Professional Development for Teachers

In response to COVID-19 school closures, we want to provide teachers with opportunities for continued learning through Virtual Transformational Teacher Institutes (TTI). TTI will continue to serve as an opportunity for staff to expand their knowledge in specific areas. These sessions are virtual webinar sessions in which teachers will earn certification for completion. Teachers will be required to submit the certificates as evidence of participation.


Compensation:

**Please note, these webinar sessions will be IN ADDITION to the TTI sessions you have already completed. So if you are a returning teacher who has done 4 TTIs so far, you are eligible for 4 more webinars for pay. The same TTI business rules will apply with slight alterations.

  • If you are able, please create an account for the website the webinar is through.
  • Certificate of completion for each online webinar must be submitted for paySubmit here: Virtual TTI Certificate Submission
  • New Teachers: Teachers who are in their first year with BCPS are eligible to receive $125 per session completed for up to 16 sessions.
  • Returning BCPS Teachers are eligible to receive $125 per session completed for up to 8 sessions.
  • All online sessions regardless of length will receive the $125 stipend.
  • TTI’s you will receive pay for but won’t impact your 8 or 16 sessions:
    • Clever Academy (Highly Encouraged)
    • TLC
    • K-3 Literacy Essentials
  • You are always welcome to engage in learning above and beyond the 8 or 16 compensated sessions. It is a great way to earn additional hours towards certification.


Tips for Success Engaging in Webinars:

  • Engage in as many LIVE webinars as possible- Those most likely provide certificates.
  • If you are engaging in a pre-recorded webinar please screenshot the final slide/view.
  • When submitting certificates or screenshots PLEASE enter the exact title as it is on the website.

Virtual Learning Opportunities (TTI)

Audience: K-5 Educators

4.24 Effective Use of PHONICS for Reading in a Time of Remote Instruction: Live K-5 (1.5 Hours) Apr 30, 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM EDT Description: Despite the closing of schools and the uncertainty of our times, your struggling readers need to continue their journey toward accurate, fluent reading that supports comprehension. Curriculum Associates is teaming with the author of PHONICS for Reading, Dr. Anita L. Archer, to assist you in adapting the program to small group, remote instruction. A remote manual has been created with formats for all activities in the three levels of PHONICS for Reading, and alternative active participation procedures are specially designed for use with a variety of online platforms. In addition, electronic versions of the program will be provided for display during the lessons. Join Dr. Archer as she introduces these materials and models instructional practices designed to teach and engage your students.

Acadience Reading: K-3 (3 Hours) Coupon Code: FREE
Description: If you are a K-3 teacher engage in free online training for: Acadience Reading Data Interpretation Workshop & Acadience Reading Diagnostic PA & WRD Workshop.

Introduction to Phenomenal Science: K-5 (3 Hours)
Description: Beginning with an overview of the Michigan Science Standards and NGSS, learners will learn about the teacher-crafted Phenomenal Science curriculum. They will learn to identify the essential characteristics of an exemplary elementary science lesson, and they will press for the application of Science Discourse, Modeling, and Inquiry in their classrooms. Finally, learners will see how they can apply several key instructional strategies in their own classrooms.

Introduction to Phenomenal Science: K-5 (4 Hours)
Description: Throughout this Phenomenal Science experience, you will grow their understanding of the new Michigan Science Standards and the Phenomenal Science Curriculum. They will learn to identify key characteristics of an exemplary elementary science lesson. Additionally they will press for application of Science Discourse, Modeling, and Inquiry to their classrooms. Finally, they will see how they can apply Key Instructional Strategies and Core Principles in their own classroom. Courses available specific to each grade level: K-5

Intro to Computer Science Standards for K-5 Educators: Technology Innovation Coaches K-5 (3 Hours)
Description: Michigan students need to develop skills and aptitudes in computer science and computational thinking that equip them to navigate new and emerging innovations. This course demonstrates why equitable access to computer science opportunities is imperative for Michigan students and demonstrates how Michigan’s K-12 Computer Science Standards can be leveraged for effective instruction at the K-5 level.

