ELA, SS, and Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science, and Other Technical Subjects Summer I 2022

Here are some of the latest PD opportunities and resources!

Literacy Leaders and Coaches Network 2022-2023 - Registration Open!

Dear Literacy Leaders & Coaches Network colleagues,

LLCN is going to meet again in person for the 22-23 school year. Please register here!
This year for LLCN we will meet for three (3) dates throughout the year. There will be a shift in the way we interact on these three days. The days that we will meet will be full days but in the morning we will be asking you to set aside some time to sit down and dig into resources that we will share for consideration. These resources might include our latest LLCN Brief Podcast, a current ASCD article, or a book that is supporting work in the field of education. This asynchronous morning time is 8:30am-11:30am. At 11:30 please prepare to meet colleagues at Kent ISD - gather any relevant materials for our afternoon connections and take time to reflect on your morning of learning as you take time for lunch. We will convene at Kent ISD from 12:30 - 3:00 for an afternoon of dialogue and conversation with LLCN colleagues around professional learning and the insights you’re gaining from your morning of study.

Don't forget the podcast!
The latest episode of the #LLCNBrief podcast focuses on formative assessment.  Join us as we connect with researcher, author, former UCLA Principal and Assistant Director, and independent educational consultant, Margaret Heritage.   Her work has long centered around formative assessment and ambitious teaching and spans multiple continents.

Making Formative Assessment Happen in the Classroom - a conversation with Margaret Heritage

We hope the podcasts continue to be a source of inspiration and conversation for you and your colleagues/staff.  We encourage you to use them as professional learning starting points for dialogue in PLCS, staff meetings, and professional learning days.  If you have any questions or want to connect further, please reach out to Mark or Sarah via email.

Listen in to any of the eight previous podcasts here:

August Virtual Event: An American Rabbi in Buchenwald

This event is this Sunday 8-6-22 already if you are interested. It is virtual and registration still open! Sorry for the short notice!

Virtual Program | Sunday, August 7, at 2:30 PM EDT
Historian Dr. Rafael Medoff will tell the story of Rabbi Herschel Schacter, a chaplain whose unit liberated the Nazi concentration camp of Buchenwald. Schacter was thrust into the role of helping survivors rebuild their shattered lives and serving as their voice to the world.
Dr. Rafael Medoff is the founding director of The David S. Wyman Institute for Holocaust Studies and the author of more than 20 books about the Holocaust, Zionism, and American Jewish history including The Rabbi of Buchenwald.
The Zekelman Holocaust Center
28123 Orchard Lake Road
Farmington Hills, Michigan 48334 - (248) 553-2400

NEW Teacher Mentor Program at Kent ISD

Local districts have been asking us for a new teacher mentor professional development. There has been a rise in new hires and success and retention is becoming a top priority. Almost all of the studies that we reviewed show that beginning teachers who participated in some kind of induction had a higher satisfaction, commitment, and retention.

Beginning teachers that have been mentored have been able to:
  • keep students on task better,
  • develop good lesson plans,
  • use effective discussion techniques,
  • had positive classroom environments,
  • adjusted instruction appropriately,
  • and managed classrooms effectively.
Plus, when new teachers participated in mentoring programs their student showed greater academic gains!

Your staff has the opportunity to join Kent ISD in a Mentor Network that begins this Fall. This network will meet for one hour virtually each month to connect with new teacher mentors across Kent county. Mentors will participate in a community where they can share best practices, refine mentoring skills, learn new strategies, and plan mentoring sessions. This network is for mentors in all stages of their learning journey.

Kent ISD will also be providing a Mentor Training in early August. This training will help mentors acquire skills needed to build trust, hold coaching conversations, and provide meaningful feedback. They will also learn how to use tools and protocols to engage in mentoring activities including: goal setting, co-planning, and observations. This training is perfect for new mentors or existing mentors to brush up on their skill set. Mentors that attend this training will also be invited to attend the Mentor Network for on-going learning. Please share with your colleagues!
Learn about the Mentor NETWORK
Learn about the Mentor TRAINING


3-Day Virtual Summer Institute for Michigan teachers on Teaching the History of the Arab-Israeli Conflict Using Primary Sources

