Dive into Summer Learning

Professional Learning Opportunities 2015

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Relax, Recharge and Renew!

Below are some exciting summer professional learning opportunities to help you get ready for the 2015-2016 school year. Want to stay close to home? Check out our online book studies and archived webinars. Ready to get out and collaborate with colleagues? See events below in the area and as far away as Mackinac Island! We will add additional opportunities as they become available. Follow the links for those events requiring registration. Have a fantastic Summer!



Dates: June 16, 2015

Time: 8:00 -11:30 a.m.; 12:30-2:30 p.m.

Location: E.L. Davis Education Center

Presenter: College Board Representatives

Cost: None

SAT Representatives will conduct a morning session providing an overview of the SAT, resources, scoring, and other information. The afternoon session will focus on the PSAT. Participants have the option of attending just the morning session, or the full day.

Of interest to: Administrators responsible for curriculum and instruction, MS/HS Principals, Counselors, & Lead Teachers.

Click here to register


Data Ready 2015

Jumpstart the new school year! Sessions will be available for Teachers, Principals, District/Building POCs, and other Key Building Staff where attendees can choose sessions of interest to them. GISD will also host NEW Teacher Sessions! This is a great way to help new teachers hit the ground running and can also be a refresher to those already using Synergy, Illuminate & Blackboard! Attendees are asked to “Bring Your Own Device” if possible as PC’s will be limited.

See sessions available on August 12, August 13, August 19, or August 20


Adolescent Accelerated Reading Initiative

Dates: August 10, 11, 12, 13, 24, 25, & 26

Time: 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

Location: GISD Erwin L. Davis Education Center

Presenter: Dr. Sharon Russell, Independent Consultant and Dr. Mary Howell, GISD

Cost: $1000

Description: A Tier-2 Intervention for students in grades 3-12. This Initiative focuses on building academic literacy and is designed to bring students to grade level quickly.

Of interest to: 3-12 Reading Teachers, Special Education, Literacy Coaches

Contact: mhowell@geneseeisd.org

Reading Recovery Assessment Training

Dates: August 17 -20, 2015 and once a week throughout the school year

Time: 8:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

Location: Health, Safety, and Nutrition Services

Descripton: Reading Recovery is a short-term early literacy intervention delivered by a certified teacher to the most struggling first grade readers and writers.

Of interest to: K-2 General & Special Educators

Contact: jleblanc@geneseeisd.org


Numeracy Strategies for Middle School & High School Students: A Course for Math Support & Intervention Teachers

Date: August 25, 2015

Time: 8:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

Location: E.L. Davis Education Center

Description: Numeracy is more than the ability to do basic arithmetic. At its heart, numeracy is the ability to use mathematical relationships to reason with numbers and numerical concepts, to think through the math logically, to have a repertoire of strategies to solve problems, and to be able to apply the logic outside of classrooms.

Click here to register.

Using Children's Mathematical Thinking as a Basis for Instruction

Date: August 18, 2015

Time: 8:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

Location: E.L. Davis Education Center

In this 3-day workshop, we will use Children´s Mathematics by Carpenter, Fennema, Franke, Levi, and Empson to emphasize three big ideas:

- Children are capable of learning much when their teachers truly understand children's thinking and provide them an opportunity to build on their own thinking.

- When teachers create learning communities in which students engage with one another's ideas, they build their understanding of mathematics from one another.

- Initially, children tend to select specific strategies that model the action or relationships of certain problems. With experience in solving problems, children become more flexible in their selection of strategies so that they can select strategies that do not always correspond to the action in a given problem.

Click here to register

Social Studies


New: Grand Blanc Annual Innovation Conference

Grand Blanc Schools invites Genesee County educators to attend the GBCS 2nd annual Innovation Conference! Not just about technology, this conference features any “innovative” practice – instructional, assessment, grading, and much more! This conference is designed by teachers for teachers! The cost for educators outside of GBCS is just $15 to pay for lunch and supplies/materials. The agenda includes a keynote by Eric Patnoudes, followed by three workshop sessions, lunch, and then a fourth workshop session. Free giveaways donated by local businesses will be shared during lunch!

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Summer Professional Development Consortium: Davison, Kearsley, Clio, Lakeville

Dates: Aug 25, 26, and 27

Time: 8:00-3:30 (3 hr sessions or full-day sessions)

Location: Davison High School

Description: Follow this link to see the variety of timely professional learning topics. Initial registration open to consortium members May 20-29; other Genesee County educators may register June 1-Aug 14 if seats are available.

Click Here for Registration Information

Other Learning Opportunities Across the State:

MiELA Network

June 23-25, 2015 at the Lansing Center

Click here for more information.

Michigan Reading Association Summer Literature Conference

Come to Mackinac Island July 8 & 9 to learn with Donalyn Miller, Carman Agra-Deedy, Denise Brennan-Nelson, Mr. Schu, and many others! Register soon and reserve your room at Mission Point to get the discounted rate.

nErDcampMI 2015

July 6 & 7 at Western High School in Parma, MI. It's free! Click here for details!
August 10- Myron Dueck-Grading Smarter Not Harder at Kent ISD
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