. Participants will walk away with a new unit plan for use in their classroom and new skills in developing units that engage students in their learning. Participants should bring to the workshop a laptop and a copy of their most recent grade level content expectations or district learning targets.



Prepare Your Students for the Academic Rigor of College (West)

Event Start: Friday, March 18, 2016 at 1:30 PM

Member Cost: $0.00

Non-member Cost: $75.00

Location: GVSU Bicycle Factory

Presenter: Sulari White

Description: This presentation will focus on providing teachers techniques they can apply in the classroom to help students meet the academic rigor of college. The presentation will examine Bloom's Taxonomy of Educational Objectives and discuss strategies on how to help students apply and analyze information so that students can become critical thinkers. It will also examine collegiate expectations such as class preparation, study time, and grading so that teachers can better prepare students for success.


Prepare Your Students for the Academic Rigor of College (East)

Event Start: Tuesday, March 22, 2016 at 9:00 AM

Member Cost: $0.00

Non-member Cost: $75.00

Location: GVSU Detroit Center

Presenter: Sulari White

Description: This presentation will focus on providing teachers techniques they can apply in the classroom to help students meet the academic rigor of college. The presentation will examine Bloom's Taxonomy of Educational Objectives and discuss strategies on how to help students apply and analyze information so that students can become critical thinkers. It will also examine collegiate expectations such as class preparation, study time, and grading so that teachers can better prepare students for success.



Sound Reading Framework Training (WEST)

Event Start: Wednesday, March 23, 2016 at 11:00 AM

Member Cost: $0.00

Location: GVSU Bicycle Factory

Presenter: Wendy Miller, Jill Weber, and Lori Davis

Description: The Sound Reading Framework is designed to give teachers the tools and strategies to meet every student�s literacy needs within a 120 minute reading block. The Framework utilizes the 5 Essential Components (Phonemic Awareness, Phonics, Vocabulary, Fluency & Comprehension) with an emphasis on manipulating sounds and explicitly teaching the alphabetic code through the use of synthetic phonics. Additional components include diagnostic assessments; targeted guided reading instruction combined with rigorous & fit for purpose literacy stations.

This is a member only event


Sound Reading Framework Training (EAST)

Event Start: Thursday, March 24, 2016 at 11:00 AM

Member Cost: $0.00

Location: GVSU Detroit Center

Presenter: Wendy Miller, Jill Weber, and Lori Davis

Description: The Sound Reading Framework is designed to give teachers the tools and strategies to meet every student's literacy needs within a 120 minute reading block. The Framework utilizes the 5 Essential Components (Phonemic Awareness, Phonics, Vocabulary, Fluency & Comprehension) with an emphasis on manipulating sounds and explicitly teaching the alphabetic code through the use of synthetic phonics. Additional components include diagnostic assessments; targeted guided reading instruction combined with rigorous & fit for purpose literacy stations.

This is a member only event


Mathematics Literacy Crosswalk (West)

Event Start: Monday, March 28, 2016 at 12:30 PM

Member Cost: $0.00

Non-member Cost: $150.00

Location: GVSU Bicycle Factory

Presenter: Kelie Fuller

Description: With a little planning, integrating the Common Core State Standards for ELA and Mathematics is easy! Learn to quickly vary rigor for an optimal student learning experience. Audience: 1st-8th grade


Nonviolent Crisis Intervention (East)

Event Start: Thursday, March 31, 2016 at 9:00 AM

Member Cost: $0.00

Non-member Cost: $150.00

Location: GVSU Detroit Center

Presenter: Daniel Matthews

Description: Nonviolent Crisis Intervention training is for teachers and staff members who interact with students on a daily basis. More than 8 million professionals world wide have participated in this program to learn how to resolve conflict at the earliest possible stage. Nonviolent Crisis Intervention is known world wide for its innovative, holistic philosophy of providing Care, Welfare, Safety, and Security for staff and those in their care-even during crisis moments. This program is now recognized by many as the international standard for violence prevention and intervention training.

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GVSU Photo Contest

The deadline for the GVSU Photo Contest has been moved to March 4, 2016. Here is a link to the website with all the information and paperwork to submit.


http://www.gvsu.edu/cso/photo-contest-17.htm

Cash prizes are given to the top three finishers. Good luck!

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Calling for OSKAR submissions!

K12 is looking for new Oskar winners for February! The themes for February are Targeted Questioning and Cold Calling!


What is an OSKAR?


