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
 

STEM LogoSTEM Network

This two-day, interactive experience will give classroom teachers 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.  


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 created Teachers in Industry LITE. We'll visit a single employer - during a PD day or even 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, Using Design Thinking in Instruction, 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.
 

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 your preferred format and we'll make it happen!
 

Upcoming Events

April 25
MiCareerQuest
8:00 AM
DeVos Place, 303 Monroe Ave NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503, USA
MiCareerQuest
Apr 25
8:00 AM to 2:00 PM
DeVos Place, 303 Monroe Ave NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503, USA
Career Readiness Event Calendar
Come explore nearly 100 different careers through hands-on activities. This event is held in 3 two hour blocks. Registration is required for attendance.
April 28
Mindstorm Saturday's @ Grand Rapids Public Library
10:00 AM
Grand Rapids Public Library, 111 Library St NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503, USA
Mindstorm Saturday's @ Grand Rapids Public Library
Apr 28
10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Grand Rapids Public Library, 111 Library St NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503, USA
Career Readiness Community Activities Calendar
Kids ages 10 and up can explore robotics every Saturday at the library. Using Lego Mindstorms EV3 kits, thesehands-on robotics teach essential coding skills, following directions, problem solving, and more. This is a selfguided,drop-in event.
May 1
Talk & Tour Career Series: The Entrepreneur's Journey
6:00 PM
Start Garden -- 40 Pearl St NW #200
Talk & Tour Career Series: The Entrepreneur's Journey
May 1
6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
Start Garden -- 40 Pearl St NW #200
Career Readiness Event Calendar
The Talk & Tour Series is a evening career exploration program designed to increase awareness of diverse careers available in high demand career sectors. Through an informal "talk show style" format, a panel of professionals in select industries will share their own career path, the inside scoop on what their jobs are really like, along with their perspective on what you can do to prepare for a career you are interested in. This is your chance to ask questions, get valuable career information and take an action step in figuring out your own career direction. A tour of the host site will provided, with a special focus on seeing the latest technology and innovation happening in the workplace. Each month a new industry/segment/topic will be highlighted. Parents/guardians are encouraged to attend the Talk & Tour with their student! Click here for Registration and Details .
May 2
Kent Career Technical Center Business Expo
7:00 AM
Kent Career Technical Center, 1655 East Beltline NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49525, USA
Kent Career Technical Center Business Expo
May 2
7:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Kent Career Technical Center, 1655 East Beltline NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49525, USA
Career Readiness Community Activities Calendar
Email Denise Washington to RSVP: denisewashington@kentisd.org
Workshop Wednesday @ Grand Rapids Public Library
6:30 PM
Grand Rapids Public Library, 111 Library St NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503, USA
Workshop Wednesday @ Grand Rapids Public Library
May 2
6:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Grand Rapids Public Library, 111 Library St NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503, USA
Career Readiness Community Activities Calendar

Learn about different applications of STEAM (Science,Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math) through hands-on activities, discussions,and career exploration. Our Workshops are perfect for curious kids who want toknow how things work and why we study STEAM. This program will feature adifferent topic each month and is for kids in grades 6-8 (but younger and olderkids are welcome to stop by). Snacks and Ride to Read passes will be available.

September 6, 2017

6:30pm-7:30pm

Constellations

Why did ancient people make pictures out of the stars? Whogets to name a constellation? Learn all about the science and mythology behindconstellations, recreate famous ones, and even design your own from real starmaps.

October 4, 2017

6:30pm-7:30pm

Hydraulics

Learn the principles of water power by assembling afunctioning robotic arm that moves using hydraulic power!

November 1, 2017

6:30pm-7:30pm

Kinetic Creatures

Kinetic Creatures are walking cardboard animals that youbuild from a kit! You'll learn about movement and engineering while you help usput together Rory, Geno, and Elly.

December 6, 2017

6:30pm-7:30pm

Paper Circuits

Electricity can happen anywhere! Design your own circuit onpaper and light up LEDs using copper tape and conductive ink.

January 3, 2018

6:30pm-7:30pm

Sewn Circuits

If you had fun creating circuits on paper, then you'll lovethis workshop where we'll create our own fashionable circuitry. Kids areencouraged to bring old clothing for themselves but extra supplies will be available.

February 7, 2018

6:30pm-7:30pm

Tensile Bubbles

Use your engineering skills to create geometric bubble wandsand watch how the design affects the shapes of the bubbles.

March 7, 2018

6:30pm-7:30pm

Magnetic Slime

In this workshop we will make a slime that reacts to astrong magnet. You can make it move and dance!

April 4, 2018

6:30pm-7:30pm

Lightbulb Terrarium

Get ready for Earth Day by using recycled light bulbs tocreate your own mini terrarium with moss and other tiny plants.

May 2, 2018

6:30pm-7:30pm

Bristle Bots

BristleBots are tiny simple robots that move with the powerof vibration. We can study how they move by creating obstacle courses, paintingwith them, and racing them.