Kent ISD is pleased to announce the hosting of the third Personalized Learning Conference on May 2, 2018 and is searching for presenters to share their experiences in this evolving educational practice. Personalized Learning is a model of learning that promotes flexibility within the learning environment to allow students’ needs to drive instructional strategies, assessments, use of time, and materials.
We are searching for presentation proposals that include the innovative and systemic use of blended learning and/or technology to drive or support elementary, middle and high school learning to ensure students are college and career ready. In particular, we seek case studies, action research, and stories of success related to innovative learning that facilitates one or more of the following:
- Blended Learning Implementation
- Individualized Instruction
- Assessment & Feedback
- Authentic Practice
- Promoting Transfer and Universal Design for Learning
- Active Learning
- Mastery Learning
- Data-Driven Decision Making
- Project-Based Learning
Proposal submission deadline is February 23, 2018 at 11:59 p.m.
The Idea Slam ’18, sponsored by the METS Group and REMC Association of Michigan, is scheduled for Wednesday, March 7 from 7:00 – 10:00pm.
The Idea Slam is a fast-paced “pitch fest” and networking event for educators. Selected projects will be presented and attendees will vote on their favorite ideas. The winning project will receive a minimum of $1,500 towards their innovative educational idea.
The rest of the evening is an informal meet-up with fun conversations and delicious offerings from the new Downtown Grand Rapids venue, the Knickerbocker, owned by New Holland Brewing Company.
What makes the Idea Slam possible and successful?
YOUR IDEAS! Submit a proposal by completing this registration form. If chosen as a finalist you will be assigned a pitch coach to help you prepare for the event.
Idea Slam Pitch Rubric
Please contact the METS group at email@example.com if you have any questions!
Pitch proposals are due February 9, 2018 at midnight.
The Michigan Math Science Centers Network and Code.org are bringing free professional learning and curriculum resources to educators to implement AP® Computer Science Principles and Computer Science Discoveries.
Applications are now being accepted for the 2018-19 professional learning cohort. Click here to view the application and visit http://micoding.weebly.com/professional-learning.html for more information on the program.
The professional learning for teachers is FREE and includes two components:
- Summer, 2018:Teachers attend a 5-day in-person, conference-style workshop designed to introduce the CS concepts from the curriculum and core teaching practices. There are no registration costs for this event. Lodging, breakfast, lunch, and materials will be provided free of charge.
- School Year, 2018-19:Teachers continue with 4 job-embedded workshops held in Michigan and online modules focused on supporting teachers in their first year of implementation.
There are two steps to the application:
- Teachers fill out and submit the application.
- Administrators receive an automatically generated email with a link to complete the application process.
Section 21j of the 2017 -2018 State School Aid Act provides $500,000 to fund grants for the design and implementation of competency-based education programs. Districts will compete for grant funding for the purpose of providing enhanced choice to pupils and parents for the completion of the requirements for kindergarten through a high school diploma, including the Michigan Merit Curriculum. The grant program is designed to be a three-year opportunity for districts to explore, develop , and implement the systems and processes necessary for a quality competency-based education program.
Applications for this grant must be submitted in the Michigan Electronic Grant System Plus (MEGS+) by February 2, 2018. The grant application questions are being provided now so that districts can begin the application process in an effort to allow for maximum time to plan and connect with stakeholders. Please keep in mind that budgets will be submitted MEGS+ and that narrative responses in will be limited to 1000 characters. There is also a section in MEGS+ where supporting documents may be loaded into MEGS+ for review.
Please review the following resources for application information:
*The content from this post was copied from the Michigan Department of Education’s site on competency-based education.
In many schools, especially at the elementary level, it is common for students to be using tech for core skill building. For example, they might be using Zearn to go through math practice at a level that is personalized based on pre-assessment results. This can be beneficial, but some research suggests that so-called drill and kill types of platforms might not be best and may even have negative effects on student learning. See this research page from Liz Kolb’s Triple E Framework site for more on that.
I also believe that students can be doing much more than practice problems with the devices they are using. So, I have been exploring ways to design activities that involve application of learning and using tech to build or create based on the concepts being taught. This may sound a bit daunting, but here are two examples that are fairly simple to set up:
- Google Slides Place Value Interactive. You can add background elements, like a cartoon field, that won’t move by editing the Slide Master (how to edit Slide Master in Google Slides). When students load the link, they can make a copy, or teachers can assign it through Classroom as a copy for each student. Then they interact and build.
- Google Doc Array and Area Activity. This prompts students to build some simple layouts in Geogebra and then asks questions that farmers would actually have to ask when building a fence. Like in the previous activity, students need to apply their understanding. They also have links to reference in case they need it (e.g. perimeter and area).
These are not the most polished or amazing, but they incorporate some complex thinking and some personal interaction as well. Take a look, make copies for yourself, and modify as you see fit. Please share any ideas or questions with us so we can learn from you as well.
Accessible Materials Made Right is a regional workshop intended to help equip participants with the skills and understanding needed to begin creating accessible materials and to train others to do likewise. Topics include:
- Why accessibility matters
- Principles and components of accessibility in Word, Acrobat, and PowerPoint
- Creating accessible material from the start
To help facilitate the learning process and guide teams toward effective implementation, the workshop has been split into three non-consecutive days. Participants are expected to attend all three days. The workshop alternates between lecture, hands-on practice, and group discussion. Upon completion, everyone will have had hands-on practice creating basic-level accessible:
- Word documents
- PowerPoint presentations
Who should attend?
Intermediate school district teams, or local district teams, of at least two people who are responsible for, and will be, training others on the creation and remediation of accessible materials on publicly facing websites are invited to apply. Please refer to the Accessible Materials Made Right Information Guidefor guidance on selecting a team.
When and where is the training?
Location: Berrien RESA
Dates: January 11, February 2, and February 15
Interested teams must first submit an application. Successful applicants will receive registration information upon acceptance of the application.
Application deadline: December 15
For more information, please see the Accessible Materials Made RightInformation Guide. Questions can be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org