“We have a tremendous opportunity, working together as a state, to lift student achievement using these goals and strategies. This requires open minds and the will from all involved to make it work.” State Superintendent Brian Whiston
Michigan’s Education Vision is for “Every learner in Michigan’s public schools to have an inspiring, engaging, and caring learning environment that fosters creative and critical thinkers who believe in their ability to positively influence Michigan and the world beyond.” Continue reading MDE “Top 10 in 10 Roadshow” Visits GR in April
Imagine you are a student at your school and you have a big test tomorrow. Maybe the test is the SAT or maybe just a spelling test. The problem is that you have not studied. How would you be feeling? You might feel a little panicked, sweaty, nervous, or even nauseous.
Having some anxiety in a stressful situation is a normal response. However, not everyone experiences this the same way. The definition of anxiety is a feeling that can vary in severity from mild uneasiness to a terrifying panic attack. The feeling can last a few moments to many years. Continue reading Creating a Positive School Climate
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!
Parents, Students Tout Benefits of Accelerated Math Pilot
Written by Janice Holst, School News Network
Multiple Districts, MI — How do you turn a would-be class clown into a productive student? How do you motivate a fifth-grader who just doesn’t fit in or refuses to keep up with classroom assignments?
Some area parents have turned to ATYP Junior — a Kent ISD pilot program that offers accelerated math for elementary students.
“Nolan’s experience thus far with ATYP has been nothing but positive,” said Mickey Larson, father of the Sparta fifth-grader. “The recognition that comes along with being part of such a select group has finally helped make him proud and appreciative of his intelligence. His newfound self-confidence leads him to see himself not merely as the ‘class clown’ – as he’s done in years past – but rather as the smart, witty kid that he is.” Continue reading Finding the Right Fit
In considering the various “R’s in Education”, how important is the process of “reflection”?
The power inherent within your personal reflection of your educational practices should never be undervalued. But, does “reflection” fall into my 5 R’s of Effective Engagement? A component of this reflection strategy are the proverbial “Look In The Mirror” Moments.
For me, when I awake in the morning as I am preparing myself for work, I look in the mirror and ask myself, “Will you give your best today?” Without hesitation, my reflection always responds back with the affirmative, “Yes!” Continue reading The Power of Reflection
Your PSAT and SAT scores are in…now how do you get the most out of them?
You may find yourself asking questions like…what do these results indicate? Should I be proud or concerned? Are there patterns to watch for?
Help is here! Cross disciplinary district teams will have the opportunity to participate in a highly interactive Data Analysis Protocol Workshop presented by Wendy Zdeb, Ed.S., Executive Director of the Michigan Association of Secondary School Principals (MASSP).
Participants will be taught a data protocol and will participate in hands-on activities to break down their school’s PSAT 10 and SAT data. Continue reading Prepare Your Students for PSAT and SAT…and Analyze the Results!
We all know how important a nutritious meal can be for our students and their learning.
“Study after study shows that kids who eat breakfast function better,” Dr. Schneider says. “They do better in school, and have better concentration and more energy.” (The Case for Eating Breakfast, Healthychildren.org)
But what happens to our students over the summer when school breakfast and lunch programs are not available? And what about that last meal of the day? Continue reading Meet Up and Eat Up
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
Think back to your days of student teaching. You were young, nervous, and had no idea what to do. To make matters worse, you were asked to record video of yourself teaching. These experiences were helpful, however, the embarrassment and time involved with these videos prevented you from ever recording yourself again.
Recording video has become easier than ever. Anyone with a cell phone can capture video and post it online for anyone else to see. In fact, you can even livestream video using apps like Facebook, Twitter, and Periscope. However, even with the invention of the selfie, recording teaching and learning in the classroom is still a difficult task that requires someone or something else to hold the camera. Continue reading Swivl is Changing Teaching and Learning
See personalized learning in action at the Kenowa Hills Public School District
You may have read about personalized learning in previous blog posts (5 Misconceptions of Personalized Learning
) or maybe you even attended PLCON 2016, but have you seen what it actually looks like in a classroom, school, and district?
On Tuesday, May 2, Kenowa Hills is welcoming up to 50 educators to visit their elementary, middle, and high schools for guided classroom tours, mini-presentations, and Q & A sessions with teachers, students, and school leaders. This is a FREE opportunity open to all educators
Continue reading Don’t Miss Kenowa Hills Personalized Learning In Action!