• Professional Learning

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    If there is an offering that you would like offered within your district please review our in-district offerings and contact Amanda Coeur at 269-250-9221 for more information.

Assessments 
Developing Appropriate Assessments View offerings/not available icon
Participants will learn to develop assessments based on five key characteristics of an assessment: clear purpose, clear targets, assessment design, effective communication, and student involvement. Participants will learn to match targets to different types of assessments, as well as, successfully develop a new assessment.
Illluminate - Using Forms in Illuminate View offerings/not available icon
Participants will learn how to utilize Illuminate DnA features as a way to communicate data through forms. Pre-requirement: Helpful for participants to be familiar with custom reports.
Illuminate - Purposeful Action with Your Illuminate Data View offerings/not available icon
Participants will utilize pre-built Illuminate reports along with guiding questions to drive instructional action. Participants will select appropriate reports that best serve the needs of a Professional Learning Community and/or Collaborative Team.
Illuminate DnA for Beginners View offerings/not available icon
This professional learning session will familiarize new users to Illuminate DnA. The session will support the participant by learning how to access the system, create assessments, and utilize reports. Participants should bring a curriculum to help create an assessment.
Illuminate- DnA Key Contacts Meeting View offerings/not available icon
These regional meetings allow for district key contacts supporting Illuminate DnA to network, learn, and discuss the use of Illuminate DnA.
Illuminate DnA with your Curriculum View offerings/not available icon
This professional learning session will demonstrate how to use Illuminate DnA with your curriculum. Participants will create Flexible Assessments aligned to their current curriculum. Participants should bring a curriculum of their choice.
Illuminate DnA: Live Proctoring View offerings/not available icon
This professional learning will support participants in their understanding of the formative assessment process. Participants will become familiar with the connection of the formative assessment process and Illuminate DnA.
Illuminate DnA: The New Item Bank View offerings/not available icon
This professional learning session will support users of Illuminate DnA in their creation of Item Bank Assessments and creating items for the Item Bank Assessment.
Behavioral Support and School Climate 
CHAMPS K-12 View offerings/not available icon
CHAMPS is a positive and proactive classroom management approach that provides teachers with tools to clearly structure each part of their day. Participants will learn how to define clear expectations for students and teach those at for each new routine. They are also provided tools to address motivation issues and chronic misbehavior.
Culturally Responsive & Restorative Practices View offerings/not available icon
We often talk about Restorative Practices and Culturally Responsive Practices as two very separate tool kits used to support our students in their learning and engagement. This workshop is designed to introduce you to the core concepts of Restorative Practices and Culturally Responsive Practices while helping participants integrate these toolkits for optimal success with students. Together these practices can help educators build an environment that centers the humanity and needs of all in the s
DEI and Implicit Bias in Education View offerings/not available icon
This interactive workshop will help us look below the surface to understand how the stories we have about ourselves, our communities, and our students or clients came to be; how they influence our actions and inaction; and how we can hone our own awareness of our conscious and unconscious motivations to provide services that will result in more equitable outcomes. Regardless of the demographics of your students or clients, understanding the core values aligned with DEI and the potential impact o
SEL & PBIS View offerings/not available icon
What would it look like to have a unified approach to schoolwide support that creates clear expectations for all students and teaches students Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) skills? This workshop focuses on taking the systematic approaches of Positive Behavior Supports and integrating SEL elements. Participants will understand how to structure schoolwide supports that involve SEL skills such as self-awareness, self management, and responsible decision making as well as others.
Social Emotional Learning In The Classroom View offerings/not available icon
Social and emotional learning (SEL) is an initiative that helps support a well-rounded education that teaches to the whole child. Teachers are working to help develop student skills such as self-awareness, self-management, and decision making. This workshop will help participants understand what it means to create classrooms and schools that focus on the development of the whole child using evidence-based programs and supportive environments. Participants will understand that incorporating SEL s
