Instructional Strategies 
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.
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.
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.
PBL 101 view course/not available icon
PBL 101 is Buck Institute of Education’s foundational workshop based on their model of Gold Standard PBL. Participants will come away with the knowledge and skills needed to design, assess, and manage a rigorous, standards-based project. The workshop models the project process. Facilitated by one of BIE’s expert National Faculty, PBL 101 is a balanced blend of direct instruction, video analysis, hands-on work, resource sharing, and peer collaboration and feedback.
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.
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 are provided with discussion time, as well as time to learn specific strategies.
Maximize Impact: Coaching Strategies to Support Teachers view course/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). 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. They will have the opportunity to create an instructional staircase to drive the coaching process.
Career and Educational Options After High School view course/not available icon
How do we talk with students about educational options during and after high school? What options are available and how do core academics play a part in the selection process? Participants will be introduced to the terminology we need to use with students and will broaden their scope of knowledge on adding more educational options to their discussions with students.
Differentiating and Personalizing Instruction in Classrooms view course/not available icon
Participants will be introduced to the research and value of personalizing instruction, to strengthen student engagement in core academic topics. We will explore methods for differentiating instruction according to personal interests and career ideas of students. Participants will be able to modify an existing classroom lesson or unit to develop their own ideas. Methods for pre and post testing will be discussed as an evaluation of new practices.
Externship at Wings Stadium view course/not available icon
This externship will look at an array of career options and career mobility within sports arenas as well as demonstrate how academic content in math, science, language arts and social studies are needed by workers. Professional sports player is the most-selected job choice for students across the county but this is not the only great career in the sports industry. This experience will help educators communicate with students how academic content is applied in the world of work.