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Assessments

Essential Practices Within Assessment and Observation (Grades K-3) view course/not available icon
This workshop will engage educators in the essential practices of assessment and observation. Educators will gain greater knowledge of the purpose of assessment, using assessments to inform instruction and why we prioritize observation during reading and writing.
I've DIBEL'D Now What? view course/not available icon
This workshop will help educators in making data driven decisions through the use of the DIBELS Next reports, establish effective small groups and understand what essential strategies to implement to address the needs of students.
Writing Quality NGSS Assessments view course/not available icon
New standards, new instruction, now what about assessment? Participants in this series will examine assessment items that are Michigan Science Standards aligned. They will learn how to write assessments that are aligned with the 3-Dimensional vision of the Michigan Science Standards.
Behavioral Support and School Climate 
Active Participation: Elementary view course/not available icon
One of the most fundamental and powerfully effective strategies a teacher can use to increase student achievement is the eliciting of frequent student responses. This workshop will show you how to elicit frequent responses and how to use different strategies that will maximize student engagement. Learn how to engage all students in your classroom, from star performers to struggling students. Dr. Anita Archer's Active Participation series will serve as the basis for workshop content.
Active Participation: Secondary view course/not available icon
One of the most fundamental and powerfully effective strategies a teacher can use to increase student achievement is the eliciting of frequent student responses. This workshop will show you how to elicit frequent responses and how to use different strategies that will maximize student engagement. Learn how to engage all students in your classroom, from star performers to struggling students. Dr. Anita Archer's Active Participation series will serve as the basis for workshop content.
CHAMPS Elementary view course/not available icon
Do you have students talking at the wrong times about the wrong things? Are you wondering why some students just don't know how to get attention the right way? 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 for each new routine. They are also provided tools to address motivation issues and chronic misbehavior.
CHAMPS K-12 view course/not available icon
Do you have students talking at the wrong times about the wrong things? Are you wondering why some students just don't know how to get attention the right way? 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 for each new routine. They are also provided tools to address motivation issues and chronic misbehavior.
Check-In, Check-Out view course/not available icon
Check-in, Check-out (CICO) is a pro-active and evidence-based tier two intervention that can be used with a variety of students. It is a system of checking in with students multiple times during the day that allows them to get consistent feedback on their behavior from a variety of staff members. Participants will be trained in understanding what CICO is, and how it can benefits students. They will also be provided with tools that can be used in creating a complete CICO implementation plan.
Classroom Systems for Learning K-12 view course/not available icon
In this workshop, participants will learn the small details that an effective classroom teacher needs to have in place in order to allow classroom management to be something that runs efficiently on a daily basis. The session will include time for participants to work and plan.
Coaching Classroom Management K-12 view course/not available icon
This workshop will help those who support or lead teachers to 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. In order to develop great teachers, coaching is an essential element.
Paraprofessional Power: Making the Most of Your Role as a Para-Educator view course/not available icon
This series provides essential tools for management and instruction for paraprofessionals in all grades. The two sessions will focus on strategies for diverse learners, as well as student engagement techniques. On day one, paras will learn how to support all students, and ensure alignment with classroom teachers. The second day includes specific areas of mathematics and language arts. Participants will be provided with discussion time, as well as time to learn specific strategies.
Powerful Practices for New Teacher Success view course/not available icon
This professional development course is designed to support new teachers as they begin their career in education. Topics will include; designing a classroom management system where students and teachers have a critical role, creating a culture for learning, engaging students in the learning process, teaching diverse learners and implementing best practice instructional strategies.
Practical FBA: K-12 view course/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.
Relationships Matter: Transform Classrooms One Student at a Time view course/not available icon
Student relationships are a critical element of success. As teachers develop their strategies for managing student behavior, developing tools to build student relationships is an important aspect to consider. In this workshop, teachers will be given clear and explicit strategies to build student relationships. From simple things like greeting students at the door to building opportunities for classwide celebrations, teachers will have concrete tools to implement.
