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Code in the Classroom: An Introduction to Teaching Programming Skills- Grand Rapids

Event Start: Wednesday, January 10, 2018 at 9:00 AM

GVSU/Ferris Authorized Charter School Cost: $0.00

Non-GVSU Authorized Charter School Cost: $150.00

Location: GVSU Bicycle Factory

Audience:
High School (Grades 9-12)
Middle School (Grades 6-8)

General Location: West

Presenter: Peter Guenther

Description: Many students want to learn to code and many schools want to offer programming, either as a class or as a segment within another STEM class. However, many teachers don't have a background that lets them feel confident to tackle these challenges, especially in front of a classroom. In this workshop, you will learn fundamentals of programming in JavaScript, we'll examine relevant METS-S and ISTE standards, you'll look at sample units and syllabi, and we'll discuss best practices for teaching programming.

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Essential Components of a Literacy Foundation - Detroit

Event Start: Thursday, January 11, 2018 at 9:00 AM

GVSU/Ferris Authorized Charter School Cost: $0.00

Non-GVSU Authorized Charter School Cost: $150.00

Location: GVSU Detroit Center

Audience:
Middle School (Grades 6-8)
Elementary School (Grades K-5)

General Location: East

Presenter: Wendy Miller

Description: Would you ever build a house that has no foundation? No, then why are we teaching children how to read without a solid literacy foundation. Billions of dollars have been spent on literacy and our scores are going down. Why is that? We are trying to jump too far ahead when our students literacy foundation is not ensured. Phonemic Awareness, Synthetic Phonics, Vocabulary & Fluency are the key components to ensuring a solid foundation is built. You will walk away from this session with research-based strategies that are highly effective and efficient. Participants will know what is best for all readers and in turn will be able to construct a foundation that will last them a lifetime.

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Code in the Classroom: An Introduction to Teaching Programming Skills- Detroit

Event Start: Thursday, January 11, 2018 at 9:00 AM

GVSU/Ferris Authorized Charter School Cost: $0.00

Non-GVSU Authorized Charter School Cost: $150.00

Location: GVSU Detroit Center

Audience:
High School (Grades 9-12)
Middle School (Grades 6-8)

General Location: East

Presenter: Peter Guenther

Description: Many students want to learn to code and many schools want to offer programming, either as a class or as a segment within another STEM class. However, many teachers don't have a background that lets them feel confident to tackle these challenges, especially in front of a classroom. In this workshop, you will learn fundamentals of programming in JavaScript, we'll examine relevant METS-S and ISTE standards, you'll look at sample units and syllabi, and we'll discuss best practices for teaching programming.

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ELA M-STEP Preparation Workshop (Grand Rapids)

Event Start: Monday, January 15, 2018 at 10:00 AM

GVSU/Ferris Authorized Charter School Cost: $0.00

Non-GVSU Authorized Charter School Cost: $75.00

Location: GVSU Bicycle Factory

Audience:
Middle School (Grades 6-8)
Elementary School (Grades K-5)

General Location: West

Presenter: Jill Weber & Wendy Miller

Description: Preparing students for the M-STEP can be embedded into our daily practice, helping make it more authentic and more relevant for our students. While the first and best way to prepare for the M-STEP is through good instruction, we can help students do their best by ensuring that we understand what they will be asked to do, and help them develop ways to navigate various tasks. This workshop will familiarize teachers with the state assessment, strategies will be given to help teach the standards using M-STEP language, and more!

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Grammar Mirth - Playing with Parts of Speech - Grand Rapids

Event Start: Tuesday, January 16, 2018 at 10:00 AM

GVSU/Ferris Authorized Charter School Cost: $0.00

Non-GVSU Authorized Charter School Cost: $75.00

Location: GVSU Bicycle Factory

Audience:
Middle School (Grades 6-8)
Elementary School (Grades K-5)

General Location: West

Presenter: Alissa Thelen

Description: Participants of this grammar-based workshop will be able to make the explicit connection between reading comprehension, writing skills, and grammar knowledge. During this training, we walk through how to create class generated grammar walls and concept charts that explicitly teach the eight parts of speech and other grammar basics. These concepts apply to the learning statements from the NWEA" Learning Continuum for all grades (mainly K-8). Participants will learn a methodology called Text-cavation" that can be an extension to help students improve their sentence fluency and ability to produce complex sentence structures. Another methodology that participants will learn is Syntax Surgery; which continues to reinforce the parts of speech and syntax of a sentence in a fun hands-on learning experience. This workshop also will provide participants with lesson plan, poster, and/or game ideas to introduce and practice the parts of speech in meaningful ways. The foundation of some of these strategies is based from Kevin Clark's consulting team.

