ELA, SS, and Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science, and Other Technical Subjects September 2019

Here are some of the latest PD opportunities and resources!

Literacy Coaching Network 2019-2020 - Registration is Open!

Hello Literacy Educator,
We are excited to announce that the Literacy Coaching Network (LCN) Registration for 2019-2020 is now open.
The theme of the Literacy Coaching Network this year will be “In what ways will we empower ALL learners?” We will be using LCN this year to support professional learning to increase our capacity to empower all learners. We will have the opportunity to delve deeper into this topic through exploring and analyzing the research of these nationally known authors:

  • David Kilpatrick
  • Ellin Oliver Keene
  • Brené Brown
  • Releah Cossett Lent
You as the LCN participant will get to choose one path of learning you would like to follow in LCN. 
Whichever path you select you will receive that speaker's book as the feature book for your LCN experience:
  • Essentials of Assessing, Preventing, and Overcoming Reading Difficulties (Essentials of Psychological Assessment) By David Kilpatrick
  • Engaging Children: Igniting a Drive for Deeper Learning K-8 by Ellin Oliver Keene
  • Dare to Lead by Brené Brown
  • This is Disciplinary Literacy: Reading, Writing, Thinking, and Doing...Content Area by Content Area by Releah Cossett Lent

Based on your selection you will get the book of that author and then time in an LCN session to delve deeper into the work of that author. However, the learning will not stop there, as an LCN participant you will also be able to participate in an additional session of your choice during the LCN day to learn additional strategies to empower all learners. We look forward to working with you to support your learning in truly empowering all learners you impact educationally.

We are excited to have you be a participant in the network.  For more details and access to registration please visit this link.
See you next year,
Sarah, Katie, Christi, Diane, and Mark


Performance Assessments of Social Studies Thinking (PASST) Assessment Building

This state-wide, project based, year long training (consisting of four sessions and some online work) will focus on equipping teachers of 3rd Grade, 4th Grade, High School Government, High School Economics, and more this year . . . . with the knowledge and skills necessary to create and evaluate assessments that are similar to those being produced by the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium.The training will focus on understanding: 

  • depth of knowledge
  • text complexity
  • question writing that assesses skills AND content
  • scoring Smarter Balanced-like items

Participants will collaboratively create an extensive end-of-course assessment for their grade level (3, 4, HS Economics, or HS Government, ). Spatial and temporal thinking skills will be infused within the skills demanded of the C3 Framework and CCSS ELA literacy standards for history/social studies. 

New this year even with 3rd Grade, 4th Grade, HS Economics, HS Government as the focus we will keep all grade levels in Social Studies open. The true nature of the work is about exploring the standards and using that analysis to drive assessment and instruction. With the potential of the new standards likely many grade levels will be interested in this work. Feel free to reach out with any questions you might have

More information and registration details can be found here.


Foundation Skills Training Registration at Kent ISD PD Hub

  1. Reading Foundation Skills & CCSS: Strengthening K Phonemic Awareness and Basic Phonics Ins
    Tuesday 10/15/2019 8:30 AM-3:30 PM
    Regular Price: $40.00
    Please follow the link below for the specific Web address for this course:

  2. Reading Foundation Skills & CCSS: Strengthening 2nd & 3rd Grade Phonics and Fluency Instruction
    Tuesday 10/22/2019 8:30 AM-3:30 PM
    Regular Price: $40.00
    Please follow the link below for the specific Web address for this course:
  3. Reading Foundational Skills & CCSS: Strengthening 4th-5th Grade Advanced Word Study & Fluency
    Tuesday 12/10/2019 8:30 AM-3:30 PM
    Regular Price: $40.00
    Please follow the link below for the specific Web address for this course:
  4. Foundational Skills to Support Reading for Understanding: Supporting Administrators and Coaches
    Tuesday 12/17/2019 8:30 AM-3:30 PM
    Regular Price: $40.00
    Please follow the link below for the specific Web address for this course:
  • Click Here to Enroll Online
  • You may search for this course by entering the title or course number.
  • Enter your User ID and Password or Create a New Account.
  • If you don't know if you have an account, you may contact the PD Hub at 616-365-2235.
  • To obtain a receipt for payment, you may log on to your account

If you have any special needs, require accommodations or have questions contact PD Hub 616-365-2235 or


Ellen Keene - Ignite Engagement   

Ellin Oliver Keene explores the questions: What can we do to help students develop internal motivation or, better yet, engagement? Differentiating between compliance, participation, motivation, and engagement, she shows how to develop and recognize true student engagement in your classroom and help students take more responsibility for their learning.

As a teacher, instructional coach, or principal you will learn to cultivate an environment for increasing student engagement. You will also explore four pillars of engagement that provide a framework for considering what it means to be engaged:

  • Intellectual urgency: The compelling drive we experience when we choose to invest time and effort in learning; using questions to propel our learning forward.
  • Emotional resonance: The ability to describe when a concept is imprinted on our mind and our heart; experiencing a strong emotional connection to what we learn or read.
  • Perspective bending: An awareness of how others' knowledge, emotions, and beliefs shape our own; adjusting our thinking when challenged and relishing the opportunity to impact others with our ideas.
  • The aesthetic world:.A recognition of moments when we find something uniquely beautiful, captivating, hilarious, or meaningful, discussing a book, an illustration, a painting, or an idea that seems to have been created just for us.

