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“Leveraging Technology to Connect Hearts and Engage Minds”

Welcome to the information page for the 2020 Char-Em ISD Area-Wide Professional Learning Day! Join us for an online learning opportunity with your colleagues ISD-wide, from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 6, 2020.

There is no pre-registration required.

All pertinent links will be emailed to educators prior to Nov. 6, including information about how to access the breakout sessions. 

We look forward to seeing you online on Nov. 6! 

Together in learning, 
CEISD Professional Learning Committee


Schedule for Nov. 6, 2020

7:45-8:00      Begin logging in
8:00-9:10      Welcome and Kickoff Keynote 
9:10-9:15       Break
9:15-10:05     Breakout Session 1
10:05-10:10   Break
10:10-11:00   Breakout Session 2

No pre-registration required.


Keynote Presenter

Staying Personal and Authentic in the Midst of Adversity 

Thomas C. Murray               

Thomas Murray serves as the Director of Innovation for Future Ready Schools®, a project of the Alliance for Excellent Education, located in Washington, D.C. He has testified before the United States Congress and has worked alongside that body, the US Senate, the White House, the US Department of Education and state departments of education, corporations, and school districts throughout the country to implement student-centered learning while helping to lead Future Ready Schools and Digital Learning Day.

Prior to moving to his role in Washington, D.C., Murray served as an elementary teacher, middle school teacher, middle school principal, elementary principal, and at the district level in Bucks County, PA.

He is most passionate about creating cultures of innovation where teachers are empowered to create the types of learning experiences today’s modern learners need to thrive. In addition to his role at Future Ready Schools, Murray works directly with school and district leaders for administrative retreats, opening convocations, and professional learning days.
 
He is the author of “Personal and Authentic: Designing Learning Experiences that Impact a Lifetime,” which reveals the power of designing awe-inspiring experiences that are grounded in relationships and learner-centered by design – the kind of learning that lasts a lifetime.
 
Murray is the husband of a school counselor and dad of two children. Learn more about him on his website, www.thomascmurray.com/authenticedu1

 

Breakout sessions

Breakout sessions will be facilitated by talented educators based on your educational technology needs, as identified in a recent survey. Following are the sessions scheduled; Zoom links will be provided closer to Nov. 6, with instructions for accessing the breakout sessions following the keynote address.
 
There is no pre-registration required this year. You will join the sessions that interest you most. 
 

Breakouts #1 – 9:15-10:05 a.m.

1 – Canvas K-5 Tips and Tricks + External Tools
We will cover a few quick and easy Canvas tips for elementary teachers. Then we’ll dive right into some external tools that will make assignments easier for you and your students!
Participants will:

  • Discover some tips and tricks to keeping your dashboard, homepage, and modules organized.
  • Learn how to use External Tools to make assignments easier for you and your students!
  • Have access to session resources and more!

Audience
K-5 Elementary Staff

Presenter
Carol VanHoosier 
Petoskey Public Schools

About the presenter

Carol VanHoosier has been teaching elementary technology (K-5) for 7 years. She has also been an elementary school librarian and Title 1 aide for more years than she can remember, as well as middle school English teacher and 1st grade long-term substitute for a few terms. Her most recent position as Technology Integration Coordinator for Petoskey Schools has been an exciting new adventure. She’s been married for almost 20 years and has two children, an 8th grader and a 10th-grader, both currently online students in Petoskey. She spends her free time gardening with her mom, watching her kids play sports, and camping with friends.


2 – Online Only Educator Meet-Up

Online educators face a unique challenge this school year. Whether you’re teaching fully online or just an hour or two, this session will provide a time and space for teachers to share what’s working, collectively brainstorm what’s not, and have time to put some new learning into place.

Participants will:

  • Collaborate with local online educators to share creative solutions.
  • Learn about best practices for online learning.
  • Have time to begin implementing new learning.

Audience: Educators who are fully remote teachers or who are assigned to online learners. 

Presenter
Erin Luckhardt
Teal Spark Consulting

About the presenter
Erin is an educator who spent 10 years teaching secondary social studies in addition to serving as a technology integration specialist. Following that, she became a Professional Learning Coach and worked with educators across the state of Michigan focusing on the intentional use of technology, effective coaching alongside educators, and blended and personalized learning. Erin has a master’s in educational leadership as well as educational technology and enjoys continuing to learn and grow. She is passionate about designing and facilitating learning for adults in a way that is engaging, meaningful, and relevant. 


3 – “Why Is This So Hard?” Productive Thinking on Managing the Workload and Pressure of the 2020-21 School Year
Educators around the nation are experiencing a double whammy effect right now:
1) schooling amidst the pandemic has produced a number of workload increases, no matter which model you’re teaching in; and
2) conscientious educators feel an enormous pressure to provide a world-class education for students who are experiencing such disruption to their K-12 careers.