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Grammar Mirth - Playing with Parts of Speech - Detroit

Event Start: Wednesday, January 17, 2018 at 10:00 AM

GVSU/Ferris Authorized Charter School Cost: $0.00

Non-GVSU Authorized Charter School Cost: $75.00

Location: GVSU Detroit Center

Audience:
Middle School (Grades 6-8)
Elementary School (Grades K-5)

General Location: East

Presenter: Alissa Thelen

Description: Participants of this grammar-based workshop will be able to make the explicit connection between reading comprehension, writing skills, and grammar knowledge. During this training, we walk through how to create class generated grammar walls and concept charts that explicitly teach the eight parts of speech and other grammar basics. These concepts apply to the learning statements from the NWEA" Learning Continuum for all grades (mainly K-8). Participants will learn a methodology called 'Text-cavation" that can be an extension to help students improve their sentence fluency and ability to produce complex sentence structures. Another methodology that participants will learn is "Syntax Surgery;" which continues to reinforce the parts of speech and syntax of a sentence in a fun hands-on learning experience. This workshop also will provide participants with lesson plan, poster, and/or game ideas to introduce and practice the parts of speech in meaningful ways. The foundation of some of these strategies is based from Kevin Clark's consulting team.

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Pear Deck: The Presentation Tools Built for the 21st Century Learner - Detroit

Event Start: Wednesday, January 17, 2018 at 10:00 AM

GVSU/Ferris Authorized Charter School Cost: $0.00

Non-GVSU Authorized Charter School Cost: $75.00

Location: GVSU Detroit Center

Audience:
High School (Grades 9-12)
Elementary School (Grades K-5)
Middle School (Grades 6-8)

General Location: East

Presenter: Lissa Brunan

Description: Google's hidden treasure. A FREE presentation tool that doesn't just give information, it invites students to engage and interact with the teacher. Learning now becomes a team effort in the classroom. Come and discover all the amazing things you can do with this tool to instantly increase student engagement with the content you're teaching. Create your own presentations or easily upload your current Google Slides, PowerPoints, or PDFs. Want more? Take it one step further by utilizing Pear Deck Premium!

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ELA M-STEP Preparation Workshop (Detroit)

Event Start: Thursday, January 18, 2018 at 10:00 AM

GVSU/Ferris Authorized Charter School Cost: $0.00

Non-GVSU Authorized Charter School Cost: $75.00

Location: GVSU Detroit Center

Audience:
Middle School (Grades 6-8)
Elementary School (Grades K-5)

General Location: West

Presenter: Jill Weber & Wendy Miller

Description: Preparing students for the M-STEP can be embedded into our daily practice, helping make it more authentic and more relevant for our students. While the first and best way to prepare for the M-STEP is through good instruction, we can help students do their best by ensuring that we understand what they will be asked to do, and help them develop ways to navigate various tasks. This workshop will familiarize teachers with the state assessment, strategies will be given to help teach the standards using M-STEP language, and more!

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Pear Deck: The Presentation Tools Built for the 21st Century Learner - Grand Rapids

Event Start: Thursday, January 18, 2018 at 10:00 AM

GVSU/Ferris Authorized Charter School Cost: $0.00

Non-GVSU Authorized Charter School Cost: $75.00

Location: GVSU Bicycle Factory

Audience:
High School (Grades 9-12)
Elementary School (Grades K-5)
Middle School (Grades 6-8)

General Location: West

Presenter: Lissa Brunan

Description: Google's hidden treasure. A FREE presentation tool that doesn't just give information, it invites students to engage and interact with the teacher. Learning now becomes a team effort in the classroom. Come and discover all the amazing things you can do with this tool to instantly increase student engagement with the content you're teaching. Create your own presentations or easily upload your current Google Slides, PowerPoints, or PDFs. Want more? Take it one step further by utilizing Pear Deck Premium!

