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

January 27
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
Jan 27
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.
February 2
Groundhog Job Shadow Day
Groundhog Job Shadow Day
Feb 2
Career Readiness Event Calendar
ave you started to look around your classroom and wonder, "What's Next?" or dream about the job you will do after high school? Are you interested in pulling back the curtain of the world of work and spending the day with a mentor? ​If you answered "yes" - #GSD18 is for you! When:February 2, 2018 Time: 9AM - 2PM Where:You get to choose the role that is right for you - there are almost 300 roles to shadow for the day! Click here for Registration and Details .
February 3
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
Feb 3
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.
February 6
Talk & Tour Career Series: Engineering & Construction
6:00 PM
FTC&H -- 1515 Arboretum Dr SE
Talk & Tour Career Series: Engineering & Construction
Feb 6
6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
FTC&H -- 1515 Arboretum Dr SE
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 .
Talk & Tour Career Series: Information Security
6:00 PM
Spectrum Health IS Facility -- 4700 60th Street SE
Talk & Tour Career Series: Information Security
Feb 6
6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
Spectrum Health IS Facility -- 4700 60th Street SE
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 .