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Professional Learning | Empower Teachers

Professional Learning

Empower Teachers

We believe in empowering teachers to create high quality, engaging instructional environments when they have access to the necessary skills, tools and rich sources of information. We provide educators with free instructor-led courses and events with the opportunity to earn free SCECHs.

Clicking on any calendar event will reroute you to our registration website - Wisdomwhere.  You will need to create an account or login to your account to reserve your spot.

Upcoming Events

  • 31 Aug
    • The Core Course for Educators: An Introduction to Social Justice
      Date: Aug 31
      Time: 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM
      Location: Webinar
      Calendar: WW Calendar
      • This learning series employs: 

        • Small and large group discussion 

        • Structured exercises 

        • Readings, videos, and reflective journaling 

        • Homework to prepare participants for each session 

        Participants will: 

        • Come to understand their own social identities, biases, and prejudices 

        • Increase their knowledge about the histories and present realities of various social identity groups 

        • Increase their awareness of social justice concepts such as “implicit bias” and “microaggressions” 

        • Begin considering how to incorporate this knowledge and awareness into their practice by using the EJATT 

        Participants must attend all sessions and complete the asynchronous homework


        Series includes email follow-up after each session and access to our online drive with homework readings, handouts, and other resources. 


        • Intro

        • Allyship and Accountability Working Within Your Sphere of Influence

        • Break

        • Where Do We Go from Here?

        • Conclusion

  • 12 Sep
    • Applying Google Apps for Education in Chrome
      Date: Sep 12
      Time: 12:00 AM to 12:02 AM
      Location: Virtual / Online
      Calendar: WW Calendar

      Google Apps for Education provides an expansive repertoire of tools for empowering students and managing instruction. Master the basics: how to create documents and share them with students, colleagues or parents. (1) Understand sharing options. (2) Navigate the Chrome Web Store to find and install apps targeted for student learning. (3) Install, explore and utilize new Google Apps and/or Chrome extensions that leverage the impact of technology integration and using Chromebooks. (4) Appreciate the transformation these tools have on teaching and learning by providing seamless access to information, not confined to the school day or classroom.

    • Assessment Tools for the Classroom
      Date: Sep 12
      Time: 12:00 AM to 12:02 AM
      Location: Virtual / Online
      Calendar: WW Calendar

      Formative Assessment is an essential part of the learning process leading to student success. Using Formative Assessment, teachers involve students in ongoing self-assessment so they are aware of expectations, gauge where they are in their learning, and then adjust to close the gap between them. Learn about digital tools to support this process. Explore and use quiz and polling tools, interactive and video assessments, portfolios, interactive lessons, and online bulletin boards. Leave with new tools to engage and assist your students in taking responsibility for their learning and achievement.

    • Game-based Learning to Build Student Understanding & Engagement
      Date: Sep 12
      Time: 12:00 AM to 12:02 AM
      Location: Virtual / Online
      Calendar: WW Calendar

      Games have been used as a learning tool for centuries. Chess was used to teach strategic thinking as far back as the Middle Ages. The genesis of Kindergarten in the mid-1800s was Friedrich Fröbel’s ideas of learning through play. Game-Based Learning (GBL) can help students learn content by reviewing content and practicing assessments. Explore the power of GBL beyond content reviews and board game creations. Design powerful GBL experiences to increase student engagement and understanding.

    • Inquiry and Questioning: Igniting Student Curiosity with Technology
      Date: Sep 12
      Time: 12:00 AM to 12:02 AM
      Location: Virtual / Online
      Calendar: WW Calendar

      Students who ask questions engage themselves in learning to find answers. It is the simplest and most effective way of learning. Learn the importance of asking questions. Explore how to nurture a culture of curiosity in the classroom by helping students formulate great questions in their learning. Integrate technology to ignite and sustain critical thinking. Leave with a toolbox and lesson plans focused on inquiry and technology integration.


    • Social Media: Strategies for Designing Learning Experiences
      Date: Sep 12
      Time: 12:00 AM to 12:02 AM
      Location: Virtual / Online
      Calendar: WW Calendar

      Social media tools and platforms can enable educators to lead and learn with other professionals from where they stand in classrooms, offices, and buildings. Explore how social media tools aid with building and expanding professional networks and create opportunities for building authentic learning experiences for our students.


    • Tech Up Your K5 Content With MITECS
      Date: Sep 12
      Time: 12:00 AM to 12:02 AM
      Location: Virtual / Online
      Calendar: WW Calendar

      Learn to develop exemplary K-5 lessons that integrate technology using Michigan technology competencies and ISTE Standards for Students. For both technology coordinator and classroom teachers, this course will provide an understanding of the 21st-century technology skills students should accomplish by grade level. You will access and try-out a variety of multimedia resources from a collection of free and exciting multimedia resources and tutorials. You will curate a variety of top free technology tools that can expand the options you provide for students to create artifacts that communicate their ideas clearly and express themselves creatively to demonstrate their ideas and knowledge.