STEM for Little Sprouts: Connecting Science Through Children’s Literature: K-5 (1 Hour)
Description: Early childhood professionals know that getting children excited about science is only part of the challenge. Today’s young learners need more than excitement and motivation – they need opportunities to actually DO more science on a daily basis. Steve Spangler shares his creative ideas and strategies to teach hands-on science through the medium of children’s literature. Participants will learn how to use elements of the storyline to enable students to think more like scientists. You’ll be ready to create a collection of STEM experiences your children will never forget.

Teacher Moves That Engage Students in Mathematical Practices: K-5 (1 Hour)
Description: In this actionable webinar, you will:
• Learn how to use a routine that ensures all students are reasoning and communicating mathematically
• Discuss three talk moves that teachers use to ensure all students are talking productively about one another’s mathematical ideas
• Develop techniques that help you refine your current teacher moves to better engage students in the mathematical practices.

Teaching Systematic and Differentiated Word Study During Guided Reading: K-5 (1 Hour)
Description: Increase the power of your guided reading lessons by including short, developmentally appropriate word study activities that are based on student assessments and linked to the guided reading texts.

What Happens When Teachers Talk Less and Students Talk More in the Mathematics Classroom? 2-8 (1 hour)
Description: In this actionable webinar, you’ll learn:
• Why current mathematics standards require a shift in expectations for teaching and learning.
• How behaviorism-based routines stifle student creativity and what we can do to fix it.
• How to create a classroom environment where all types of learners have access to mathematics.
• Techniques that get you talking less and your students talking more.


Audience: K-12 Educators

5.7 ReadWorks Live Q&A: K-12 (1 Hour) Live May 7th, May 14th, May 21st, or May 28th 3:00 - 4:00 PM ET
Description:ReadWorks will join you live to answer your questions, for example:
• Pedagogy questions about reading comprehension • Technical questions about ReadWorks • How to use ReadWorks most effectively • Tips for remote teaching

5.7 Prevent Learning Loss and Accelerate Growth for All Students: A Whole Child Approach: K-12 and Instructional Coaches (1 Hour) Live May 19, 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm EDT Description: In this edWebinar, participants will: *Learn to employ key data practices this spring to monitor student well-being and learning while also setting up for proactive student supports in the fall. *Unpack how key assessments provide visibility and clarity into each student’s needs (even remotely) and enable educators to align targeted whole child supports, monitor progress, and make in-the-moment decisions that accelerate learning and growth. *Explore a tiered framework for using instructional and intervention supports in a way that meets students’ needs without depleting resources or debilitating effectiveness.

5.4 Engage and Amplify with Flipgrid: K-12 (1Hour) Description: Participants will learn how to create a Grid, Topics, and share with students. Participants will discover ways to use Flipgrid within their learning communities.

5.4 EdPuzzle: K-12 (You must complete 2 courses and submit the certificates to obtain TTI credit)
Description: Edpuzzle is an easy-to-use platform allowing you to engage every student, one video at a time. More than 65% of students are visual learners, and +95% of your students watch YouTube regularly. Videos are a powerful resource, but it can be difficult to hold students accountable for something you can’t track. That’s why we created Edpuzzle - we were once teachers with this same problem.

5.1 EL Supports Webinar: K-12 EL Teachers and Administrators (1.5 Hours) Live May 15, 11:00-12:30 EDT
Description: Now that we have fully shifted to distance learning, ensuring that ELs receive equitable instruction has become an increasingly important topic--both educationally and legally. How do we guarantee that our students who are not native English speakers receive equitable instruction? How do we progress their language skills even though we are no longer in contact with them every day? And what about communicating with their families--who may be struggling, confused, or even frustrated themselves?

