Let’s be real. One of the hardest things for people to do is build a new habit. It takes commitment, focus, drive, and a constant reminder or way to trigger that action. In the learning environment habits play an equally important role as mastering curriculum. For many students habits may come naturally and become part of a routine – something they don’t even think about or focus on…they just do it.
For students with learning disabilities, habits of mind do not come easily – making learning even more complicated due to this missing ingredient. On top of the deficits that come into play for students with learning disabilities, such as, retaining information, processing, skill performance, and executive functioning, building a new habit demands a plan of action and the support of teachers. In the end, when students with learning disabilities take an opportunity to build a habit, they will be more inclined to improve their academic performance, skills, and most importantly, confidence. Continue reading Small Wins for Growing Habits and Skills with Diverse Learners→
School districts across Kent ISD are teaming together to deliver a common message to all students, to their families and the community at large: Strive for Less Than 5 days absent.
You should soon be seeing yard signs, posters and this Strive for Less Than 5 video to spread the message that students who miss five or fewer days of school a year perform better than those who miss school on a regular basis.
The data for students who are chronically absent is clear: Students who miss more than 10 percent of school time, just two days a month, are far less likely to be proficient than their peers who regularly attend school. Continue reading Strive for Less Than 5!→
Multiple Districts, MI — How do you turn a would-be class clown into a productive student? How do you motivate a fifth-grader who just doesn’t fit in or refuses to keep up with classroom assignments?
Some area parents have turned to ATYP Junior — a Kent ISD pilot program that offers accelerated math for elementary students.
“Nolan’s experience thus far with ATYP has been nothing but positive,” said Mickey Larson, father of the Sparta fifth-grader. “The recognition that comes along with being part of such a select group has finally helped make him proud and appreciative of his intelligence. His newfound self-confidence leads him to see himself not merely as the ‘class clown’ – as he’s done in years past – but rather as the smart, witty kid that he is.” Continue reading Finding the Right Fit→
“Be the change you wish to see in the world.” – Mahatma Ghandi
True Story. Every year (including this year), my intentions and optimism are sky high. I head into a school year thinking of projects, ideas, innovation and truly changing the face of education.
This year my summer ideas included student podcasting, mobile maker space, supporting aspiring administrators and continuing to transform learning spaces. Furthermore, I wanted to really spread our vision beyond our walls and into the community.
Sounds fantastic, right?
Then reality hits. I felt the weight of the world on my shoulders. Issues ranged from student discipline all the way to balancing a budget…and don’t get me started on evaluations!
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!→
On Thursday October 6, 2016, Gov. Snyder signed the Third Grade Reading Bill which is aimed at improving early literacy. This new legislation renews an energy and sense of urgency around literacy in Michigan.
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→
“Young people who had mentors report setting higher educational goals and are more likely to attend college than those without mentors,” according to “The Mentoring Effect”, a January 2014 report from The National Mentoring Partnership.
Did you know that new teachers in Michigan are required to have 15 days of professional development in their first three years of teaching?
It’s true. And, this 15 days of professional development is in addition to their district provided professional development (DPPD).
Many districts do not have the funding to provide a program that supports this requirement and often ask new teachers to find their own professional development, which can also be costly to the district. While new teachers can find professional development, these opportunities may not match their specific needs for improvement.Continue reading How New Teachers Are Fitting In Required PD→