Attention School Administrators: The Fall Literacy Leadership Symposium is here in Grand Rapids!
In March, Reading Now Network (RNN) hosted the West Michigan Early Literacy Leadership Symposium at Western Michigan University. More than 600 educators from 26 counties gathered to focus on literacy. Participants learned how to implement the RNN Five Key Findings and explored the Instructional and School-Wide Essential Practices. The urgency and excitement surrounding the RNN Five Key Findings has resulted in a fall Literacy Leadership Symposium aimed to energize and inspire building and district administrators. Continue reading Literacy Leadership Symposium is here in Grand Rapids!
Remember the Rolodex? Educators would exchange business cards with phone numbers, alphabetize them and access their contacts to help answer questions or identify resources they didn’t already have at their fingertips. People with a plethora of names and numbers could have an answer to any problem by the end of the week.
Now, with Twitter, educators use hashtags and handles to reach out to a global community and rarely have to wait more than 5 minutes for unlimited tools that can be used immediately. Twitter has changed the way educators connect, stay current on trends and research, and how learning is shared with others.
While some teachers and school leaders are still trying to figure when to use # and how it’s different than @, others are leveraging their professional learning network through Twitter in the follow ways: Continue reading Twitterpated: Three Ways to Take Twitter to the Next Level
Kent ISD strives to provide the highest quality professional learning opportunities for educators. The West Michigan Educational Leadership Conference (WMELC) is an intensive day of learning and networking experience bringing together hundreds of education administrators and leaders, as well as, content experts.
The goal of WMELC is to inform and equip school leaders so they may govern and lead their districts effectively. The theme this year will be Leaders in Action. A “Leader in Action” is someone who has successfully implemented the topic of the presentation. Every presentation will have a district/building administrator that can showcase the presentation topic in action. Continue reading Leaders in Action Needed
“Personalized learning is intended to facilitate the academic success of each student by first determining the learning needs, interests, and aspirations of individual students, and then providing learning experiences that are customized—to a greater or lesser extent—for each student. To accomplish this goal, schools, teachers, guidance counselors, and other educational specialists may employ a wide variety of educational methods, from intentionally cultivating strong and trusting student-adult relationships to modifying assignments and instructional strategies in the classroom to entirely redesigning the ways in which students are grouped and taught in a school.” (Glossary of Education Reform, 5/14/15)
On May 3rd, Kent ISD will host The Personalized Learning Conference (PLCON). This conference is beneficial to all educators who want to learn more about personalized teaching and learning.
Leaders in education have a unique opportunity to create organizational priorities and values that support personalized learning for every student. Administrators can maximize time and teachers to create student success! Continue reading Top 5 Sessions for Admins at PLCON 2017
According a Kaiser Foundation study conducted in 2010, children between the ages of eight and 18 spend an average of 7 hours 38 minutes a day with digital media.
Bill Gates started hacking computers at age 13. At just 10 years old, Mark Zuckerburg created a home network. And, Steve Jobs started tinkering with electronics before he even started grade school. What do all of these men have in common? They all created products of technology (Windows, Facebook, Apple) that our students spend 7 hours a day using.
Our students love these technologies…but how many of them know how they really work? Continue reading Increase Student Engagement Using littleBits
Several years ago, Kent ISD developed the “IT Tool” and worked with a group of local educators to develop 16 courses that focused on core curriculum. These 16 courses were largely designed to be used as “in-class” resources and assessments that lived within this new tool.
Fast forward to today, the IT Tool is now Kickstand System’s Edify, a learning management system with over 53 pre-built K-12 courses to be used by a teacher and their students. The most recent initiative is to take the existing courses and adapt them so that they can be delivered as an online learning experience. Continue reading Creating Digital Learning Experiences
In 2015, the Michigan State Board of Education identified as a priority, “Increasing the use of personalized teaching methods, including the integration of technology for K-14 students to improve learning and outcomes.” In 2016, The Michigan Department of Education (MDE) released their plan to become a top 10 state in 10 years, which incorporated personalized learning as 1 of its 7 strategies. While the state has a strong focus on personalized learning, many local districts in Michigan are just beginning to develop their understanding around this educational concept. Continue reading 5 Misconceptions of Personalized Learning
In March 2014, Kent County Health Rankings were released. It found that 23% of children in Kent County live in poverty, up from 20% the previous year; the national benchmark is 13%.
How might our strategies for teaching and relating with families in poverty change if we truly understood the barriers they experience – barriers that have nothing to do with their cultures or their attitudes about school or their desires to learn? Continue reading Gorski helps Educators Understand Barriers of Poverty
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
New school standards and a focus on project-based learning means investments are needed for equipment and materials to help bring learning to life. In some classrooms, even the basics of education are in short supply.
“Teachers spent an average of $487 out-of-pocket to purchase items for their classrooms during the 2015 – 2016 school year — only a slight $3 decrease since last year. The number of teachers who spent $200 or more increased 6% over the previous year to 77%. A majority of the money teachers spent went toward purchasing classroom supplies and instructional materials.” Agile Education Marketing
Is it any wonder then that educators, students, administrators, parent groups, and other community-based organizations are on the look-out for new, creative ways to raise money to support critical educational initiatives in their communities? Continue reading Looking for Money?