GET Supports for Autism Conference – Nov. 8 at Kent ISD

Did you know in 2015-16 there were 18,746 students statewide (855 students in Kent County) who meet the educational criteria for having a primary disability of Autism?  

supports.jpgThe GET Supports for Autism Conference was designed by teachers and related service providers of students with Autism in effort to increase the success of inclusion for these students.  This conference is a great opportunity for general education teachers to learn practical, hands-on methods of working with students with Autism and even with general education students who may require additional supports.

The GET Supports for Autism Conference, formerly known as the ASD Conference: Hands on Learning for General and Special Educators, was highly attended in its first year.  After reading through the feedback and refining the offerings, the planning committee has come back together and branded the conference as the GET conference, with a focus on General Education Teachers (GET).  Please note that although the focus is general education teacher supports, this conference is open to all educators, related service providers, and administrators.

 We’d love for you to “Save the Date” the 2017-18 GET Supports for Autism Conference which will be held November 8, 2017 at Kent ISD.

 Additionally, if you are interested in presenting a either 1 hour or a 90 minute session at the GET conference on November 8, 2017 at Kent ISD, please complete the form below to submit a proposal.  Topics considered should be evidence based and will include such areas as: behavior modification strategies, visual supports for behavior and/or communication, general tips, social thinking, self-management, peer-to-peer, reinforcement, prompting, video modeling, social stories, etc.  As a reminder, this is a hands on learning conference, and so proposals should include suggestions for hands on learning.

 When thinking about potential proposals, consider presenting with a general education teacher, as we would love to be able to offer Special Education and General Education co-presentations.

 Proposals must be received by May 1 –

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GoogleFEST is coming to Grand Rapids!

2016-03-31_11-18-21GoogleFEST is coming! This is a great way to learn how to utilize Google Apps for Education to increase engagement, collaboration and learning outcomes before you get back to the classroom.

GoogleFEST is August 9 & 10 at the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel in Grand Rapids. Registration will open on April 29 at the MACUL website.


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You Won’t Want To Miss The Michigan Flip Teaching Conference

The 4th Michigan Flip Teaching Conference will be February 20, 2016 at the Steelcase University Learning Center. This is a FREE conference for educators from around the Midwest and beyond.

In addition to sessions on best practices around implementing the flipped classroom, new strands on Blended Learning and Classroom Design will be included. Steelcase Learn Lab

If you are interested in presenting, please fill out the call for proposals form.

If you’ve never been to the Steelcase Campus, you are in for a visual treat.  Your visit will allow you to take in the many unique spaces and furnishings that will spark your imagination as you think about redesigning your own learning environments.

Register for free today, and keep an eye out for the keynote announcement and other details by following @MiFLIP on Twitter and by visiting the MI Flip website.



#blended-learning, #conference, #flipped, #learning, #professional-development

Announcing the Michigan Association for Media in Education Fall Conference

MAMEThe Michigan Association for Media in Education (MAME) Fall Conference is coming November 11-13!

Here are a few of the highlights of this conference:

Opening keynote speaker, Kathy Schrock, will present The Common Thread: Weaving Information Literacy Skills to Engage Learners and an additional breakout session on Digital Storytelling Across the Curriculum.
Friday morning breakfast’s featured author is Eliot Schrefer. Eliot’s fifth novel, Endangered, was a finalist for the National Book Award in Young People’s Literature. It was also one of NPR’s “Best of 2012,” an editor’s choice in The New York Times (which called it “dazzling” and “big-hearted”), a finalist for the Walden Award, winner of the Green Earth Book Award, and the Sigurd Olson Nature Writing Award.

AASL’s 2015 National School Library Program of the Year award winner, Ken Stewart,will be with us! Ken is the School Librarian at Blue Valley High School in Stilwell, Kansas.
Lori L. Smith, author of the book Tapping State Government Information Sources, has published widely about government documents and will be your guide to federal government publications and will discuss tools to unearth online treasures from sites such as the Catalog of U.S. Government Publications, FDsys: The Federal Digital System,,, and many others.

At our Membership Meeting, we’ll hear from Superintendent of Instruction, Brian Whiston and State Librarian, Randy Riley.
Closing keynote speaker and AASL President, Leslie Preddy, will be giving a complete update on AASL and an additional session called Building a Reading Community: Ideas You Can Use Tomorrow.
Register today!

