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April/May 2020

March Recap

  • Due to the state closure of K-12 schools, the following ELA PDs for March were postponed:
  • Elementary ELA Leadership group scheduled for March 19, 2020.
  • Literacy Leadership Institute scheduled to follow the Elementary Principal's Meeting on March 20, 2020.
  • The EILP Network group scheduled for March 24, 2020.


  • Due to the snow day on February 27th, the AVMR 2 course rescheduled day three for March 5. Day four was rescheduled for March 19th, however, due to the state closure, day four will need to be rescheduled (details pending).
  • The AP Calculus Network group met for the third and final time this year on March 9, 2020.
  • The AVMR Fractions was scheduled for March 18, 2020 and will also be rescheduled (details pending).


  • The Biological Sciences Workshop was held on March 5, 2020.
  • Due to state school closure, the Middle School Science Leaders Meeting scheduled for Monday, March 16, 2020 & the Elementary School Science Leaders meeting scheduled for March 26th, were cancelled. These meetings will not be rescheduled and will meet again in May 2020.

Social Studies

  • The Elementary Social Studies Teacher Leaders met on March 12, 2020.
  • The Secondary Social Studies Teacher Leaders Meeting scheduled for March 19, 2020, was postponed due to the state K-12 closure. This meeting may be rescheduled, details pending.

Special Projects

  • The Regional Spelling Bee was held at the GISD March 2-9, 2020. All student competitors did fantastic!
  • On March 16, 2020 Independent Consultants Sybil Lenzi and Karen Stong scheduled a workshop on Considering the Whole Child in District and School Improvement Plans. These two half-day sessions were a MICIP and Whole Child (WSCC) Overview and were postponed due to state K-12 closure. Details pending on new dates/times for this event.


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.

April 14, 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.

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

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!

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.

Registration is now open! Click the flyer below to enroll!

Cognitive Coaching

Cognitive Coaching℠ Foundations Seminar is designed for principals, assistant principals, early literacy coaches, instructional coaches, teacher leaders and others who strive to support and guide a higher level of practice with their colleagues. In this seminar, participants learn ways to expand and refine knowledge and skills to promote more effective teaching and learning. The focus is on strategies that enhance teachers’ intellectual growth and strengthen instructional decision-making. During the workshop the maps and tools of Cognitive Coaching℠ are demonstrated and practiced. Specifically, participants learn to:

• develop trust and rapport

• develop an identity as a mediator of thinking

• utilize conversation structures for planning, reflecting and problem resolving

• develop teachers’ autonomy and sense of community

• develop higher levels of efficacy, consciousness, craftsmanship, flexibility and interdependence

• apply four support functions: coaching, evaluating, consulting, collaborating

• utilize the coaching tools of pausing, paraphrasing, and posing questions

• distinguish among the five forms of feedback

• use data to mediate thinking

These maps and tools develop teacher self-efficacy and cognitive autonomy, while also developing a sense of community and professional culture within a school. Participants who complete all eight days of training will become a certified Cognitive Coach℠.

This 8-day Seminar will begin in August 2020. Please click here to view details and register for this event!

Student-Centered Coaching

Participants will learn concrete strategies for implementing a coaching model that is grounded in student evidence. This will include an introduction to the core practices for student-centered coaching. We will also explore how principals and district leaders can take an active role in leading a coaching effort.

October 20-21, 2020

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