As we near the end of another school year, Kent ISD is ramping up efforts to provide outstanding professional learning opportunities in the 2017/2018 school year.
High Interest Topics for 2017/2018
Kelli Campbell, Teaching and Learning Director at Kent ISD, and I visited a few districts over the winter months to get an insight into what our local districts were looking for in the coming school year. We gathered all the information from our visits and found the following topics were of highest interest:Continue reading Plan Your PD for 2017/18→
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→
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→
“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)
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→
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.
Are you ready for the newly-adopted Michigan Science Standards? This Kent ISD PD and free technology from MDE can help.
Inside the standards is an engineering component, which is a great match for the drones and printers MDE’s 99s(5) grant will pay for. If you’re looking for effective ways to engage students in engineering concepts, these workshops and technology will equip you to advance both learning and awareness of the careers using these tools. Teacher’s will work with the equipment hands-on, then take the equipment back to their district (to keep) for use in the classroom!
Is 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.
School is out and summer is finally here! We hope you have a wonderful summer. Before we sign off for the 2014-15 school year, we wanted to highlight some popular blog posts that might be beneficial to your continual learning over the summer.