Kalamazoo Regional Educational Service Agency

Celebrating 20 Years Online 1996-2016

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.
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