Teaching Tough Kids Effectively K-12 view course/not available icon
Constant and intense aggression, arguing, tantrums, noncompliance and poor academic progress--these are characteristics of the Tough Kid. Tough Kids are a challenge, but you can use proactive, positive techniques to manage and motivate them. Effective management helps Tough Kids succeed in school, and makes life in the classroom easier for the other students.
Working with Under-Resourced Learners K-12 view course/not available icon
This workshop will help you to better understand the culture of poverty and how it influences values and behavior, as well as ways to connect with students and their families in a meaningful and effective way. You'll learn about strategies and interventions that work best given available resources, increase support systems for all students and their families and strategies for managing behavior.
Early Childhood
Essential Instructional Practices/Strengthening Reading Instruction - PreK view course/not available icon
This two-day series invites participants to dig into the Ten Essential Literacy Instructional Practices as they look into 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 instructional practices needed to impact student outcomes.
Strengthening Preschool Mathematics Instruction view course/not available icon
Through this workshop, early childhood educators will learn about the importance and predictive power of mathematics in the early childhood setting. The workshop will cover the big ideas in mathematics education, as well as how learning trajectories play an integral role in guiding instruction. Educators will have the opportunity to learn and practice high-quality routines that will allow participants to create opportunities for significant mathematical learning in early childhood classrooms.
Educational Technology
P.L.A.Y.D.A.T.E. of MI view course/not available icon
Every connected educator knows there are more tools than anyone has time to explore. Come play with digital tools around smart friends and colleagues!
English Language Arts 
Building a Strong Foundation for Reading Instruction (Grades K-3) view course/not available icon
The purpose of this workshop is for educators to deepen their understanding of the critical foundational reading skills. Educators will learn effective instructional routines and strategies to teach these critical skills, and how to differentiate the implementation of these routines within whole group and small group instruction. Data will be utilized to help identify individual student and core instructional needs. Finally, the method of delivery for these instructional routines and strategies
Empowering Struggling Readers and Writers (Grades 9-12) view course/not available icon
The purpose of this one-day workshop is to review tier one instruction, while addressing the incorporation of tier two supports for struggling learners in the areas of reading and writing. Teachers will analyze the critical attributes needed to teach reading and writing within tier one instruction, and review research-validated scaffolds to support struggling readers and writers.
Essential Instructional Practices/Strengthening Reading Instruction (Grades 2-3). view course/not available icon
This two-day series invites participants to dig into the Ten Essential Literacy Instructional Practices as they look into 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 instructional practices needed to impact student outcomes.
Essential Instructional Practices/Strengthening Reading Instruction (K-1) view course/not available icon
This two-day series invites participants to dig into the Ten Essential Literacy Instructional Practices as they look into 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 instructional practices needed to impact student outcomes.
Essential Instructional Practices/Strengthening Reading Instruction (PreK) view course/not available icon
This two-day series invites participants to dig into the Ten Essential Literacy Instructional Practices as they look into 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 instructional practices needed to impact student outcomes.
Essential Practices Within Assessment and Observation (Grades K-3) view course/not available icon
This workshop will engage educators in the essential practices of assessment and observation. Educators will gain greater knowledge of the purpose of assessment, using assessments to inform instruction and why we prioritize observation during reading and writing.
How to Get Kids to Write About What They Have Read (Grades 2-3) view course/not available icon
Educators will deepen their understanding of the Essential Literacy Instructional Practice in this one-day workshop. Participants will learn to implement instructional routines and strategies aligned with research to successfully impact student writing achievement within the foundational writing skills.
How to Get Kids to Write About What They Have Read (Grades K-1) 17/18-307 view course/not available icon
The purpose of this interactive workshop is for educators to implement instructional routines and strategies aligned with Essential Instructional Practices to successfully impact student writing achievement within the foundational writing skills. Teachers will be actively engaged in lesson planning using the writing process to get students to write about what they have read.
How to Get Kids to Write About What They Have Read (Grades 4-5) view course/not available icon
The purpose of this interactive workshop is for educators to implement instructional routines and strategies aligned with Essential Instructional Practices to successfully impact student writing achievement within the foundational writing skills. Teachers will be actively engaged in lesson planning using the writing process to get students to write about complex text.