    • Transforming Education - Maker Movement
      Date: Sep 12
      Time: 12:00 AM to 12:02 AM
      Location: Virtual / Online
      Calendar: WW Calendar

      Sylvia Martinez and Gary Stager write, in Invent to Learn, a book that some call the "maker in education bible" "Maker classrooms are active classrooms. In active classrooms one will find engaged students, often working on multiple projects simultaneously, and teachers unafraid of relinquishing their authoritarian role. The best way to activate your classroom is for your classroom to make something."
      In this introduction to the Maker Movement you will learn about the resources and techniques that teachers are using in the classroom to transform their classrooms and educational environments so that they emphasize making, inventing and creativity.

  • 3 Oct
    • A Practical Guide to Global Success Skills in the Classroom for the 21st Century and Beyond
      Date: Oct 3
      Time: 12:00 AM to 12:02 AM
      Location: Virtual/Online
      Calendar: WW Calendar
      Global Success Skills (GSS) are critical to student development to ensure students can successfully navigate college and career opportunities. A 2016 survey conducted by the National Association of Colleges and Employees (NACE) identified a high need for entry-level students and employees to have practical skills in the following areas: leadership, communication, collaboration, and problem-solving.
      This course provides an in-depth understanding the Global Success Skills. Learn how to apply the skills in classroom instruction and professional growth lessons. Personalize learning experience by choosing areas to explore using the tools provided in class.
    • Design Thinking Made Practical
      Date: Oct 3
      Time: 12:00 AM to 12:02 AM
      Location: Virtual/Online
      Calendar: WW Calendar

      Design Thinking is a practical methodology that provides innovative approaches to critical thinking and in-depth inquiry using STEM, STEAM, Inquiry-Based Learning, Project-Based Learning, and other structures. The program emphasizes standards-based authenticity and using the student's voice. Design Thinking is a highly optimistic mindset that brings a human element of support to students, teachers, and administrators in the variety of challenges that face them. Gain an understanding of Design Thinking and the Design Process used to create and evolve ideas. Craft learning experiences based on design thinking.

       Outcomes:

      • Explore what is Design Thinking and what it looks like.

      • Understand how to connect Design Thinking to other innovative approaches to learning.

      • Explore how the Design Process puts Design Thinking into Action.

      • Create a learning experience based on Design Thinking

    • Empowering Students Through Personalized Learning
      Date: Oct 3
      Time: 12:00 AM to 12:02 AM
      Location: Virtual/Online
      Calendar: WW Calendar
      Students become active learners when they connect goals, and pursue their talents to address authentic challenges. This process influences how we invite students to access content, process and engage with content, and demonstrate mastery. Learn to apply personalized learning approaches that empower students to exercise their voice and make meaningful learning choices
    • Enhancing Instruction for All Learners
      Date: Oct 3
      Time: 12:00 AM to 12:02 AM
      Location: Virtual/Online
      Calendar: WW Calendar
      Address diverse student learning needs with technology integration. Identify basic principles of universal design, differentiated instruction and best practice teaching strategies to enhance existing or new lessons or classroom activities. Apply these strategies using technology integration to improve learning. Learn to find and use interactive learning activities to address a variety of learning styles. Address learning barriers and support learners using technology tools.
    • Increasing Efficiency and Productivity
      Date: Oct 3
      Time: 12:00 AM to 12:02 AM
      Location: Virtual/Online
      Calendar: WW Calendar
      Become more productive, efficient and organized in your professional and personal life. Increase and improve productivity using apps and other simple technology.  In this independent learning unit, we introduce applications that are tried and true. Learn how to use them with students and in classrooms.  Tech Tip: When selecting an app, learn to use it regularly. For example, update and check a calendar each day. Or create tasks in a list app, then complete and check them off.  Tech Tip: Don’t try using everything at once. Start with one or two applications and then add more as needed.
    • Making the Most of Your Google Classroom
      Date: Oct 3
      Time: 12:00 AM to 12:02 AM
      Location: Virtual/Online
      Calendar: WW Calendar
      Google Classroom is an easy way to organize and distribute your classroom assignments. You can share documents through Classroom, and create safe, two-way conversations between you and your students. Learn all the ins and outs of Google Classroom including how to add and grade assignments, post daily warm ups, add parents and guardians, and much more. Plus, we’ll show you the many ways you can integrate multiple applications into Google Classroom. (e.g., Geogebra, Discovery, Flipgrid, edPuzzle, etc.)
    • OER: The What, Why, and How of Open Educational Resources
      Date: Oct 3
      Time: 12:00 AM to 12:02 AM
      Location: Virtual/Online
      Calendar: WW Calendar

