ELA, SS, and Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science, and Other Technical Subjects February 2021

Here are some of the latest PD opportunities and resources!

MIELA Network 2021 - Register Now!

Where: Virtual Learning Platform - Pheedloop

When: June 23, 24 - 2021

Limited to 300 participants

The days will run from 9 am- 2pm

$80 - the conference will be run virtually this year through the virtual learning platform Pheedloop. The days will have 2 - 2 hour distance learning sessions from 9-11 am and 12-2 pm.

Check out the amazing sessions that we will be offering here!

Registration now open!  You can register right from the Kent ISD Website!

Foundational Skills Training for Administrators and Coaches February 10, 2021

*Please note all of these offerings will be held virtually for the 2020-2021 School year.  Please register at the links provided and as the date for the session gets near you will be sent a link to zoom at access the meeting.

  1. Foundational Skills to Support Reading for Understanding: Supporting Administrators and Coaches
    February 10, 9:00 AM-2:00 PM
    Regular Price: $30.00
    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

Literacy Leaders and Coaches Network 2020-2021
Podcast Episode 3 is Now Live!

The third Literacy Leaders and Coaches Network (LLC) Brief is LIVE!  In this episode, Doug Fisher shares his thinking in relation to feedback that promotes academic growth.  Here is a snippet from the conversation. Listen to the entire podcast and share with a colleague here:

Ellin Oliver Keene Ignite Engagement Advanced Institute

This institute is designed for educators who wish to explore engagement more deeply and who have completed a one-day institute in either 2019 or 2020. We also welcome those who have read Engaging Children: Igniting a Drive for Deeper Learning and who have experimented with some of its ideas in their classrooms. These sessions will include time with Kent County educators who have been deeply immersed in this work since fall of 2019. 
Two options are offered: Click the links above  to read more and sign up today!
Questions? Contact Diane Titche, Kent ISD Early Literacy Coach

Culturally Responsive Instruction: Teaching Critical Literacy and Hard History, course #1899

When: March 2, 16, April 15, April 22 (All Virtual)
             Time: 4:00-6:00 p.m.  Cost: $75    
             Scech Credits: Available at No Extra Charge, 8
Description: Created with and co-taught by the Charles H Wright Museum, participants in this four (4) day workshop, will gain an in-depth understanding of culturally responsive instruction and how to develop equitable classroom spaces that empower ALL students as learners and emerging citizens. This workshop will help teachers develop an equity lens by discovering and examining their own cultural identity in service of becoming culturally responsive instructors.
Using Gholdy Muhammad’s Equity Framework, you will develop your capacity to understand, develop, and implement culturally responsive lessons that cultivate the genius of ALL students. (Culturally Responsive Instruction pursues four goals instructionally by helping students develop their identity, skills, intellect, and criticality.)
To Register ONLINE— Create/Update your Learning Stream account at
Click on Professional Growth, then Catalog and Registration, then View Our Catalog
This is course #1899
Trainers: Virginia Winters, Dr Rosalyn Shahid, David Hales, and staff from the Charles H Wright Museum

Join Our First Online Course of 2021

Teaching the Holocaust, Empowering Students
Online LearningAs our nation continues to grapple with the recent violent insurrection from extremists at the U.S. Capitol, the lessons of the Holocaust are an important reminder of democracy's fragility, and each citizen's continued responsibility to uphold its values.
Sign up today for our first 3-Part Online Course of 2021, which includes new interactive learning tools that create a more collaborative environment for educators as they enhance their Holocaust teaching skills and guide students in building a brighter future.
Course opens February 1. We hope to see you there!
Looking for More Ways to Teach the Lessons of the Holocaust?
Register for one of our upcoming free webinars to increase your knowledge of Holocaust history and access instructional resources to make connections to today's world.

The Lake Michigan Writing Project - Summer Institute 2021 applications are due by Feb. 12

The Lake Michigan Writing Project
LMWP Director, Lindsay Ellis, works with a teacher fellow during Summer Institute
West Michigan community partners and educators,
For over 15 years, Grand Valley State University has been hosting teachers for a summer fellowship to improve writing instruction. For three weeks we write, read, discuss, analyze, enjoy texts, and rekindle our creative and critical voices.
At the end of the course, we hear participants repeatedly say, “This was wonderful! Why didn’t I hear about this earlier in my career?” Will you help us to get the word out to your teachers by forwarding this email or sharing our digital flyer?
A group of teachers sit around a table talking
The Lake Michigan Writing Project (LMWP) is recruiting teachers from all content areas for our 2021 Summer Institute. The institute will be held June 14 - July 1, 2021 at GVSU's Grand Rapids campus. There is no cost to participate. Fellows who successfully complete the institute will receive a $400 stipend or a full three-credit GVSU scholarship.
More information, testimonials, and our application can be found at Please don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions you might have.
Learn more about Summer Institute
Watch Now!  "Exploring the White House" with Author, Kate Andersen Brower
On January 13th, hundreds of students joined us for a special virtual program with bestselling author and journalist, 
Kate Andersen Brower, as we learned all about her latest book, "Exploring the White House: Inside America's 
Most Famous Home."
Kate shared a special inside-look into the most famous home in America and the lives of hardworking staff members and first ladies who've maintained it. Students asked their questions about the history of the home,
White House traditions, first families, and more! 
If you weren't able to join the live program, don't worry- simply click the link below to share with your class whenever you like:
Click Here to View Program
This is a great resource for teaching about 
Presidential Inaugurations! 
About Kate Andersen Brower:
Kate Andersen Brower is the author of the #1 New York
Times bestseller The Residence and First Women, also a New York Times bestseller, as well as Team Of FiveFirst In Line, and the children's book Exploring the White House. She is a CNN contributor and she covered the Obama administration for Bloomberg News. She is also a former CBS News staffer and Fox News producer. Kate has written for the New York Times, Vanity Fair, and the Washington Post. She lives outside of Washington, D.C. with her husband, their three young children, and their wheaten terrier.
 Check out Kate Andersen Brower on the Today show!
Order your copy of Exploring the White House

Just released! President Gerald R. Ford Student Writing Challenge 2021

President Gerald R. Ford 
Student Writing Challenge
Do you know a talented student writer who could use 
$1,000 for college? 
Do you know a teacher (maybe yourself!) who could benefit from a $500 gift card for classroom supplies?  Read on to learn about this year's 

President Gerald R. Ford Student Writing Challenge!
Each year the theme for the President Gerald R. Ford Student Writing Challenge reflects on an important part of Gerald R. Ford's character. High school students nationwide are invited to participate in the contest. 
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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