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Assessments 
Functional Behavior Assessment: Introduction & Going Deeper View offerings/not available icon
Students who exhibit consistent minor problem behaviors (10-15% of the school population) benefit from basic and less intrusive Functional Behavior Assessment procedures that may be conducted by someone other than an individual well-versed in behavioral principles. Practical FBA presents and applies the FBA technology for use by school personnel in a proactive manner.
Writing Three-Dimensional Assessments in Science View offerings/not available icon
Participants in this two-day series will examine assessment items that are Michigan Science Standard aligned, and will learn how to write assessments that are aligned the 3-dimensional vision of the Michigan Science Standards.
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.
Coaching Classroom Management View offerings/not available icon
This workshop is designed to help those who support or lead teachers close the gap between the ideal of research-based practices and the actual implementation of positive classroom management. Administrators will learn guidelines for setting expectations and assisting teachers in meeting them and consultants will learn how they can use the skills they already have to assist teachers in a non-evaluative context.
Functional Behavior Assessment: Introduction & Going Deeper View offerings/not available icon
Students who exhibit consistent minor problem behaviors (10-15% of the school population) benefit from basic and less intrusive Functional Behavior Assessment procedures that may be conducted by someone other than an individual well-versed in behavioral principles. Practical FBA presents and applies the FBA technology for use by school personnel in a proactive manner. Practical FBA is specifically designed for use with students that exhibit chronic problems that are not dangerous and have not be
Mindfulness In The Classroom View offerings/not available icon
Toxic stress is something that many students face on a daily basis. The effects of this stress on their behavior and learning can be profound. Mindfulness is a practice that has been used in classrooms across the world to allow students to learn the skill of managing stress, calming their thoughts, and focusing their brains. This workshop is designed to give participants an introduction to mindfulness and how it can be used in the classroom.
Restorative Classrooms View offerings/not available icon
Traditional approaches to discipline may outdated or ineffective. Restorative Practices seeks to support teachers in finding new ways that to approach student behavior. All participants will learn to understand Basic Restorative Practices as well as Restorative Justice philosophy. In addition, they will learn to facilitate community building and classroom circles, and engage in informal restorative conversation with students. Designed for teachers and administrators alike, the facilitators will
SEL 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
The Behavior Code View offerings/not available icon
This two-day series will provide the conceptual background for breaking the behavior code. Participants will leave with a systematic approach for deciphering causes and patterns of 4 types of difficult student challenges: Anxiety-Related; Oppositional, Withdrawn and Sexualized behavior. Participants will be able to match them with proven strategies that get students back on track.
Trauma Informed Classrooms View offerings/not available icon
In our classrooms today, we have a 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 beh
Planning Your K-12 Career Program View offerings/not available icon
There are many new requirements for schools to implement career programs. Who is responsible for this? How can you plan for a comprehensive K-12 approach where career programming becomes part of the culture of the district? Research shows that career readiness has positive effects on student motivation and learning when connections are made between school and the world outside school.
Careers/College/Counseling
Planning Your K-12 Career Program View offerings/not available icon
There are many new requirements for schools to implement career programs. Who is responsible for this? How can you plan for a comprehensive K-12 approach where career programming becomes part of the culture of the district? Research shows that career readiness has positive effects on student motivation and learning when connections are made between school and the world outside school.
+ Preparing Students for What's Next: PD for School Counselors 19/20-30 View offerings/not available icon
There are a variety of ways to prepare students for career and college. Participants will learn about ways to engage students in career exploration and career clusters, experience work-based learning from co-ops to apprenticeships, and develop the social-emotional skills needed for success no matter which path students take.
Early Childhood 

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Educational Technology 
Desmos: Increasing Student Engagement in Secondary Math View offerings/not available icon
You may have heard of Desmos, the free, online graphing calculator. You may not have heard about Desmos Activities and Lessons. Teachers can use Desmos to help students connect mathematical concepts to concrete, real-world contexts and visuals to help develop powerful mathematical concepts and to build procedural skills from these concepts. Come to this one-day series to build your own teacher account and learn how to find, select, and plan for Desmos Activities and Lessons.
Illuminate DnA Introductory Training Series View offerings/not available icon
KRESA will be hosting a series of introductory trainings for Illuminate DnA. These trainings will allow staff to: create and import assessments for pre/post use in Illuminate, & develop plans in line with district data needs to support all content areas. **Please note: There are multiple sessions available. Sessions are sorted by date. You may register for multiple trainings** Prerequisites: Please have an overview of Illuminate DnA platform when attending sessions other than Lead Teacher
English Language Arts 
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.
Explicit Instruction in the Classroom View offerings/not available icon
The purpose of this workshop is to engage in learning around explicit instruction cemented in evidence-based research. With the goal of promoting achievement for all students, participants will explore the tools to implement explicit instruction in any grade level or content area. This workshop will identify the guidelines for identifying key concepts, skills, and routines to teach; designing and delivering effective lessons; and giving students opportunities to practice and master new material.
