The Roundup

A gathering space for educators

May 2019

In the Instructional Services Department at Van Buren Intermediate School District, supporting teachers and administrators with instruction is the heart of our work. It is our hope that this monthly newsletter will help capture upcoming events and important information to support your work in your districts, schools, and classrooms.


We are working hard to create professional learning opportunities for all educators.

Take a look at the highlighted events below!

Collaboration with Families

col·lab·o·ra·tion

noun

-----the action of working with someone to produce or create something.


Essential Practice #10 focuses on Collaboration with Families in Promoting Literacy. As we continue to learn more about the most current research, we begin to realize that we are moving from Family Engagement being heavily practiced during pockets of the school year or for specific events towards a newer model where the outcome of Family Engagement has a scope and sequence as part of the curriculum. You can find a video of Dr. Patricia Edwards in the Essential Practice Module where she shares about Parent Stories, Literacy in the Home, Environmental Print, and Bilingualism among other strategies and topics.


Additionally, here are some recommended books and resources for you that align to Essential Practice #10.


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K-3 LITERACY ESSENTIALS WITH YEARLONG SUPPORT

This 2-Day Institute is designed for school teams to enhance their ongoing professional learning around the Essential Instructional Practices in Early Literacy, Grades K-3. This is an exciting next step as we strive to support the real work happening in schools across Michigan.

When: June 19 & 20 OR June 24 & 25, 2019

Where: Kellogg Center East Lansing, MI

Cost: $40

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LOVE AND LOGIC

Love and Logic for the classroom is a teacher's guide for classroom management containing practical techniques for those who would like to spend more time teaching and less time with discipline.

When: August 12, 2019 AND August 19, ,2019

Where: Van Buren ISD

Cost: $125 for 2 days

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RESEARCH BASED STRATEGIES TO SUPPORT MTSS

Ruben Perez will present on classroom strategies for teachers to support students who come from trauma, have a disability, ELL, and behavioral needs.

When: August 22, 2019

Where: Van Buren ISD

Cost: $100

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Strategies and Supports for Trauma Informed Classrooms and Schools

This workshop will provide Elementary Behavior teams with the skills necessary to create universal supports and individual interventions from a Trauma Informed perspective. This supports preschool through 5th grade.

When: August 23, 2019

Where: VBISD

Cost: FREE

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PLCs at WORK

Steve Pearce will deliver a full-day PLC at Work® overview session to all school staff. The workshop will provide a baseline understanding of key concepts and vocabulary and build shared knowledge necessary to become a PLC at Work®. Participants will understand the three big ideas of PLC at Work®: a focus on learning, a collaborative culture and collective responsibility, and a results orientation.

When: August 27, 2019

Where: Paw Paw High School Performing Arts Center

Cost: $50

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KRA TRAINING FOR TEACHERS

Early Literacy Coach/Consultants Geanice Miller and Melissa Wierenga will be training kindergarten teachers to administer the Kindergarten Readiness Assessment.

When: September 12, 2019

Where: Van Buren ISD

Cost: FREE

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INSTRUCTIONAL TOOLS AND PROVEN PRACTICES TO ADVANCE LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY

Kent ISD and the West Michigan EL Partnership are thrilled to welcome Dr. Kate Kinsella! Dr. Kinsella and her colleague, Jennifer Finney-Ellison, will be presenting two workshops in October 2019.

When: October 8-9, 2019 and October 10, 2019

Where: Kent ISD

Cost: $65

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CAFE

In this workshop Gail Boushey will present teacher instruction that pairs with Daily 5. The Literacy CAFE System provides teachers with a way to maximize student understanding of the four key components of successful reading through the use of the CAFE Menu. CAFE is an acronym for Comprehension, Accuracy, Fluency, and Expand Vocabulary.

When: January 13, 2020

Where: VBISD

Cost: $235 per teacher

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Cultural Understanding - Honoring Students' Names

This month, the VBISD Cultural Understanding Committee, invites you to read an article on the profound significance of honoring students’ names.