Tag Archives: Science

Plan Your PD for 2017/18

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

Why YOU should attend SCICON 2017!

SCICON is back for another exciting year.  

On May 17th, Kent ISD will be hosting the annual SCICON GR. This one day conference will feature Wendy Johnson. Wendy is a Ph.D. Candidate in Science Education, and writing her dissertation on “Fostering Three-Dimensional Science Learning: The Role of Curiosity in Productive Classroom Discourse”, at Michigan State University.  Area teachers will be sharing classroom stories and experts from STEM and education technology will  facilitate sessions.

Reasons to Attend SCI CON this year:

Continue reading Why YOU should attend SCICON 2017!

AP Computer Science Principles Opportunity for Michigan High School Teachers

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The Michigan Mathematics and Science Center Network (MMSCN), through a grant with Code.org, is pleased to announce a professional learning opportunity to support AP Computer Science Principles.

The grant will provide local schools with the following:

  • Resources for teaching AP CSP in the fall of 2017
  • A Sample AP CSP Course Audit
  • Professional Learning for 60 teachers throughout Michigan at no cost (Stipends for teachers are not included.)
  • A curriculum from Code.org for the AP CSP Course

Schools interested in taking advantage of this opportunity will be expected to have an AP CSP course on their school schedule for Fall, 2017.

Schools wanting more information on how to take advantage of this opportunity can visit our Michigan website at www.micoding.weebly.com. At this site, teachers who plan to apply should sign up to receive an application. Applications will be available in January.

When teachers apply in January, they will…

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Are Your Students College and Career Ready?

Upon graduation, educators all hope and believe that our students will go on to be productive, healthy, happy, contributory members of our society. This means they will have a career path, and hopefully a trajectory that will fit well with their likes, their capabilities, and the market. Continue reading Are Your Students College and Career Ready?

Using Arts to Improve Student Learning in Reading, Math, and Science

Imagine 2nd grade students marching, swinging, and twirling to show how movement adds fun and effect to theatre performance!

Imagine 5th graders creating stories that emerge from symbols discovered on images of ancient urns – showing understanding of visual arts!

Imagine high school students getting attention for their vocal talent when performances are recorded and assessed by both teachers and students as evidence for quality!

“When early elementary teachers integrate music and theater, student learning improves in reading, math, and science as they become better critical thinkers and problem solvers.” Edutopia, “Rainstorms and Symphonies: Performing Arts Bring Abstract Concepts to Life.” Mary Grescok, Lisette Steinwald, 10/5/2016.

The New Mexico School for Arts teaches its high school students to take risks, make mistakes and learn from critical feedback to learn and grow.  This school has outperformed the state in reading, math, and science every year since 2013. Continue reading Using Arts to Improve Student Learning in Reading, Math, and Science

Opportunity for Curriculum Networking and Resources

There are nearly 15,000 English Learners in Kent County schools.  Nationally, 1 in 4 students is an English Learner.

How are you supporting English Learners (EL) at your school in Math, Science, Social Studies, and Language Arts?

EL Coaching Network (ELCN)

Last year participants from 20 districts came together to learn, discuss, and devise action plans to increase the achievement of their EL students. The 2016/2017 EL Coaching Network will focus on support for ELs in the K-12 content areas. EL teachers, EL staff, and content teachers are welcome to join.

Did you know that Kent ISD has other Curriculum focused networks?

Not only can your district participate in our EL Coaching Network, the Teaching and Learning department at Kent ISD has created the opportunity for all Kent County districts to network and obtain resources related to each specific content area. Continue reading Opportunity for Curriculum Networking and Resources

Educators Wanted for Share Fair Nation in November 2016!

“I observed a phenomenal school that focuses on STEM, flipped classes, and problem-based learning and I am inspired by the possibilities, especially with problem-based learning. I see that I can go so much farther with the technology I have than what I have been doing. I see that I can go so much farther with engaging students and providing them with an authentic learning opportunity that will engage them and get them hooked on learning forever. I am pumped to incorporate what I learned into my units for next year.” Aniko Z, 5th Grade Nonfiction Teacher, New York, NY.

The above quote comes from a teacher that attended Share Fair Nation, a professional development by educators for educators.  And Share Fair nation is coming to Grand Rapids, Michigan on November 12, 2016. By partnering with GVSU, and several local districts, Kent ISD is excited to bring this national movement to West Michigan.

Share Fair Nation provides PreK-12 educators the opportunity to join the conversation around Continue reading Educators Wanted for Share Fair Nation in November 2016!

Back to Ideals

Winter is here. The weather is a bit colder and daylight is dwindling. The leaves in my wooded lot are all down, with a few oak leaves left in the trees. What has changed? We adopted a new set of science standards in Michigan. It is exciting! But, it is also going to be a bit chaotic for awhile.

I have had some training over the last few months in my new job as a science consultant. It has been robust. I learned how to use the NSTA Learning Center, attended NGSX, and read countless books and journal articles; then, I spent an intense amount of time watching videos of what this new teaching looks like in a classroom. Even the term inquiry-based learning, science’s pride and joy, will need to share the spotlight with developing models and constructing an argument from evidence. (Don’t worry, they all work together.) But, I am overwhelmed. To wrap my brain around these standards Continue reading Back to Ideals

A Holiday Gift to Accompany New Science Standards…

STEM PD Comes With FREE Drones, 3-D Printers

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!

Grant Kent ISD STEM NGSS

And since Kent ISD an approved PD provider for this grant, it will even cover substitute fees to make it easier for teachers to participate. There are separate Continue reading A Holiday Gift to Accompany New Science Standards…

Science is Fun!

Science teachers from Kent County and Southwest Michigan unite to show students that science is fun!

Kent ISD ScienceTeams of teachers and administrators have been meeting to find ways to collaborate and share best practices that align to the Framework for K-12 Science Education. The science and engineering practices of the framework promote equity among students and truly get students engaged in doing science. These groups will continue next school year as we begin to look at ways to answer the question,

“How do we know what students know?”

Continue reading Science is Fun!