Involving Teachers in the Walkthrough Process View offerings/not available icon
The purpose of this interactive workshop is to establish a school-wide process for embedding walkthroughs into the school culture to improve professional practices. The workshop will support the learners' understanding of teacher leadership in classroom walkthroughs , creating a culture that encourages walkthroughs, detailed components of walkthroughs, and strategies for getting teachers involved. Participants will create an implementation plan for embedding the walkthrough process for continuou
Literacy Action Network View offerings/not available icon
The Literacy Action Network will support the implementation of county-wide process reviews. This network will lead the work around creating Implementation Rubrics to establish look-fors and creating implementation plans for the School-Wide Practices collaboratively with district leadership to impact student achievement across the county.
Secondary Content Area Reading & Writing Strategies View offerings/not available icon
This professional learning opportunity will focus on strengthening the participants literacy knowledge. Participants will dig into the research, recommendations, and best practice strategies for providing content area reading instruction.
Strengthening Reading Instruction with the Essential Instructional Practices Grades 2-3 View offerings/not available icon
This professional learning opportunity invites participants to dig into the ten Essential Literacy Practices as they consider the research behind student motivation and engagement and small group instruction. In addition, participants will learn explicit instructional routines to support the implementation of the essential practices needed to impact student outcomes.
Strengthening Reading Instruction with the Essential Instructional Practices Grades 4-5 View offerings/not available icon
This professional learning opportunity invites participants to dig into the ten Essential Literacy Practices as they consider the research behind student motivation and engagement and small group instruction. In addition, participants will learn explicit instructional routines to support the implementation of the essential practices needed to impact student outcomes.
English Language Learners 

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Instructional Strategies 
Maximize Impact Through Instructional Coaching View offerings/not available icon
Calling all coaches! Unite for a new perspective on coaching led by the Kalamazoo RESA coaching staff, Deborah Boersma (Literacy) and Mary Burke (Science). Participants will build their capacity and maximize their impact by developing a structure for their coaching process. They will have the opportunity to create an instructional staircase to drive the coaching process.
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.
Planning Your K-12 Career Program View offerings/not available icon
Participants will work with an approach where the reliance is on the synergy of many people touching the career planning model in simple ways. Whether your district assigns this topic to Family and Consumer Science (FCS) teachers, counselors or other teachers, you will learn about many possibilities for infusing careers into each school building.
Leadership 
Developing a “Growth Mindset” Culture with Instructional Best Practices View offerings/not available icon
This 3 part series will center around the principal's role in the development of building systems to identify and support instructional best practices, instill a growth mindset with your staff, and embrace a collective philosophy of continuous improvement.
Greater Kalamazoo Alternative & Innovative Programs Network View offerings/not available icon
We invite you to join a cross-county network of administrators from Kalamazoo and surrounding counties to participate in networking, engage in relevant professional learning, and gain insight and awareness of other programming and resources available to you.  This FREE participant-directed professional development opportunity includes area administrators of innovative and alternative programs, and all are welcome to attend!
Guided School Improvement: Practical Planning for Effective Implementation View offerings/not available icon
This three-part series will provide participants the opportunity to develop and review strategies, tools and resources to enhance their school improvement processes. Sessions will provide updates on federal and state guidance and requirements; and engage school teams in data analysis, research investigation and collaborative action planning to support the continuous improvement process (These are 1/2 day sessions).
Involving Teachers in the Walkthrough Process View offerings/not available icon
The purpose of this interactive workshop is to establish a school-wide process for embedding walkthroughs into the school culture to improve professional practices. The workshop will support the learners' understanding of teacher leadership in classroom walkthroughs , creating a culture that encourages walkthroughs, detailed components of walkthroughs, and strategies for getting teachers involved. Participants will create an implementation plan for embedding the walkthrough process for continuou
Literacy Action Network View offerings/not available icon
The Literacy Action Network will support the implementation of county-wide process reviews. This network will lead the work around creating Implementation Rubrics to establish look-fors and creating implementation plans for the School-Wide Practices collaboratively with district leadership to impact student achievement across the county.
Maximizing Student Engagement by Embracing Data-Based Culture View offerings/not available icon
We looked at our data... now what? This session will include support around one of the foundational elements of a Multi- Tiered System of Support: effective data meetings. Learn how to increase student engagement and the effectiveness of interventions and support structures through the use of data dialogues and data protocols, triangulation of data to complete the picture, and the development of processes and systems that create and sustain student engagement, momentum, and (ultimately!) student
Principals of Southwest Michigan View offerings/not available icon
We invite you to connect with over 40 elementary and middle school principals in the KRESA area as we create a network that will enhance the experience our students and teachers receive in our region’s schools.
Providing Instructional Leadership in Science Education View offerings/not available icon
The MSS call for a change in instruction for Science educators. In this workshop administrators analyze 3-Dimensional Science instruction and identify what strategies need to be built into their Science programs to support student growth. Through the use of video administrators will look at best practice instruction and utilize tools to provide feedback around 3-Dimensional Science instruction.
Planning Your K-12 Career Program View offerings/not available icon
Participants will work with an approach where the reliance is on the synergy of many people touching the career planning model in simple ways. Whether your district assigns this topic to Family and Consumer Science (FCS) teachers, counselors or other teachers, you will learn about many possibilities for infusing careers into each school building.