Truly engaged children are more likely to remember and reapply what they learn. Engagement provides authentic motivation for students and helps them become citizens who act on their learning for the betterment of the world. With Ellin's guidance, you'll discover how to help all children uncover their drive for deeper learning

For more details and registration visit this link.

Other Literacy Opportunity Trainings

1. Teacher Directed Paths to Achieving Literacy Success (PALS) - K, 1st Grade, Reading Interventionists, Title I Teachers

  October 21, 2019 - Holiday Inn Mt. Pleasant - 5278 East Pickard Rd.  Mt. Pleasant, MI 48858 

  Register Here - Register by September 30 - note you may have to create an account first.

2. Reading Tiered Fidelity Inventory Coordinator Training Tier 1

  October 28, 2019 - Holiday Inn Mt. Pleasant - 5278 East Pickard Rd.  Mt. Pleasant, MI 48858 

  Register Here - Register by October 1 - note you may have to create an account first.

3. Phonics for Reading First Level

  October 29, 2019 - Holiday Inn Mt. Pleasant - 5278 East Pickard Rd.  Mt. Pleasant, MI 48858 

  Register Here - Register by October 7 - note you may have to create an account first.

4. Reading Tiered Fidelity Inventory Coordinator Training Advanced Tiers

  November 19, 2019 - Holiday Inn Mt. Pleasant - 5278 East Pickard Rd.  Mt. Pleasant, MI 48858 

  Register Here - Register by October 28 - note you may have to create an account first.

5. Phonics for Reading Second Level

  November 26, 2019 - Holiday Inn Mt. Pleasant - 5278 East Pickard Rd.  Mt. Pleasant, MI 48858 

  Register Here - Register by November 6 - note you may have to create an account first.

6. Phonics for Reading Third Level

  December 12, 2019 - Holiday Inn Mt. Pleasant - 5278 East Pickard Rd.  Mt. Pleasant, MI 48858 

  Register Here - Register by November 21 - note you may have to create an account first.



WWI 360: Teach Like An Ace

Professional Development Workshop
Thursday, November 7th, 2019
9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Join us at the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum for this one-day teacher workshop presented by the National WWI Museum and Memorial. The workshop offers a blend of meaningful content and primary-source focused methods for teaching WWI and its enduring impact. Learn to debunk common WWI misconceptions, how to teach beyond the Western Front, and why we need to teach WWI now more than ever. You’ll also learn how to use historical deliberations to engage, educate, and equip your students.
$4 fee to attend; breakfast and lunch included; SCECHs available for those who apply. A limited number of sub reimbursements are available.
Please email: or call: 616-254-0409 for more information.

Register Now

Writing Skills Field Test Opportunity

The Michigan Department of Education (MDE) is looking for schools to participate in an
M-STEP online Passage-based Writing Field Test January 6–January 31, 2020.

Field tests are used to check the adequacy of testing procedures and statistical characteristics
of new test items by testing them in the field before they appear on an actual assessment. This
test follows the same setup and security as the M-STEP. The field test helps to ensure that the
items we are putting on the M-STEP are high quality. And, the more writing exposure your
students receive, the more improvement you will see!

More information check out this flyer.

Changing Practices for Changing Times: Moving Social Studies Forward

Michigan’s newly revised social studies standards are here. Combined with the skills provided by The C3 Framework’s Arc of Inquiry, an exciting opportunity exists to develop powerful teaching and learning in Michigan’s social studies classrooms.
Teachers of grades 5-8, please join us for a sustained, immersive, and collaborative professional learning experience this school year as we strengthen curriculum and instruction in your social studies classrooms.

This opportunity is being run by Muskegon and Ottawa Counties and is offering Zoom connection capability and SCECH's

To register and get more information check it out here!

DeVos Learning Center
Schedule your free field trip today!

Fall 2019
Welcome back! I hope your summer provided time to recharge and that you're looking forward to this next year of possibilities with your students. As always, our education team is eager to partner with you and provide unique learning opportunities both for you and your class. Read on to learn about the new program we are offering this year as well as our fall teacher workshop and more! 
Schedule Your Field Trip Today! 
We are now scheduling field trips for the
2019/2020 school year! 
Our team is proud to offer no-cost, standards-aligned learning experiences for grades PK-12 focused on topics like character education, civics, social studies, and leadership. Students and teachers are admitted for free and we'll even reimburse your bus! Check out all the classes we offer by clicking the links below:
Click here to download our most recent course offerings
Click here to visit our website
Let's get your date on the calendar today! 
Inquire about bus funding when scheduling.
To schedule, contact Clare Shubert: or 616.254.0409


Mark Raffler
Kent Intermediate School District
Educational Consultant
2930 Knapp NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49525
Phone: (616) 447-3075
Fax: (616) 364-1489
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