Announcing Our 2017 Beaver Island Institute

Beaver Island Flyer
2017 Beaver Island Institute Flyer

The deadline for Beaver Island Institute Applications has been extended for teachers from the Great Lakes Bay Region of Michigan: Arenac, Bay, Clare, Gladwin, Gratiot, Isabella, Midland and Saginaw counties. ELA and Science teachers from this region are encouraged to apply, alone or in pairs, for an opportunity to participate in this amazing PD experience.

Deadline: Friday, April 28th at 5:00 PM

Questions? Please email Dr. Hicks: troy.hicks@cmich.edu


Experience a unique, one-week (August 13 – 18, 2017) field experience at CMU’s Biological Station on Beaver Island of Lake Michigan. Valued at nearly $1000 per participant, this program is generously sponsored by the Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow Foundation.

Working in pairs, this workshop is designed for science and ELA educators based in the same middle school (grades 6-8). Teachers will study ecosystems, technology, and strategies for integrating reading, writing, critical thinking into the classroom.

Participants will be responsible for transportation to and from Charlevoix, MI, to ride the ferry to Beaver Island. All instructional costs, materials, and room and board on the island will be offered free of cost.

Participate in:

  • Individual and small group work
  • Field activities to promote discussion and collaboration
  • Science and literary activities
  • Collaborative, inquiry-based units identifying key standards from the Next Generation Science Standards, Common Core Literacy Standards, and ISTE NETS (technology) standards
  • A series of appropriate lessons, labs, and activities for the 2017-18 school year
  • Integrative teaching practices to integrate mobile technologies (smartphones and tablets, as well as apps) into teaching and as a learning tool for students?
Preference will be given to educators in the following counties, though all ELA/Science teachers, grades 6-8, are welcome to apply: 
  • Arenac
  • Bay
  • Clare
  • Gladwin
  • Gratiot
  • Isabella
  • Midland
  • Saginaw

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Apply by completing this brief Google form. In addition to basic contact info and demographics, applicants will reply to the following in 500 words or less:

When and how, specifically, you will plan to work together toward integration in the 2016-17 school year? How your participation in this institute will help you meet shared goals for the integration of science and literacy standards?

Deadline: 5 p.m. Friday, March 31, 2017. Participants who are selected for the institute will be notified by mid-April. SCECHs and graduate credit will be available at additional cost (pending approval).

Questions?

Troy Hicks, Ph.D.
Director, Chippewa River Writing Project
troy.hicks@cmich.edu
Sponsored by the Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow Foundation

Upcoming Presentation: Argument in the Real World

turner-and-hicks-argument-presentation-finalPlease join us for a free professional development event on Thursday, September 29, from 5:00 to 7:00 PM, in 314 Anspach Hall as Dr. Kristen Hawley Turner and Dr. Troy Hicks present “Argument in the Real World.” (Flyer PDF)

This presentation is co-sponsored by the NCTE@CMU, the Chippewa River Writing Project, & Teacher Education and Professional Development.

Pizza and snacks will be served. This event is free and open to the public. RSVPs appreciated, but not required: http://bit.ly/CRWP-NCTE

Announcing Our 2016 Beaver Island PD Institute

2016 Beaver Island Institute Flyer (Final)Experience a unique, one-week (August 14 – 19, 2016) field experience at CMU’s Biological Station on Beaver Island of Lake Michigan. Study ecosystems, technology, and strategies for integrating reading, writing, critical thinking into the classroom. Working in pairs or small teams, this workshop is designed for educators based in the same middle school (grades 6-8).

 

2016 Beaver Island Institute Flyer (Final)

Participate in:

  • Individual and small group work
  • Field activities to promote discussion and collaboration
  • Science and literary activities
  • Collaborative, inquiry-based units identifying key standards from the Next Generation Science Standards, Common Core Literacy Standards, and ISTE NETS (technology) standards
  • A series of appropriate lessons, labs, and activities for the 2016-17 school year
  • Integrative teaching practices to integrate mobile technologies (smartphones and tablets, as well as apps) into teaching and as a learning tool for students?
Applicants are accepted from the following counties: 
  • Arenac
  • Bay
  • Clare
  • Gladwin
  • Gratiot
  • Isabella
  • Midland
  • Saginaw

Apply by 5 p.m. Friday, April 1, 2016

Teachers will be notified by mid-April.?? SCECHs and graduate credit will be available at additional cost (pending approval).

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Questions?

Troy Hicks, Ph.D.
Director, Chippewa River Writing Project
troy.hicks@cmich.edu?
Sponsored by the Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow Foundation

New Book by CRWP Teacher and Director Released

Chippewa River Writing Project teacher consultant, Jeremy Hyler, and Director Troy Hicks release a new book this week from Routledge — Create, Compose, Connect! Reading, Writing, and Learning with Digital Tools. The book’s description, from the Routledge website, states:

Create Compose Connect CoverFind out how to incorporate digital tools into your English language arts class to improve students’ reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills. Authors Jeremy Hyler and Troy Hicks show you that technology is not just about making a lesson engaging; it’s about helping students become effective creators and consumers of information in today’s fast-paced world. You’ll learn how to use mobile technologies to teach narrative, informational, and argument writing as well as visual literacy and multimodal research. Each chapter is filled with exciting lesson plans and tech tool suggestions that you can take back to your own classroom immediately.

 Along with a companion blog and wiki,  the book has been featured in a variety of education-related blogs including this post today from MiddleWeb, a webinar last week with 1to1 Technology, and through Jeremy’s post on Teach Thought.
This summer, Hyler and Hicks will lead a one-week institute related to the book at CMU in Mt. Pleasant, MI. Contact Troy Hicks for more information.