Kent ISD is Hosting the West Michigan Education Leadership Conference on December 11

Kent ISD is Hosting the West Michigan Education Leadership Conference on December 11

On December 11, the West Michigan Education Leadership Conference is back at Kent ISD! This year’s conference will be kicking off with national speaker and author, Dr. Anthony Muhammad.  Everyone that attends will receive a free copy of Anthony’s latest book, “Transforming School Culture: How to Overcome Staff Division (Leading the Four Types of Teachers) 2nd Edition” that was published in July 2017.

In addition to Anthony, we will also have another up and coming national speaker, Benjamin Gilpin. Ben is “The Colorful Principal.” He is relationship driven, student-centered, and believes that ALL kids can succeed. Ben will present our afternoon keynote as well as a few breakout sessions.

Our theme for the conference this year is “Leaders in Action!” Every presentation will not only give you great information that you can apply to your practice, but it will also highlight leaders that are currently using the strategies presented to impact their students learning.

Do not miss this incredible opportunity to connect with other leaders and learn from their successes.

Visit for more information and to enroll today.


Join Us for the 2017 Curriculum and Technology Leaders Collaborative Summit

Join Us for the 2017 Curriculum and Technology Leaders Collaborative Summit

You are invited to attend the annual Curriculum and Technology Leaders Collaborative Summit (CTLCS). The Summit will be held at Lansing Community College-West on Tuesday, October 31, 2017.

The year’s theme, “Breaking Barriers to Achieve the Top 10 in 10” will provide a thoughtful day of learning where together we will seek to answer, “What action can Michigan’s curriculum and technology leaders take to address equity, access, and diversity within their districts?”  We will address this question by:

  • engaging with equity experts;
  • examining practices that are breaking down barriers for students, families, and the community to ensure equity; and
  • exploring equity and access strategies in both the MI Roadmap and Michigan’s Top 10 in 10 Strategic Plan.

The summit will emphasize the importance of authentic collaboration between two key district experts: the curriculum and technology leaders.  By working together innovative practices will emerge to move Michigan to becoming a Top 10 education state.

We look forward to seeing you this year!

Register at:

Questions can be directed to Amanda Stoel, Department Analyst, Michigan Department of Education, Office of P-20 Data and Information Management at

The Kent ISD STEM Network is Here!

The Kent ISD STEM Network is Here!

If you’re curious about STEM education, what it means, and what you should know; you may be interested in Kent ISD’s upcoming STEM Network.

Connect. Explore. Achieve. 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. Sign up at the Kent ISD PD Hub (search for course number 17CR1101).

Two meetings (2 days each) are planned for the 17-18 School Year:
November 1-2; March 21-22
8am-3pm each day

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?”

Start School Right with  FREE Professional Learning!

Start School Right with FREE Professional Learning!

Start off the school year with free professional learning opportunities from TRIG!

Below is a list of the free online PD available this September. These opportunities are available to educators in all districts and are eligible for 6-9 SCECH credits. Each course is 3 weeks long, with two live webinars (in the evening).

Click on the course titles below to get course details and to register:

Tech Ed in the Middle School – 21Things4Student Technology Bootcamp

Tech Ed in the Middle School – 21Things4Student Technology Bootcamp

Are you teaching a middle school technology curriculum?

Are you an educator assigned to teach 21things4students and want to know more about the curriculum and materials?

Is your district using 21things4students to teach 5th ‐ 9th grade technology, but you’re not sure what resources are available?

Do you need help developing digital portfolios with your students in Office 365, Google Drive, or Google Apps for Education?

Are you looking to find out how teachers use 21things4students to integrate technology and best practice?


  • Know the curriculum and resources available in 21t4s for use in your classroom
  • Understand how to implement these materials to support the ISTE Standards • Students
  • Make connections between the 21things4teachers and the 21things4students resources for your classroom
  • Transfer the learning into your instructional practice using best practice strategies

Register for this event or learn more by viewing the flyer below.

Making ADA Compliant Documents: Register Now for June 29 Summer Drive-In Conference!

Making ADA Compliant Documents: Register Now for June 29 Summer Drive-In Conference!

25f761dd-c5d3-42f7-9e79-0641e2f8457aAmerican with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliance has been a hot topic for all of us in the education community this year. Now that we understand the guidelines, it is time to learn how to properly produce electronic school documents that are accessible to everyone.

Presenting MSPRA’s 2017 Summer Drive-In Conference: ADA Action Lab on Thursday, June 29 at Ingham ISD, 2630 W. Howell Rd., Mason, MI 48854. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. The program runs from 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m. and includes lunch.

This day-long Action Lab features Foxbright ADA compliance experts. [Note: You don’t need to be a Foxright client to participate.]  View the conference post card for more information.

Not only will you learn how to produce compliant Word, Excel, Google Drive and PDF documents, but you will also have an entire afternoon to work one-on-one with the ADA compliance experts from Foxbright. To make the most of this experience, bring your laptop and electronic version of the documents you wish to make compliant.  See the agenda for more details.

  • Cost: $25 for MSPRA members or if you are attending with (and are registered by) an MSPRA member.
  • Cost: $35 for non-members attending on their own
  • Register by June 23, 2017
  • Space is limited to the first 90 registrants.