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.
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.
There are many responsibilities that the principal has throughout the year. Principals are the instructional leader, motivator, assessment coordinator, many times counselor, behavior specialists among many other roles.
As you continue your growth this year as a principal, we want to offer you some strategies that will assist you to RAISE your leadership. The topics we will be sharing are around Relationships, Assessments, how to Inspire, Shared Leadership, and how to Elevate. It is essential to foster your own growth, so in turn you can support the growth of your students and staff. Continue reading How to RAISE Yourself as a Leader→
Now that we’re about a third of the way through the school year, take five minutes to shoot from the gut and get your head and heart straightened out with this simple exercise. You won’t get any copies made or a parent newsletter drafted or a curriculum mapped or whatever other urgent tasks assail you during the five minutes I propose, but I do think this can help you think more clearly about the things you choose to do with the remainder of your school year.
Most of us started Professional Learning Communities (PLC), because PLCs promised to help us make our department/school/district the best it could be to accomplish huge gains in student achievement.
Did it live up to the hype?
Most of us have to say “No,” but the potential is there. So how do we energize our PLCs to really accomplish our School Improvement goals? How do we become genuinely collaborative in meeting the new challenges of our changing world? How do we become a collaborative culture that is flexible enough to meet whatever comes? Continue reading Make a Difference in Your PLC→
Teaching is this hugely complex, challenging calling, and that’s why I’m glad it’s mine. I don’t foresee getting to a place where I’m like, “You know what? I’ve got this all figured out. Done. Turn on the cruise control.”
To be honest, I think few of us will get there, and if we do, it will be after about 30 years and 100,000 hours of intensive, deliberate practice.
But we don’t needto wait until we have it all figured out before we can start being master teachers who make a huge impact with our careers. I think that all of us, if we train ourselves to focus in, can fairly quickly become adept at the 20% of things that yield 80% of the results. Continue reading Feeling Overwhelmed? Consider the 80/20 Rule→