PD Opportunities

We feel that one of the strongest links to impacting a learner is through their teacher. To that end, we want to help your impact by helping you. In addition to providing lesson plans, exploration opportunities and other resources for your students, we want to provide opportunities specifically for your own Professional Development around Career Readiness. Take a look at the opportunities below; we have several offerings with you in mind. Interested in being trained on something we're not currently offering? Let us know.


TEACHERS IN INDUSTRY

Have you ever had a student ask, "When are we ever going to use this in the realworld?" If you aren't able to easily answer the question, then this is the PD for you. Come explore various businesses and industries and see just what those outside of education actually do for a living, so you can tie these careers back to your content and increase relevance. We'll make a day of it AND provide lunch! We'll even pay for some of your sub costs. Why? Because teachers need field trips too!

External LinkMore information and dates on upcoming Teachers in Industry events

TEACHERS IN INDUSTRY LITE

Want to attend Teachers in Industry, but find it increasingly difficult to get away from the classroom for a day?  Whatever the reason, we recognize the challenge it can be to attend. That's why we're looking at starting up a mini Teachers in Industry. We'll visit a single employer - after school. Not too heavy; just LITE enough to fit your schedule while still giving you the opportunity to see what's happening in industry outside your building's walls. These events will be scheduled based on demand, so show us your interest by sending us an email. Be sure to put Teachers in Industry LITE in the Comment section.

EDUCATOR WORKSHOPS

Our PD offerings help educators connect what they teach in the classroom to current practices in business and industry. PLUS, they demonstrate the real-world relevancy of their lessons. We offer a variety of formats, including webinars viewable from anywhere. Themes include: The STEM Thinking Series, Soft Skill Development, Presentation Skills, Resume Building, STEM in the Classroom and more. Some sessions are scheduled, others are offered based on demand. Check out the PD Hub and search by Career Readiness to find current offerings. Don't see what you want scheduled? Send us a request.

CAREER READINESS NETWORK

Interested in integrating more Career Readiness content into your curriculum but don't know where to start? Why not join a network? We're looking to start a Career Readiness Network focused on brainstorming new ideas, sharing resources and best practices, meeting with local employers and promoting upcoming CR events. Looking to meet after school, or would you rather get a sub and meet as a PD day? We're open to what works best for you! This group will be open to teachers and counselors alike. Dates and times will be determined by you.

ROUND TABLE & PANEL DISCUSSIONS

Consider this: Every banker, every machinist, every healthcare professional was at one time a student. Who better to hear from about what's expected of employees, what's changed in the workplace and what classroom learning is most applicable to their career than them? The Career Readiness team can put together round table and panel discussions with one or more local employers, so you can hear it directly from the source. These events will be scheduled based on demand, so show us your interest by sending us an email. Let us know which format you're interested in.

Upcoming Events

August 28
5x5 Night
5:00 PM
Start Garden, 40 Pearl St NW #200, Grand Rapids, MI 49503, United States
5x5 Night
Aug 28
5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Start Garden, 40 Pearl St NW #200, Grand Rapids, MI 49503, United States
Career Readiness Community Activities Calendar
On the fourth Tuesday of each month, 5 creators will present their ideas for a chance to win $5,000 in grant money - no strings attached There is no restriction on the type of idea a presenter can submit, but it’s important to remember this is about moving an idea forward. The community votes on the ideas that will be presented at the event. The selected presenters explain a $5,000 step that will move the idea forward, and will meet people who can help. Just having an idea is not enough. You are the one pushing it into existence, so be clear about what’s needed for that next $5,000 step. Presenting the ideas is only part of the night. Part two is at the reception to find out the winner. Have a glass of wine, talk about ideas. That part of the evening is the whole reason we put on the event. Please join us. Please RSVP at http://5x5night.com/next.
September 25
5x5 Night
5:00 PM
Start Garden, 40 Pearl St NW #200, Grand Rapids, MI 49503, United States
5x5 Night
Sep 25
5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Start Garden, 40 Pearl St NW #200, Grand Rapids, MI 49503, United States
Career Readiness Community Activities Calendar
On the fourth Tuesday of each month, 5 creators will present their ideas for a chance to win $5,000 in grant money - no strings attached There is no restriction on the type of idea a presenter can submit, but it’s important to remember this is about moving an idea forward. The community votes on the ideas that will be presented at the event. The selected presenters explain a $5,000 step that will move the idea forward, and will meet people who can help. Just having an idea is not enough. You are the one pushing it into existence, so be clear about what’s needed for that next $5,000 step. Presenting the ideas is only part of the night. Part two is at the reception to find out the winner. Have a glass of wine, talk about ideas. That part of the evening is the whole reason we put on the event. Please join us. Please RSVP at http://5x5night.com/next.
October 12
Teachers IN Industry
8:00 AM
Kent ISD - Thornapple Room
Teachers IN Industry
Oct 12
8:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Kent ISD - Thornapple Room
Career Readiness Event Calendar
Teachers in Industry is a professional development opportunity for educators to learn more about local employers and community organizations through on-site visits and presentations. Call the PD Hub at 365-2235 for questions about registration.
October 23
5x5 Night
5:00 PM
Start Garden, 40 Pearl St NW #200, Grand Rapids, MI 49503, United States
5x5 Night
Oct 23
5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Start Garden, 40 Pearl St NW #200, Grand Rapids, MI 49503, United States
Career Readiness Community Activities Calendar
On the fourth Tuesday of each month, 5 creators will present their ideas for a chance to win $5,000 in grant money - no strings attached There is no restriction on the type of idea a presenter can submit, but it’s important to remember this is about moving an idea forward. The community votes on the ideas that will be presented at the event. The selected presenters explain a $5,000 step that will move the idea forward, and will meet people who can help. Just having an idea is not enough. You are the one pushing it into existence, so be clear about what’s needed for that next $5,000 step. Presenting the ideas is only part of the night. Part two is at the reception to find out the winner. Have a glass of wine, talk about ideas. That part of the evening is the whole reason we put on the event. Please join us. Please RSVP at http://5x5night.com/next.
November 1 - November 2
STEM Network
8:00 AM
Kent ISD - Cedar Room
STEM Network
Nov 1 - Nov 2
8:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Kent ISD - Cedar Room
Career Readiness Event Calendar
Connect. Explore. Achieve. This two-day, interactive experience will give you the opportunity to explore how area businesses use your content areas in industry. Draw connections between what you've seen and how you can teach your standards. Develop relevant, real world lessons you can use with your students to help them achieve success. Use group dynamics with like-minded teachers to build engaging content tied to the world of work. Come see what other districts are doing in STEM and imagine what the future can hold for your students. A portion of each event will involve a trip to a local business to observe and glean inspiration from current business practices. Two meetings are planned for the 17-18 SY with dates to be announced. Outcomes will include: Educators will discover resources that can be used in their classroom(s) Educators are part of a support system that encourages use of discovered resources Educators consistently connect their classroom content to the world of work; answering the question, "When am I ever going to use this?" Sign Up at the Kent ISD PD Hub: https://reg.abcsignup.com/view/cal4a.aspx?ek=&ref=&aa=&sid1=&sid2=&as=1&wp=4&tz=&ms=&nav=&cc=&cat1=&cat2=&cat3=&aid=KISD&rf=