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Closing the Gap: Improving Student Writing from Middle School to High School - Detroit

Event Start: Thursday, January 18, 2018 at 10:00 AM

GVSU/Ferris Authorized Charter School Cost: $0.00

Non-GVSU Authorized Charter School Cost: $75.00

Location: Detroit Center

Audience:
High School (Grades 9-12)
Middle School (Grades 6-8)

General Location: East

Presenter: Teresa Gibbons

Description: Educators, parents, and the general public often complain that students can't write well, and most research and test scores support this notion. As a result, frustrated college professors blame high school teachers who in turn blame middle school teachers for this problem. As a former middle school and high school teacher, GVSU Senior Affiliate Professor Teresa Gibbons will discuss her 23 years' experience teaching writing. In this workshop, Gibbons will explore possible causes of poor student performance in writing and ideas to improve writing at all levels. Workshop participants will receive grade-specific strategies to improve student writing. This workshop provides numerous resources and practical suggestions beneficial to 6 - 12 grade teachers. Participants will be asked to evaluate programs and strategies already in place at their schools, and then to make an action plan for adding to and improving upon those.

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Learning Network - Detroit

Event Start: Tuesday, January 23, 2018 at 9:00 AM

GVSU/Ferris Authorized Charter School Cost: $0.00

Location: Detroit Center 103-104

Audience:
High School (Grades 9-12)
Elementary School (Grades K-5)
Middle School (Grades 6-8)

General Location: East

Presenter: Dr. Richard Lemons

Description: Thank you so much for participating in the instructional rounds in October. On this day, we will all come back together to discuss the instructional rounds with your peers, facilitators, and Dr. Lemons.

GVSU/Ferris Authorized Charter Schools only

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Learning Network - Grand Rapids

Event Start: Wednesday, January 24, 2018 at 9:00 AM

GVSU/Ferris Authorized Charter School Cost: $0.00

Location: GVSU Seidman Center

Audience:
High School (Grades 9-12)
Elementary School (Grades K-5)
Middle School (Grades 6-8)

General Location: West

Presenter: Dr. Richard Lemons

Description: Thank you so much for participating in the instructional rounds in October. On this day, we will all come back together to discuss the instructional rounds with your peers, facilitators, and Dr. Lemons.

GVSU/Ferris Authorized Charter Schools only

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Diving Into the Deep End of the GSuite Pool - Detroit

Event Start: Wednesday, January 24, 2018 at 9:00 AM

GVSU/Ferris Authorized Charter School Cost: $0.00

Non-GVSU Authorized Charter School Cost: $150.00

Location: GVSU Detroit Center

Audience:
High School (Grades 9-12)
Elementary School (Grades K-5)
Middle School (Grades 6-8)

General Location: East

Presenter: Lissa Brunan

Description: You're armed with the basic knowledge of Google Drive, Docs, Slides, Sheets and Forms, but you're ready for more! You're ready to open your arms and invite Google Classroom into your life. Learn how Google Classroom can streamline assignments, create engaging conversations and help your classroom become environmentally friendly. Plus, learn new tips and tricks on how to utilize your Google Apps and Add-Ons in a whole new way. Participants will get independent work time to apply what they've learned and start to create for their own classroom.

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Diving Into the Deep End of the GSuite Pool -Grand Rapids

Event Start: Thursday, January 25, 2018 at 9:00 AM

GVSU/Ferris Authorized Charter School Cost: $0.00

Non-GVSU Authorized Charter School Cost: $150.00

Location: GVSU Bicycle Factory

Audience:
High School (Grades 9-12)
Elementary School (Grades K-5)
Middle School (Grades 6-8)

General Location: West

Presenter: Lissa Brunan

Description: You're armed with the basic knowledge of Google Drive, Docs, Slides, Sheets and Forms, but you're ready for more! You're ready to open your arms and invite Google Classroom into your life. Learn the basics of how Google Classroom can streamline your assignments, create engaging conversations and help your classroom GO GREEN by saving you tons of paper! Plus, learn new tips and tricks on how to utilize your Google Apps and Add-Ons in a whole new way. Participants will get independent work time to apply what they've learned and start to create for their own classroom.

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DIY Grammar Walls - Create & Innovate - Grand Rapids

Event Start: Tuesday, January 30, 2018 at 10:00 AM

GVSU/Ferris Authorized Charter School Cost: $0.00

Non-GVSU Authorized Charter School Cost: $75.00

Location: GVSU Bicycle Factory

Audience:
Middle School (Grades 6-8)

General Location: West

Presenter: Alissa Thelen

Description: Participants of this workshop will be guided to build their own classroom grammar wall per grade level based on common core standards, NWEA learning continuum, and their own ELA curriculum. Presenter will provide materials and ideas for participants to develop their own grammar wall with guided tips and tricks.