It’s all about teachers All K-12 teachers who are currently teaching in a K12 school may submit a recording for the monthly contest. Recordings must be instructional in nature, demonstrating the technique in a live session with student participants. Teachers or administrators may submit the recordings.


http://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/2521180/OSk12ARs-submissions


See the rubrics below:

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Free ASCD Webinars

Thanks for sharing, Jon DeCou!



Upcoming Free ASCD Webinars

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Upcoming Webinars





Using Discussion to Inspire Writing
Thursday, February 25, 3:00 p.m. ET (US)
Presented by Terry Roberts

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Join Terry Roberts, director of the National Paideia Center and co-author of The Better Writing Breakthrough, for a discussion of how to use formal classroom discussion to inspire student writing that is more clear, coherent, and sophisticated.



Disrupting Poverty: Creating a Poverty Literate Culture for Student Success
Thursday, March 17, 3:00 p.m. ET (US)
Presented by William Parrett & Kathleen Budge

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William Parrett and Kathleen Budge, authors of the award-winning ASCD book, Turning High-Poverty Schools into High-Performing Schools, will share a framework for collaborative action in classrooms and schools. Practical strategies and specific examples will "jumpstart" your thinking about what it takes to disrupt poverty's adverse effects on learning to help your students succeed.

Face to Face PD

Friday, June 17th, 8am-4pm

This is an online event.

Location for PD is TBD, but will likely be in Grand Rapids.
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PROM 2016!

Friday, June 17th, 7pm

This is an online event.

Location is TBD!


After a day of PD on the 17th, we look forward to celebrating with our students at prom.


If you are interested in helping out - please get in touch with Michelle Bunton at mbunton@k12.com.

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Graduation Coaches

We are looking to have staff again sign up to mentor and coach a student on their way to graduation this year.


I will have more information this week!

GRADUATION 2016

Saturday, June 18th, 1pm

1000 East Beltline Avenue Northeast

Grand Rapids, MI

Graduation is on the 18th - it will be a fun-filled weekend! If you are interested in helping with graduation, please get in touch with Annie Butzu at abutzu@k12.com.


The ceremony will begin at 1:00.

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Diversity Training Part 2 - Virtual

Diversity Training - Diversity Training-Understanding our history and how who we are impacts teaching our students

Thursday, March 17th, 1-3pm

This is an online event.

Please refer to your Outlook for an invite!


Please plan accordingly with cancelling any CC sessions for that afternoon - thanks!

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The Atlantic & College Board Writing Prize

HS Teachers - can you please push this out to your classes?


The CollegeBoard is holding an essay writing contest. It is for ALL students, not just AP. Can we push this out to all students in grades 9-12? The Grand Prize is $5,000!

Students would need to submit their essays to AP Coordinator, Tonya Westra. Not all essays will be accepted, but she will review and grade each and every entry. She will return essays to students if she feels there is area for improvement before submission. The last day for Tonya to submit is 2/28 so she would need all student essays before that point.


More information:


The Atlantic & College Board Writing Prize

2016 Call for Entries

Submission window: Jan. 1–Feb. 28, 2016

The Atlantic & College Board Writing Prize returns for its second year! This time, we’re looking for exceptional high school student essays that insightfully analyze and interpret a meaningful work of art.

Our understanding of the human experience is enhanced by the study of significant historical artifacts. When we interact with art — when we learn about it, think about it, write and talk about it — we participate in a larger, ongoing conversation about culture and society. The 2016 Writing Prize contest invites you to be part of this conversation.

Your essay should share your perspective on the artwork you choose to write about, and it should also include evidence that backs up your conclusions. We’re looking for writing that is both interesting and instructive, and that clearly communicates your experience with the artwork and your views on it.

Essays should be between 1,000 and 1,500 words and can be submitted from Jan. 1 to Feb. 28, 2016. You’ll need to ask a teacher-sponsor to approve and submit your essay; see How to Enter for more on that. We’ll select one student winner who will earn a $5,000 prize and have his or her essay published in the September 2016 issue of The Atlantic.

https://www.collegeboard.org/writing-prize?ep_ch=PR&ep_mid=11201648&ep_rid=243373118

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New Students as of February 22

1851734 Adams 7th Grade

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1856162 White 7th Grade

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1846584 Prevost McMillan 8th Grade

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1522285 Adkins 9th Grade

1855868 Dermyer 9th Grade

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1573826 Miller 9th Grade

1857475 Nix 9th Grade

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1852982 Shook 10th Grade

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1261386 Walton-Stewart 10th Grade

1825687 Wilcox 10th Grade

1853386 Bunting 11th Grade

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1854231 Rivera 11th Grade

1855904 Brown 12th Grade

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1855786 Tovar 12th Grade