Trauma Informed Classrooms View offerings/not available icon
In our classrooms today, we have an unprecedented challenge in working with the impacts of trauma. This workshop is designed to not only address the question of How does trauma impact the brain, but also help educators understand What Now? Participants will understand what the characteristics of a Trauma Informed School are and how they can effectively bring practices into the classroom. The workshop will assist participants to self-reflection and stress management to allow them to respond to b
Youth Voice Toolkit View offerings/not available icon
Creating a space where students feel a sense of belonging and community is important. As educators, we already find ways to create this space in many ways. And, giving students opportunities to use their voice and provide input into what happens in their classroom or building is a powerful way to bring students together as a community. This workshop will introduce participants to a deeper understanding of what youth voice can look like, why it benefits students and educators alike, and how you
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Educational Technology 
Developing Appropriate Assessments View offerings/not available icon
Participants will learn to develop assessments based on five key characteristics of an assessment: clear purpose, clear targets, assessment design, effective communication, and student involvement. Participants will learn to match targets to different types of assessments, as well as, successfully develop a new assessment.
Illluminate - Using Forms in Illuminate View offerings/not available icon
Participants will learn how to utilize Illuminate DnA features as a way to communicate data through forms. Pre-requirement: Helpful for participants to be familiar with custom reports.
Illuminate - Purposeful Action with Your Illuminate Data View offerings/not available icon
Participants will utilize pre-built Illuminate reports along with guiding questions to drive instructional action. Participants will select appropriate reports that best serve the needs of a Professional Learning Community and/or Collaborative Team.
Illuminate DnA for Beginners View offerings/not available icon
This professional learning session will familiarize new users to Illuminate DnA. The session will support the participant by learning how to access the system, create assessments, and utilize reports. Participants should bring a curriculum to help create an assessment.
Illuminate- DnA Key Contacts Meeting View offerings/not available icon
These regional meetings allow for district key contacts supporting Illuminate DnA to network, learn, and discuss the use of Illuminate DnA.
Illuminate DnA with your Curriculum View offerings/not available icon
This professional learning session will demonstrate how to use Illuminate DnA with your curriculum. Participants will create Flexible Assessments aligned to their current curriculum. Participants should bring a curriculum of their choice.
Illuminate DnA: Live Proctoring View offerings/not available icon
This professional learning will support participants in their understanding of the formative assessment process. Participants will become familiar with the connection of the formative assessment process and Illuminate DnA.
Illuminate DnA: The New Item Bank View offerings/not available icon
This professional learning session will support users of Illuminate DnA in their creation of Item Bank Assessments and creating items for the Item Bank Assessment.
English Language Arts 
Effective Writing Instruction in the K-3 Classroom View offerings/not available icon
The purpose of this workshop is for educators to learn evidence based instructional routines and strategies aligned with the Common Core State standards (CCSS), The Simple View of Writing and the Essential Instructional Practices to successfully implement the foundational writing skills and the writing process. Content is built upon the instructional shifts and increased expectations of the CCSS. Teachers will be actively engaged in the writing process, create rubrics based on the CCSS and learn
Differentiated Reading Instruction View offerings/not available icon
Providing differentiated reading instruction can be a challenge for all teachers at some point. Identifying student needs, planning for various groups, and scheduling it all can seem overwhelming. In this resource, each component reading is addressed phonological awareness, phonics/word recognition, fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension.
Empowering Educators to Implement Evidence Based Reading Strategies (K-1) View offerings/not available icon
Learning to read is a complex and multifaceted process. This interactive session will break down the critical components of the reading process into instructional moves and provide time to connect the learning to your literacy block. Educators will review the key elements of explicit. systematic instruction and understand how to maximize their instructional minutes to create a classroom of readers
English Language Learners 