Mathematics 
Desmos: Increasing Student Engagement & Understanding in Secondary Mathematics with Technology View offerings/not available icon
You may have heard of Desmos, the free, online graphing calculator. You may not have heard about Desmos Activities and Lessons. Teachers can use Desmos to help students connect mathematical concepts to concrete, real-world contexts and visuals to help develop powerful mathematical concepts and to build procedural skills from these concepts. Come to this one-day series to build your own teacher account and learn how to find, select, and plan for Desmos Activities and Lessons to help bring your se
Mathematical Routines to Cultivate Engagement & Understanding View offerings/not available icon
Do your secondary students struggle with mental math? Are you wondering how to engage ALL students in mathematical discourse? This series will focus on the use of the Contemplate Then Calculate mathematical routine to increase student engagement, develop student's understanding of mathematical structure, and establish a community of powerful doers of mathematics.We will explore how this particular routine can be adapted to meet the learning needs of your students as well as how to engage ALL stu
Conferring in the Elementary Mathematics Classroom: Responding to Student Thinking in the Moment View offerings/not available icon
Teachers confer in literacy to provide responsive, differentiated instruction. But what does it look like to confer in math? How can brief interactions make a difference in student thinking, engagement in math practices, and collaboration? We’ll examine conditions for conferring and its core components: eliciting, probing, and nudging student thinking. Using videos and transcripts of conferring, we’ll investigate five types of nudges that you can use to advance student thinking in the moment.
Professional Collaboration 
Planning Your K-12 Career Program View offerings/not available icon
Participants will work with an approach where the reliance is on the synergy of many people touching the career planning model in simple ways. Whether your district assigns this topic to Family and Consumer Science (FCS) teachers, counselors or other teachers, you will learn about many possibilities for infusing careers into each school building.
School Improvement 
Developing a “Growth Mindset” Culture with Instructional Best Practices View offerings/not available icon
This 3 part series will center around the principal's role in the development of building systems to identify and support instructional best practices, instill a growth mindset with your staff, and embrace a collective philosophy of continuous improvement.
Greater Kalamazoo Alternative & Innovative Programs Network View offerings/not available icon
We invite you to join a cross-county network of administrators from Kalamazoo and surrounding counties to participate in networking, engage in relevant professional learning, and gain insight and awareness of other programming and resources available to you.  This FREE participant-directed professional development opportunity includes area administrators of innovative and alternative programs, and all are welcome to attend!
Guided School Improvement: Practical Planning for Effective Implementation View offerings/not available icon
This three-part series will provide participants the opportunity to develop and review strategies, tools and resources to enhance their school improvement processes. Sessions will provide updates on federal and state guidance and requirements; and engage school teams in data analysis, research investigation and collaborative action planning to support the continuous improvement process (These are 1/2 day sessions).
Maximizing Student Engagement by Embracing Data-Based Culture View offerings/not available icon
We looked at our data... now what? This session will include support around one of the foundational elements of a Multi- Tiered System of Support: effective data meetings. Learn how to increase student engagement and the effectiveness of interventions and support structures through the use of data dialogues and data protocols, triangulation of data to complete the picture, and the development of processes and systems that create and sustain student engagement, momentum, and (ultimately!) student
Principals of Southwest Michigan View offerings/not available icon
We invite you to connect with over 40 elementary and middle school principals in the KRESA area as we create a network that will enhance the experience our students and teachers receive in our region’s schools.
Planning Your K-12 Career Program View offerings/not available icon
Participants will work with an approach where the reliance is on the synergy of many people touching the career planning model in simple ways. Whether your district assigns this topic to Family and Consumer Science (FCS) teachers, counselors or other teachers, you will learn about many possibilities for infusing careers into each school building.
Science
Leading the Charge in Science Education View offerings/not available icon
This series is designed for Science Leaders in their building/district. In this PD you will be digging into the skills it takes to lead change in your position. Analyzing what would be beneficial to supporting your school improvement goals and crafting an implementation and data analysis plan would be created.
Providing Instructional Leadership in Science Education View offerings/not available icon
The MSS call for a change in instruction for Science educators. In this workshop administrators analyze 3-Dimensional Science instruction and identify what strategies need to be built into their Science programs to support student growth. Through the use of video administrators will look at best practice instruction and utilize tools to provide feedback around 3-Dimensional Science instruction.
Writing Three-Dimensional Assessments in Science View offerings/not available icon
Participants in this two-day series will examine assessment items that are Michigan Science Standard aligned, and will learn how to write assessments that are aligned the 3-dimensional vision of the Michigan Science Standards.
Social Studies

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Special Education 
Assistive Technology Workshop View offerings/not available icon
Update your AT Tool Box! This workshop, hosted by the Kalamazoo County-Wide Assistive Technology Team, is designed to help special education professionals gather knowledge about the latest AT strategies and tools for the classroom. Participants in this one-day workshop will learn about AT in the IEP, SETT Framework, the SNAP Media lending library, the AT proposal process, and classroom tools.
STEM

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