Summer Professional Education

Sunshine, s'mores and summer learning!

Starting in June, join us for our Summer Professional Education Series! Connect with peers from across the state and learn from experts in the field, from the comfort of your own home. Our virtual offerings will address a variety of topics to satisfy the lifelong learner in you!


Addressing Pandemic Learning Loss - Mathematics

Inquiry Learning Math Series

The Van Andel Institute for Education is dedicated to creating classrooms where curiosity, creativity and critical thinking thrive. Join Ben Talsma and Jamie MacPherson during their inquiry-based learning sessions that will help you prepare your students to think and act like mathematicians. 

Facilitators: Ben Talsma and Jamie MacPhersonVan Andel Institute for Education
Audience: K-8 Educators
SCECHs available: 1.0 per session 

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Date/Time

Session Description

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Registration Link

Fear of Math

July 12, 2021, 9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

Why are some of us “math people,” and others are not? It all has to do with how we’ve come to view math. In this session, learn to eradicate the practices that turn some students from the math path, and discover how to instill both a love for the subject and superior understanding in your students. 

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Lesson Transformation in Math

August 9, 2021, 9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m

Lesson plans are boring; learning experiences are memorable. In this session, take a traditional math lesson and learn a process to transform any lesson into an inquiry-based experience. Share strategies for managing a rich learning environment and continually strengthening habits of mind. Come willing to transform everyday lesson plans into memorable, inquiry-based learning experiences. Leave with strategies and tools to make it happen. 

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Addressing Pandemic Learning Loss - Literacy

Summer Literacy Series 2021: A Focus on the Literacy Essential Practices

Each webinar in the Summer Literacy Series will focus on one of the Literacy Essential practices. Research suggests that each of these practices in every classroom every day could make a measurable positive difference in literacy achievement. During each hour-long webinar, participants will dig deeper into the specific Literacy Essential, learn strategies to teach components of the Literacy Essential, and gain resources to support their teaching. Virtual and in-person strategies will be discussed. Spend some time learning about the Literacy Essential practices this summer to be ready to implement them as soon as school starts back up in the fall.

Facilitators: Jill Weber and Wendy Miller, GVSU Charter Schools Office
Audience: K-5 Teachers, Literacy Coaches, Paraprofessionals, Deans of Intervention, Reading Specialists
SCECHs available: 1.0 per session 

Please note, this is not a cohort; participants are not expected to attend all sessions (although we would love to have you!).  Please register below for each session you would like to attend. 

Literacy Essential

Date/Time

SCECH Available

Registration Link

Essential #4 - Activities that Build Phonological Awareness

July 13, 2021, 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

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Essential #5 - Explicit Instruction in the Letter-Sound Relationship in Connection with Reading

July 20, 2021, 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

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Essential #2  - Read Alouds and Fluency

July 27, 2021, 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

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Essential #7 - Intentional Efforts to Build Vocabulary and Content Knowledge

August 3, 2021, 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

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Essential #9 - Ongoing Literacy Observations and Assessment

August 10, 2021, 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

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The Reading Debate: Answering Four Important Questions around the Science of Reading Movement

Education is constantly changing and evolving, requiring educators to adjust and pivot. This has never been more evident than in the literacy field. This series aims to give educators a space to hear conversations taking place around the Science of Reading. What is all the talk about and what does this mean for their students and classroom instruction? Join us for a series of webinars that provide a space for authentic conversation around literacy.

In the series, Jill Weber and Wendy Miller will tackle the following questions:

  • What does the Science of Reading mean, and what does it tell us?
  • What is the controversy around the Science of Reading?
  • Where is the Science of Reading present in my classroom?
  • How can the Science of Reading be present in my school?

Facilitators: Jill Weber and Wendy Miller, GVSU Charter Schools Office
Audience: K-5 Teachers, Literacy Coaches, Paraprofessionals, Deans of Intervention, Reading Specialists
SCECHs available: 1.0 per session 

Please note, participants are highly encouraged to attend all sessions in the series. As such, there is one registration link for all four sessions. 

Register Here for The Reading Debate Series 

Question to be Answered

Date/Time

SCECH Available

What does the Science of Reading mean and what does it tell us?

July 7, 2021, 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

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What is the controversy around the Science of Reading?

July 14, 2021, 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

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Where is the Science of Reading present in my classroom?

July 21, 2021, 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

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How can the Science of Reading be present in my school?

