As more and more teaching and learning moves to a virtual setting, the GVSU CSO is recording short webinars for educators to view whenever they prefer. Our Laker Lesson videos tackle the broad topics that we usually cover each year during in-person workshops such as literacy, tech tools, or utilizing digital assessments.
Laker Lessons for Assessment
NWEA Data for Leaders (Spring data reports)
Description: GVSU's Jeff Maxwell shows school leaders how to identify and run the highest leverage NWEA reports that determine student achievement over the course of an entire school year. He also demonstrates how to use specific data reports to communicate to all stakeholders, inform instructional practices, and coach teachers.
Run Time: 20 minutes
NWEA Data for Leaders (Winter data reports)
Description: GVSU's Jeff Maxwell shows school leaders how to identify and run the highest leverage NWEA reports that determine mid-year student achievement and growth trends. He also demonstrates how to use specific data reports to communicate to all stakeholders, inform instructional practices, and coach teachers.
Run Time: 28 minutes
NWEA Data for Leaders (Fall data reports)
Description: GVSU's Jeff Maxwell shows school leaders how to identify and run the highest leverage NWEA reports that determine student achievement at the start of the school year. He also demonstrates how to use specific data reports to communicate to all stakeholders, inform instructional practices, and coach teachers.
Run Time: 26 minutes
Assessment in a Post-COVID World.
Description: The world of assessment is always changing, and that is particularly true in the last year as we grapple with the implications of the global pandemic. Assessment expert Dr. Venessa Keesler provides the latest information on what K-12 assessment is slated to look like for Michigan students in 2021 and beyond. Dr. Keesler is an education consultant with more than 20 years of experience of education leadership at the local and state level, formerly serving as the Deputy Superintendent for the Michigan Department of Education.
Run Time: 29 minutes
Laker Lessons for Literacy
Understanding English Code Complexities (Part 3)
Description: In the final part of their conversation around decoding words, Wendy Miller and Jill Weber demonstrate how to show kids that the same letters can sometimes make different sounds.
Run Time: 10 minutes
Understanding English Code Complexities (Part 2)
Description: Wendy Miller and Jill Weber continue their decoding discussion by demonstrating how to use sound boxes with students to show them that the same sound can be created through multiple letter combinations.
Run Time: 13 minutes
Understanding English Code Complexities (Part 1)
Description: Decoding the English language is an important skill kids should learn from an early age to succeed in literacy. Wendy Miller and Jill Weber demonstrate how teachers can use sound boxes in 1-on-1 or small group settings to show students that more than one letter can spell a sound.
Run Time: 13 minutes
Phonemic Awareness and Manipulating Sounds
Description: After students understand blending and segmenting sounds, they are ready to learn how to manipulate them. Wendy Miller and Jill Weber demonstrate how to teach kids to delete and substitute sounds while they are learning to read.
Run Time: 15 minutes
Phonemic Awareness and Segmenting
Description: Once students understand how to blend sounds, they can quickly move to segmenting. Wendy Miller and Jill Weber guide viewers through the research behind phonemic awareness and segmenting and demonstrate how to appropriately segment instruction in both an in-person setting and virtual environment.
Run Time: 12 minutes
Phonological Awareness and Blending Sounds
Description: Blending letter sounds is critical literacy building block that every young student should master. Wendy Miller and Jill Weber will guide viewers through the research behind phonemic awareness and blending and demonstrate how to appropriately provide blending instruction in both an in-person setting and virtual environment.
Run Time: 7 minutes
Laker Lesson for Technology
How to "Level Up" Your Google Site: Building Better Buttons
Description: Now that you know the basics of Google Sites, join Alissa Thelen again as she shows you how to take your creation to the next level with more themes and fun design tools.
Run time: 18 minutes
5 Reasons Why You Should Create a Google Site for Your Classroom
Description: Instructional Leadership Specialist Alissa Thelen demonstrates how Google Sites can improve communication between teachers, students and families. During the lesson, Alissa guides viewers through the first steps of building a site, shows examples of Google Sites that other teachers have created, and answers some of the top questions about the tool.
Run Time: 23 minutes
Additional Laker Lessons
Understanding the Meaning of "Evidence-Based"
Description: Educators are often told they need to utilize "evidence-based" instructional practices. But what does "evidence-based" really mean? Dr. Venessa Keesler, an assessment expert and former Deputy Superintendent at the Michigan Department of Education, breaks down the term and provides tips that will help teachers select practices that are grounded in quality research.
Run Time: 50 minutes
Tutorial of a Resource Livebinder Available to New Teachers
Description: GVSU’s Alissa Thelen introduces a curated Teacher LiveBinder filled with online resources specifically gathered to support early-career educators. Resources within the LiveBinder include items to help teachers enhance their lessons, tools that can improve student engagement, and standard-aligned sites that compliment classroom instruction.
To access the LiveBinder, go to https://www.livebinders.com/b/2761428 and use access code: teach
Run Time: 5 minutes