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March/April 2020

DUE TO THE STATE CLOSURE OF K-12 SCHOOLS, ALL GISD WORKSHOPS, PDs, AND EVENTS HAVE BEEN POSTPONED BEGINNING MARCH 16, 2020 THROUGH APRIL 6, 2020. IF YOU ARE CURRENTLY REGISTERED FOR ANY OF THE EVENTS LISTED BELOW, YOU WILL BE NOTIFIED IF/WHEN THEY ARE RESCHEDULED. PLEASE CALL 810-591-4487 FOR MORE INFORMATION OR QUESTIONS. THANK YOU.

February Recap

ELA
  • GFEC and Secondary ELA Leadership met on February 13, 2020.
  • Day six of the K-3 Essential Instructional Literacy Practices Network series was held on February 18, 2020.
  • The Elementary ELA Leadership team met on February 20, 2020.
  • The Literacy Leadership Institute was held after the Elementary Principals' meeting on February 21, 2020.
  • The Student Centered Coaching Network kicked off with the first of two follow-up networking meetings on February 26, 2020. This network is a follow-up to the Student Centered Coaching workshop held in October 2019.


Math

  • Day two of the AVMR Fractions series was held virtually on February 6, 2020 and day three was held at the GCI Conference Center on February 19, 2020. This six-day series will continue into March.
  • The AP Calculus Mini-Workshops were designed as a support network for Advanced Placement and Higher Education Calculus teachers/professors to increase knowledge & information sharing. The second meeting of this series was held on February 10, 2020 and will meet again in March.
  • The AVMR 2 course that was originally scheduled to begin in January, commenced on February 12, 2020 with day two being held on February 27th. This four-day series is a follow-up course for AVMR 1 and will continue through March.


Science

  • Chemistry Workshop - Held on February 5, 2020, attendees of this workshop continued to work collaboratively in order to create high quality learning experiences for their students with the Next Generation Science Standards in mind.
  • On February 12, 2020 the GISD hosted presenters from MSU's Department of Physics and Astronomy to facilitate the Adding Coding to your Physics or Physical Science Class (ICSAM Introduction) workshop.
  • Ligon Outdoor Center - Open year round, Ligon offers free field trip opportunities for all ages and grade levels. Please visit http://ligon.geneseeisd.org for more information on scheduling a visit for your class this spring!


Social Studies


  • The Elementary Social Studies Teacher Leaders met on February 6, 2020.
  • The Secondary Social Studies Teacher Leaders met on February 26, 2020.
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For more information about this year's spelling bee, please call 810-591-4876.

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Considering the Whole Child in District & School Improvement Plans

MDE believes caring for, supporting, and educating the whole child is an essential part of promoting academic achievement and excellence throughout the Pre-natal through Age 20 (P-20) system. The practical aspects of promoting the whole child requires an approach that encompasses evidence-based practices. MDE supports the Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child (WSCC) model, a leading national model. The WSCC model was developed in collaboration by education and public health practitioners (ASCD and the Centers for Disease Control).


These half day sessions (AM or PM) are structured to provide an overview of the ASCD/CDC Whole School, Community, Child (WSCC) model and the implications for creating Needs Assessments and Improvement Plans via ASSIST or MICIP.


Monday, March 16, 2020 - 2 sessions - **Please note that there has been a location change for this event and both sessions will now be held at the GISD Davis Education Center - Legacy Auditorium.



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Elementary Social Studies Teacher Leaders

If you attended before, then you know what to expect and also know the latest and greatest will be included, as well as continuing the things from which many of you benefited, like the extended time to collaborate with educators from other districts in the same grade level. If you have not attended, then consider what you will receive:


  • Ways to implement the Essential Literacy Practices
  • Q & A session with State Social Studies Assessment Consultant Scott Koenig
  • Latest information on and draft copy of the revised State Social Studies Standards
  • Latest information and happenings in Social Studies in MI and across the country
  • Access to a Social Studies Resource folder in Google Drive with a plethora of resources Updates and ideas related to teacher evaluation
  • Collaborative research and development time with educators from same grade level
  • Brief lessons on being an effective educational leader
  • The opportunity to focus on improving to meet the goals you have set for the year


Day 3 - March 12, 2020 *There has been a location change for this event. Please click the link below for details.


View details and enroll here!

Secondary Social Studies Teacher Leaders

If you attended before, then you know what to expect and also know the latest and greatest will be included, as well as continuing the things from which many of you benefited, like the extended time to collaborate with educators from other districts teaching the same subject.If you have not attended, then consider what you will receive: The latest information on the new standards; Q & A Session with Genesee and Lapeer ISD Research, Evaluation, and Assessment Consultant Dr. David Treder; Q & A session with State Social Studies Assessment Consultant; Latest information and happenings in Social Studies in MI and across the country; Access to a Social Studies Resource folder in Google Drive with a plethora of resources; Hands-on experience with engaging instructional practices which include those related to literacy; Updates and ideas related to teacher evaluation; Designated time for research and development with educators who have similar assignments; Brief lessons on being an effective educational leader; The opportunity to focus on improving to meet the goals you have set for the year.


Day 3 - March 19, 2020


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Elementary Math Leaders Group

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 the 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.


April 17, 2020


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Student Centered Coaching Network

These two workshops will be a follow-up to the original teachings presented by Leanna Harris in October 2019. This will be an opportunity for participants to explore their experiences since the PD and discuss the ideas shared in the books.


This workshop is open to any participant who attended the event in October.


Day 2 - April 20, 2020


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Genesee County Counselors Meetings

The 2019-2020 Genesee County Counselors Meetings will be a series of seven meetings held between September and May. There will be a variety of topics covered pertinent to the work completed by school counselors.


Meeting 6 - April 23, 2020

Meeting 7 - May 28, 2020


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Happiness Advantage Training

The Happiness Advantage | Orange Frog Workshop was first introduced to Genesee Intermediate School District (GISD) leaders in summer 2016. They were so impressed with the workshop and its many immediate and positive affects, they committed to become Happiness Advantage | Orange Frog Workshop presenters so they could train all GISD staff on the principles of positive psychology.

Since that time, nearly all GISD staff have participated in the workshop, and now GISD leaders are ready to bring the Happiness Advantage to you!

The Happiness Advantage | Orange Frog Workshop presented by GISD will cover key principles for creating a more positive and productive workplace and lifestyle. Participants will first learn to embrace the benefits of positive thinking and then learn how to share that positivity with coworkers, leading to a compounding effect inside the organization.

If the goals of your organization include finding ways to overcome adversity, improve engagement with staff and the community, or bring more gratitude and joy into your everyday culture, GISD can help!


For more information on how your district can benefit from the Happiness Advantage or to register for an upcoming training, please visit orangefrog.geneseeisd.org!

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Book Bowl

Competitions held at the GISD on April 27 and May 1, 2020.


For more information about this competitive reading program for grades 5th - 8th, please click here or call 810-591-4876.

Looking Ahead...

Chemistry Workshop

This meeting is for teachers who teach any aspect of chemistry. This includes physical science teachers who may have a semester that is an introduction to chemistry and STEM specialists. We will continue to work collaboratively in order to create high quality learning experiences for your students with the Next Generation Science Standards in mind.


May 27, 2020


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