July 28, 2021, 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

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Social Emotional Learning

Social Emotional Learning: Skills that Transition Mindsets Series

Join Brooke Davis for this three-session series on Social Emotional Learning (SEL). Begin by breaking down the core concepts, then explore the core competencies of SEL though lived experiences. Next, take a look at current practices in SEL and align them with the Michigan Department of Education’s SEL standards to better understand the core concepts. Finally, discover a model that can be used in your classroom and at the building level that integrates SEL into  everyday practices, while also focusing on equity. You won't want to miss this! 

Facilitator: Brooke Davis, BTD Consulting LLC
Audience: K-12 Educators
SCECHs available: 1.5 per session 

Please note, participants are highly encouraged to attend all sessions in the series. As such, there is one registration link for all three sessions. 

Register Here for the Social Emotional Learning Series

Session Focus

Date/Time

Session Description

SCECHs Available

Where do I fit in as a classroom teacher?: The Story of Self

July 15, 2021, 9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

In this session, we will break down the core concepts of SEL and explore the Casel Model by telling our own story as a teacher/educator. We will then explore the five core competencies through our lived experiences. By using Marshall Ganz’s storytelling model, we will learn to act, inspire, and communicate the core concepts of SEL. In order to gain understanding of social emotional learning, we must identify our own values and feelings around the competencies. By doing this, we will not only learn the story of self, but we will be able to understand the concepts to help learners within our classrooms.

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Unpacking Social Emotional Learning: The Story of Us

July 22, 2021, 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

In this session, we will look at SEL, our current practices, and align them with the Michigan Department of Education’s SEL standards to better understand the core concepts. According to MDE, “SEL competencies help complete the academic process for all youth, infants to school-aged, through graduation. In combination with the Michigan Health Education Standards, SEL competencies help support a well rounded education that teaches to the whole child.” This is the foundation of our SEL work. This session will help us began to develop a framework on how this concept fits into the big picture.

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Social Emotional Learning and Equity: The Story of Now

July 29, 2021, 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

In this session, we will use the SEL competencies to create a model that can be used in the classroom and at the building level that integrates SEL into everyday practices with equity as a focus. We will begin to explore how SEL can be leveraged to help youth from historically marginalized communities realize their fullest potential as contributing members of an increasingly complex society.

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Educational Technology

Digitizing Instruction

Are you interested in having more class time for engaging, meaningful activities? Flipped classrooms take the burden of direct instruction off your shoulders each day by shifting basic content acquisition outside of class time. Homework becomes simpler for students to complete and for you to grade. Class time becomes more available for labs, discussions, projects, and other opportunities for students to apply course content in engaging higher level-thinking activities. A flipped classroom also enables students who are learning remotely for various periods of time to more easily stay caught up with basic content understanding. Join us for this two-part webinar where we'll go through the data and pedagogy that support flipping your classroom along with the tools and resources you can use to make the flip!

Audience: K-12 Educators
Facilitator: Jordan Dischinger-Smedes, MI Charter Teacher of the Year
SCECHs available: 1.5 per session

Please note, participants are highly encouraged to attend both sessions of this two-part webinar. As such, there is one registration link for both sessions. 

Register HERE for the Digitizing Instruction Webinars  

Session Focus

Date/Time

Session Outcome

SCECHs Available

Digitizing Instruction: Why You Should Consider Flipping Your Classroom

July 19, 2021, 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

Teachers will leave this session with an outline and rationale for a flipped unit in one of their classes.

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Digitizing Instruction: How to Flip your Classroom and Increase Engagement

July 20, 2021, 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

Teachers will leave this session with at least one flipped video lesson and one screen-recorded video lesson of their own.

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Google Workspace for Education Courses

These five-week, on-demand virtual courses will help you maximize your use of Google Workspace for Education. Each course is facilitated through Google Classroom. Participants will watch videos, complete practice exercises and participate in group discussions. Sign up for one or both! 

Audience: K-12 Educators
Facilitator: John Sowash, Sowash Ventures, LLC.
SCECHs available: 5.0 per course

Course

Start/End Date

Description

SCECHs Available

Registration Link

Classroom Kickstart

June 23 - July 28, 2021

Classroom Kickstart will review all of the NEW classroom features added to Google Classroom the 2021-22 school year. Teachers will discover incredibly simple strategies which will improve daily instruction and classroom organization. This course is for everyone; beginners AND long-time classroom users.

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Designed for Drive

July 9 - August 13, 2021

Designed for Drive will introduce teachers to creative ways they can use the Google Drive family of applications to design fun and challenging learning activities for students of all ages.

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