On 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.
Students who participate in spelling bees improve their spelling skills and expand their vocabularies. In 2014, rounds of vocabulary questions became part of the spelling bee at all levels from the school bee up to the National Spelling Bee. The 2015 Greater Grand Rapids Spelling Bee and Regional Bees (part of the Scripps National Spelling Bee) will again include vocabulary questions.
Each year 190-200 schools participate in the Greater Grand Rapids Spelling Bee. Schools with students in grades 4-8 in Allegan, Barry, Kent, Muskegon, Newaygo, and Ottawa counties are eligible to compete. Wordlists are provided for younger students, but only Continue reading Students Improve Spelling Skills→
School is back in session and students aren’t the only ones excited to learn. With the new school year come many great opportunities for educators to learn, network, and share. One of these unique and fun opportunities of EdCampGR.
EdCampGR is a completely different way of professional learning. Unlike other professional learning opportunities, it’s difficult to explain what you will learn at EdCampGR. This is because a “typical” day of learning at EdCamp Continue reading Professional Learning We Love→
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→