How to Teach Students to Think Critically About Text (Grades 2-5) view course/not available icon
This professional development workshop is built upon the critical reading and writing skills called for in the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). Throughout the day, educators will deepen their understanding around comprehension and vocabulary as a way to help students think critically and respond to higher order questions. Educators will be provided with a deep understanding to help students become well-versed readers, writers and thinkers!
I've DIBEL'D Now What? view course/not available icon
This workshop will help educators in making data driven decisions through the use of the DIBELS Next reports, establish effective small groups and understand what essential strategies to implement to address the needs of students.
Instructional Coaches - Making it Better, Together! view course/not available icon
In this interactive session, coaches will deepen their understanding of the CCSS and the instructional shifts, ELA instructional routines and research-validated recommendations necessary to increase the instructional capacity of educators. The session will discuss current best practices for addressing multiple needs within a building through planning, as well as best practices when handling critical conversations with staff members.
Literacy Leaders - Coaching Meetings view course/not available icon
Coaches and literacy leaders will establish a learning continuum of the Essential Instructional Practices, coaching systems and data collection tools in this monthly meeting. Participants will celebrate and problem solve around strengths and challenges within their school community, and develop an action plan and next steps within the next learning cycle.
Making Small Group Instruction Work! (Grades K-5) view course/not available icon
This professional development opportunity will support educators in structuring effective small group instruction, and establishing appropriate independent activities. Educators will learn a variety of essential strategies including how to create flexible groups and differentiating instruction based on students' needs.
Planting the Literacy Seeds in Science! (Grades 3-5) view course/not available icon
Participants will engage in the Science and Engineering Practices and Crosscutting Concepts while incorporating ELA based strategies to support critical thinking and evidence based writing. During this workshop, participants will make connections with the Essential Instructional Practices in Literacy. A personalized instructional plan will be developed during this session for teachers to take back into their classrooms.
Tackling Complex Text (Grades 6-8) view course/not available icon
The purpose of this one-day workshop is to provide teachers with research-validated instructional strategies that will support students' ability to unlock comprehension of complex text. Teachers will increase their knowledge in what makes text complex, discuss key areas of student break-downs in comprehending complex text and identify strategies that will support student success.
English Language Learners 
Active Participation: Elementary view course/not available icon
One of the most fundamental and powerfully effective strategies a teacher can use to increase student achievement is the eliciting of frequent student responses. This workshop will show you how to elicit frequent responses and how to use different strategies that will maximize student engagement. Learn how to engage all students in your classroom, from star performers to struggling students. Dr. Anita Archer's Active Participation series will serve as the basis for workshop content.
Active Participation: Secondary view course/not available icon
One of the most fundamental and powerfully effective strategies a teacher can use to increase student achievement is the eliciting of frequent student responses. This workshop will show you how to elicit frequent responses and how to use different strategies that will maximize student engagement. Learn how to engage all students in your classroom, from star performers to struggling students. Dr. Anita Archer's Active Participation series will serve as the basis for workshop content.
Essential Instructional Practices/Strengthening Reading Instruction (PreK) view course/not available icon
This two-day series invites participants to dig into the Ten Essential Literacy Instructional Practices as they look into 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 instructional practices needed to impact student outcomes.
Essential Instructional Practices/Strengthening Reading Instruction (Grades K-1) view course/not available icon
This two-day series invites participants to dig into the Ten Essential Literacy Instructional Practices as they look into 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 instructional practices needed to impact student outcomes.
Essential Instructional Practices/Strengthening Reading Instruction (Grades 2-3) view course/not available icon
This two-day series invites participants to dig into the Ten Essential Literacy Instructional Practices as they look into 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 instructional practices needed to impact student outcomes.
Building a Strong Foundation for Reading Instruction (Grades K-3) view course/not available icon
The purpose of this workshop is for educators to deepen their understanding of the critical foundational reading skills. Educators will learn effective instructional routines and strategies to teach these critical skills, and how to differentiate the implementation of these routines within whole group and small group instruction. Data will be utilized to help identify individual student and core instructional needs.
