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Focusing on Read Alouds: K-3 Literacy Essentials

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

Personalized Learning Conference: #PLCON18 Call for Proposals is OPEN!

UPDATE: This conference is being postponed until May 1, 2019. Please save the date. We are still accepting proposals, but it will be for the 2019 conference. We will still be holding the 2018 site visits at Kent Innovation High and Kenowa Hills. Click here for more information on site visits.

Kent ISD is pleased to announce the hosting of the third Personalized Learning Conference on May 3, 2017 and is searching for presenters to share their experiences in this evolving educational practice. Personalized Learning is a model of learning that promotes flexibility within the learning environment to allow students’ needs to drive instructional strategies, assessments, use of time, and materials. Continue reading Personalized Learning Conference: #PLCON18 Call for Proposals is OPEN!

Supporting New Teachers

Learning Academy Provides Classroom Strategies, Camaraderie

by Linda Odette, School News Network 

Imagine what it would be like to keep up to thirty 5-year-olds under control without a lot of knowledge on how to manage such a group. Then imagine you’re also a new teacher.

Enter The Learning Academy, a Kent ISD professional development program started in 2013 that brings together new teachers for lectures, simulated classes and observing master teachers to help them be more successful in the classroom. Continue reading Supporting New Teachers

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

How New Teachers Are Fitting In Required PD

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

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”

A Student’s Perspective on NovaNow

There is still time to register for NovaNOW! This unique conference will be held on Friday, February 5 and Saturday, February 6. Check out this this student’s perspective on NovaNow…

Kent ISD EdTech Blog

We are only two weeks away from NovaNow, a unique opportunity for educators, business professionals, and even students that focuses on innovations in education. As we ramp up for this event, we asked Ben Wieringa, a Kent Innovation High student, to share his experiences with NovaNow. We have included his response below.

Hello, My name is Ben Wieringa I have been a student at Kent Innovation High (KIH) for the past four years. I have also been involved with NovaNow since it started two years ago. For those that are not familiar, NovaNow is a conference that takes place in a school, where educators talk with presenters and everyone has a voice to share what they think is best for students in the classroom.

I spent the first year of NovaNow as a tour guide where I would show guests around the open, free-flowing workspace of KIH. From the feedback…

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Assistive Technology Conference was a Huge Success!

On October 15 & 16, we hosted our annual AssisTechKnow Assistive Technology Conference at the Kent ISD. The atmosphere was electric and we filled the Education Service Center with over 225 people each day.  Participants came from near and far to learn about how to use Assistive Technology in their teaching and learning practice.

This year, we brought in a nationally known speaker, Chris Bugaj, from Louden County Public School in Virginia.  You may have read a previous blog post about him titled, “3 Unique Reading Strategies You’ll Want to Try!” And as expected, he electrified our participants with his keynote and other presentations over two days. Continue reading Assistive Technology Conference was a Huge Success!

Unlocking Your Teaching Potential

“Teaching can be isolating work, and classroom learning labs help connect educators and ideas through the shared experience of observing students as they learn. For us, we have focused most labs on math, an area of learning that has changed dramatically over the past few years. Being able to inquire about approaches while instructing and observing students at work helps make adult learning more relevant and immediate. Classroom Learning Labs are just that: Places to develop a hypothesis about what works, and to gather people together who are willing and ready to inquire, observe, and discuss the findings–in order to begin the cycle of inquiry again” Carol Lautenbach of Godfrey Lee Public Schools wrote.

Kent county is changing the culture of professional learning through collaboration.  Little (1982) and Rosenholtz (1989) discovered key behaviors in schools with strong collegial orientations. In these schools, teachers value professional relationships, share ideas, and readily exchange new techniques. Furthermore, Rosenholtz and Smylie identified that teachers with a high sense of efficacy are Continue reading Unlocking Your Teaching Potential

Unlock Your Full Teaching Potential

Building Foundations of Teaching for Learning

Back to School Kent ISDIs it time to go Back to School already?  Yikes!  Where did the summer go?  

Whether you’re a veteran or a rookie, we all have mixed feelings of excitement and fear about the first days of school.  To prepare for that first day, I know many districts in Kent County were busy over the summer hiring teachers.

This year, Kent ISD is excited to offer an innovative professional learning opportunity to support teachers, especially those who are early in their career! Continue reading Unlock Your Full Teaching Potential