MI ISD Connection

December 2017
Welcome ISD superintendents, administrators, technology directors, educators, and other educational professionals!

In the hopes of keeping you connected and collaborating with the projects and work of the Michigan Association of Intermediate School Administrators, we would like to introduce you to the MI ISD Connection - a monthly publication focusing on the work of MAISA initiatives. Please let us know if you have suggestions or topics you would like to see in the upcoming issues of this newsletter.
As educators and leaders collectively focus on literacy, an important suite of research-informed tools guide our work: The Literacy Essentials . Created by the MAISA General Education Leadership Network and the Early Literacy Task Force, the Essentials are the key resources that outline instructional practices for the classroom, leadership work for each school, and coaching practices for early literacy coaches. The Essentials are the foundation of all work produced by the Early Literacy Professional Learning Grant (ELPL).

Through the grant there have been several institutes for the ISD and district coaches to develop their coaching skills and expertise working with teachers. Administrators and Early Childhood Specialists have also benefited from professional learning at the school-wide and center-wide level. Through our statewide collaboration we have served the professional learning needs of 1,882 educators in the past 18 months, but we are only touching the surface. With the creation of the Instructional and Coaching Modules developed through collaboration with EduPaths.org and Michigan Virtual, we have blended professional learning for all educators. Check out LiteracyEssentials.org for access to all the documents and modules created by experts across the state. You can find more information about the Theory of Action here . Join the conversation on Twitter: #MichiganLiteracy #MIGELN    @MAISA_ISDs
Helping Educators Navigate Their Professional Growth
In August, Vermontville teachers gathered together to begin prepping for the school year with professional development and trainings already planned by district and building administrators. This year’s planning included an infusion of 21st Century opportunities - they tapped into the resources on EduPaths. EduPaths.org is an Open Educational Resource (OER) that offers online courses to educators in Michigan on a variety of topics from Assessment to Early Childhood to Technology. Currently, they have over 200 courses, over 8,000 registered users, and 17,000+ course completions. EduPaths courses are designed by educators for educators, average less than an hour per course, and allow users to take control of their own professional learning needs.

To learn more about how you can bring EduPaths into your district, contact Anthony Buza at abuza@geneseeisd.org .
Register now for REMC's Virtual Course offered from January - March 2018. Sessions include Social Media, Google Apps, Intro to OERs, and more!
Mi c higan Open Book Project released two new chapters for HS World and HS Civics! Go to the MI Open Book Project website to download these and more!
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