How to Get Kids to Write About What They Have Read (Grades K-1) 17/18-307 view course/not available icon
The purpose of this interactive workshop is for educators to implement instructional routines and strategies aligned with Essential Instructional Practices to successfully impact student writing achievement within the foundational writing skills. Teachers will be actively engaged in lesson planning using the writing process to get students to write about what they have read.
Instructional Strategies 
Active Participation: Elementary view course/not available icon
One of the most fundamental and powerfully effective strategies a teacher can use to increase student achievement is the eliciting of frequent student responses. This workshop will show you how to elicit frequent responses and how to use different strategies that will maximize student engagement. Learn how to engage all students in your classroom, from star performers to struggling students. Dr. Anita Archer's Active Participation series will serve as the basis for workshop content.
Active Participation: Secondary view course/not available icon
One of the most fundamental and powerfully effective strategies a teacher can use to increase student achievement is the eliciting of frequent student responses. This workshop will show you how to elicit frequent responses and how to use different strategies that will maximize student engagement. Learn how to engage all students in your classroom, from star performers to struggling students. Dr. Anita Archer's Active Participation series will serve as the basis for workshop content.
Paraprofessional Power: Making the Most of Your Role as a Para-Educator view course/not available icon
This series provides essential tools for management and instruction for paraprofessionals in all grades. The two sessions will focus on strategies for diverse learners, as well as student engagement techniques. On day one, paras will learn how to support all students and ensure alignment with classroom teachers. The second day includes specific areas of mathematics and language arts. Participants will be provided with discussion time, as well as time to learn specific strategies.
Powerful Practices for New Teacher Success view course/not available icon
This professional development course is designed to support new teachers as they begin their career in education. Topics will include; designing a classroom management system where students and teachers have a critical role, creating a culture for learning, engaging students in the learning process, teaching diverse learners and implementing best practice instructional strategies.
Working with Under-Resourced Learners (Grades K-12) view course/not available icon
This workshop will help you to better understand the culture of poverty and how it influences values and behavior as well as ways to connect with students and their families in a meaningful and effective way. You'll learn about strategies and interventions that work best given available resources, increase support systems for all students and their families and strategies for managing behavior.
Essential Instructional Practices/Strengthening Reading Instruction (PreK) view course/not available icon
This two-day series invites participants to dig into the Ten Essential Literacy Instructional Practices as they look into 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 instructional practices needed to impact student outcomes.
Essential Instructional Practices/Strengthening Reading Instruction (Grades K-1) view course/not available icon
This two-day series invites participants to dig into the Ten Essential Literacy Instructional Practices as they look into 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 instructional practices needed to impact student outcomes.
Essential Instructional Practices/Strengthening Reading Instruction (Grades 2-3) view course/not available icon
This two-day series invites participants to dig into the Ten Essential Literacy Instructional Practices as they look into 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 instructional practices needed to impact student outcomes.
Building a Strong Foundation for Reading Instruction (Grades K-3) view course/not available icon
The purpose of this workshop is for educators to deepen their understanding of the critical foundational reading skills. Educators will learn effective instructional routines and strategies to teach these critical skills and how to differentiate the implementation of these routines within whole group and small group instruction. Data will be utilized to help identify individual student and core instructional needs.
Empowering Struggling Readers and Writers (Grades 9-12) view course/not available icon
The purpose of this one-day workshop is to review tier one instruction, while addressing the incorporation of tier two supports for struggling learners in the areas of reading and writing. Teachers will analyze the critical attributes needed to teach reading and writing within tier one instruction, and review research-validated scaffolds to support struggling readers and writers.
Essential Practices Within Assessment and Observation (Grades K-3) view course/not available icon
This workshop will engage educators in the essential practices of assessment and observation. Educators will gain greater knowledge of the purpose of assessment, using assessment to inform instruction and why we prioritize observation during reading and writing.
How to Get Kids to Write About What They Have Read (Grades K-1) 17/18-307 view course/not available icon
The purpose of this interactive workshop is for educators to implement instructional routines and strategies aligned with Essential Instructional Practices to successfully impact student writing achievement within the foundational writing skills. Teachers will be actively engaged in lesson planning using the writing process to get students to write about what they have read.
