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!


In this latest blog post from Kent ISD's "The Bulletin" you get to learn from Jenelle Williams Oakland Schools English Language Arts Consultant on the latest of disciplinary literacy in the State of Michigan. The Michigan Department of Education has released The Essential Instructional Practices in Disciplinary Literacy: Grades 6 to 12 document that forms the foundation of professional learning events offered by the MAISA GELN Disciplinary Literacy Task Force, whether that learning is the Introductory Institute, the Deeper Dive Institute, or the upcoming MiELA Conference.
All of these professional learning opportunities around disciplinary literacy approaches honors the uniqueness of each discipline and provides educators with opportunities to learn how to make such approaches more visible and explicit to their students. 

Specifically during the two-day MiELA Network Institute, held virtually on June 23 – 24, 2021, participants in the Disciplinary Literacy session will investigate adolescent and disciplinary literacy. In addition to participating in hands-on experiences that support inquiry, participants will use The Essential Instructional Practices in Disciplinary Literacy: Grades 6 to 12 to frame their thinking about literacy within their content areas. Teachers, leaders, and coaches from all disciplines are encouraged to attend and join the statewide conversation.


Literacy Leaders and Coaches Network 2020-2021
Podcast Episode 4 is Now Live!

The fourth Literacy Leaders and Coaches Network (LLCN) Brief is LIVE!  This episode of the LLCN Brief features Sommer Jabbar, the project coordinator for Kent ISD's office of Diversity, Belonging, Equity, and Inclusion.  Sommer speaks with us about defining and living culturally responsive teaching.  During our interview, we clarify the look like/sound like/feel like pieces behind what it means to be culturally responsive, talk about the key concepts educators should keep in mind, and Sommer provides us with some excellent resources as she encourages us on our personal journeys towards culturally responsive teaching.
Access this latest and all podcast episodes here -

Family Engagement for Literacy Resources & Planning for Book-Based Summer Reading

Family Engagement for Literacy Resources

The Michigan Department of Education (MDE), in partnership with the researchers and educational leaders from the Region 8 Comprehensive Center, has developed resources to help districts promote family engagement in literacy. These resources are intended to provide effective early literacy learning strategies for districts to use with families to support literacy learning at home.

Planning for Book-Based Summer Reading

The Michigan Department of Education (MDE) is publishing the Early Literacy Summer Reading Guide 2021 to support students in summer reading as we pivot to a new, better normal. This guidance is an urgent call to action for school leaders to plan now for book-based summer reading programs.

Money Smart Kids (Virtual) Magic Show for Elementary Schools

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Money Smart Kids Magic Show for elementary schools is being converted to an online, on-demand, format! Instead of delivering an in-person 45-minute school-wide assembly, the Show is being produced into a multi-segment recorded program available 24/7, April 1–30, 2021. Links to each of the 5-minute Show segments, as well as the entire 40-minute Show, will be emailed to teachers/classrooms/schools who register for our Money Smart Kids Magic Show. We're especially hoping to connect with schools that serve low-to-moderate-income students. (LMI)
This is an exciting new opportunity for Michigan's schools to safely bring financial literacy to students in a fun and educational way, and is a great supplement to current instruction. You may have students watch the entire 40-minute Show at one time, or you can use the segments over several days...whatever works for you! What you need to know:
TIMING: April 1 - 30, 2021. On dates/times of your choosing!
LOCATION: Online. Virtual. On-demand. On/around March 15th, hyperlinks to recorded segments will be emailed to educators who've registered here.
QUESTIONS? Contact Kelly Masters, Michigan Financial Wellness Network, at
To Register for the 2021 MONEY SMART KIDS MAGIC SHOW and RECEIVE LINKS to the segments, CLICK HERE: 2021 Money Smart Kids (VIRTUAL) Magic Show! (

Here is a link to PDF with more information as well - (Link)

Teaching Reading is Rocket Science: What Expert Teachers Know and Do

April 14, 2021
3:30 - 5:30 pm
Live Zoom Session
Free for All Participants
Guest Speaker
Dr. Louisa Moats
Dr. Moats has been a teacher, psychologist, researcher, graduate school faculty member, and author of many influential scientific journal articles, books, and policy papers on the topics of reading, spelling, language, and teacher preparation.
During this webinar, Dr. Moats will address some key questions, including:
1) What is “the science of reading?"
2) Why is there a chasm between science and educational practice?
3) What are some bedrock findings from research?
4) What changes are needed to prepare teachers well?
5) What does “structured literacy” look like?
Target Audience
General and Special Education Teachers
Reading Interventionists
Reading Specialists
School Administrators
School Psychologists
Special Education Supervisors
Title 1 Teachers
Registration Details
Deadline to Register
April 1, 2021, or upon meeting session capacity, whichever occurs first.
Event Contact
Sarah Moss
Register Now

Annual Acadience Reading Mentor Renewal

This workshop provided by Acadience Learning is for Mentors who need to renew their mentor status. Only current or expired Acadience Reading K-6 Mentors should participate. If you are not a current Acadience Mentor, completing this workshop does not qualify you as an Acadience Mentor. Upon completion of registration, individuals will receive a 30-day subscription to complete the 1-hour workshop.
Training Details
This online training is available through Acadience Learning between February 17, 2021, and June 31, 2021.

Who Should Attend
Current or Expired Acadience Reading K-6 Mentors who need to renew
their status
Registration Details
May 31, 2021
Event Contact
Acadience Professional Learning
Register Here
Community Conversations: Black History Month Discussion
Exciting News from the Michigan Center for Civic Education!

We are incredibly excited to announce the launching of an inaugural speaker series to build greater community with the Michigan Center for Civic Education. The first conversation will take place on February 24 from 6-7pm. Amber Benton, the Director of Diversity Programming & Student Engagement at James Madison College, and James Liggins, Senior Counsel at Warner Norcross + Judd, will be speaking at the event. We are looking forward to having meaningful conversations with the panelists and the attendees. This event is for all civically minded people, including alumni, students, teachers, and volunteers. Please click here for the registration link.
 Register and get more information here!
Michigan Center for Civic Education

Do The Write Thing Challenge

The annual Do the Write Thing Challenge is an national essay program that gives middle school students an opportunity to examine the impact of violence on their lives. Through this program, students are invited to communicate in written form what they think should be done to reduce youth violence. Students are also encouraged to make personal commitments to do something about the problem. Two national ambassadors from Michigan will be invited by the National Campaign to Stop Violence to attend the “Do the Write Thing Challenge” recognition week in Washington, D.C. The deadline for schools to participate is March 26, 2021. For more information, visit the Do the Write Thing Detroit website and access the 2021 Michigan Schools Packet


Making Equity the Center of School Reopening in 2021

Oakland Schools is proud to stand with our districts to support student learning and well-being during the COVID-19 pandemic. We recognize that the disruptions caused by the pandemic have impacted our community in inequitable ways, therefore making an intentional focus on equity a necessary component in school reopening plans.

With that in mind, we are thrilled to announce this FREE National Speaker series, Making Equity the Center of School Reopening in 2021 and Beyond, featuring a collection of award-winning and nationally renowned speakers, teachers, and researchers.

Sorry that the first speaker is already past but other great speakers you can still consider.

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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