4.24 7 Strengths for These Challenging Times: Using SEL and Stories to Sustain Powerful Learning Communities for All: K-8 (1Hour) Live April 29, 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm EDT Description: The loss of routine and the school environment is deeply disorienting, but together, we can unite school and home communities to create vibrant, meaningful experiences to support our students, families, and educators in our continued mission of learning. In this edWebinar, author and literacy expert Pam Allyn will share ways we can continue to support and nurture students and families in these days of unexpected transition and trauma. Join this edWebinar, as Pam Allyn provides educators with strategies to help students feel the power of their learning community in new and old ways. Using her 7 Strengths model, a research-based social-emotional learning framework she created as an anchoring tool, Pam will provide concrete ways to help students learn at home with skill-centered approaches for literacy. Educators will leave feeling empowered by her techniques for sustaining joy, engagement, and skill-building that they can share with students and families.

4.24 Don’t Look Away: Embracing Anti-Bias Classrooms: K-5 (1Hour) Live April 28, 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm EDT
Description: In this edWebinar, the lead authors of the newly released book, Don’t Look Away: Embracing Anti-Bias Classrooms, call all early education professionals to lean in as “sheroes” and “heroes” in the lives of children; early educators are potential change agents in children’s and families’ lives. The goal of this edWebinar is to ensure that participants understand and embrace anti-bias and anti-racist teaching approaches by creating affirming culturally-rich classroom environments that protect children from psychological trauma and heals them from the inside out. Participants will learn how institutional racism is visited in the early childhood space and the roles of implicit bias, microaggression, and white privilege in undermining the excellence and learning of minoritized Black and brown children and those who teach them. Participants will be armored with tools and strategies, but most importantly, partners in the fight to ensure that we deliver on the promise of education especially for those who helped to build it.

4.24 How to Create a Joyful Virtual Classroom Community: K-12 (1Hour) Live April 27, 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm EDT
Description: As you and your students cope with the challenges of distance learning, there are several strategies you can use to encourage self-directed learning and create a warm, cohesive classroom community. Join this edWebinar with Lauren Tarshis, author, SVP and Editor-in-Chief of Scholastic Classroom Magazines, to find out what materials work best, where you can get them for free, and how you can simplify the logistics of communicating, delivering instruction, and monitoring progress. Lauren has been in constant touch with teachers and experts around the nation and can’t wait to share their free resources and strategies with you.

4.24 Inspiring Student Empowerment: Moving Beyond Engagement, Refining Differentiation: K-12 (1Hour) Live April 29, 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm EDT Description: In this edWebinar, Patti Drapeau shares practical, evidence-based practices that focus instruction on empowerment. She provides stories of real ways students have made a difference within their school and beyond, and delivers powerful messages about student voice, choice, and independence. Drapeau presents the results of a survey that indicates the differences between what students say empowers them and what teachers say empowers their students. Discover what happens when teachers give over different degrees of control and let their students direct their own learning.

4.24 Interactive History Games: Timely and Topical for Remote Learning: K-12 (1 Hour) Live April 30, 5:00pm - 6:00 pm EDT Description: As social studies teachers look for immediate solutions to engage students in remote learning, Mission US – an award-winning series of free, interactive, standards-aligned history games – delivers exciting learning opportunities. This edWebinar will unpack strategies for using interactive role-playing games during this time of remote learning and also discuss how games like Mission US (mission-us.org) can support English Language Learners and struggling readers. Participants will learn how to integrate the games into assignments and use the program’s wealth of teaching resources, including document-based activities, writing prompts, and independent student research, to immerse students in the drama and decisions that shaped U.S. history. Presenters will share examples of how to blend gameplay with extension activities to illustrate how teachers can immediately utilize the content with their students. As a bonus, attendees will also get a preview of the new Mission US game, “Prisoner in My Homeland,” which focuses on the experience of a Japanese American teenage boy who must make difficult choices amid the chaos and terror of incarceration during WWII.