How to Get Kids to Write About What They Have Read (Grades 2-3) view course/not available icon
Educators will deepen their understanding of the Essential Literacy Instructional Practice in this one-day workshop. Participants will learn to implement instructional routines and strategies aligned with research to successfully impact student writing achievement within the foundational writing skills.
How to Get Kids to Write About What They Have Read (Grades 4-5) view course/not available icon
The purpose of this interactive workshop is for educators to implement instructional routines and strategies aligned with Essential Instructional Practices to successfully impact student writing achievement within the foundational writing skills. Teachers will be actively engaged in lesson planning using the writing process to get students to write about complex text.
How to Teach Students to Think Critically About Text (Grades 2-5) view course/not available icon
This professional development workshop is built upon the critical reading and writing skills called for in the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). Thinking critically about a text requires students to evaluate information and ideas presented in the text. Throughout the day, educators will deepen their understanding around comprehension and vocabulary as a way to help students think critically and respond to higher order questions.
I've DIBEL'D Now What? view course/not available icon
This workshop will help educators in making data driven decisions through the use of the DIBELS Next reports, establish effective small groups and understand what essential strategies to implement to address the needs of students.
Instructional Coaches - Making it Better, Together! view course/not available icon
In this interactive session, coaches will deepen their understanding of the CCSS and the instructional shifts, ELA instructional routines and research-validated recommendations necessary to increase the instructional capacity of educators. The session will discuss current best practices for addressing multiple needs within a building through planning, as well as best practices when handling critical conversations with staff members.
Literacy Leaders - Coaching Meetings view course/not available icon
Coaches and literacy leaders will establish a learning continuum of the Essential Instructional Practices, coaching systems and data collection tools in this monthly meeting. Participants will celebrate and problem solve around strengths and challenges within their school community, and develop an action plan and next steps within the next learning cycle.
Making Small Group Instruction Work! (Grades K-5) view course/not available icon
This professional development opportunity will support educators in structuring effective small group instruction, and establishing appropriate independent activities. Educators will learn a variety of essential strategies including how to create flexible groups and differentiating instruction based on students' needs.
Planting the Literacy Seeds in Science! (Grades 3-5) view course/not available icon
Participants will engage in the Science and Engineering Practices and Crosscutting Concepts while incorporating ELA based strategies to support critical thinking and evidence based writing. During this workshop, participants will make connections with the Essential Instructional Practices in Literacy. A personalized instructional plan will be developed during this session for teachers to take back into their classrooms.
Tackling Complex Text (Grade 6-8) view course/not available icon
The purpose of this one-day workshop is to provide teachers with research-validated instructional strategies that will support students' ability to unlock comprehension of complex text. Teachers will increase their knowledge in what makes text complex, discuss key areas of student break-downs in comprehending complex text and identify strategies that will support student success.
Differentiated, High-Impact CORE Math Instruction view course/not available icon
Are you looking for more ways to differentiate your instruction? Do you feel stuck when it comes to having resources and strategies to meet the needs of your students? Come to this two-day session to learn about and practice PLANNING for differentiated instruction and USING differentiated instruction in your core math lessons to close learning gaps. We will explore and practice with understanding and responding to your students' learning differences using concrete strategies and tools.
I'm "Nspired," Now What? Using Tl-Nspires in the Math Classroom view course/not available icon
This 5-day series is designed to jump-start your planning to incorporate regular use of your Nspires throughout your math curriculum. In using Nspires as part of your core instruction, you will increase student access to and engagement in mathematics for your reluctant learners. We will explore how technology helps to connect multiple representations, and provide access to help all students gain deeper conceptual understanding of mathematics.
Integration: Making the Math & Science Connection view course/not available icon
New Michigan Science Standards, now what? How do I find the time to teach Science? This workshop will focus on connecting the Michigan Mathematics Standards with the Michigan Science Standards for efficient and effective instruction. If you teach Math, Science or both, this professional development is for you. Participants will leave ready to implement strategies that integrate Math and Science, and provide deeper learning for their students.
