How to Build Complexity to Foster Critical Thinking

Teachers work tirelessly to help students achieve success. There are so many teachers that are dedicated to their profession.  We appreciate the determination and drive that teachers exhibit when working with our children.

Wouldn’t it be wonderful if all the amazing teachers were recognized for their passion?

Unfortunately, there can only be one Continue reading How to Build Complexity to Foster Critical Thinking

Ways to Give to Children this Holiday Season

How the Grinch Stole Christmas, The Polar Express, The Night Before Christmas…are all favorite books in my house this time of year.  At bedtime, we have a ritual of reading a few stories as a family and my children (and I) love this special time together.

But I wonder Continue reading Ways to Give to Children this Holiday Season

Purposeful Annotation: A Close Reading Strategy that Makes Sense to My Students

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Mmm… tortilla chip crumbs. (It’ll make sense later.)

When I first started writing about close reading, I was doing what a lot of people did at the time, and still do: I essentially used the phrase “close reading” instead of the term annotation.

Unfortunately, it took me about a year to realize Continue reading Purposeful Annotation: A Close Reading Strategy that Makes Sense to My Students

Students Share Strategies to Improve Schools

Kent ISD StudentOn December 12, 2014, the Teen Leadership Team and The Healthy, Safe, Drug-Free Schools and Communities Coalition will host another Empowering Youth Leadership Conference.

At the conference, the students will learn to plan and implement strategies in their schools to promote youth leadership while reducing alcohol and drug use. Students will also be introduced to  Continue reading Students Share Strategies to Improve Schools

Teachers Learn to Spark Pizzazz into Student Writing

biopicAnderson2010“When students talk about their ideas for writing, they often exhibit spark, personality, and pizzazz, expressing interesting ideas fearlessly and creatively. Yet the writing they submit lacks this same enthusiasm and originality. They have the ideas, but what happens between that talk and the written draft?” (Anderson, Jeff, and Deborah Dean. Revision Decisions: Talking through Sentences and beyond. Stenhouse Publishers, 2014. Print.)

Grammar had never been a topic we looked forward to teaching….until Jeff Anderson made it a topic we LOVE to teach Continue reading Teachers Learn to Spark Pizzazz into Student Writing

What to do with a map?

“Reading and understanding a map has become an increasingly technical and necessary skill,” said Ebiri Nkugba, a STEM consultant at Kent ISD. As a flight instructor at a local college, Mr. Nkugba works with aviation students to analyze highly detailed FAA maps of airspace and developing weather phenomena. “Sometimes they really struggle with understanding orientation and spatial relationships,” Mr. Nkugba said.

Unmanned Vehicle Technology is an emerging industry that requires Continue reading What to do with a map?

[VIDEO] Best Team of Educators Recognized for Innovation & Collaboration

Each year at the annual Trends Conference, a team of educators is recognized for their demonstrated ability to combine leadership and teamwork to impact learning, student performance, and student outcomes.

Kent Career Tech Center (KCTC) Hospitality Instructors were nominated for their work in developing Continue reading [VIDEO] Best Team of Educators Recognized for Innovation & Collaboration

Signs A Grant Might Not Be Worth Your Time

Written by: guest writer Angela Morris, Kent ISD

As the Grant Writer at Kent ISD, I have been writing grants for education for the past eight years. Along the way I have run into several types of grants that raise alarm bells. These are grants that, for a variety of reasons, may not be a good use of your time to pursue. Below are a couple of “bad players” that you should watch out for: Continue reading Signs A Grant Might Not Be Worth Your Time

Getting Smart With: BLOGS!

“Work smarter, not harder,” is what we are told.

As a Professional Development Coordinator for Kent ISD, the goal of my job is to keep Kent County educators informed about professional learning opportunities available to them.  My team and I have been working hard to do this and have been successful. However, I repeat, we have been working hard, so the real question is “could we do better?”

So we decided to rethink our process and figure out a way to work smarter!  Continue reading Getting Smart With: BLOGS!

What No One Tells You About Secondary Programming at Kent ISD

Kent Innovation High- Kent ISDOn October 2nd, administrators, guidance personnel and other student support service professionals will have a unique opportunity to gain a deeper knowledge of the secondary programming that Kent ISD has to offer students and staff in our region.

The Secondary Summit & Fall Update will feature Continue reading What No One Tells You About Secondary Programming at Kent ISD

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