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Leaders in Action Needed

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

3 Unique Reading Strategies You’ll Want to Try!

Learning to read can be difficult for anyone.  Michigan’s proficiency on the NAEP is just over 30 percent for third-grade readers.  Michigan Association of School Administrators (MASA) Region Three superintendents are tackling this problem through the Reading Now Network, which is beginning to develop resources for the classroom.

This morning I watched a TedX talk that had some unique approaches to improve reading in ALL students.  When I say ALL students, I mean even those with learning disabilities.Chris Bugaj

The TedX talk was by Chris Bugaj, MA CCC-SLP the founding member of the Assistive Technology Team for Loudoun County Public Schools.

In Chris’ TedX talk, he shared three unique reading strategies. Continue reading 3 Unique Reading Strategies You’ll Want to Try!

There is a monster at the door!

There is a long list of exciting and effective tools designed to stimulate and improve student learning being employed in our public schools.  But there is a monster at the door of the schoolhouse that is depriving too many of our students of the benefits of these supportive and stimulating resources.

That monster is chronic absenteeism and truancy.  The sad reality is that too many students do not spend enough of the scheduled school year in the school environment to take full advantage of the unprecedented opportunities offered there.

Research shows lower performance among students with higher absenteeism “at every age, in every subject, in every racial Continue reading There is a monster at the door!

Purposeful Annotation: A Close Reading Strategy that Makes Sense to My Students

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Mmm… tortilla chip crumbs. (It’ll make sense later.)

When I first started writing about close reading, I was doing what a lot of people did at the time, and still do: I essentially used the phrase “close reading” instead of the term annotation.

Unfortunately, it took me about a year to realize Continue reading Purposeful Annotation: A Close Reading Strategy that Makes Sense to My Students

3rd Annual Assistive Technology Conference

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Join us for the 3rd annual AssisTechKnow Conference, October 9 & 10, 2014!  This exciting 2-day event, hosted by Kent ISD, focuses on Universal Design for Learning (UDL), Educational and Assistive Technology tools and strategies for diverse learners of all ages.  This year we are delighted to be partnering with Michigan Integrated Technology Supports (MITS), Michigan Council for Exceptional Children (MCEC), MACUL AssiTechKnow Logoand REMC to bring this one of a kind opportunity to West Michigan educators.

A packed schedule will include:
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