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Instructional Strategies 
Introduction to Essential Instructional Practices in Disciplinary Literacy for 6-12 Classrooms View offerings/not available icon
Join us in an overview and unpacking the ten sets of research-supported instructional practices that have been shown to increase student achievement and/or engagement with academic literacies. This learning will focus on the Essential Practices for Disciplinary Literacy Instruction in the secondary classroom, while cross walking into the Practices for Literacy within the content areas of English Language Arts, Science, Social Studies, and Mathematics. For 3-8 member teams from each school made
Maximize Impact Through Instructional Coaching View offerings/not available icon
This eight-part professional learning opportunity invites you to Unite for a new perspective on coaching led by the Kalamazoo RESA coaching staff, Deborah Boersma(Literacy) and Mary Burke(Science). This training will be a book study around Jill Jackson's text~ How to Coach Teachers to Teach Almost Anything Participants will build their capacity and maximize their impact by developing a structure for their coaching process.
Maximize Impact: Fine Tuning Your Practice - Advanced Course View offerings/not available icon
This professional learning opportunity will allow coaches to enhance their coaching skills, collaborate with others, and learn methods to support a virtual learning environment. This interactive training will take place virtually through three one-hour sessions. Instructional coaches will implement a coaching wellness check on their current practices to identify areas of success and well as identify areas to improve. Instructional coaches will enhance their repertoire of coaching skills through
New Teacher: New Job or New District: Now What? View offerings/not available icon
First time teacher or experienced teacher in a new district? This asynchronous and synchronous professional learning is designed to support your integration into your new role. From analyzing best practice instructional strategies and your evaluation tool you will develop, implement, and reflect on how these strategies impact student learning. There will be additional sessions for Early Childhood, Special Education and CTE Educators.
Productive Talk: A Key to Engagement in the Classroom View offerings/not available icon
Talking is integral to human learning. How can we routinely support students in �sense-making� talk to help them work through their understanding. In this professional development course teachers in all content areas will develop a plan for creating a culture of productive talk in their classroom. They will learn about the four goals surrounding productive talk and plan for how they will facilitate productive talk and how to engage students in productive talk.
Leadership 
GKAIPN Leadership Meetings View offerings/not available icon
Monthly 2 hour meetings at various locations. This cross-county regional network was formed as an avenue for communication and collaboration among principals/directors/administrators of programs similar to yours. It is very informal, free of charge, and the group defines the agenda and the focus for each meeting. Our goal is for each meeting to include some professional learning, some sharing of success stories or program overview, and time for networking and collaboration around topics that ar
Illuminate- DnA Key Contacts Meeting View offerings/not available icon
These regional meetings allow for district key contacts supporting Illuminate DnA to network, learn, and discuss the use of Illuminate DnA.
Regional State and Federal Grant Support Series View offerings/not available icon
The three-part series will provide district leaders with updates, training and supports to align continuous improvement processes and structures with federal and state requirements;
SWMIPALS View offerings/not available icon
Bi Monthly 3 hour meetings at various locations. This cross-county regional network was formed as an avenue for communication and collaboration among administrators in elementary and middle school programs. It is very informal, free of charge, and the group defines the agenda and the focus for each meeting. Our goal is for each meeting to include some professional learning, some sharing of success stories or program overview, and time for networking and collaboration around topics that are rele
The Art of Leadership - Empowering Teacher Leaders View offerings/not available icon
In this professional learning series teacher leaders will develop their leadership skills to support evidence based practices and lead their grade levels, departments, building , and/or district in continuous improvement to ensure student growth.
Mathematics 
Early Math Essentials View offerings/not available icon
This session will give teachers the opportunity to explore the Early Math Essentials modules that are begin developed by the GELN Early Math Task Force.
Effective Mathematics Teaching Practices View offerings/not available icon
This session will give teachers the opportunity to explore the Common Core Standards for Mathematical Practice as well as the Effective Mathematics Teaching Practices that are outlined in the book Principles to Actions. We will also make connections between these concepts and how these can be applied to your current curriculum and classroom instruction.
Effective Secondary Mathematics Teaching Practices View offerings/not available icon
This session will give teachers the opportunity to explore the Common Core Standards for Mathematical Practice as well as the Effective Mathematics Teaching Practices that are outlined in the book Principles to Actions. We will also make connections between these concepts and how these can be applied to your current curriculum and classroom instruction.
Formative Assessment in Mathematics View offerings/not available icon
This session will support participants with understanding the full scope of the formative assessment process: developing learning targets and succes criteria, eliciting evidence of student learning, interpreting the evidence, providing actionable feedback, and planning for instructional next steps. We will also explore formative assessment as an essential element of culturally responsive teaching.
Ignite Mathematics Using Number Sense Routines View offerings/not available icon
This two-part series will explore the concept of number sense and how the Standards for Mathematical Practice and the Effective Teaching Practices can be used to help students develop number sense. Teachers will leave with a repertoire of number sense routines to embed within their math block to ensure students have opportunities to enhance their conceptual understanding of numbers.
Professional Collaboration 
GKAIPN Leadership Meetings View offerings/not available icon
This cross-county regional network was formed as an avenue for communication and collaboration among principals/directors/administrators of programs similar to yours. It is very informal, free of charge, and the group defines the agenda and the focus for each meeting. Our goal is for each meeting to include some professional learning, some sharing of success stories or program overview, and time for networking and collaboration around topics that are relevant to the group. These are bi-monthly
Illuminate- DnA Key Contacts Meeting View offerings/not available icon
These regional meetings allow for district key contacts supporting Illuminate DnA to network, learn, and discuss the use of Illuminate DnA.
Principals of Southwest Michigan (SWMIPALS) View offerings/not available icon
Bi Monthly 3 hour meetings virtual meetings. This cross-county regional network was formed as an avenue for communication and collaboration among administrators in elementary and middle school programs. It is very informal, free of charge, and the group defines the agenda and the focus for each meeting. Our goal is for each meeting to include some professional learning, some sharing of success stories or program overview, and time for networking and collaboration around topics that are relevant
Regional State & Federal Grant Support Series View offerings/not available icon
The three-part series will provide district leaders with updates, training and supports to align continuous improvement processes and structures with federal and state requirements.
School Improvement 
Principals of Southwest Michigan (SWMIPALS) View offerings/not available icon
Bi Monthly 3 hour meetings virtual meetings. This cross-county regional network was formed as an avenue for communication and collaboration among administrators in elementary and middle school programs. It is very informal, free of charge, and the group defines the agenda and the focus for each meeting. Our goal is for each meeting to include some professional learning, some sharing of success stories or program overview, and time for networking and collaboration around topics that are relevant
Regional State and Federal Grant Support Series View offerings/not available icon
The three-part series will provide district leaders with updates, training and supports to align continuous improvement processes and structures with federal and state requirements;
Science
Implementing the Science and Engineering Practices View offerings/not available icon
The Science and Engineering Practices are one dimension to the new three dimensional view of Science instruction. In this professional learning dig into the practices and tools that support their implementation into the classroom.
Social Studies

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Special Education 

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STEM

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