Summer Professional Development!


Summer Time!

Summer is a glorious time to rest, relax, and rejuvenate! If you are looking for ways to recharge your batteries through professional development this summer, listed below are some local opportunities as well as suggested books and twitter chats!

May you enjoy time with family and friends with plenty of sunshine and fun! Warmest wishes from Curriculum and Technology for a wonderful summer!

Local Professional Development

* Genesee ISD/Baker EdTech Boot Camp 2015 – Fri., June 19, 2015. ($20). Learn about in-room technology, apps, mobile device usage, instructional strategies, social networking issues, and other ways to enhance the teaching and learning in your classroom.

* Grand Blanc 2nd Annual Innovation Conference – Thur., Aug. 13, 2015. (Free) Spots still open!

* Using Children’s Mathematical Thinking as a Basis for Instruction – Aug. 18-20, 2015. ($100)

* Numeracy Strategies for MS and HS Students – Aug. 25-27, 2015. ($100)

* Davison-Kearsley-Clio-Lakeville P.D. courses – open to Genesee County educators – Aug. 25-27, 2015. (Free)


“There was nothing like a Saturday - unless it was the Saturday leading up to the last week of school and into summer vacation. That of course was all the Saturdays of your life rolled into one big shiny ball.”
Nora Roberts, Rising Tides

Books! (Suggestions by GBCS colleagues!)

"The things I want to know are in books. My best friend is the man who'll get me a book I haven't read." — Abraham Lincoln

Checking for Understanding by Fisher & Frey (K-12, all subjects)

Children’s Mathematics: Cognitively Guided Instruction by Thomas P. Carpenter, Elizabeth Fennema, Megan L. Franke, Linda Levi, & B. Empson. (K-5 Mathematics)

Classrooms That Work: They Can All Read and Write by Cunningham and Allington (K-5 ELA)

The Collected Writings (so far) of Rick Wormeli: Crazy Good Stuff I’ve Learned about Teaching Along the Way by Rick Wormeli (K-12, all subjects)

Drive: The Surprising Truth about What Motivates Us by Daniel Pink (K-12, all subjects)

Embedding Formative Assessment Practical Techniques for K-12 Classrooms by Dylan Wiliam & S Leahy (K-12, all subjects)

Grammar Matters by Lynne Dorfman and Diane Dougherty (K-6 ELA)

How to Teach Students Who Don’t Look Like You: Culturally Responsive Teaching Strategies by Bonnie Davis. (K-12, all subjects)

Learning in the Fast Lane: 8 Ways to Put ALL Students on the Road to Success by Rollins (4-12, all subjects)

Mindset, the New Psychology of Success by Carol Dweck (K-12, all subjects)

Opening Minds by Peter Johnston (K-12, all subjects)

Visible Learning and the Science of How We Learn by Hattie and Yates (K-12, all levels)

TRIG Professional Development Corner

Upcoming No Cost* Professional Development

(open to ALL districts):

All courses below will be eligible for 6 SCECH credits pending course completion.

*$10 SCECH Registration Fee

July 7, 2015: Refining Curriculum with Deeper Learning in Mind (XBL)

Driving Question: How can I effectively use X-BL as a model for unit design for deepening student learning outcomes:

  • Understand the structural elements of X-based Learning such as PBL
  • Analyze the relationship between an authentic audience and authentic products.
  • Craft effective driving questions and challenge statements
  • Explore the critical link with curriculum standards
  • Develop an idea for an X-BL unit proposal

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July 7, 2015: Introduction to Applying Google Apps for Education

Driving Question: How can I effectively use Google Apps and Extensions to support learning and collaboration?

  • Understand the potential and value of Google Apps
  • Apply the use of Google Drive as a foundation for students working and learning
  • Explore apps and extensions for educational purposes
  • Outline ideas for using some apps/extensions in the participant's work

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NEW! July 7, 2015: Authentic Student Learning & Gamification

Participants will discover mind-bending applications for Game Theory in the classrooms through both the case study approach as well as the development of a lesson, unit or assessment that they may apply within and beyond their classrooms.

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July 7, 2015: Introduction to Next Generation Assessments

Educators will understand and facilitate Michigan's vision for Next Generation assessments by learning and applying appropriate strategies, structures, and support practices through this six-hour virtual course. Participating educators will explore and apply aspects of technology integration, blended learning and data collection toward the creation of a classroom-ready assessment that is conducive to the K-12 environment.

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July 7, 2015: Professional Development through Social Media

In this online course participants will discover and explore a range of common and up-to-date social media platforms as well as establish channels that allow for powerful professional development and innovative leadership.

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Twitter - Effective & Efficient for Keeping up on Education News, Topics, and Trends!

· Follow local and national education leaders! (Marzano, Wormeli, Kafeli, and many more!)

· Participate in a Twitter chat simply by entering the hashtag into a Twitter search and interacting with participants. (i.e. #EdChat or #ColChat)

· is a place to find chats that are currently happening or taking place in the near future.

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