Planning & Supporting Productive Math Talk view course/not available icon
This two-day series features strategies for increasing student discourse and establishing classroom structures to support reluctant learners. Educators will leave with an understanding of the critical components of the Five Practices for Orchestrating Productive Mathematical Discourse, (Smith & Stein, 2011) as well as ready to use instructional strategies and tools.
Strengthening Preschool Mathematics Instruction view course/not available icon
Through this workshop, early childhood educators will learn about the importance and predictive power of mathematics in the early childhood setting. The workshop will cover the big ideas in mathematics education, as well as how learning trajectories play an integral role in guiding instruction. Educators will have the opportunity to learn and practice high-quality routines that will allow participants to create opportunities for significant mathematical learning in early childhood classrooms.
Student Engagement in Mathematics view course/not available icon
This session will focus on developing students' agency, authority and identity as mathematicians through routines, structures and high cognitive demand tasks. You will experience, plan, implement and reflect on specific instructional strategies that are designed to increase access to mathematical content for all students.
Teaching with Eureka Math for the First Time view course/not available icon
This two-day session focuses on supporting new users of the Eureka Math program. Day one will include a general overview of the curricular materials and a guided walkthrough of a module. Day two focuses on solving Application Problems and developing a better understanding of Fluency Practice. You will extensively practice solving application problems with math drawings and tape diagrams completing problems specific to each grade level.
Planting the Literacy Seeds in Science! (Grades 3-5) view course/not available icon
Participants will engage in the Science and Engineering Practices and Crosscutting Concepts while incorporating ELA based strategies to support critical thinking and evidence based writing. During this workshop, participants will make connections with the Essential Instructional Practices in Literacy. A personalized instructional plan will be developed during this session for teachers to take back into their classrooms.
Leadership 
Guided School Improvement: Practical Planning for Effective Implementation view course/not available icon
This four-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).
It's All In the Processes: Data Digs and Deliberation in Building a Comprehensive Needs Assessment view course/not available icon
This workshop training will engage participants in data digs and deliberation of four types of data; and utilize new features and updates of MI School Data to analyze school processes, gaps and outcomes. This session will provide resources and tools to examine school/district systems to support building a comprehensive analysis of needs and challenges for continuous improvement.
Navigating the Improvement Process through Monitoring & Evaluation view course/not available icon
This workshop training will provide participants the opportunity to evaluate the implementation and impact of strategies and activities in their school improvement plans; engage in actionable planning (Planning with the end in mind) and examine Drivers for Effective Implementation. An optional afternoon work session will provide school teams the opportunity to collaborate and receive technical assistance demonstrating evidence of learning.
Peer Review Processes for School Improvement view course/not available icon
This session will focus on peer collaboration and technical assistance for school teams. Technical assistance will provide school teams tools, guidance and feedback on school improvement plans, diagnostics and reporting requirements.
School Improvement 101 view course/not available icon
This workshop session will provide support to those new to school improvement. Participants will gain an understanding of the components of Michigan's continuous school improvement cycle, as well as school and district requirements on federal and state funding and assistance. Participants will gain access to tools, research and resources to support the planning, implementation and monitoring of the continuous school improvement process in their building/district.
The Administrators' Role in the Implementation of the Michigan Science Standards view course/not available icon
Administrators will process a plan for assisting and supporting their educators, as they implement this new vision for Science education through their actions, policies and resources.
Mathematics 
Differentiated, High-Impact CORE Math Instruction view course/not available icon
Are you looking for more ways to differentiate your instruction? Do you feel stuck when it comes to having resources and strategies to meet the needs of your students? Come to this two-day session to learn about and practice PLANNING for differentiated instruction and USING differentiated instruction in your core math lessons to close learning gaps. We will explore and practice with understanding and responding to your students' learning differences using concrete strategies and tools.
Differentiated, High-Impact Math Work Stations view course/not available icon
In this workshop, you will learn how to set up, manage and keep math stations going throughout the year. You will leave this workshop with resources and suggested materials that will prepare you to implement strategies that make math stations work in your classroom.
