Students from Grandville, Caledonia, Kenowa Hills and Kentwood who participate in their districts’ Peer to Peer programs went to a Whitecaps baseball game to enjoy friendship and some summer camaraderie. The Cap’s were victorious and a wonderful time was had by all. The annual outing is supported by a special grant from START, Statewide Autism Resource and Training and Kent CAN (Collaborative Autism Network). Continue reading Peer to Peer Participants Enjoy Whitecaps Win
It is that time of year again. The students (and teachers) are starting to get excited for summer break. The days are getting longer and the weather warmer. And, we are starting to plan for next school year.
Before we start to plan for the future, it is sometimes nice to reflect on where we have been. Recently, I gathered some data from the past five years of professional learning offered at Kent ISD to see how our organization has evolved to meet the ever changing needs of our local education agencies. Continue reading 2018/2019 PD Plan is LIVE
Do you ever run out of ideas to keep students engaged? Have you ever wondered how to keep the students’ brains stimulated? Do you want to create a safer classroom for your students? Have you ever had trouble keeping students’ attention?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, “Structures for Active Engagement” is the professional learning you need.
Twenty four years ago, I took a very similar class. My principal sent me to North Carolina to see what Kagan Cooperative Learning was all about. The week that I spent there changed my entire teaching career, as well as, all of my students’ educational experiences in my classroom. Continue reading Making Students Accountable for Their Learning
As Michigan strives to become a Top 10 educational state in 10 Years, four focus areas have been identified as key targets. One of these focus areas, “Learner-Centered Supports”, includes personalized learning, aligned curriculum and differentiated learning. In order to attain this, all of our students will need to have equitable access to learner-centered education environments that are academically challenging and personalized.
Assistive and educational technology supports are an important component to consider as we work toward more equitable access. As an educator, how can you learn about the tools and strategies that can help students achieve? Continue reading AssisTechKnow – Addressing the Needs of Every Learner
Written by: Andrew J. Smith, Math Consultant at Kent ISD
“Great teachers are much like jazz musicians, both deliberately setting the stage and then improvising. Great teachers have plans yet to respond to student learning and needs in real time…great teachers need to know the tools of their craft.” – Hattie, Fisher & Frey, Visible Learning for Mathematics, p. 17-18
Acknowledging the power and effect that individual teachers possess, but also recognizing our capacity as a regional service agency to support individual teachers was on the minds of Kent ISD’s Math Team, as they began strategically planning for the 2017-2018 school year. They believe in both the power of professional learning and providing districts with the resources and opportunities to implement professional learning. As a regional support, the Kent ISD Math team wanted to be able to stay connected and provide support to classrooms and individual teachers. Continue reading Blended Coaching: A Full Cup of Coaching with a Pinch of Technology
What were you reading before you turned your eye onto this article? Chances are it could be categorized into informational text reading.
With the shift to Common Core State Standards and Next Generation Science Standards also came a heightened focus on informational text reading, writing, and analysis. And, why shouldn’t it be.
Learning is a journey Continue reading The Importance of Informational Text
Paul C. Gorski is the founder of EdChange and the Equity Literacy Institute. He has spent the last 20 years working with educators, schools, and school districts around the world committed to strengthening knowledge, skills, and leadership related to educational equity. Since earning his doctorate in Education at the University of Virginia he has worked as a district-level equity consultant, a teacher educator, and an author and designer of diversity-related resources for teachers.
Paul has written more than 60 articles and chapters, as well as, written, co-written, or co-edited 10 books on educational equity including Case Studies on Diversity and Social Justice Education (with Seema Pothini) and Reaching and Teaching Students in Poverty: Strategies for Erasing the Opportunity Gap. Paul’s Web site for educators, the Multicultural Pavilion, has won more than a dozen awards and hosts nearly one million visitors each year.
Paul will be visiting Kent ISD on Thursday, May 3rd to talk about Cultivating Equitable Classrooms and Schools for Each Student.
Written by: Mark Raffler, Kent ISD
The Kent ISD Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS) team has been working for the past six years to develop the understanding and capacity of local districts to balance the behavior and academic demands put forward by the State of Michigan.
The latest legislation put into place, focused on academic content, is the Third Grade Reading Law (Public Act 306). This legislation comes with many requirements and considerations for districts in order to increase the number of students reading proficiently by the end of third grade.
Continue reading Connecting MTSS and Third Grade Reading Law
Written by: Christi Gilbert, Literacy Coach/Kent ISD
Essential #2 states: “Read Alouds of age-appropriate books and other materials, print or digital”
Why read alouds?
There is a STRONG research consensus that supports literacy development through read alouds. Children learn about reading and writing from read alouds. They also increase their vocabulary hearing new words during a read aloud.
But, our reality:
Tanya Wright, a lead researcher with the Literacy Essentials, did a study on read alouds. She visited four classrooms and conducted over 55 visits. Throughout those visits she noticed two important things: Continue reading Focusing on Read Alouds: K-3 Literacy Essentials
Written by Melissa Buurstra, Early Childhood Specialist
Do you ever wonder about the time at school children spend waiting for their turn to use the bathroom or another class to finish in the gym?
In Kent County’s Great Start Readiness Program (GSRP) classrooms, we do wonder about this time. We have a name for it and we even plan for it on our weekly lesson plans. We call it “transition time”.
These 3-5 minute waits really add up. For instance, a GSRP classroom waiting in line 5 minutes every day amounts to 650 minutes or almost 11 hours which is close to 2 entire days of school.
“We take this time seriously and use transition time activities as an important part of our lesson planning,” says Ashley Karsten, Kent ISD GSRP Supervisor. Continue reading Literacy- Making Every Minute Count