The Learning AcademySuccessful teacher induction systems focus on student learning and teacher effectiveness. Kent Intermediate School District's new teacher program provides opportunities for new teachers to meet, collaborate, and grow in a professional learning community that supports growth and development. Sessions are carefully designed with ongoing, engaging, and reflective learning to build the capacity of new teachers with an interactive experience in a supportive environment. Novice oriented professional development will be guided by expert colleagues who are responsive to your teaching through coaching, feedback, and best practice. This series of courses is designed to advance new teachers' understanding of the strategies that can be used to increase student engagement, build constructive relationships with students and establish the routines, procedures and structures needed to improve student learning.
Professional Learning Updates
Classroom Management and Student Engagement
w/ Jack Berckemeyer
“Once you have mastered the art of facing a room full of teenagers, and come out alive, you can do ANYTHING!” ~Unknown
Jack Berckemeyer (educator, author, and humorist) is coming to Kent ISD on November 21 to help districts with classroom management and student engagement! This one day session for administrators and educators will be based on his book, “Managing the Madness, A Practical Guide for Middle Grades Classrooms.”
Jack will provide real-life examples and solutions to help with classroom disruptions and management issues. His funny, informative, and entertaining session is designed to explain just why students interrupt our classroom and cause havoc within the school.
Join us and learn how you can develop usable action plans for students, and discover not-so-typical ideas to manage a classroom.
CLICK HERE to see Jack in action!
Reaching and Teaching Students in Poverty with Paul C. Gorski (He’s back in West Michigan!)
We are thrilled to announce that Kent ISD and Ottawa ISD will be hosting full day workshops on Reaching and Teaching Students in Poverty with Paul C. Gorski.
In March 2014, Kent County Health Rankings were released. It found that 23% of children in Kent County live in poverty, up from 20% the previous year; the national benchmark is 13%.
CLICK HERE to learn more about this PD and to enroll online. Seating is limited so register early!
Michigan Mathematics Educators (#MichME)
This will be a collaborative networking group where administrators, math coaches, math specialists, and math teachers work together to learn and address effective teaching and learning of mathematics. While this is a group that will focus on the shifts in mathematics education K-12, it will also offer an amazing networking opportunity for all involved. It is time that we learn together while learning from each other.
CLICK HERE to learn more or to join this network.