4.24 Remote Learning Toolkit: Leading and Learning in a Virtual World: K-12 (1Hour) Live April 28, 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm EDT Description: We have all been instantly thrown into a world where life and learning has to happen remotely and online. This new world provides many challenges and opportunities for teachers, leaders, and families. Companies are quick to provide access to free resources, but how do we sort through these and provide guidance to our schools as to what works best and what doesn’t? In this fast-paced, interactive edWebinar, innovative educator, Carl Hooker, will provide insights and strategies to help overcome our fears and empower ourselves and our students going forward into this remote learning world. Mr. Hooker will start by looking at some of the best strategies schools across the country are using when it comes to remote learning. Then, he’ll discuss tools for teachers that are suddenly forced to transition from face-to-face teaching towards remote teaching. Finally, he’ll discuss some of the opportunities gained by going remote and how schools might leverage this learning in the now unpredictable future.

4.21 Academic Language of Invasion Games: K-12 PE Teachers: K-12 Physical Education Teachers (1 Hour) Description: The what, why, and how of academic language in physical education. Are you just getting started with academic language or are you looking for new information and ideas on how to incorporate academic language into your teaching? Either way, this 60 minute online workshop will give you information and ideas you can use tomorrow.

4.21 Aligning Depth of Knowledge to Grade-level Outcomes: K-12 Physical Education Teachers (1 Hour) Description: Explore DOK using the SHAPE America Grade-level Outcomes and OPENPhysEd.org debrief question sets. Are you new to Depth of Knowledge, or are you a DOK expert? Either way, this 60 minute workshop will give you a look at how DOK is applied to the SHAPE America Grade-level Outcomes and how DOK strategies can be applied to your teaching tomorrow.

Clever Academy: K-12 (3-5 Hours) (Highly Encouraged & Will NOT Count Towards Your 8 or 16) Description: Become clever-certified with free online courses. You can learn at your own pace with our free courses tailored for specific roles: district admin, teachers, tech coaches.

Differentiated Instruction: Maximizing Learning for All: K-12 (4 Hours) Description: In spite of the growing variety of students in our classrooms and abundant evidence that our schools are not serving students well, many teachers teach as though all students in the same grade level are exactly the same! Many teachers are aware that students are different and agree that addressing these differences is beneficial, however, most teachers do not have a systematic way of doing this. Differentiated instruction is a system to help address student differences and has been shown to have a strong positive effect on outcomes across all groups, but many teachers do not fully understand the concept or are hesitant to implement it for a variety of reasons. This 4-hour course, based on the work of Carol Tomlinson, will cover the basics of differentiated instruction, some tips on getting started, and some strategies.

Essential Instructional Practices in Early Literacy: School-wide and Center-wide Practices: K-12 (4 Hours) Description: This series of modules covers Essentials 1-10 of the Essential School-Wide and Center-Wide Practices in Literacy. The focus of the course is to inform learners about organizational practices to systematically impact learning and support literacy development.

English Learner Portal: Spring Professional Learning Summit: K-12, Instructional Coaches, Principals (30 Hours) Description: This summit offers sessions on a variety of strategies and instructional methods to support English language learners in the classroom. Participants will engage in sessions around early literacy skills for English language learners to specific instructional methods to teach specific literary elements that can be used across all content (ex. compare and contrast) to active listening guides and much more.

How Emotional Intelligence Affects Students and School Culture: K-12 (1 Hour) Description: This course is intended as a first step for administrators and teachers to be self-reflective about their work context as it connects with the competencies of Emotional Intelligence. Participants will discover basic knowledge and frameworks of the Emotional Intelligence (EI) competencies to impact positive teacher efficacy, collaborative conversations in trustworthy environments, and growth in reflective practices across school contexts.

Implementing Professional Learning Communities: K-12 (3 Hours) Description: This course will provide you with a great starting point for learning about Professional Learning Communities (PLCs). You will be trained in the components of the DuFour PLC model and see how data, particularly formative assessment data guides the work of the PLC.

Intro to Online Course Facilitation: Practical Knowledge: K-12 (5 Hours) Description: This course offers you the opportunity to examine practical knowledge and skills required for online facilitation. It begins by considering your own work space including technical requirements and recommendations for organizing yourself for a productive remote environment. Then, you can examine key principles and practices for online facilitation, including activating student engagement, communication, and assessment.

