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Leaders in Action Needed

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

Top 5 Sessions for Admins at PLCON 2017

“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

Increase Student Engagement Using littleBits

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

Creating Digital Learning Experiences

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

5 Misconceptions of Personalized Learning

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

Gorski helps Educators Understand Barriers of Poverty

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

Grant Opportunity

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

Looking for Money?

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?

Kent ISD Reboots Webinar Format

“NSDC believes that educators learn most effectively when they are provided adequate time during their work day to learn and collaborate together to accomplish a school’s mission and goals. Many educators, however, are uncertain how to find time for any additional tasks during the work day given the sometimes seemingly overwhelming tasks they face already.” (Finding Time for Professional Learning, NSDC National Staff Development Center)

Overcoming Barriers

Time is one of the main barriers for educators to implement professional learning. Schools that are making time usually do so in one of three ways. They use available time, buy time, or create time. Continue reading Kent ISD Reboots Webinar Format

Parents, Community Members Gather to “Take the Test”

Kent ISD staff recently hosted a group of people interested in learning more about the M-Step and SAT tests. Maranda from WOTV joined them and filmed an entire show about this important topic, called “Taking the Test: Sampling New Standardized Tests”. CLICK HERE to watch.

Every year, thousands of students across Michigan take standardized tests as a way to gauge their learning and to get into college. This April, instead of the MEAP and ACT, students will take the M-STEP and the SAT. And after years of familiar paper and pencil tests, students are now learning to take them online.

The M-STEP tests are new to our students (introduced last year), and in most schools will be administered completely online. In addition, Continue reading Parents, Community Members Gather to “Take the Test”