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

Here are some of the latest PD opportunities and resources!

Literacy Leaders and Coaches Network 2021-2022

Dear Literacy Leaders & Coaches Network colleagues,

The 2021-2022 school year gifts us the opportunity to continue our LLCN Brief podcast!  Episode 8:  Vocabulary Development Across the Day with Dr. Tanya Wright launched earlier this month. 

Listen in to any of the seven previous podcasts here:

We also will hold a Twitter chat giving us a chance to delve deeper into the content of the podcast itself so please be sure to look up that rich conversation at your convenience at #LLCNBrief. Our next Twitter Chat will be January 26, 2022 from 8 pm - 9pm. Hope to see you then on Twitter!

Please keep these future release dates for the podcast episodes this year handy:  

  • February 23, 2022
Also please make a note of the dates of the ensuing Twitter chats. The chat will occur 8pm-9pm on the following dates:
  • January 26th, 2022
  • March 9th, 2022

Diversity in Literature Four-Part Virtual Conference Series


Registration is now open for the Michigan Department of Education's (MDE's) four-part virtual conference: The Role of Diversity within the Literature that We Teach.

The first session has already occurred but it was amazing. Our own Sommer Jabbar did a fantastic job with exploring the topic. You can still sign up for the other 3 sessions!

Each session will feature a one-hour keynote address from a celebrated author renowned for their work around diversity in literature. Keynote speakers will discuss the history, through their own lens, and purpose of diverse literacy materials in schools. January 27, 2022 features Shonda Buchanan!

COST: Free to Michigan Educators and Administrators

Participants may attend one or all remaining conference sessions. SCECHs are available for each conference date attended. Register online  for remaining conference sessions.

  Please Note: Previously registered participants do not need to register again.

For more details visit this link.

Section 35a(10) LETRS Training Grant Opportunity for Pre-K to Grade 3 Educators (Cohort 2)

The Michigan Department of Education (MDE) is sharing a professional learning opportunity from Section 35a(10) for Language Essentials for Teachers of Reading and Spelling (LETRS) training grant. This grant is included in section 35a of the state school aid act enacted under Public Act 48 of 2021. This training grant supports the second guiding principle and the second goal of Michigan’s Top 10 Strategic Education Plan. Educators will explore the science of reading and experience deep learning around language acquisition and evidence-based reading instruction to accelerate learning outcomes. All Pre-K - grade 3 educators are encouraged to register. Priority will be given to Pre-K–1 teachers. Don’t miss this free opportunity!

Register by January 28, 2022 to reserve your spot in cohort 2 which starts in February 2022. For more information, including the frequently asked questions (FAQs) document and the informational webinar recording, please visit the Lexia Learning Michigan LETRS website. If you have questions, please send an email to

Join Us For Our Next Virtual Workshop with National Constitution Center
January, 2022
Join us for

Constitutional Conversations: 
Building the Foundations for Dialogue and Deliberation in the Classroom
Join us each Wednesday evening in February from 6:30 - 8:00 PM ET for this free virtual workshop series presented by the National Constitution Center and hosted by the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Foundation. Deepen your constitutional knowledge and enhance your strategies for fostering civil dialogue around constitutional questions.
Attendees will:
  • Join an opening session that introduces the framework for creating space for constitutional conversations, debates, and deliberations in the classroom
  • Participate in modeled classroom activities using online resources, including the National Constitution Center's Interactive Constitution
  • Receive lesson plans and other classroom-ready educational materials
  • Develop and practice skills necessary to facilitate civil dialogue for all learners
  • Apply learned information and share resources while participating in constitutional conversation with colleagues
  • Have the opportunity to join a select cohort of educators who will take part in new civic education program development
  • Michigan educators can apply to earn six SCECHs
Click Here to Register
Please note, this is a sequential series. Attendees are encouraged to participate in all four sessions; however, we understand there may be schedule conflicts. 
Please register for all of the sessions you plan to attend. 
Michigan educators wishing to apply for six SCECHS will be required to 
attend all sessions. All educators will receive proof of attendance at the
completion of the series.

Cultivating Genius: An Equity Framework for Culturally and Historically Responsive Literacy

Please join Kent ISD on March 24, 2022 as we welcome, Dr. Gholdy Muhammad, author of Cultivating Genius: An Equity Framework for Culturally and Historically Responsive Literacy to Grand Rapids. She will  lead a full day workshop to help us reignite the joy in teaching and learning. In this workshop, she will guide participants through her Culturally and Historically Responsive Literacy Framework to expand their focus beyond skills-only teaching and learning.
The power in Dr. Gholdy Muhammad’s framework is that it allows us to expand ALL of our lessons beyond just teaching skills in order to teach in a way that is inclusive of each child’s identity. It brings deep thinking and perspective bending into our classroom discourse and elevates the joy in both what is being learned and in the learning itself. 

Dr. Gholdy Muhammad will help us refocus our lessons
to include each of the following pursuits:
  1. IDENTITIES- Teaching students to know their histories and identities while also learning the truth and knowledge about others who are different from their own identities. This also involves teaching students to make sense of their own values and beliefs.
  2. SKILLS-Skills are central to the ways in which we “do school” today and typically define achievement standards. Skills are also central in designing the learning standards that govern teaching and learning in schools. Each content area has its own descriptions and set of skills that youth are expected to master and teachers are expected to teach.
  3. INTELLECT- The capacity for knowledge—is what we learn or understand about various topics and ideals. Intellect is knowledge into action and involves learning to think deeply.
  4. CRITICALITY- The ability to understand power, oppression, anti-racism, and anti-oppression. Criticality calls for teachers and students to understand the ideologies and perspectives of marginalized communities and their ways of knowing and experiencing the world.
  5. JOY- Advancing students’ happiness and triumphs by elevating beauty and truth in themselves and within other people, stories, and histories.
Seating is limited for this event and this workshop will fill quickly. The day includes a special session in the morning for administrators only.
See the details and reserve your seat by enrolling today.