Instructional Practices with Technology 101: K-12 (6 Hours)
Description: Looking for the best teaching practices paired with intentional technology integration? Welcome to Instructional Practices with technology 101.Throughout this course participants will explore best practices in teaching, as well as match these best practices with tech tools. Furthermore, participants will learn about the blended models and blending holistically.

Instructional Practices with Technology 101: K-12 (6 Hours) Description: Looking for best teaching practices paired with intentional technology integration? Welcome to Instructional Practices with Technology 101. Throughout this course, participants will explore best practices in teaching, as well as match these best practices with tech tools. Furthermore, participants will learn about blended models and blending holistically.Have that lesson or unit that just isn’t working, or that you could teach with your eyes closed? Consider blending! This course will scaffold intentional technology integration within a learning cycle via holistic blending. Participants will walk away from this course with a blended lesson/unit, where tools and lesson/unit components have been intentionally selected to be delivered face-to-face or digitally.

Teaching Students to Drive their Brains: K-12 (1 Hour) Description: The ability to use metacognition is one of the characteristics of high-achieving students and a key skill that all students can learn. In this webinar, based on Donna Wilson and Marcus Conyers’ ASCD book, Teaching Students to Drive Their Brains: Strategies, Activities, and Lesson Ideas, teachers and leaders will learn how they can teach students to drive their brains.

Podcast PD: Google Forms, Failure-Free Failing & CBE: K-12 (4 Hours) Description: During this online course, participants will have the opportunity to listen to a podcast and explore additional resources about Google Forms, a classroom that embraces personalized learning and the growth mindset, and competency-based education.

Podcast PD: Growing Student Agency and Implementing Google Classroom: K-12 (5 Hours) Description: Your students come from varying social, cultural, and academic backgrounds and, thus, follow different journeys on their way to adulthood. How can you help them grow their leadership of this journey? This practice-minded course focuses on student agency as a multi-faceted skill that can be grown and shaped and takes a look at how technology, like Google Classroom, can help grow this skill within a lesson cycle.

Podcast PD: Screencasting, the Future of Education: K-12 (4 Hours) Description: In this course, you will have an opportunity to listen to Michigan Virtual’s Campfire podcast and apply your learning through various activities. You will be pressed to apply your learning in your school setting. Throughout this course, learners will be engaged in learning activities designed to guide learning in the following areas: Predict what the future of learning might look like and construct an educational model; Demonstrate the instructional affordances of Loom and possible classroom application; Distinguish personalized professional learning and its benefits from traditional professional development.

Reaching English-Language Learners to Ensure Equity for All: K-12 (1 Hour) Description: In this webinar, you'll be able to:• Gain a better understanding of ELLs’ challenges.• Analyze data related to ELL students and characteristics.• Learn innovative district practices that can help bridge the achievement/equity gap.• Feel empowered and informed about serving the ELLs in their districts.

Social-Emotional Learning: Creating a Professional Culture Based on SEL: K-12 (6 hours) Description: This course focuses on creating a social and emotional learning (SEL) culture within a school. Specifically, educators will engage in activities that focus on educator social and emotional competencies, exploring ways in which adults can engage in self-care to reduce stress and professional burnout, and ways in which implicit bias influences interactions with students and colleagues.

Social-Emotional Learning: Integrating SEL Into Culturally Responsive Classrooms: K-12 (6 Hours) Description: This course focuses on how to integrate social and emotional learning (SEL) into the daily work of classrooms and engagement strategies for students that promote SEL. For example, teachers can implement practices that support student-centered learning or use language in a way that promotes the development of social and emotional skills. In addition, this course will include cultural considerations for classrooms while implementing social and emotional programming and practices as well as potential barriers to implementing SEL.

Social-Emotional Learning: Introduction to SEL: K-12 (6 Hours) Description: This course provides an introduction to SEL, which will include its key components as defined by MDE: the five core social and emotional competencies; the research underpinning SEL; and comprehensive benefits and positive outcomes of SEL for staff, students, families, and other adults working with students.