I'm "Nspired," Now What? Using Tl-Nspires in the Math Classroom view course/not available icon
This 5-day series is designed to jump-start your planning to incorporate regular use of your Nspires throughout your math curriculum. In using Nspires as part of your core instruction, you will increase student access to and engagement in mathematics for your reluctant learners.
Integration: Making the Math & Science Connection view course/not available icon
New Michigan Science Standards, now what? How do I find the time to teach Science? This workshop will focus on connecting the Michigan Mathematics Standards with the Michigan Science Standards for efficient and effective instruction. If you teach Math, Science or both, this professional development is for you. Participants will leave ready to implement strategies that integrate Math and Science, and provide deeper learning for their students.
Planning & Supporting Productive Math Talk view course/not available icon
This two-day series features strategies for increasing student discourse and establishing classroom structures to support reluctant learners. Educators will leave with an understanding of the critical components of the Five Practices for Orchestrating Productive Mathematical Discourse, (Smith & Stein, 2011) as well as "ready to use" instructional strategies and tools.
Strengthening Preschool Mathematics Instruction view course/not available icon
Through this workshop, early childhood educators will learn about the importance and predictive power of mathematics in the early childhood setting. The workshop will cover the big ideas in mathematics education, as well as how learning trajectories play an integral role in guiding instruction. Educators will have the opportunity to learn and practice high-quality routines that will allow participants to create opportunities for significant mathematical learning in early childhood classrooms.
Student Engagement in Mathematics view course/not available icon
This session will focus on developing students' agency, authority and identity as mathematicians through routines, structures and high cognitive demand tasks. You will experience, plan, implement and reflect on specific instructional strategies that are designed to increase access to mathematical content for all students.
Teaching with Eureka Math for the First Time view course/not available icon
This two-day session focuses on supporting new users of the Eureka Math program. Day one will include a general overview of the curricular materials and a guided walkthrough of a module. Day two focuses on solving Application Problems and developing a better understanding of Fluency Practice. You will extensively practice solving application problems with math drawings and tape diagrams completing problems specific to each grade level. Fluency practice is an energetic, substantial and sustained
Paraprofessional Power: Making the Most of Your Role as a Para-Educator view course/not available icon
This series provides essential tools for management and instruction for paraprofessionals in all grades. The two sessions will focus on strategies for diverse learners, as well as student engagement techniques. On day one, paras will learn how to support all students, and ensure alignment with classroom teachers. The second day includes specific areas of mathematics and language arts. Participants will be provided with discussion time, as well as time to learn specific strategies.
School Improvement 
Guided School Improvement: Practical Planning for Effective Implementation view course/not available icon
This four-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).
It's All In the Processes: Data Digs and Deliberation in Building a Comprehensive Needs Assessment view course/not available icon
This workshop training will engage participants in data digs and deliberation of four types of data; and utilize new features and updates of MI School Data to analyze school processes, gaps and outcomes. This session will provide resources and tools to examine school/district systems to support building a comprehensive analysis of needs and challenges for continuous improvement.
Navigating the Improvement Process through Monitoring & Evaluation view course/not available icon
This workshop training will provide participants the opportunity to evaluate the implementation and impact of strategies and activities in their school improvement plans; engage in actionable planning (Planning with the end in mind) and examine Drivers for Effective Implementation. An optional afternoon work session will provide school teams the opportunity to collaborate and receive technical assistance demonstrating evidence of learning.
Peer Review Processes for School Improvement view course/not available icon
This session will focus on peer collaboration and technical assistance for school teams. Technical assistance will provide school teams tools, guidance and feedback on school improvement plans, diagnostics and reporting requirements.
School Improvement 101 view course/not available icon
This workshop session will provide support to those new to school improvement. Participants will gain an understanding of the components of Michigan's continuous school improvement cycle, as well as school and district requirements on federal and state funding and assistance. Participants will gain access to tools, research and resources to support the planning, implementation and monitoring of the continuous school improvement process in their building/district.
