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.
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!”
What 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?
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 and REMC to bring this one of a kind opportunity to West Michigan educators.
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.
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.
In 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→