Social-Emotional Learning: Trauma-Informed Support: K-12 (6 Hours) Description: In recent years, there has been an increase in understanding the influence that childhood traumatic experiences can have on students in their learning environments. The intent of this course is to help educators gain some knowledge regarding trauma, how it impacts the developing brain, and thus potentially academic achievement. It is also to show how social and emotional learning can offer students skills to help combat those experiences.

Trauma Informed Course: STARR Commonwealth: K-12 (6 Hours) Enter the code TRAUMAINFORMED Description: This course teaches school professionals how to create trauma-informed schools and classrooms. The training focuses on resilience, exploring the core values and beliefs of educators and places an emphasis on understanding how trauma impacts children and their school experience. Lastly, proactive strategies such as fostering connections, prioritizing social and emotional skills, establishing safety, and promoting play are presented. This course provides detailed information and concrete actions that answer not just the “why” but also the “how” to create the best classroom and school supports for traumatized students and the school professionals who serve them.

What Is Culturally Responsive Mathematics Teaching? K-12 (1 Hour) Description: In this actionable webinar, you’ll learn• About the four-dimensional approach behind CRMT• How to foster a learning environment focused on mathematical sensemaking in which each student feels valued for who they are, their ways of engaging in mathematical reasoning, and their contributions to the collective success of the classroom• Techniques that help you position your students as having authority over mathematics knowledge being developed.

Whole Child & Continuous Improvement: A Deeper Understanding: K-12 (5 Hours) Description: Through this course, participants will gain a deeper understanding of the WSCC model. They will apply the WSCC model to their current system and identify areas that are already being addressed. Lastly, participants will connect the WSCC to the Michigan Integrated Continuous Improvement Process.


Audience: 6-12 Educators

Creating a Collaborative Classroom to Actively Engage Students in ELA and Math Learning: 6-12 (1 Hour) Description: Join SpringBoard product managers and former SpringBoard teachers to learn how the English Language Arts (ELA) and Math instructional programs for grades 6–12 foster collaboration in the classroom while encouraging students to work toward established goals.


Audience: Instructional Coaches, Principals, PLC & PSE Leads, Counselors

4.24 Looking Ahead: Planning for Education in a Post-COVID-19 World: Instructional Coaches, Principals, and District Leaders, (1 Hour) Live Wednesday, April 29, 2:00-3:00 EDT. Description: What challenges will school district administrators face as they plan ahead for the next school year? How will you re-establish strong learning environments and address the emotional and instructional needs of students and staff? How can you model supportive leadership? What assessment and learning gaps can you expect? Will the short-term push for remote learning have a long-term impact on instructional tools and decisions? Join our webinar for a forward-looking conversation that will be particularly valuable for district instructional leaders at every level.

Being a Math Coach: Instructional Coaches, Principals, PLC Leads (6 Hours) Description: This module focuses on math instruction in grades K-12. It includes an overview of the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics, learning progressions, screening and diagnostic assessments, instructional strategies, where to find evidence- based strategies, learning strategies, the concrete-representational-abstract model for teaching mathematics and teaching vocabulary in math.

Being a Reading Coach: Instructional Coaches, Principals, PLC Leads (6 hours) Description: This module focuses on reading, spelling, and vocabulary. It includes an overview of the Common Core State Standards for ELA, the five components of reading, screening and diagnostic reading assessments, how to select strategies and where to find evidence- based strategies, learning strategies, and working with English Language Learners and students with IEPs.

Being a Science Coach: Instructional Coaches, Principals, PLC Leads (6 Hours) Description: This module focuses on Science instruction in grades K-12. It includes an overview of writing, vocabulary, and reading informational text, graphs and charts; instructional strategies for Science; learning strategies; and assessment in the Science classroom.

Being a Social Studies Coach: Instructional Coaches, Principals, PLC Leads (6 Hours) Description: The MI Excel Coaching Modules are a series of modules on various topics related to instructional coaching. There are four core modules and five subject-area modules. Modules consist of a combination of videos, presentations, quizzes, and activities.