Left alone, these two simultaneous factors – increased workload, increased pressure – are bound to burn us out. In this session, we will examine practical strategies for managing these unique circumstances.

Participants will:

  • Examine why it makes sense that this year is so challenging for so many of us.
  • Understand practical methods for mitigating the negative mental, emotional, and social effects of increased workload and pressure.
  • consider the strategies best suited to their circumstances so that they can get off the burnout hamster wheel and get on with living and working as best we can.

Audience: All staff

Presenter
Dave Stuart, Jr.
Teacher, Cedar Springs, MI

About the presenter
Dave Stuart, Jr. is a high school teacher in Cedar Springs, MI who writes and speaks about teaching for colleagues around the world. His blog, DaveStuartJr.com, is read by 50,000 educators per month, and his bestselling These 6 Things: How to Focus Your Teaching on What Matters Most has been cherished by teachers around the world.


4 – Strategies to Plan and Implement the Formative Process into Classroom Instruction

Participants will gain a deeper understanding of the importance of planning/embedding formative assessment into all lessons. Session presenters will help participants to dig deeper into the definition of formative assessment and provide guidance and tools that relate to the planning and implementation of formative assessment across all grade levels and disciplines. These best practice strategies will relate to both traditional and virtual settings.

 Participants will:

  • Develop strategies to gather evidence of student achievement in an online, blended,  or face-to-face classroom.
  • Create a toolbox of strategies to deliver effective, targeted and intentional feedback to students.
  • Increase engagement through effective formative assessment practices.

Audience: All staff

Presenters:  Lindsey Howe and Jay Schreur
Educators, Michigan Great Lakes Virtual Academy

Lindsey Howe has been an educator for 14 years. She spent her first eight years teaching in two different brick-and-mortar schools. For the past six years, she has taught at Michigan Great Lakes Virtual Academy, where she started as an English 9 and SAT prep teacher, moved into career development, and then began her current role as the high school literacy coach. Lindsey has been a FAME (Formative Assessment for Michigan Educators) member for four years; this is her second year as a coach. Lindsey has worked for many years to advocate for virtual teaching and to bridge the “gap” between virtual and brick and mortar.

Jay Schreur has been an educator for 8 years, spending his first year teaching abroad in a public brick-and-mortar school in Korea. For the past six years, he has been teaching at Michigan Great Lakes Virtual Academy as a world history, economics, and contemporary world issues teacher. Jay has been a member of FAME (Formative Assessment for Michigan Educators) for four years, this being his second as a coach. During previous summers, he has enjoyed leading and facilitating cross-cultural travel experiences for high school students.

 

 


5 – HyperDocs – Say LESS and Get MORE Out of Your Students! 

HyperDocs are more than just links on a Doc! It is a purposefully designed unit that allows students to work at their own pace, increases student engagement, and encourages each student to choose their own learning path. In year 25, I am saying less and my students are learning more! Join and learn how to use this blended learning tool in your classroom to maximize the time that you have with students synchronously or asynchronously.

Participants will:

  • Learn what a HyperDoc is: a Google Doc that is capable of engaging students and inspiring learning.
  • Go on a tour of a teacher-designed Westward Expansion HyperDoc that is being used in a 9th grade US history classroom.
  • Listen to a 25-year veteran teacher share how this blended learning tool is giving each student a voice and choice in her classroom.
  • Reflect on how a HyperDoc may be used in your own classroom – on a large scale or an introductory level.

Audience: 7th-12th grade instructors

Presenter
Michele Deming
 
Boyne City High School

About the presenter
Michele Deming is a RAISE-trained social studies teacher beginning her 25th year at Boyne City High School. She also teaches a Student Success in High School class along with SD125: Student Success in College. She is a graduate of Central Michigan University, Alma College, and a Gwinn Modeltowner. She is passionate about teaching and believes “every kid deserves someone in their corner.” She takes pride in making strong student connections along with finding ways to keep students engaged in the classroom. Michele, along with her husband, Jeff, and two children, Michael and Morgan, enjoy all that Boyne City has to offer.


6 – Screencasting

Participants will learn what screencasting is (spoiler alert – it’s a digital recording of your screen that usually includes some audio narration) and walk through two user-friendly ways to create them. This can be a great tool whether you’re teaching students online or in-person (hello, sub plans!). The session will include tips and tricks for more successful screencasting experiences for both you and your students!

 Participants will:

  • Learn two ways to create student-friendly screencasts.
  • Walk away with best practices and tips to implement screencasts tomorrow.
  • Be encouraged to ask questions and share their own pro tips.