      Open Educational Resources (OER) are free, openly licensed, high-quality tools that allow users to retain, reuse, revise, remix, and redistribute them for educational purposes. In this course, participants will:
      Build an understanding of OERs.   
      Discover ways to use OER to differentiate instruction.
      Learn where to find free image and audio resources, online books, videos, audiobooks, interactive simulations, game-based learning, lesson plans, textbooks, online courses, and much more.
      Explore how to use OER to develop or enhance a unit, lesson, or project to meet the diverse needs of learners.
      Share resources and collaborate across geographic boundaries to ensure learners have equitable access to up-to-date and innovative materials.
      Participants create an authentic lesson, unit, or project that uses an OER to enhance student learning. Participants also develop a plan for creating an OER that fills an unmet need in their professional practice.

    • PBL for Growing Student Voice 12:00 AM to 12:02 AM
      PBL for Growing Student Voice
      Date: Oct 3
      Time: 12:00 AM to 12:02 AM
      Location: Virtual/Online
      Calendar: WW Calendar
      Project Based Learning (PBL) is an excellent strategy for helping students take ownership of their learning through authentic learning experiences. Explore the core building blocks for effective PBL. Design a PBL unit to implement for all learners.
    • Preparing Professional Presentations
      Date: Oct 3
      Time: 12:00 AM to 12:02 AM
      Location: Virtual/Online
      Calendar: WW Calendar
      Learn to plan and deliver effective presentations targeted to adults. Use research-based practices for connecting with adult learners. Integrate various forms of presentation technology such as Padlet, Prezi, Google Slides, and more to maximize engagement. Use guidelines to create reliable session descriptions for marketing materials. Devise a simple process to secure feedback from session participants.
  • 5 Oct
    • The Core Course for Educators: An Introduction to Social Justice
      Date: Oct 5
      Time: 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM
      Location: Webinar
      Calendar: WW Calendar
      • This learning series employs: 

        • Small and large group discussion 

        • Structured exercises 

        • Readings, videos, and reflective journaling 

        • Homework to prepare participants for each session 

        Participants will: 

        • Come to understand their own social identities, biases, and prejudices 

        • Increase their knowledge about the histories and present realities of various social identity groups 

        • Increase their awareness of social justice concepts such as “implicit bias” and “microaggressions” 

        • Begin considering how to incorporate this knowledge and awareness into their practice by using the EJATT 

        Participants must attend all sessions and complete the asynchronous homework


        Series includes email follow-up after each session and access to our online drive with homework readings, handouts, and other resources. 


        • Intro

        • Allyship and Accountability Working Within Your Sphere of Influence

        • Break

        • Where Do We Go from Here?

        • Conclusion

  • 2 Nov
    • The Core Course for Educators: An Introduction to Social Justice
      Date: Nov 2
      Time: 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM
      Location: Webinar
      Calendar: WW Calendar
      • This learning series employs: 

        • Small and large group discussion 

        • Structured exercises 

        • Readings, videos, and reflective journaling 

        • Homework to prepare participants for each session 

        Participants will: 

        • Come to understand their own social identities, biases, and prejudices 

        • Increase their knowledge about the histories and present realities of various social identity groups 

        • Increase their awareness of social justice concepts such as “implicit bias” and “microaggressions” 

        • Begin considering how to incorporate this knowledge and awareness into their practice by using the EJATT 

        Participants must attend all sessions and complete the asynchronous homework


        Series includes email follow-up after each session and access to our online drive with homework readings, handouts, and other resources. 


        • Intro

        • Allyship and Accountability Working Within Your Sphere of Influence

        • Break

        • Where Do We Go from Here?

        • Conclusion

  • 9 Nov
    • The Core Course for Educators: An Introduction to Social Justice
      Date: Nov 9
      Time: 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM
      Location: Webinar
      Calendar: WW Calendar
      • This learning series employs: 

        • Small and large group discussion 

        • Structured exercises 

        • Readings, videos, and reflective journaling 

        • Homework to prepare participants for each session 

        Participants will: 

        • Come to understand their own social identities, biases, and prejudices 

        • Increase their knowledge about the histories and present realities of various social identity groups 

        • Increase their awareness of social justice concepts such as “implicit bias” and “microaggressions” 

        • Begin considering how to incorporate this knowledge and awareness into their practice by using the EJATT 

        Participants must attend all sessions and complete the asynchronous homework


        Series includes email follow-up after each session and access to our online drive with homework readings, handouts, and other resources. 


        • Intro

        • Allyship and Accountability Working Within Your Sphere of Influence

        • Break

        • Where Do We Go from Here?

        • Conclusion