Being a Writing Coach: Instructional Coaches, Principals, PLC Leads (6 Hours) Description: This module focuses on writing instruction in grades K-12. It includes an overview of the Common Core State Standards related to writing, information on writing skills progressions and learning to write, learning strategies for writing, instructional strategies for writing, ways to assess writing and writing across the curriculum.

Building Teacher Confidence and Camaraderie Through Math Coaching: Instructional Coaches (1 Hour) Description: How can instructional coaching create real, lasting change in teacher practice? In this webinar, math coach Joanna Burt-Kinderman and high school math teacher Laurel Dilley will describe how their small rural district made a cultural shift in teaching and learning over the past eight years, promoting student inquiry and teacher agency. Burt-Kinderman and Dilley will give an inside look at the underlying principles of their district's approach to instructional improvement, the effect on one teacher’s practice and perspective, and the newly minted efforts to expand this approach across the region and state.

Effective Team Building: School Level Leaders (3 Hours) Description: This course is designed for district and school-level leaders who want to learn more about effective team building and why it is important to school and district success. This course will address basic definitions and common vocabulary, types of teams, strategies for working as a team, overcoming team obstacles and barriers, the impact on student learning and resources for developing effective teams.

How to find purpose and take action as an instructional coach when you aren't seeing your teachers face-to-face: Instructional Coaches (1 Hour) Live Apr 23, 2020 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM EDT
Description: I have talked to several coaches this week as we are on Covid-19 stay-at-home orders in so many states and they are saying the same thing: I am not sure what to do when I am not seeing my teachers face-to-face! I am positive that the underlying question is this: I want to support my teachers, but I'm not quite sure how!
I will help you find a coaching pathway during this weird time...and help give you deep purpose in serving your teachers and students. Come join me on this webinar!

Mi-Excel Coaching Basics, Module 1: Instructional Coaches, Principals (6 Hours) Description: This module includes a review of Coaching 101 along with introducing a coaching process based on Jim Knight’s work out of the University of Kansas Center for Research on Learning. It also covers the Instructional Learning Cycle, and common coaching activities.

MI Excel Coaching: Module 2 – Using Data to Inform Instruction: Instructional Coaches, Principals (6 Hours) Description: This module is a comprehensive yet understandable overview of using data to improve student achievement. It includes information on different types of data, using multiple data points to drive decisions, and an introduction to MI School Data and the Surveys of Enacted Curriculum. It also covers assessment types, writing different types of assessment questions, and analyzing the effectiveness of assessments. Finally, more detail about the use of data to inform the Instructional Learning Cycle is provided.

MI Excel Coaching: Module 3 – Coaching Instructional Planning & Practice: Instructional Coaches, Principals (6 Hours). Description: This module covers curriculum, lesson planning and design, general pedagogy, instructional strategies based on Marzano’s work, definitions of research and evidence-based instructional strategies and examples of coaching in action.

MI Excel Coaching: Module 4 – Multi-Tiered System of Supports: Instructional Coaches, Principals (5 Hours) Description: This module focuses on Michigan’s Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS) for grades K-12. The content covers the basics of MTSS, evidence-based strategies for instruction, differentiated instruction and some other instructional strategies to explore.

Social-Emotional Learning: Embedding SEL Schoolwide: PSE and ILT Members (6 Hours) Description: This course provides information about the various ways that SEL can be thoroughly integrated in a school’s policies and practices. The course includes a strong focus on leadership and delineating the actions that administrators and instructional leaders can take to embed SEL within the core functioning of the school, such as defining the collective values of the school through the development of an SEL vision and mission, and aligning SEL with other initiatives.

Understanding the Modern Military: Counselors (5 Hours) Description: Students and families need guidance from school counselors on the full range of career and education opportunities available to them after leaving school. The military offers vast opportunities and pathways for students based on their interests and needs. This course will help counselors gain valuable knowledge about military career and education opportunities and help them to support students and families as they explore military careers.