As we near the end of another school year, Kent ISD is ramping up efforts to provide outstanding professional learning opportunities in the 2017/2018 school year.
High Interest Topics for 2017/2018
Kelli Campbell, Teaching and Learning Director at Kent ISD, and I visited a few districts over the winter months to get an insight into what our local districts were looking for in the coming school year. We gathered all the information from our visits and found the following topics were of highest interest: Continue reading Plan Your PD for 2017/18
There are many responsibilities that the principal has throughout the year. Principals are the instructional leader, motivator, assessment coordinator, many times counselor, behavior specialists among many other roles.
As you continue your growth this year as a principal, we want to offer you some strategies that will assist you to RAISE your leadership. The topics we will be sharing are around Relationships, Assessments, how to Inspire, Shared Leadership, and how to Elevate. It is essential to foster your own growth, so in turn you can support the growth of your students and staff. Continue reading How to RAISE Yourself as a Leader
Upon graduation, educators all hope and believe that our students will go on to be productive, healthy, happy, contributory members of our society. This means they will have a career path, and hopefully a trajectory that will fit well with their likes, their capabilities, and the market. Continue reading Are Your Students College and Career Ready?
Imagine 2nd grade students marching, swinging, and twirling to show how movement adds fun and effect to theatre performance!
Imagine 5th graders creating stories that emerge from symbols discovered on images of ancient urns – showing understanding of visual arts!
Imagine high school students getting attention for their vocal talent when performances are recorded and assessed by both teachers and students as evidence for quality!
“When early elementary teachers integrate music and theater, student learning improves in reading, math, and science as they become better critical thinkers and problem solvers.” Edutopia, “Rainstorms and Symphonies: Performing Arts Bring Abstract Concepts to Life.” Mary Grescok, Lisette Steinwald, 10/5/2016.
The New Mexico School for Arts teaches its high school students to take risks, make mistakes and learn from critical feedback to learn and grow. This school has outperformed the state in reading, math, and science every year since 2013. Continue reading Using Arts to Improve Student Learning in Reading, Math, and Science
Apply Now! Deadline is October 30, 2016
The TRIG Best Practice Apple Professional Learning Grant has been created to assist schools wishing to pursue professional learning opportunities for educators who are transforming their digital learning environments.
The grant is open to schools/districts that are executing planned, learning environments and wish to enhance and create a culture of learning. Eligible Districts must have purchased from the TRIG Apple Device Purchasing Agreement within the past 4 years and have regular and consistent student access to Apple technology.
Selected schools/districts will work with a dedicated Apple Professional Learning Specialist, to create Continue reading Grant Opportunity
“Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other.” John F. Kennedy
Effective leadership is a constantly evolving practice. Whether you are new to school leadership, or a seasoned administrator, remaining current and cultivating ideas is essential.
The West Michigan Education Leadership Conference (WMELC), hosted by Kent Intermediate School District, offers this opportunity. Back for a third year, on November 14, 2016, this conference offers something for every level of school leadership.
PAST REGISTRANTS HAVE SAID
Continue reading Leaders Needed – West MI Education Leadership Conference
“NSDC believes that educators learn most effectively when they are provided adequate time during their work day to learn and collaborate together to accomplish a school’s mission and goals. Many educators, however, are uncertain how to find time for any additional tasks during the work day given the sometimes seemingly overwhelming tasks they face already.” (Finding Time for Professional Learning, NSDC National Staff Development Center)
Time is one of the main barriers for educators to implement professional learning. Schools that are making time usually do so in one of three ways. They use available time, buy time, or create time. Continue reading Kent ISD Reboots Webinar Format
Several years ago, I got pretty into Goodreads, mostly because I like measuring stuff and Goodreads made it fun to set goals for and keep track of how many books I read. It was also a big thing on Twitter — people would share how many books they were reading, and they would set reading goals for the year.
But then I stopped keeping track of how many books I read — publicly and privately — and I don’t think I’ll ever go back. I can’t tell you how many books I read in 2015 simply because I don’t keep count. That’s not a humble brag, either — no “I’ve lost count because there are so many” nonsense. Rather, I’ve found that not counting has given me exponentially more enjoyment and advantage out of reading than I ever realized during the counting days. This, in turn, has made me a more well-read reading teacher. Continue reading How to Read (and Enjoy) More Books
Now that we’re about a third of the way through the school year, take five minutes to shoot from the gut and get your head and heart straightened out with this simple exercise. You won’t get any copies made or a parent newsletter drafted or a curriculum mapped or whatever other urgent tasks assail you during the five minutes I propose, but I do think this can help you think more clearly about the things you choose to do with the remainder of your school year.
Continue reading Refocus Your School Year with this 5 Minute Activity