Why is it important for educators, parents and business leaders to be involved in promoting early childhood literacy? Do community members have a collective responsibility to support the reading and writing development of the children living in their neighborhoods? How can families and area residents partner with schools to strengthen and support literacy initiatives?
Learn the answers to these questions and more during the Reading Now Network’s West Michigan Early Literacy Leadership Symposium, “Collective Responsibility: Engaging Families & Community,” on Tuesday, March 6, 2018 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The event will take place at the Bernhard Center on the Campus of Western Michigan University. Continue reading Mapp and Morrell Promote Early Literacy by Engaging Parents→
Written by Steve Seward, Associate Director, MASSP
“Teaching is complex work. You don’t have to be bad to get better!” Candi B. McKay
Regardless of age or role, we all deserve formative feedback for growth that is centered on clearly specified areas of focus and success criteria. Those that are most effective as leaders, in all educational capacities, consistently engage in the process inquiry through the gathering and gaining feedback for growth.
There are multiple ways to give and receive feedback and multiple uses of feedback. Most important is that feedback is provided based on a strengths-based approach. As John Hattie explains, “Feedback must be timely, relevant, and action-oriented”. The goal with formative feedback is to provide feedback that moves learning forward by causing the learner to think, and at the same time be the owner of their learning. Continue reading Observation and Formative Feedback: Best Practices→
“Be the change you wish to see in the world.” – Mahatma Ghandi
True Story. Every year (including this year), my intentions and optimism are sky high. I head into a school year thinking of projects, ideas, innovation and truly changing the face of education.
This year my summer ideas included student podcasting, mobile maker space, supporting aspiring administrators and continuing to transform learning spaces. Furthermore, I wanted to really spread our vision beyond our walls and into the community.
Sounds fantastic, right?
Then reality hits. I felt the weight of the world on my shoulders. Issues ranged from student discipline all the way to balancing a budget…and don’t get me started on evaluations!
Attention School Administrators: The Fall Literacy Leadership Symposium is here in Grand Rapids!
In March, Reading Now Network (RNN) hosted the West Michigan Early Literacy Leadership Symposium at Western Michigan University. More than 600 educators from 26 counties gathered to focus on literacy. Participants learned how to implement the RNN Five Key Findings and explored the Instructional and School-Wide Essential Practices. The urgency and excitement surrounding the RNN Five Key Findings has resulted in a fall Literacy Leadership Symposium aimed to energize and inspire building and district administrators. Continue reading Literacy Leadership Symposium is here in Grand Rapids!→
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→
On Thursday October 6, 2016, Gov. Snyder signed the Third Grade Reading Bill which is aimed at improving early literacy. This new legislation renews an energy and sense of urgency around literacy in Michigan.
“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.
Science teachers from Kent County and Southwest Michigan unite to show students that science is fun!
Teams 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,
The West Michigan Education Leadership Conference held at Kent Intermediate School District is an opportunity for area leaders to gather together to share and learn.
The first leadership conference was held last fall and there were over 150 leaders throughout the region in attendance. This conference allows educators to learn from one another and share strategies and programs that are demonstrating success. There are so many amazing things happening locally, we need a venue to collaborate.
Comments from last year include:
“It was a great conference! Every session I attended was truly a learning experience! Thank you so much for planning it!”
“This was a very good day. Thanks for all the hard work to pull this off. Looking forward to the next one!”