My name is Dori Gerber, and I am an educator with the Institute for Curriculum Services (ICS).  We are hosting a virtual summer institute on "Teaching the History of the Arab-Israeli Conflict" for social studies/history teachers in Michigan that will be held August 15-17.
WHAT: 3-Day Virtual Summer Institute for Michigan teachers on Teaching the History of the Arab-Israeli Conflict Using Primary Sources
Develop a deep, historical understanding of the conflict, learn new strategies for engaging students with primary source documents, collaborate with fellow educators, receive a catalog of resources and lesson plans for instruction,
and earn a $150 stipend and 7.75 SCECHs for participating.
WHEN: August 15-17, 2022 (9am-Noon Eastern Time)  
Click this link - to apply TODAY! Please feel free to share this opportunity with your friends and colleagues who teach this topic, as well. If you have any questions, contact Dori Gerber, ICS Educator, at

Curated resources for teaching about the invasion of Ukraine

The Oakland Schools social studies team has curated resources to support educators as they navigate the invasion of Ukraine with their students. You can find these in our smore Teaching Social Studies in Historic Times. Please share widely and also reach out with any resources that you have found to be helpful and think should be included.
All our best,
Stacie, Molly, and Christopher
Warm Regards,
Stacie Woodward
Disciplinary Literacy & Social Studies Consultant
Leadership & Continuous Improvement Unit
Oakland Schools
OS Social Studies Listserv Sign-up:
Check our these curated resources: 

Women's History Month Smore 2022

Black History Month Resources

Teaching Social Studies in Historic Times


The Holocaust Center In-Person and Virtual Tour Options

Student In-Person Tours
Our Museum Education Program is customized for each group, and once a group books, the Museum Educator assigned to the class group reaches out and works directly with the teacher to co-plan the experience and teaching pieces that happen before they arrive, when they are here, and the follow-up after they have the museum experience to maximize the learning opportunities.   These programs are highly customizable and can also include a talk with a Holocaust Survivor after their tour as well.  Classes get discounted admission rates, teachers attend for free, and we even have a bus subsidy for At-Risk/Title I funded schools.
Virtual Museum Experience (VME)
Our Virtual Museum Experience is an experience where we can bring the museum to your classroom.  Unlike other virtual museum tours, we bill this as an experience because we customize each session to the specific school group’s needs.  Each session is led by one of our museum educators and uses artifacts from our collection to facilitate an interactive exploration and discussion with your students.  Our museum educator works with you to pull the specific artifacts and focus your experience to the specific goals of your session.  While we have many titles an options, you can create your own, too!  Virtual sessions are customized to meet your teaching needs.  They typically run 45 minutes and the cost is only $50/session. 
Contact me for me information or register at the link below!
Link to book either option and contact me if you need assistance.
Rick Schaffner
Manger of Education Outreach
Phone: (248) 556-3663
Fax: (248) 553-2433
28123 Orchard Lake Road
Farmington Hills, MI 48334

PL Series for Teaching 8th Grade U.S. History

Hello social studies teachers and leaders!
We hope you have had a wonderful summer so far and are feeling reenergized for the upcoming school year.  Please see below for an opportunity for 8th grade teachers and leaders, and please forward this opportunity to anyone you know scheduled to teach 8th grade U.S. history this school year who may not be on our listservs.
The fully revised 8th grade U.S. history MC3 course is in Atlas, and it consists of ten units of study, aligned to both the 2019 social studies standards and the C3 Framework.  In order to support teachers as they use the revised course this school year, we will be holding a FREE 11-part monthly series on Zoom.  There is no requirement to attend a minimum number of sessions.  You may attend one, two, or all of the sessions…it’s up to you!  Please see the smore for all of the details and registration information.  Please note, you must register for each session in advance.
While the majority of the sessions will run for 1½ hours after school, our first session will be 3 hours in order to allow time to introduce the new pacing, provide an overview of the course, explore Unit 1, prepare for opening classroom activities, and learn how to support students with this curriculum’s scaffolds.  This first session will be held on Wednesday, August 24 from 12:00-3:00 p.m. on Zoom.

Possible Professional Learning for the 6-12 Disciplinary Literacy Essentials

The 6-12 Disciplinary Literacy Task Force is proud to announce learning opportunities for secondary English, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, Career Tech, Visual/Performing Arts, and World Languages teachers, as well as building leaders, instructional coaches, and educators at higher education institutions. These opportunities have been designed with flexibility and relevancy in mind.

Review the opportunities here.

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