Announcing Our 2017 Beaver Island Institute

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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.

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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

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

Fall 2014 PD: Mt. Pleasant Area Literacy Exchange

Listen. Write. Teach.

Join us for collegial conversations about literacy learning.

Janet and Steve PhotoThis fall, we begin a new series featuring local teachers who will share their ideas, inspiration, and enthusiasm with you, the pre-service teachers of CMU and K-12 colleagues in our region. These events are free and open to the public, and will be held on the second Thursday evening of each month.

On Thursday, October 9th, join Steve Markey, a teacher from Woodcrest Elementary in Midland as he invites students to express their opinions in “The Great Penny Debate.” Then, on Thursday, November 13th, join Janet Neyer, a teacher from Cadillac High School, to learn about Google Apps in Education.

Download our MPALE Flyer (Fall 2014).

Sessions will be hosted at Mount Pleasant High School, Room 111

  • Snacks @ 6:45 PM
  • Session begins @ 7:00 PM

The Mt. Pleasant Area Literacy Exchange unites pre-service and in-service English and Language Arts teachers to promote literacy education. Partners include the Chippewa River Writing Project, the National Council of Teachers of English Student Affiliate at CMU, the CMU English Education program, and Max and Emily’s Eatery.