#conference, #elibrary, #mame

3rd Annual Michigan Digital Learning Conference on October 13-14, 2015!

MDLCThanks to a collaborative effort between MISD, MACUL, and the REMC Association, Macomb ISD is pleased to announce the 3rd Annual Michigan Digital Learning Conference on October 13-14, 2015!  

Mark your calendars now and sign up for two action-packed days of technology infused learning at Macomb Intermediate School District. This conference brings Michigan Educators two days of pre-conference sessions, hands-on workshops and engaging conference sessions. Plan to attend one or both days! Check out innovative resources, new and emerging technologies, and classroom applications to get started today.Find out how to successfully integrate technology, and network with educators to develop best practice in technology embedded instruction.

This year Leslie Fisher will be on hand to share “Tools You Can Use Tomorrow”. This exciting keynote will help you sort through the many resources available to focus in on those that can have a profound effect on both our time in the classroom and out. She’ll showcase top tools in Web 2.0, Mobile, Apps, and hardware. Leslie will also be on hand for preconference and conference sessions. Known for her humor, enthusiasm, and lightning speed round presentation style, get prepared for an engaging presentation on technology and learning.  For more on Leslie, visit her website.

 Strands for the conference sessions include:

  • Educational Technology Trends & Tools
  • Management/Leadership
  • Technology to Support Michigan Academic Standards
  • Mobile Learning
  • Statewide Projects and Initiatives
  • Blended & Online Learning Models
  • Data to Inform Instruction
  • Technology to Support Struggling Learners

 For more information and to register, please go to:

Hope to see you there!

For more information, please contact:

Dr. Jennifer-Parker Moore, – Sue Hardin, – Jan Harding,

#conference, #macul, #mdlc

Training Day for Office Support Staff

It is rare for educational support staff to get training opportunities, so this could be of interest to you or people you know. On September 01, Muskegon Area ISD is hosting a professional development day with sessions on a variety of topics geared towards office staff, including Munis, social media, and Google Docs. Participants can choose to attend for a half or full day.

Go to the conference registration page for more details and/or to register.

#administrative-staff, #conference

Announcing the 21Things4Students Tech Boot Camp!

bootcampAre you an educator 5-9th grade teacher assigned to teach the 21things4students and want to know more about the curriculum and materials?

  • Is your district using the 21things4students to teach 5th grade technology but you’re not sure what resources are available?
  • Do you need help getting started having your students create digital portfolios and build technology proficiency?
  • If you answered yes to any of these questions, then the 21things4students TECH BOOT CAMP is for you! Come experience two days of tools, resources, and THINGS in anticipation of the new school year!

Offered across Michigan in August, 2015!

  • 8/3 & 4, 2015  – Kalamazoo RESA
  • 8/6 & 7, 2015  – Clare Gladwin RESD
  • 8/11 & 12, 2015  – Macomb ISD

For more information, visit:

#21things, #conference

Kent ISD’s TechCamp 2015 – June 16-18 at Innovation High


Come join us for three days of hands-on education technology learning and collaborative conversations with expert facilitators from across Michigan!

TechCamp 2015 is a 3 day ala carte education technology integration experience for area educators, paraprofessionals, and administrators.

In this conference-format, you can pick and choose from topics covering Google Apps for Education, Blended Learning course creation, Open Education Resources, Flipping your classroom with screen casting, creating an online classroom website, and much more.

You can earn up to 19 SCECHs and all three days cost only $30 – a fantastic low price for a fantastic learning opportunity.

Sign up today at the Kent ISD Professional Development Hub.

#conference, #professional-development, #techcamp2015

Do You Know About AssisTechKnow?


We have a really cool professional learning opportunity on October 9 and 10, 2014  for those of you involved in the intersection of students with disabilities and educational technology (AT).

The Kent Intermediate School District and Region 3 Assistive Technology Group welcomes educators, student teachers, PTs, OT’s, SLPs and others to learn about the latest in Assistive Technology.

Please join us for this unprecedented opportunity to view and interact with nationally recognized providers of Assistive Technology. We will have presentations from vendors, practitioners and educators all day long.

You can find more information and registration at the AssisTechKnow website.

#assistechknow, #assistive-technology, #conference, #grand-rapids, #kentisd