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Closing the Gap: Improving Student Writing from Middle School to High School- Grand Rapids

Event Start: Tuesday, January 30, 2018 at 10:00 AM

GVSU/Ferris Authorized Charter School Cost: $0.00

Non-GVSU Authorized Charter School Cost: $75.00

Location: GVSU Bicycle Factory

Audience:
Middle School (Grades 6-8)
High School (Grades 9-12)

General Location: West

Presenter: Teresa Gibbons

Description: Educators, parents, and the general public often complain that students can't write well, and most research and test scores support this notion. As a result, frustrated college professors blame high school teachers who in turn blame middle school teachers for this problem. As a former middle school and high school teacher, GVSU Senior Affiliate Professor Teresa Gibbons will discuss her 23 years' experience teaching writing. In this workshop, Gibbons will explore possible causes of poor student performance in writing and ideas to improve writing at all levels. Workshop participants will receive grade-specific strategies to improve student writing. This workshop provides numerous resources and practical suggestions beneficial to 6 - 12th grade teachers. Participants will be asked to evaluate programs and strategies already in place at their schools, and then to make an action plan for adding to and improving upon those.

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DIY Grammar Walls - Create & Innovate - Grand Rapids

Event Start: Tuesday, January 30, 2018 at 10:00 AM

GVSU/Ferris Authorized Charter School Cost: $0.00

Non-GVSU Authorized Charter School Cost: $75.00

Location: GVSU Bicycle Factory

Audience:
Elementary School (Grades K-5)

General Location: West

Presenter: Alissa Thelen

Description: Participants of this workshop will be guided to build their own classroom grammar wall per grade level based on common core standards, NWEA learning continuum, and their own ELA curriculum. Presenter will provide materials and ideas for participants to develop their own grammar wall with guided tips and tricks.

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DIY Grammar Walls- Create & Innovate - Detroit

Event Start: Wednesday, January 31, 2018 at 10:00 AM

GVSU/Ferris Authorized Charter School Cost: $0.00

Non-GVSU Authorized Charter School Cost: $75.00

Location: GVSU Detroit Center

Audience:
Middle School (Grades 6-8)
Elementary School (Grades K-5)

General Location: East

Presenter: Alissa Thelen

Description: Participants of this workshop will be guided to build their own classroom grammar wall per grade level based on common core standards, NWEA learning continuum, and their own ELA curriculum. Presenter will provide materials and ideas for participants to develop their own grammar wall with guided tips and tricks.

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Why aren't they Engaged? Understanding Stereotype Threat in Mathematics - Detroit (Full Day)

Event Start: Thursday, February 1, 2018 at 9:00 AM

GVSU/Ferris Authorized Charter School Cost: $0.00

Non-GVSU Authorized Charter School Cost: $150.00

Location: GVSU Detroit Center

Audience:
High School (Grades 9-12)
Elementary School (Grades K-5)
Middle School (Grades 6-8)

General Location: East

Presenter: David & Kathryn Coffey

Description: Engagement is an essential element to learning. Why is it so difficult to engage some learners --especially in mathematics? This interactive session will explore stereotype threat as a potential barrier to engagement and cause of underperformance in mathematics. We will focus on practical strategies for engaging all learners for optimal learning with special consideration given to "wise feedback" as a successful method that can reduce stereotype threat and increase engagement in mathematics, particularly for diverse learners. Participants will consider how to implement "wise feedback" in each teachers' individual teaching situation and will have an opportunity to practice the technique.

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The Gauntlet: How to Avoid Getting Crushed by Classroom Management - Grand Rapids

Event Start: Monday, February 5, 2018 at 10:00 AM

GVSU/Ferris Authorized Charter School Cost: $0.00

Non-GVSU Authorized Charter School Cost: $75.00

Location: GVSU Bicycle Factory

Audience:
High School (Grades 9-12)
Middle School (Grades 6-8)

General Location: West

Presenter: Jayme McWain & Taylor Casarez

Description: Are you tired of working harder than your students? Does a lack of student engagement have you feeling blue? If this sounds like you, check out our session on gamifying your classroom! Learn how to use healthy competition and collaboration to help kids be the best versions of themselves. These tips and tricks can dramatically reduce the amount of time you spend redirecting behavior, and intensify the awesome that is your teaching!

