Are First Year Teachers Ever Proficient?

I recently read a blog on Education Week Teachers entitled “Are First Year Teachers Ever Proficient?” The author wrote about what it is like to be a first year teacher and “confesses to being something of a mess in his first year of teaching.”

This year alone, there were at least 80 new teachers hired in Kent County! I am sure some of these new educators are feeling the same way.

But there is hope… Continue reading Are First Year Teachers Ever Proficient?

Elevate Learning & Leadership on Nov 12th!

West Michigan Education Leadership Conference
Leaders will gather at Kent ISD on Nov. 12th to learn from one another and share strategies and programs that are demonstrating success.

The West Michigan Education Leadership Conference held at Kent Intermediate School District is an opportunity for area leaders to gather together to share and learn.

The first leadership conference was held last fall and there were over 150 leaders throughout the region in attendance. This conference allows educators to learn from one another and share strategies and programs that are demonstrating success. There are so many amazing things happening locally, we need a venue to collaborate.

Comments from last year include:

“It was a great conference! Every session I attended was truly a learning experience! Thank you so much for planning it!”

“This was a very good day. Thanks for all the hard work to pull this off. Looking forward to the next one!”

The sessions consist of presentations from local and intermediate school district principals, superintendents, and teacher leaders. This year, Dr. Mike Shibler, Superintendent from Rockford Public Schools, will be sharing Continue reading Elevate Learning & Leadership on Nov 12th!

Five Pillars Critical to Building a Culture of Achievement

Doug FisherWhat does it feel like to walk into your school?
Is it a welcoming place, where everyone feels valued?
What is the culture of your school/classroom?
What beliefs shape that culture?
How does the school’s culture align with it’s mission statement?
What is everyone’s (teachers, students, principals, and parent) sense of purpose?

Most school improvement efforts focus on academic goals, instructional models, curriculum, and assessments. But sometimes what can make or break your learning community are the intangibles–the relationships, identity, and connections that make up its culture. Continue reading Five Pillars Critical to Building a Culture of Achievement

3rd Annual Assistive Technology Conference

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Join us for the 3rd annual AssisTechKnow Conference, October 9 & 10, 2014!  This exciting 2-day event, hosted by Kent ISD, focuses on Universal Design for Learning (UDL), Educational and Assistive Technology tools and strategies for diverse learners of all ages.  This year we are delighted to be partnering with Michigan Integrated Technology Supports (MITS), Michigan Council for Exceptional Children (MCEC), MACUL AssiTechKnow Logoand REMC to bring this one of a kind opportunity to West Michigan educators.

A packed schedule will include:
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Have you heard of STARS?

Research is clear,  birth through three years of age is when the brain has the most growth! This tells us that childcare providers, whether in a home setting or center are essential to our children’s growth and potential. The STARS program (Standards, Training/Professional Development, Assistance, Resources, Support) is a state wide initiative to promote and encourage quality childcare and preschool programs. Click here to learn more about the STARS program.

$855,643 grant awarded to Kent ISD, three districts, to expand physical education programs.

The Kent Intermediate School District was awarded an $855,643 physical education grant in collaboration with three districts. The money comes from the U.S. Department of Education. The grant will include at least two buildings, to be announced, in Godfrey-Lee Public Schools, Grand Rapids Public Schools and Thornapple Kellogg Schools. Click here to read the MLIVE article.

Educators collaborate for innovation: the iTeach movement

iteach image final3In fall 2014, Kent ISD will be launching iTeach. The Innovative Teaching Community, or iTeach, is a program designed to help educators collaborate to increase innovation in the classroom. Made up of a networked group of educators, iTeach is designed around the idea of a professional learning community for educators from multiple districts in Kent County. Continue reading Educators collaborate for innovation: the iTeach movement

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