Please register at:
                                                                               ENROLL TODAY!

Teaching Literacy in Times of Reflection, Resistance, and Resilience: A Clarion Call for Anti-Racist and Anti-Bias Teaching Conference

The Literacy Consultants Coalition, in partnership with PEBC, is hosting its third virtual conference on Saturday, February 26.  The purpose of the Teaching Literacy in Times of Reflection, Resistance, and Resilience: A Clarion Call for Anti-Racist and Anti-Bias Teaching conference is to energize and inspire you as you continue working to meet the needs of all students, including standing against racism and oppressive practices.

This event features an impressive lineup of nationally known speakers. You will not want to miss the keynote by Dr. Sonja Cherry-Paul, the adapter of the #1 New York Times Best Seller, Stamped (For Kids). She is an educator, author, and the co-founder of the Institute for Racial Equity in Literacy. Other featured speakers include: Lorena Germán, Liz Kleinrock, Cornelius Minor with Nawal Qarooni Casiano, and Dr. Gholdy Muhammad. In addition, there will be many notable speakers who will share their experiences with teaching during a pandemic and a time of great social unrest.

We hope you will attend this provocative and engaging event. You can learn more and register by visiting the PEBC website at If 5 people from a single district attend, the sixth person can attend for free! Early bird registration goes through January 31st and is just $75 person. Beginning February 1st, the price increases to $99 per person.


Teaching Sikhism

When: January 25, 2022

Time: 4:00-6:00 p.m.

Cost: Free, plus 2 SCECH credits at no extra cost

Location: Virtual Via Zoom

Description: The new MI Social Studies Standards require students to be able to explain the history and significance of Sikhism as a world religion. Not sure what to teach or where to find resources? This workshop is for you! Participants will not only receive an overview of the history, spiritual and cultural background of the Sikh American community but be introduced to instructional materials that align with the new State standards. Participants will also explore a C3 hub on Sikhism which features ready-made inquires that can be used in the classroom. This workshop will help people be equipped with the knowledge and materials to effectively and accurately teach about one of Michigan’s most visible communities.

This course is designed for Middle and High School teachers of U.S. and World History.

For questions contact, David Hales 

To Register, Click on: 3349 Teaching Sikhism

If you have not registered at a course at Wayne RESA before, you will be prompted to set up an account first. There is no charge to do this.

Analyzing Propaganda & Teaching Media Literacy: The  Holocaust as a Case Study

What: Analyzing Propaganda & Teaching Media Literacy: The  Holocaust as a Case Study
When: April 7, 2022 (Virtual), 4:00-6:00 p.m.
Cost: Free, 2 Scech credits available at no extra charge.
Description: Media Literacy skills have become essential for young people to successfully navigate and critically assess the ever[1]increasing amount of information they receive through their day on social media, advertisements, television, and film. Therefore, it is crucial for students to comprehend and identify how media, both historically and in contemporary society, can be used as a tool to incite hate and violence against certain groups. This learning opportunity examines the events of the Holocaust through the lens of media, by examining propaganda deployed by the Nazis to discriminate against Jews and other minorities. Educators will gain the tools to facilitate classroom discussions on the role and impact of Nazi propaganda during the Holocaust and support their students to critically analyze media in today’s world.

For questions contact, David Hales 

For more details and to Register, Click on: 4120 Analyzing Propaganda & Teaching Media Literacy :
Holocaust as a Case Study

If you have not registered at a course at Wayne RESA before, you will be prompted to set up an account first. There is no charge to do this.

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.

2022 President Gerald R. Ford Student Writing Challenge
High School Students:
Share your thoughts on this year's theme of integrity
and you could win up to $2,500!
For the 2022 President Gerald R. Ford Student Writing Challenge, we invite you to write 500-750 words sharing your thoughts on the topic of integrity. 
Some ideas include: How do YOU define or measure this character trait? Is there someone in your life, or in history, whom you admire for his or her strength of character and integrity? Was there a time your character was tested? Did integrity win?
“Gerald R. Ford became President not because he was popular with the American public, not because he campaigned for the job, but because of his character. More than any other president of this century, Ford was chosen for his integrity and trustworthiness; his peers in Congress put him in the White House because he told the truth and kept his word. ...Ford was honest. He could be trusted. Throughout twenty-five years in the House of Representatives, Ford had proved himself to be a man of integrity.”
 James Cannon, “Character Above All”
This Year's Awards are Bigger Than Ever...
Michigan high school students are eligible to win:
First Place:  $2,500 plus a $500 Meijer gift card for student’s teacher
Second Place:  $1,500 plus a $250 Meijer gift card for student’s teacher
Third Place:  $1,000 plus a $100 Meijer gift card for student’s teacher
Plus up to seven honorable mention awards of $500.
One $500 prize will be awarded to a student living outside of Michigan.
All entries are due by March 4, 2022.
For a full list of rules & guidelines and to submit your entry, please visit:
Questions? Please contact Clare Shubert:, (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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