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Synthetic Phonics -Detroit

Event Start: Tuesday, February 6, 2018 at 9:00 AM

GVSU/Ferris Authorized Charter School Cost: $0.00

Non-GVSU Authorized Charter School Cost: $150.00

Location: GVSU Detroit Center

Audience:
Middle School (Grades 6-8)
Elementary School (Grades K-5)

General Location: East

Presenter: Jill Weber

Description: To understand the synthetic phonics you have to understand the methodology behind it and how it will help students to learn to read and write. Traditionally, children are taught to read using "analytic phonics". This method has children "analyzing a word", taking clues from recognition of the whole word, the initial sound and the context. This is a hit and miss approach which encourages guessing as a first reading strategy! It is, therefore, no surprise that in the USA there are significant numbers of children failing to learn to read. Synthetic Phonics, on the other hand, involves no guessing! It is the synthesizing, or blending of phonemes (sounds) to make a word, enabling children to read.

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Synthetic Phonics -Grand Rapids

Event Start: Wednesday, February 7, 2018 at 9:00 AM

GVSU/Ferris Authorized Charter School Cost: $0.00

Non-GVSU Authorized Charter School Cost: $150.00

Location: GVSU Bicycle Factory

Audience:
Elementary School (Grades K-5)

General Location: West

Presenter: Jill Weber

Description: To understand the synthetic phonics you have to understand the methodology behind it and how it will help students to learn to read and write. Traditionally, children are taught to read using "analytic phonics". This method has children "analyzing a word", taking clues from recognition of the whole word, the initial sound and the context. This is a hit and miss approach which encourages guessing as a first reading strategy! It is, therefore, no surprise that in the USA there are significant numbers of children failing to learn to read. Synthetic Phonics, on the other hand, involves no guessing! It is the synthesizing, or blending of phonemes (sounds) to make a word, enabling children to read.

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Math & Reading RTI: A movement approach to intervention -Detroit

Event Start: Thursday, February 8, 2018 at 8:30 AM

GVSU/Ferris Authorized Charter School Cost: $0.00

Non-GVSU Authorized Charter School Cost: $150.00

Location: GVSU Detroit Center

Audience:
Elementary School (Grades K-5)

General Location: East

Presenter: Jacque Groenendyk

Description: Reading portion: Physical movement can help students deal with anxiety, reduce stress, increase motivation, and attain higher academic achievement. Incorporating activities and exercises to develop eye movement helps struggling students with reading comprehension. The primary goal of Brains-in-Motion is to give educators a variety of teaching strategies can engage students in the reading process by incorporating movement and activities. Math portion: Today, research supports that movement and cognition are powerfully connected. Brains-in-Motion presents research based activities and exercises that are developmentally appropriate, helping the student master math concepts while simultaneously helping student feel energized, focused, and prepared to learn.

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Why aren't they Engaged? Understanding Stereotype Threat in Mathematics - Grand Rapids (Full Day)

Event Start: Thursday, February 8, 2018 at 9:00 AM

GVSU/Ferris Authorized Charter School Cost: $0.00

Non-GVSU Authorized Charter School Cost: $150.00

Location: Bicycle Factory

Audience:
High School (Grades 9-12)
Middle School (Grades 6-8)
Elementary School (Grades K-5)

General Location: West

Presenter: Kathryn Coffey

Description: Engagement is an essential element to learning. Why is it so difficult to engage some learners --especially in mathematics? This interactive session will explore stereotype threat as a potential barrier to engagement and cause of underperformance in mathematics. We will focus on practical strategies for engaging all learners for optimal learning with special consideration given to "wise feedback" as a successful method that can reduce stereotype threat and increase engagement in mathematics, particularly for diverse learners. Participants will consider how to implement "wise feedback" in each teachers' individual teaching situation and will have an opportunity to practice the technique.

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Third Grade Reading Law Informational Workshop - Grand Rapids

Event Start: Thursday, February 8, 2018 at 10:00 AM

GVSU/Ferris Authorized Charter School Cost: $0.00

Non-GVSU Authorized Charter School Cost: $75.00

Location: GVSU Bicycle Factory

Audience:
Middle School (Grades 6-8)
Elementary School (Grades K-5)

General Location: West

Presenter: Jill Weber

Description: Beginning the 2017-2018 school year, per the Third Grade Reading Law, schools are tasked with assessing students, identifying students who are deficient in reading and providing services to those students. An Individual Reading Improvement Plan (IRIP), an at-home reading plan, and reading interventions need to be put into place within 30 days. Bring a team to discuss interventions, assessments, data, parent notification, resources, and more.

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