ELA, SS, and Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science, and Other Technical Subjects December 2019

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. 


K-12 Social Studies Teachers: MDE NEEDS YOU!

Become part of a team that contributes to the development of the social studies M-STEP. This is a fantastic opportunity for educators to learn more about the state’s assessment system, to become more familiar with the revised social studies standards, to collaborate with other educators, and to earn a little extra money or SCECHs for their expertise, time, and contributions.

The Michigan Department of Education (MDE) relies on teachers from all social studies content areas, grades K-12, from across the state to help develop, write, and review items for our state assessments.

The MDE application process allows teachers to apply online to work with the following committees:
 • Item Writing – Teachers develop the items for Michigan’s social studies M-STEP assessments. The process begins with an overview of the new standards and a closer look at some of the more significant changes. Teachers learn how to design items that assess student understanding of these learning expectations and develop stand-alone items as well as items that will be part of a “context” or stimulusbased question set.
 • Content Advisory Committees – Teachers not involved in the item writing process are needed to provide content-related feedback and recommendations on those items both before and after they have been field tested.
 • Bias and Sensitivity Committees – Teachers not involved in the item writing process are needed to provide bias and sensitivity-related feedback and recommendations on those items both before and after they have been field tested.

We begin new test development work this February, so apply soon! Please complete the online application (https://


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. 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.

3. 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.

4. 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

Writing Skills Field Test Opportunity

The Michigan Department of Education (MDE) is looking for schools to participate in an
M-STEP online Passage-based Writing Field Test January 6–January 31, 2020.

Field tests are used to check the adequacy of testing procedures and statistical characteristics
of new test items by testing them in the field before they appear on an actual assessment. This
test follows the same setup and security as the M-STEP. The field test helps to ensure that the
items we are putting on the M-STEP are high quality. And, the more writing exposure your
students receive, the more improvement you will see!

More information check out this flyer.

David Kilpatrick Coming January 22 and January 23

January 22: Essentials of Assessing Preventing and Overcoming Reading Difficulties

Description: The presentation will focus on how children learn to read words and why some children struggle. Understanding the nature of word-level reading development and word-level reading problems will guide both assessment and intervention. Studies consistently show that the most commonly used intervention approaches provide limited benefits for weak readers. however, other studies have shown that some approaches can yield very large reading gains for such students, and these will be described in this presentation.
Register here:
January 23: Equipped for Reading Success

Description: Be able to determine what needs to be done to achieve Phonological and Phonemic Awareness and Fluent Word Recognition, learn how to apply it with a struggling reader, practice training exercises, and discover the resources included in Equipped for Reading Success. This workshop is designed for those who will be working directly with struggling readers of all ages
PREREQUISITE: MUST have attended Essentials of Assessing, Preventing, and Overcoming Reading Difficulties either in September 2018 or on January 22, 2020
To participate in this workshop on January 23rd, you will NEED a copy of Equipped for Reading Success. Bring your own or order with registration by January 10th.

Register here:


Lake Michigan Writing Project's Summer Institute 2020

Friendly reminder about Summer Institute 2020.
For the last 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, so why didn’t I hear about this earlier in my career?” Will you help us to get the word out to your teachers?
The Lake Michigan Writing Project (LMWP) is recruiting teachers from all content areas for our 2020 Summer Institute. The institute will be held June 22 - July 9, 2020 at Grand Valley State University’s Pew Campus in downtown Grand Rapids. There is no cost to participate other than the cost of books which can be purchased for less than $30. Participants who successfully complete the fellowship will receive a $400 stipend or a full three-credit GVSU scholarship.
For more information and registration details please visit this  flyer.

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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