Speaking Grief Event

At large, our students and community are experiencing all types of losses. To learn how to support each other and our students, we would like to invite you to view the documentary Speaking Grief. This film is a public media initiative aimed at creating a more grief-aware society by validating the experience of grievers and helping guide those who support them. Kent ISD Care Council (student support staff from KCTC,KIH,MS@K, and KTC) invites you to support your students by learning from this film.

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Science in your morning breakfast?

Written by: Wendi Vogel, Science Consultant, Kent ISD

Note: This blog post is written to introduce the Disciplinary Literacy Essentials (DLE’s), produced by GELN/MAISA, to educators. It could be used for individual learning, in a PLC, a staff meeting, department meeting, or professional learning opportunity as well. Eating cheerios while reading is strongly recommended.

Have you ever eaten a bowl of Cheerios and noticed when you get toward the end of the Cheerios, they “stick” together in groups, or end up near the edge and stick to the sides of the bowl? If not, take a look at the picture above, or try it yourself! When looking at this “Cheerio effect,” it makes me wonder:

  • Why does it do this?
  • Do other cereals do the same thing?
  • Does the bowl matter?
  • Does the liquid matter?
  • What if I use whole milk? Skim milk? Carbonated liquid?
  • Do leaves do this if they land in a pond?
  • Is there some kind of force acting on the Cheerios?
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What is #MICHME?

All teachers deserve access to high quality professional learning!

Over the past five years, educators in Kent county have been coming together in a network called Michigan Mathematics Educators (#MichME). In order to provide high quality professional learning during a pandemic, #MichME will be presented entirely online for FREE this year to ensure accessibility to all educators.

While the format and cost is changing, the quality you have come to expect will not change. #MichME’s core values are building relationships, cultivating a growth mindset, and deeper learning through dialogue.

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Ellin Oliver Keene Returns Virtually to Ignite Engagement

Did you miss Ellin Oliver Keene’s presentation last fall? Well, now is your chance to learn how to ignite engagement in your classroom. Ellin Oliver Keene, the author of Engaging Children: Igniting a Drive for Deeper Learning, will be presenting a virtual course this October to support both face to face classrooms and remote learning!

Participants will be exploring the question: What can we do to help students develop internal motivation, or better yet, engagement? By differentiating between compliance, participation, motivation, and engagement, Ellin will show participants how to develop and recognize true student engagement in the classroom, and how to help students take more responsibility. Continue reading Ellin Oliver Keene Returns Virtually to Ignite Engagement

Kent ISD Networks- Together We Can Do Anything

"Unity is strength...when there is Teamwork and collaboration, wonderful things can be achieved." Mattie Stepanek

“Unity is strength…when there is teamwork and collaboration, wonderful things can be achieved.” by Mattie Stepanek

For many years, Kent ISD has been providing educators the opportunity to connect and collaborate with one another. Through a variety of networks, educators come together to share ideas, resources, and support. These networks are of greater need now more than ever.

This year many of our consultants are reformatting their professional learning networks to meet your needs as educators. In the past, our networks may have had four or five face to face meetings. This year many networks changed the way they connect including changing to virtual meetings and podcasts. Continue reading Kent ISD Networks- Together We Can Do Anything

Remote Learning Resources

This past spring, Kent ISD assembled a Remote Learning Implementation Support Team to assist districts in implementing the many components of their Continuity of Learning Plans. The following weeks, the team put together several blog posts on the following topics: Communication, Digital Access, Feedback, and Engagement.

At the time we had no idea that we would continue to face the pandemic at the start of the 2020/2021 school year. Now many of us are back to school, in a face to face atmosphere  preparing for the possibility of remote learning, or already in a remote learning environment. With this in mind, I wanted to make sure that the tools created last spring to support you were not lost. The information shared last spring is just as valuable now as it was during that time. Continue reading Remote Learning Resources

Reinventing Your Classroom with Professional Learning Maps and Modules

GELN (General Education Leadership Network) Continuity of Learning Task Force has created an Asynchronous Professional Learning Map. These maps are specifically designed to support schools and districts for the 2020-21 school year – as we reinvent ourselves during the COVID-19 global pandemic. Continue reading Reinventing Your Classroom with Professional Learning Maps and Modules

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

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