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February/March 2020

January Recap


  • Genesee County Literacy Conference - On Saturday, January 25, 2020 the GISD proudly celebrated 20 years of the annual Genesee County Literacy Conference. With over 125 participants in attendance, this year's conference boasted keynote speaker, Kathy Bumgardner, over 20 different breakout sessions, over 15 vendors and more! The GISD is proud to offer this exciting, learning opportunity to local educators.
  • Writing Workshop - During this workshop held on January 14th, participants looked at benefits & components of the Writing Workshop model as well as how to get it started in the classroom.
  • The Elementary ELA Leadership group met on January 23rd.


  • AVMR Fractions - This six day series began on January 21st and supports teachers in understanding the complex numeracy topic of fractions with the goal of facilitating student advancement in fractions concepts.
  • The Secondary Math Leaders group met on January 15, 2020 and continued exploration and discussion of Common Core, creating quality math units/lessons, and experiencing research-based strategies for improving classroom instruction.
  • Number Talks at the Secondary Level - This workshop, held on January 27th, introduced educators to a Number Talk and teaching practices that support the use of Number Talks in the classroom.
  • AVMR PLC Group - This ongoing workshop provides support for teachers who have completed the AV-MR Course and day four of this series was held on January 28th.
  • Building Numeracy through Mathematical Practices - Day two of this three-day series was held on January 29th and explored Number Talk and the teaching practices that support the use of Number Talks in the classroom.


  • Elementary School Science Leaders Meeting - The first meeting of this group, facilitated by our new STEM/Science Coordinator, Michael Pillay, was held on January 14, 2020.
  • Ligon Outdoor Center - The 2020 Ligon Winter Specials are underway for grades 2 through 4. These programs are full-day special programs offered for FREE. All programs are led by Ligon staff to combine grade level content, team building and FUN! For more information, please contact Dena Prevett at 810-591-4487.

Upcoming Offerings....

Chemistry Teacher 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.

February 5, 2020

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AP Calculus Network

These meetings will be held as a support network for Advance Placement and Higher Education Calculus teachers/professors to increase knowledge & information sharing. Some topics to be explored will include College Board and student preparation for AP exams.

Day 2 - February 10, 2020

Day 3 - March 9, 2020

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Add+Vantage Math Recovery Course 2 (AVMR 2)

Add+VantageMR (AVMR) Course 2 is a 4-day course that includes dynamic, diagnostic, individual assessments in place value, multi-digit addition & subtraction, multiplication & division strategies. The assessment, organizational and teaching tools accelerate the educator's ability to recognize the students' current levels of numeracy understanding to make data-driven instructional decisions. AVMR Course 2 is most appropriate for Kindergarten through elementary classroom and special education teachers, as well interventionists who work with children Kindergarten through middle school. Participants must have completed AVMR 1 course prior to attending this training.

Day 1 - February 12, 2020

Day 2 - February 27, 2020

Day 3 - March 5, 2020

Day 4 - March 19, 2020

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Adding Coding to your Physics or Physical Science Class (ICSAM Introduction)

This free workshop is an introduction to ICSM. ICSAM (Integrating Coding in Science Across the Mitten) is a National Science Foundation initiative that aims to bring 21st century skills into the computational aspects of physics and physical science.

This one day workshop is an introduction of how to integrate coding into your physics or physical science classroom. It is important to note that you need no knowledge of coding to be a part of this. The team from Michigan State University will guide you through the process.

If you decide you would like additional training, Dr. Caballero and his team offer a more detailed workshop that runs over several days in the summer free of charged.

February 12, 2020

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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 2 - February 26, 2020

Day 3 - March 19, 2020

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This series will provide ongoing support for teachers who have completed an Add+Vantage Math Recovery Course (AV-MR). Each session will focus on one specific topic that will reconnect teachers to the Teaching and Learning Cycle of Math Recovery® that will give teachers the opportunity to discuss assessments, instruction, groups and data throughout the year.

March 3, 2020

April 14, 2020

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Biological Sciences Workshop

This meeting is for those who teach biology based classes. This includes honors biology, AP biology, anatomy and physiology, and forensics. We will continue to brainstorm on effective methods of inquiry in order to create student centered lessons. This is an opportunity for you to collaborate with your colleagues from other schools. The goal will be to hear and adapt new ideas in designing your curriculum.

March 5, 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.

February 26, 2020

April 20, 2020

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