ELA, SS, and Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science, and Other Technical Subjects January 2020

Here are some of the latest PD opportunities and resources!

Community Literacy Summit 2020: Ready to Read, Ready to Succeed

The 2020 Community Literacy Summit on Friday, February 28, 2020 will focus on the development of language and literacy skills in young children from birth to age five, specifically those that lead to kindergarten readiness and grade level reading success. The Summit is designed to bring about discussion and action around literacy readiness skills for young children in West Michigan. 


The Summit will include a keynote speaker, two morning breakout sessions, facilitated networking, and a closing panel discussion during lunch. This year's keynote speaker will be Keisha Siriboe, Director of Content and Programming for the national Reading is Fundamental (RIF) organization. 

Event Schedule:

7:30 am Registration and Light Breakfast

8:30 am Welcome and Keynote

9:40 am Breakout Sessions

11:35 am Facilitated Networking

12:15 pm Panel Discussion and Lunch

2:00 pm Closing

For more information about the event, please call the Literacy Center at (616) 459-5151 or email All names will be held at the door.

SCECHs will be available at the Summit at no charge. Details will be available at registration on the day of the event. 


MI Humanities: Poetry Out Loud Competition

Poetry Out Loud (POL) is a national poetry recitation competition for high school students. By encouraging youth to learn about great poetry through memorization and performance, students can master public speaking skills, build self-confidence, and learn about their literary heritage. The program and all materials are provided to each high school at no cost.

Participating high schools host their own competitions and select a student to represent their school at the state finals. Michigan’s POL State Finals will be held on March 13 and 14, 2020. You can read more about the 2018-19 State Finals and current champion, Tajah-Rayne Davise, in the Michigan Humanities news section. Each year, the state champion advances to the national finals in Washington, D.C. and competes for a $20,000 college scholarship.

Poetry Out Loud is a partnership of Michigan Humanities (MH), Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs (MCACA), the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), the Poetry Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). Additional support is generously provided by Meijer and the Liesel Litzenburger Meijer Fund.

For the Poetry Out Loud-MI Humanities webpage please visit here.  It has lead teacher resources, key dates, expectations and more for you to explore.


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!

Other Literacy Opportunity Trainings

1. Acadience Reading Pathways of Progress and Survey

February 5, 2020 - Spring Hill Suites - 111 S Marketplace Boulevard Lansing, MI 48917 

Register Here - Register by January 15 - note you may have to create an account first.

2. Phonemic Awareness: The Skills that They Need to Help Them Succeed!

February 10, 2020 - Holiday Inn & Suites - 5728 E. Pickard Street Mt. Pleasant, MI 48858

Register Here - Register by January 31 - note you may have to create an account first.

3. Acadience Reading Diagnostic: Phonemic Awareness and Word Reading and Decoding (PA & WRD) Training

  February 18, 2020 - Spring Hill Suites - 111 S Marketplace Boulevard Lansing, MI 48917 

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

4. Acadience Reading Diagnostic: Comprehension, Fluency, & Oral Language (CFOL)

  February 19, 2020 - Spring Hill Suites - 111 S Marketplace Boulevard Lansing, MI 48917 

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

5. Anita Archer Series (Attend 1 or all 3 - $20 each)

March 10, 2020 - Getting them All Engaged: Inclusive Active Participation. (Target Grades K-12)

March 11, 2020 - Comprehension is not a Strategy.  Comprehension is the OUTCOME! (Target Grades 4-12)

March 12, 2020 - Words, words, Words.  It is all about the WORDS! (Target Audience 4-12)

Register Here - Register for all three options here by February 20 - note you may have to create an account first.

All held at
Crowne Plaza West
925 S Creyts Rd
Lansing, MI 48917


6. Acadience Reading K-6 Mentor Training

  March 12, 2020 - Spring Hill Suites - 111 S Marketplace Boulevard Lansing, MI 48917 

Register Here - Register by February 20 - note you may have to create an account first.

ABA/FJC Summer Institute for Teachers -- Applications Open!

The ABA/FJC Summer Institute for Teachers is currently accepting applications for our 2020 Institute in Washington, DC (June 21-26). The Summer Institute deepens participants’ knowledge of the federal judiciary and of the role the federal courts have played in key public controversies that have defined our constitutional and other legal rights.
Participation is limited to 20 teachers. Travel, lodging, and meal expenses will be provided. Applications are due March 2, 2020. Applications can be found at


2 Opportunities with the Gerald R. Ford Museum

Next Educator Workshop: Bring it to the Table
Have you ever shied away from discussing an issue in your classroom because it was too controversial? Has a classroom conversation ever escalated to the point of being uncivil?  Reserve your seat today for our next educator's training and learn how to guide students in open, honest, and civil discussions about "hot button" topics. 
Led by filmmaker and civil discourse leader Julie Winokur, the workshop will begin with a screening of her film, Bring it to the Table. We will then participate in "table talk" exercises to learn ways to engage in civil discussion about contemporary issues. 
When: March 12, 2020, 8:30-11:30 a.m.
Where: Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum
Cost: $5 includes program and breakfast 
Click Here to Watch the Film Trailer
Register Now  

2020 Gerald R. Ford Student Writing Challenge 
High school students are invited to enter the 2020 President Gerald R. Ford Student Writing Challenge for a chance to win a $1,000 award. The winning student's teacher will also be awarded a $500 Meijer gift card for classroom supplies. This year's topic is determination. Entries are due March 13, 2020. 
For the complete 2020 writing prompt as well as contest rules and guidelines, please click below.
  Click Here for Writing Challenge Rules   
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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