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


Acadience Training and Foundational Skills Training are up and ready for Registration at Kent ISD PD Hub

  1. Reading Foundation Skills & CCSS: Strengthening K Phonemic Awareness and Basic Phonics Ins
    Wednesday 9/18/2019 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 1st Grade Phonemic Awareness and Basic Phonics Ins
    Thursday 9/26/2019 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 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:
  4. Reading Foundational Skills & CCSS: Strengthening 4th-5th Grade Advanced Word Study & Fluency
    Wednesday 12/4/2019 8:30 AM-3:30 PM
    Regular Price: $40.00
    Please follow the link below for the specific Web address for this course:
  5. Foundational Skills to Support Reading for Understanding: Supporting Administrators and Coaches
    Wednesday 10/2/2019 8:30 AM-3:30 PM
    Regular Price: $40.00
    Please follow the link below for the specific Web address for this course:
  6. Acadience Essentials Training (formerly DIBELS Next)
    Tuesday 8/6/2019 8:30 AM-3:30 PM
    Wednesday 8/7/2019 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


Mt. Vernon in GRPS   

The target audience for this workshop are social studies teachers. Specifically, those who teach United States History. This is the 1st of its kind George Washington Mount Vernon Regional Workshop opportunity in Michigan.
What: George Washington’s Mount Vernon Regional Workshop works to support teachers and students in learning about our first president and the founding era of the United States of America.
Local historians will be highlighting Michigan specific connections to this time period. 
George Washington Mount Vernon Teacher Institute has thousands of resources on their website for teachers and students, including a robust digital encyclopedia, document, and object-based primary sources, lesson plans and activities. You can navigate to them all from this teacher hub:
Be sure not to miss these resources for students to engage with directly on our website (including hundreds of videos):
Come learn with colleagues in a hands-on collaborative environment.
When: August 12, 2019 from 8:30 am- 3:30 pm
Where: GRPS University, Grand Rapids Public Schools
Capacity: 40 Teachers (30 GRPS teachers, 10 Kent County teachers). First come, first served.
Look forward to seeing you on August 12, 2019.

Other Literacy Opportunity Trainings

1. Phonemic Awareness: The Skills That They Need to Help Them Succeed!

  August 12, 2019 @ Eaton RESA, Charlotte

   Register Here - Register by July 12 - note you may have to create an account first.

2. REWARDS Secondary Training

  August 12, 2019 - Kalamazoo RESA, Kalamazoo

  Register Here - Register by July 22 - note you may have to create an account first.

3. Acadience Reading Essentials Training

  August 13 and 14, 2019 - Groves Campus Kalamazoo Valley Community College, Kalamazoo

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

4. Acadience Reading 7-9

  August 26, 2019 - Spring Hill Suites Lansing West - Delta and Spartan Rooms, Lansing, MI

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

5. Acadience Pathways of Progress and Survey

  September 19, 2019 - SpringHill Suites 111 S. Marketplace Boulevard Lansing, Michigan 48917 

  Register Here - Register by August 29 - note you may have to create an account first.



Summer Writing Camps at GVSU - Nurturing young writers

Each summer, the Lake Michigan Writing Project (LMWP), an affiliate of the National Writing Project, hosts writing camps for students in Michigan. Our teachers come from local schools (and possibly your own!) to help nurture young writers at locations around West Michigan including on GVSU campuses. Camps are available for students entering grades 3-12 and the cost is $150 per person which includes all writing supplies, snacks provided daily and a t-shirt. A reduced tuition option is available. Our Summer 2019 Camp schedule is listed below and you can find more information and our online registration form on our website.
Summer 2019 Camp Schedule:

Camp Location Date Grade in Fall 2019 Time
ALLENDALE (GVSU Main Campus) July 22-25, 2019 7-12 8:30 am - 12:30 pm
HOLLAND (GVSU Holland Campus) July 29 - August 1, 2019 3-6 8:30 am - 12:30 pm
PLAINWELL (Starr Elementary Media Center) July 15-18, 2019 4-7 8:30 am - 12:30 pm
SPRING LAKE (Spring Lake High School) July 15-18, 2019 7-12 11 am - 3 pm

Thank you for your consideration, and please let me know if you have any questions.
Office Coordinator
Lake Michigan Writing Project
Grand Valley State University

West Michigan K-6 Literacy Conference

We are pleased to announce that we will host our 5th annual Literacy4Real! Summer Literacy Conferences, designed specifically for educators who are interested in growing their practice with the Reading/Writing Workshop and Balanced Literacy instructional models. The conference features break-out sessions led by experienced and passionate teacher-presenters on a variety of literacy topics. 
For all conference details and registration, visit the main website at this link.
Interested in the flyer to review or share please visit at this link.

Feel free to share the flyer and website with your staff or other schools that might be interested in this opportunity!
Kate, Annemarie, and the Literacy4Real team

Kristi Mraz coming August 7th

The classroom of your dreams starts with one big idea. From the first days of school to the last, Kids First from Day One shares teaching that puts your deepest teaching belief into action: that children are the most important people in the room.

Kristi Mraz will show how to take that single, heartfelt value and create a cohesive, highly effective approach to teaching that addresses today’s connected, collaborative world. With infectious enthusiasm, hard-won experience, and a generous dose of humor, Kids First from Day One shows exactly how Kristi will build and maintain a positive, cooperative, responsive classroom where students engage deeply with their learning and one another.

For more details and to register click 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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