Audience: All staff

Presenter
Kyle Maginity
Instructional Tech Specialist, Boyne City Public Schools

About the presenter
Kyle is a secondary Spanish teacher turned Instructional Tech Specialist at Boyne City Public Schools. She is a wife, mom, home renovator, and Spartan, not necessarily in that order.


7 – Creating a “Fine Artology” Approach to Inspire the Hearts and Minds of Students’ Inner Voices

Are you wondering how to Develop Google Suite Connections with the Fine Arts? This session will explore the development of access points in Google Suite to share/collect formative and summative assessments. We will also explore how to link your Canvas homepage to Google Suite and other school resources.  Finally, you’ll learn methods of critiquing using Google Suite.  

Participants will:

  • Create a homepage in Canvas linked to current Google Suite.
  • Develop/Share Google Suite with formative/summative assignments.
  • Create a Google Shared Drive for all Fine Arts Teachers.

Audience: Fine Art Instructors

Presenter
Michael Schroeder
East Jordan Public Schools

About the presenter

Michael has  been teaching art at the high school level for 17 years and recently added levels of middle school art. He is currently teaching art and drama at East Jordan Middle/High School in his second year. He has developed lessons for a range of levels from 7th-12th along with being able to offer AP Studio Art: Drawing / 2D Design / 3D Design. Michael’s family moved here in 2019 from Wisconsin and they are loving the Northern Michigan lifestyle. 


8 – World Language Teacher Collaboration

This is an opportunity for world language teachers throughout Char-Em ISD to connect and collaborate to build engaging platforms and learning opportunities for students.

Participants will:

  • Discuss setbacks and successes of teaching world languages.
  • Collaborate across the ISD to share tech tools, curriculum, teaching strategies to effectively engage world language students.

Audience: World Language Teachers

Presenter
Amy Hertel
Boyne City Public Schools

Amy is in her 11th year of teaching Spanish at Boyne City High School (17th overall). She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from Michigan State University and her Master of Arts degree from Central Michigan University. She has presented at the MIWLA Conference in both 2018 and 2019. As the coordinator and chaperone of school-sponsored trips abroad, she has taken students to Panama, Puerto Rico and Costa Rica. She and her husband, John, are proud parents to Chelsey, 12, Ainsley, 9, and Jack, 4.


Breakouts #2 – 10:10-11 a.m.

1- Canvas Tips & Tricks – Secondary

Canvas can be a tricky Learning Management System to navigate. In this session, you’ll learn about ways to simplify Canvas, pull in other educational tools you regularly use, and design learning in a way that will have a positive impact on your students. 

     Participants will:

  • Collaborate with local online educators to share creative solutions.
  • Learn about best practices for online learning.
  • Have time to begin implementing new learning.

Audience: Secondary educators using Canvas and Accelerate

Presenter
Erin Luckhardt
Teal Spark Consulting

About the presenter
Erin is an educator who spent 10 years teaching secondary social studies in addition to serving as a technology integration specialist. Following that, she became a Professional Learning Coach and worked with educators across the state of Michigan focusing on the intentional use of technology, effective coaching alongside educators, and blended and personalized learning. Erin has a master’s in educational leadership as well as educational technology and enjoys continuing to learn and grow. She is passionate about designing and facilitating learning for adults in a way that is engaging, meaningful, and relevant. 


2 – Videoconferencing Tips & Tricks

Videoconferencing is a necessity in our new educational reality. In this session, participants will get an overview of both Zoom and Google Meet, tips to make videoconferencing a bit less painful, and some do’s and don’ts to make your online meetings more successful and engaging.

     Participants will:

  • Get a brief overview of the features of Zoom and Google Meet.
  • Learn videoconferencing tips and etiquette that make a better meeting leader and participant.
  • Be encouraged to ask questions and share their own pro tips.

Audience: All staff

Presenter
Kyle Maginity
Instructional Tech Specialist, Boyne City Public Schools

About the presenter
Kyle is a secondary Spanish teacher turned Instructional Tech Specialist at Boyne City Public Schools. She is a wife, mom, home renovator, and Spartan, not necessarily in that order.


3- Formative Assessment: Gather Evidence of Student Achievement and Provide Feedback

Participants will develop strategies to extract evidence of student achievement using formative assessment best practices. Presenters will discuss how effective, targeted and intentional feedback can guide instructional decisions. The session will include information on how creating lessons with the formative assessment process in mind can lead to greater student ownership and increased engagement. 

 Participants will:

  • Develop strategies to gather evidence of student achievement in an online, blended, or face-to-face classroom.
  • Create a toolbox of strategies to deliver effective, targeted and intentional feedback to students.
  • Increase engagement through effective formative assessment practices.

