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August/September 2020

5 Dimensions of Teaching & Learning/5D+ Teacher Evaluation Rubric Workshop - VIRTUAL


The GISD is excited to partner with MASSP to host this workshop at the GISD this Fall. MASSP has partnered with the Center for Educational Leadership (CEL) to offer training to help educators develop a clear understanding of what inquiry-based evaluation looks like and how it will help them improve instructional practice.

This workshop series will begin in August 2020.

For more information about this professional learning opportunity and to register, please visit https://massp.com/5Dtraining!


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Leadership Meetings

We are gearing up to begin our annual Elementary & Secondary subject matter Leadership Meetings. We encourage you to join for these informative and collaborative learning opportunities offered throughout the year!


  • Elementary Leadership - 1st Meeting - September 17, 2020 - Will be held virtually.
  • Secondary Leadership/GFEC - 1st Meeting - October 1, 2020
  • *No registration required for these events


  • Elementary Leadership - 1st Meeting - October 14, 2020 (view details & enroll here) *Will be held virtually.
  • Secondary Leadership - 1st Meeting - October 13, 2020 (view details & enroll here) *Will be held virtually.

Social Studies

  • Elementary Leadership - 1st Meeting - October 29, 2020 (view details & enroll here)
  • Secondary Leadership - 1st Meeting - October 6, 2020 (view details & enroll here) *This session was cancelled and the first meeting is now scheduled for October 27, 2020.


  • Elementary Leadership - 1st Meeting - December 7, 2020 (view details & enroll here)
  • Middle School Leadership - 1st Meeting - November 16, 2020 (view details & enroll here)

(Cancelled) Running Records of Text Reading: Focusing on Struggling Readers K-2

Running Records provide accurate and reliable assessments of children's reading, especially children struggling with literacy.

Running Records provide an accurate and reliable assessment of text reading. They are designed to be taken by the teacher as a child reads orally from any text. Learn to record and interpret running records to inform your instruction. At the same time, discussions will be around the reading process and the child's literacy processing system.

Two-day series beginning September 23, 2020.

View details and enroll here!

2020-2021 Genesee County Counselors Meetings

The 2020-2021 Genesee County Counselors Meetings will be a series of eight meetings held between September and May. There will be a variety of topics covered pertinent to the work completed by school counselors.

The first meeting in this series will be held virtually via Zoom platform. For more information or to register for these meetings, please click here!

First Meeting: Thursday, September 24, 2020

(CANCELLED) Chemistry Workshop - VIRTUAL

In this workshop, we will look at three tools that can help chemistry and physical science teachers enhance student understand in virtual/online learning. We will explore the use of Flipgrid. Jamboard, and Mentimeter. These tools can be incorporated into your Google Classroom. Participants will have to be able to log into their Google account. This meeting will be conducted through Zoom.

October 9, 2020

View details and enroll here!

(CANCELLED) Biological Sciences Workshop - VIRTUAL

The focus of this workshop will be tools that can be used to teach in a virtual space. We will be exploring the use of Flipgrid, Jamboard, and Mentimeter to foster student engagement and understanding in the Biological Sciences. Participants will have to be able to log into their Google account. This meeting will be conducted through Zoom.

October 23, 2020

View details and enroll here!

Effectively Using Formative Assessment in the Classroom

This professional learning series is derived from and supports the Formative Assessment for Michigan Educators (FAME) project which is 12 years in the making. It is designed to train K-12 teachers on how to implement, or as we like to say, install, a researched-based and proven formative-assessment process into their daily practice. During this four-day series, teachers will build capacity and a clear understanding of what it means to transform instruction to achieve increased student performance.

This series will begin on November 14, 2020.

View details and enroll here!

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!

The following events have been postponed with the intention of being rescheduled this year. New dates/times TBD.

[POSTPONED] Cognitive Coaching Seminar

These sessions are designed to produce self-directed persons with the cognitive capacity for excellence both independently and as members of a community. Research indicates that teaching is a complex intellectual activity and that teachers who think at higher levels produce students who are higher achieving, more cooperative, and better problem solvers. It is the invisible skills of teaching, the thinking processes that underlie instructional decisions, which produce superior instruction. Cognitive Coaching™ is a research-based model that capitalizes upon and enhances teachers’ cognitive processes.

August 19 & August 20, 2020

September 30 & October 1, 2020

February 2 & February 3, 2021

March 2 & March 3, 2021

Due to the current uncertainty of the pandemic, this series has been CANCELED at this time with the intention of being rescheduled later in the year. Please stay tuned for updates!

[POSTPONED] Add+Vantage Math Recovery Course 1 (AVMR 1) - MiSTEM Grant Funded

Add+VantageMR® (AVMR) Course 1 is a four-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 prerequisite to AVMR Course 2.

This series, originally scheduled to begin in August 2020, will be held virtually and dates/times will be determined.

View details and enroll here!

[POSTPONED] Adaptive Schools

The GISD will also be partnering with MASSP for the presentation of Adaptive Schools Seminar at the GISD beginning in August 2020!

This training not only explores what makes teams effective but how to develop skills as facilitators and knowledgeable group members in informal and formal settings of all group sizes. Participants will move beyond the idea of professional learning communities into the actual implementation, describing specific ways to weave the collaborative fabric of faculty, develop group member skills, and acquire the principles and understandings to engage a continuous cycle of a team and individual improvement. Adaptive Schools is the “how” of professional learning communities: how to behave in groups, how to lead them, and how to facilitate them for improved leading, teaching and learning.

For more information about this workshop, please visit https://www.massp.com/adaptive-schools-seminar.

Due to the current uncertainty of the pandemic, this series has been CANCELLED at this time with the intention of being rescheduled later in the year. Please stay tuned for updates!

(Postponed) K-3 Essential Instructional Literacy Practices Series 2020-2021

This series of professional development dates are for K-3 classroom teachers, special education teachers, coaches and interventionists. A Series of Professional Development 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 Classroom with the Essentials in Mind
  • K-3 EILP Classroom Resources

This series begins September 22, 2020.

View details and enroll here!

Other E&L News...

Ligon Outdoor Center

Lessons From Ligon!

We are thrilled to share with you the recent release of Lessons from Ligon Summer Camp videos. Join Ranger Jason Bentley as he brings the excitement and adventure of environmental learning straight to you! He explores a variety of topics relating to nature and Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) and provides resources to supplement each activity.

To learn more and to view these exciting new videos, please click here!

Welcome Back/Return To Use Guide

The GISD has been working diligently to adapt to the ever-changing situations related to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. As such, Ligon Outdoor Center has implemented important changes to keep all visitors safe and healthy.

Please read more about how Ligon can offer premium learning opportunities and experiences while maintaining standards of safety for all visitors, by clicking here!