We share notices and links about upcoming professional learning being offered in COOR, in neighboring ISDs and around the state, or online. Check back often for the latest professional learning opportunities.
Upcoming Professional Learning Opportunities at COOR ISD
MI-STAR Sampler This one day workshop on either October 28 or November 13 will introduce Middle School Science Teachers and Principals to MI-STAR. “Mi-STAR is designing a middle school curriculum that supports both the NGSS and the Michigan State Standards, while empowering students to use science and engineering practices to address real-world issues. We provide professional learning for teachers implementing the curriculum.” Participants will gain an understanding of the curriculum and resources, as well as connect with a cohort of other teachers and have access to a Professional Learning Facilitator throughout their instruction.
Get Energized with Modeling (Science) Modeling instruction in Science provides students with structures and practices to be able to make meaning of complex scientific ideas and experiences. Rooted in an initial phenomenon or investigation, students then collaborate to illustrate their mental model “for now” and make sense of what, why, and how something has happened. Through a series of practices and discussions, students gain a deeper understanding, not from a textbook or lecture, but as a group. (Inspired by Mimodelinginstruction.org and AMTA) This introduction will focus on energy across the science disciplines. Participants will see the impact modeling will have on their students’ depth of thinking and understanding and walk away with ways to implement and deepen modeling practices in their classroom. This is not a curriculum training.
Coaching Collaborative monthly starting September 19, 2019 This Collaborative PLC will meet throughout the year with two purposes at each session. 1) We will engage in defining and refining coaching practices using MAISA’s Coaching Series Modules aligned to the Michigan Model of Coaching. 2) We will participate in discussions around best practice, discuss latest research findings, work in self-selected break out groups that apply to each coach’s needs, and participate in opportunities to learn from each other’s practice. While some meetings will be held at COOR ISD, it is the hope that we can visit each district and have the district coach host a Coaching Collaborative to showcase the literacy learning happening in that school. Lunch will be provided by COOR.
Get Outside Science on April 7 Get outside your comfort zone, your classroom walls, and DO science in the environment around your school. This is a great opportunity to get a plethora of ideas to take your students outside and save time and money on materials. Participants will experience Project Learning Tree, Project Wild, and Citizen Science to leave this training with a full toolbox of outdoor education and ready to lead their students in exploring Life Sciences.
Crisis Prevention Institute (CPI) To support the philosophy of Care, Welfare, Security, and Safety two initial CPI sessions will be held at the Roscommon Middle School for new hires or staff members who have let their certification lapse more than 12 months. Focus for the training is on proactive approaches through cooperation and evidence-based interventions, which in turn helps promote a positive school climate. It is suggested that participants only attend one of these sessions.
Instruction Beyond Tier 1 Series starting on November 21 The purpose of this series, meeting at COOR ISD on 11/21, 1/9, 2/13, 3/19, and 5/7 from 8:30am-11:30am is to have an ongoing dialogue within our community about how to support children who are struggling with reading despite various interventions within the Tier 1, Tier 2 or Tier 3 environment. Digging into the Cognitive Model of Reading (McKenna & Stahl, 2015), The DRIVE Model (Cartwright & Duke, 2019) and the Essential Instructional Practices, we will meet to: • unpack and discuss the components of the Cognitive Model of Reading Pathways (Automatic Word Recognition, Oral Language Comprehension, and Strategic Knowledge)and their contribution to student achievement in literacy • learn about and discuss the DRIVE Model as a metaphor to demonstrate the working parts of the reading process • analyze student data to determine areas of instructional need • Use a "follow-the-student" approach to authentically apply and process the Cognitive Model of Reading and the DRIVE Model • Receive and create resources throughout the process that will support you in your day-to-day teaching
Independence Facilitator Training Series 2019-2020 Our one on one support personnel and school systems need common principals for supporting students with disabilities and a systematic structure and approach for doing so.
Transition Council 2019-2020 This committee focuses on student outcomes in special education at the post-secondary level. Local district’s designee, public agencies, and community partners will meet monthly. SCECH’s will be available. Sessions will be facilitated by Brenda Vaughan-Ide.
ADOS Training This training will cover the following: Identify the key features of an ASD Evaluation Select appropriate assessments to meet the needs of the child Explain how to select the most appropriate ADOS-2 module Identify administration procedures for the ADOS-2 Demonstrate a basic understanding of how to score ADOS-2 algorithms Explain issues in the clinical application of ADOS-2 results Identify how the ADOS-2 fits into a Multidisciplanary Evaluation and MET Report
ADOS Refresher This training will cover the following: Explain how to select the most appropriate ADOS-2 module Identify administration procedures for the ADOS-2 Demonstrate a basic understanding of how to score ADOS-2 algorithms Explain issues in the clinical application of ADOS-2 results
Social Studies Round Tables November 7 (NEW DATE) and April 22 On November 7 (NEW DATE), 2019 and April 22, 2020, from 4:30pm-7:30pm, COOR ISD will be offering Social Studies Round Tables. These will be hosted at Ogemaw Heights High School. Gather with your fellow COOR area Social Studies teachers and Dave Johnson, NMLC Social Studies Consultant, to learn about the latest updates regarding Social Studies content and teaching, as well as new resources and activity ideas for enhancing Social Studies learning for all students. Each session will include opportunities for large and small group sharing about local successes as well as collaboratively solving problems of practice. The value and richness of a round table is multiplied with each participant, so plan to attend and bring a friend! Dinner will be provided by COOR.
STEM & Literacy on October 22, 2019 OR February 11, 2020 This STEM & Literacy workshop will be held on October 22, 2019 from 9:00am-3:30pm at Roscommon Middle School. The offering will be repeated on February 11, 2020 in the COOR ISD Board Room. Literacy may not be one of the letters in STEM, but it is essential to doing and learning science. Join us for an interactive day of learning and planning to integrate science throughout their instructional day. Teachers will gain best practices for engaging students through purposeful read aloud sessions, integrating vocabulary, evaluating texts, facilitating STEM challenges, and more through the lens of the Essential Instructional Practices in Early Literacy and NGSS. Teacher takeaways include a trade book and challenge activity, a protocol for text evaluation, time to plan for their next unit, connecting with colleagues, and endless resources at their fingertips. Lunch will be provided by COOR
Great Expectations PLN on October 23 and February 26 COOR area educators who attended the 2019 Great Expectations Summer Institute are invited to gather from 4:30pm-6:30pm on October 23, 2019 and February 26, 2020 in the COOR ISD Board Room. These evening session will offer the opportunity to share successes and problems of practice in implementing Great Expectations practices within their classrooms. Sessions will include digging deeper into Great Expectations, as well as developing opportunities for sharing Great Expectations with a larger audience within COOR and the Northern Lower Michigan region. COOR will provide light refreshments and snacks for these events.
Professional Learning Opportunities Statewide
MAASE 2018-2019 The focus of the 2018-19 MAASE Professional Learning Series is to provide the membership, and its professional colleagues and stakeholders, with opportunities to collaborate while gaining knowledge and understanding about the origins of trauma, scientific research explaining theories and hypotheses related to behaviors, brain connection and reaction, and the subsequent implications for learning. Participants will learn and develop strategies for immediate use in the educational environment and alignment with student IEPs as they understand the necessary work required to provide support to students, families and staff.
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