Audience: All staff

Presenters:  Lindsey Howe and Jay Schreur
Educators, Michigan Great Lakes Virtual Academy

Lindsey Howe has been an educator for 14 years. She spent her first eight years teaching in two different brick-and-mortar schools. For the past six years, she has taught at Michigan Great Lakes Virtual Academy, where she started as an English 9 and SAT prep teacher, moved into career development, and then began her current role as the high school literacy coach. Lindsey has been a FAME (Formative Assessment for Michigan Educators) member for four years; this is her second year as a coach. Lindsey has worked for many years to advocate for virtual teaching and to bridge the “gap” between virtual and brick and mortar.

Jay Schreur has been an educator for 8 years, spending his first year teaching abroad in a public brick-and-mortar school in Korea. For the past six years, he has been teaching at Michigan Great Lakes Virtual Academy as a world history, economics, and contemporary world issues teacher. Jay has been a member of FAME (Formative Assessment for Michigan Educators) for four years, this being his second as a coach. During previous summers, he has enjoyed leading and facilitating cross-cultural travel experiences for high school students.

 


4 – Student Motivation from a Distance or Otherwise: The Five Key Beliefs Beneath Engaged Students

How do we help all of our students care enough to do the work and do it as best they canI’ve spent the past five years of my teaching career reading, experimenting, and interviewing experts about what lies at the heart of student motivation. What I’ve found is straightforward: for our students to flourish long-term, they need to be motivated from the inside-out. Specifically, they need to believe five key things about:

Credibility: I have a good teacher.

Value: This work matters to me.

Belonging: People like me belong in classes like this.

Effort: I can improve my knowledge and skills through effort.

Efficacy: I can succeed at the challenges this class presents.

To truly motivate your students to do the work, you don’t have to be a miracle worker or a workaholic. You just need to understand the five key beliefs of student motivation, and you need actual strategies to influence each one.

 Participants will:

  • Gain an overview of the five key beliefs and how research suggests they are influenced.
  • Understand how motivation relates to engagement, and why motivation is the better target.
  • Leave with practical next steps for teaching and learning, whether in-person or remote.

Audience: All staff

Presenter
Dave Stuart, Jr.
Teacher, Cedar Springs, MI

About the presenter
Dave Stuart, Jr. is a high school teacher in Cedar Springs, MI who writes and speaks about teaching for colleagues around the world. His blog, DaveStuartJr.com, is read by 50,000 educators per month, and his bestselling These 6 Things: How to Focus Your Teaching on What Matters Most has been cherished by teachers around the world.


5 – Integrating Seesaw Into Your Classroom

Seesaw is a great platform for any face to face or online classroom.  It allows students to share their work, show what they know, and collaborate with fellow classmates.  Teachers can give quick assessments, give feedback, and communicate with families.  Parents get an insight into what is happening in the classroom and are able to interact with their student’s learning.  Join me to learn the basics of using Seesaw in your classroom, whatever it may look like.  

Participants will:

  • Learn how to set up and get started with a class Seesaw account.
  • Discover the ins and outs of Seesaw.
  • Learn fun ways to implement Seesaw into all areas of learning.
  • Create basic Seesaw activities.

Audience: K-6 Educators

Presenter
Erin Mastin
Boyne City Elementary

About the presenter
Erin has taught everything from kindergarten to middle school math, and along the way she has welcomed some form of technology into her classroom. Over the last 10 years, she has been working in the elementary where her classrooms have been one to one with iPads. Erin enjoys presenting for fellow teachers on using technology in the elementary classroom.  


6 – Special Education in an Online Setting

Join us for an informal session with a panel of educators who are seeking to answer the question, “How can we best support our students with special needs in this ever-changing educational context?”

Participants will:

  • Engage in collaborative inquiry to identify successes and challenges in supporting our students.
  • Learn from colleagues who have been supporting students in an online environment during the 2020-2021 school year.

Audience: Special Education Teachers, Support Staff, K-12 Services Staff, Administrators

Presenters:

Matt McSweeney
Secondary Online Special Education Instructor, Public Schools of Petoskey

Laura Feys
Elementary Online Special Education Instructor, Public Schools of Petoskey

Kelly Rogers
Special Education Coordinator, Char-Em ISD

Jill Bacigalupi
Speech and Language Pathologist, Char-Em ISD


7 – Music Education In Our Current Normal

Join us for an online, roundtable conversation about the strengths and challenges of music instruction in our current normal.

Participants will:

  • Share ideas on how to adapt to teaching music during COVID-19.
  • Surface questions related to specific challenges around providing music instruction.

Audience: Educators teaching K-12 general, vocal and instrumental music both live and virtual.

Presenter
Brandon Ivie
Band Teacher, Boyne City High School

Special thank you to Paul DeSimone, DK-12 music teacher at Concord Academy Petoskey, for helping to organize this session. 


Questions, further assistance

If you have questions Nov. 6, please contact Pam Ciganick.

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