Working with Under-Resourced Learners K-12 view course/not available icon
This workshop will help you to better understand the culture of poverty and how it influences values and behavior, as well as ways to connect with students and their families in a meaningful and effective way. You'll learn about strategies and interventions that work best given available resources, increase support systems for all students and their families and strategies for managing behavior.
Instructional Coaches - Making it Better, Together! view course/not available icon
In this interactive session, coaches will deepen their understanding of the CCSS and the instructional shifts, ELA instructional routines and research-validated recommendations necessary to increase the instructional capacity of educators. The session will discuss current best practices for addressing multiple needs within a building through planning, as well as best practices when handling critical conversations with staff members.
Literacy Leaders - Coaching Meetings view course/not available icon
Coaches and literacy leaders will establish a learning continuum of the Essential Instructional Practices, coaching systems and data collection tools in this monthly meeting. Participants will celebrate and problem solve around strengths and challenges within their school community, and develop an action plan and next steps within the next learning cycle.
Science
Digging Deep - Understanding the 3-Dimensional Vision of the NGSS Framework Tier 1 view course/not available icon
Teachers will develop an understanding of the vision of the Framework for K-12 Science Education, upon which the Next Generation Science Standards and the Michigan Science Standards are based. Teachers will engage with various aspects of the Framework, including the three-dimensional basis for the Michigan Science Standards, and develop a personal professional learning goal that will move toward realizing this vision.
Exploring Phenomena Through Scientific Investigations - Tier 2 view course/not available icon
In this two-day session teachers will build understanding around the crucial role of conducting investigations within a 3-Dimensional instructional framework to build student conceptual understanding. The practice of emphasis will be on Planning and Carrying Out Investigations with a lesser, but connected emphasis on Practices 1 and 2 (Asking questions and developing and using models).
Implementing NGSX Into The Science Classroom view course/not available icon
What are the next steps in connecting key components of NGSX to your curriculum and instruction? This two day professional development series will provide teachers the opportunity to integrate the 3-Dimensional Learning into their curriculum and instruction. They will have the opportunity to professionally collaborate with peers at their grade span as well as K-12 content areas as they incorporate modeling, phenomena, productive talk and storyboarding into their classrooms.
Integration: Making the Math & Science Connection view course/not available icon
New Michigan Science Standards, now what? How do I find the time to teach Science? This workshop will focus on connecting the Michigan Mathematics Standards with the Michigan Science Standards for efficient and effective instruction. If you teach Math, Science or both, this professional development is for you. Participants will leave ready to implement strategies that integrate Math and Science, and provide deeper learning for their students.
*Interpreting Patterns & Relationships - Tier 3 view course/not available icon
In this two-day professional development series teachers will develop an understanding of NGSS Science and Engineering Practices 4 and 5; which deal with the analysis of data and computational thinking. Participants will consider a wide variety of ways that data can be generated or gathered by students, and a set of processes called the Evidence Processing Cycle (EPC). The EPC involves 7 stages that include data processing, analysis and interpretation.
NGSX: The Next Generation Science Exemplar- A Learning System for Science Instruction view course/not available icon
Teachers will learn about and develop models, and engage in evidence based argumentation and explanation, and explore classroom video cases, all designed to help students build their understanding and explanations of natural phenomena. Teachers will also learn about building a classroom culture of reasoning and arguing from evidence where students go public with their ideas, and build on the ideas of their classmates.
Planting the Literacy Seeds in Science! (Grades 3-5) view course/not available icon
Participants will engage in the Science and Engineering Practices and Crosscutting Concepts while incorporating ELA based strategies to support critical thinking and evidence based writing. During this workshop, participants will make connections with the Essential Instructional Practices in Literacy. A personalized instructional plan will be developed during this session for teachers to take back into their classrooms.
The Administrators' Role in the Implementation of the Michigan Science Standards view course/not available icon
Administrators will process a plan for assisting and supporting their educators, as they implement this new vision for Science education through their actions, policies and resources.
Writing Quality NGSS Assessments view course/not available icon
New standards, new instruction, now what about assessment? Participants in this series will examine assessment items that are Michigan Science Standards aligned. They will learn how to write assessments that are aligned with the 3-Dimensional vision of the Michigan Science Standards.
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