Create a Summer 2020 Education Technology Playbook

As the 2019/2020 school year comes to a close, the Kent ISD PD Hub would like to share summer opportunities for professional learning. Keeping in mind that the coming school year format is undecided, we asked our education technology team to share a list of events that will benefit educators no matter the classroom format. Below is a list of events that will be the best bang for your buck! Continue reading Create a Summer 2020 Education Technology Playbook

How to Engage Students in Remote Learning, Part 2

If you missed it…click here to read How to Engage Students in Remote Learning, Part 1.

Engaged learners go beyond meeting basic expectations. They are driven to learn, able to identify topics of interest, and can take charge of their own learning. They are excited to learn and eager to share their learning with others. 

True engagement happens when learners are completely absorbed in the task at hand. There is an absence of a sense of time and the world around them seems to vanish. It’s important to note that no one can be engaged at this level all the time. Our goal is to increase the likelihood that learners will choose to engage at high levels more regularly. Continue reading How to Engage Students in Remote Learning, Part 2

Results Show Student Engagement Increase

Written by Diane Titche, Early Literacy Coach at Kent ISD

How do we get our students to be truly and authentically engaged in classroom activities and learning? How can we know when they are engaged, and how do we sustain high levels of engagement once students have reached them?

These are the questions that a small group of educators set out to answer this school year. Together, this cohort of professionals and I embarked on a year-long journey of professional learning grounded in Ellin Oliver Keene’s research on student engagement, which she shares in her book Engaging Children: Igniting a Drive for Deeper Learning (K-8). Continue reading Results Show Student Engagement Increase

How to Engage Students in Remote Learning, Part 1

The goal of fully engaging learners in classroom instruction became a deeper challenge as the goal shifted to engaging learners in a remote learning environment.

At this point, the participation of your learners may have decreased. Where are they going? Why are they losing interest? What will it take to maintain their interest and attention? 

We have long operated under the belief that it is the teacher’s job to engage their learners. However, no one can force an individual to engage. Students choose whether or not to engage in their learning. The job of an educator is to create conditions that increase the likelihood for choosing engagement.  Continue reading How to Engage Students in Remote Learning, Part 1

How to Provide Student Specific Feedback Virtually

How is my remote instruction working? If you are wondering this very question, you are seeking feedback which is crucial for the growth of all learners, students, and adults. Simply stated, feedback is information about how we are doing in our efforts to reach a clearly defined learning goal.

Professor James Pennebaker from the University of Texas at Austin explains, “When people are trying to learn new skills, they must get some information that tells them whether or not they are doing the right thing.” (Edutopia)

Continue reading How to Provide Student Specific Feedback Virtually

5 Ways to Improve Your Digital Communication

Remote learning is new for all of us. Along with anything new comes new learning. Hopefully you are finding this to be true as you are working on putting together materials, communicating with your learners, and using different digital tools to provide the best educational opportunities available.

Most likely you are experiencing things from your new learning that are working well for your learners and their families and some areas that are not. The Kent ISD Remote Learning Implementation Support Team (RLIS Team) would like help alleviate this frustration by sharing key elements to consider as you continue to navigate this new online learning experience.  Continue reading 5 Ways to Improve Your Digital Communication

Addressing Inequities on a Systemic and Individual Level

Written by: Dr. Brandy Lovelady Mitchell, Director of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, Kent ISD

Covid-19 did not create the inequities that we are currently experiencing, yet it promises to intensify the impact of these inequities. Many Michiganders were aware of the number of students and staff who were struggling with foundational elements of life like food security, housing security and the struggles to access quality healthcare. Most P-12 educators can trace the benefits, the privileges and the suffering related to having and not having these vital resources – physical, social and emotional. Continue reading Addressing Inequities on a Systemic and Individual Level

Live, Laugh, and Love During Quarantine- Mental Health Action Plan

Tired of social distancing? Tired of the quarantine? Tired of living a new normal? Take charge of this atypical time by following the Mental Health Action Plan created by the Mental Health Foundation of West Michigan, an organization that equips individuals with the knowledge to recognize, accept, and take action when it comes to mental health.

To follow the Mental Health Action Plan you must first understand mental health, which is three simple things: how you think, act, and feel. Simply put, it’s how you live, laugh, and love. At this point, you’ve probably seen it all – the videos, the memes, the self care pushes, the calls to kindness, how to avoid “cabin fever.” All of these are great ways to keep us living, laughing, and loving during this time of uncertainty. Continue reading Live, Laugh, and Love During Quarantine- Mental Health Action Plan

Kent ISD Provides Support for Implementing Remote Learning

The consultants at Kent ISD are combining efforts to provide support to districts as they begin to implement their Remote Learning plans.  The Kent ISD Remote Learning Implementation Support Team (RLIST) will provide support in the following ways:  

  • Collaborate with district staff – listening, mentoring, checking in
  • Connect with district staff to navigate resources and supports 
  • Problem Solve and assist with removing barriers

We Are All In This Together!  Districts are faced with many challenges during these final months of the school year and we hope that our Remote Learning Implementation Support Teams can help provide a listening ear, a brainstorm partner, and a resource navigator. Continue reading Kent ISD Provides Support for Implementing Remote Learning

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