Continuity of (Our Own Professional) Learning – Spring 2020 Webinar Series

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CRWP - Continuity of Learning - Social Media PostCritical and Creative Teaching in Response to the COVID-19 Crisis

A series of free webinars for K-12 educators (Flyer)

  • Tuesdays | 4:00 to 5:00 PM EST
  • 8 Sessions, April 21 to June 8, 2020
  • Via Zoom Video Conferencing, Up to 100 Participants
  • Recorded sessions will be archived and available after the initial webinar

In these unique and unprecedented times, K-12 educators are being tasked with providing experiences for their students that range from “enrichment” activities to fully online, synchronous learning sessions. As we all work through a design and development phase of flexible learning options,  we hope to share knowledge, insights, and activities that could be useful for other educators.

This series of weekly webinars will be offered as live, synchronous one-hour Zoom sessions on Tuesdays at 4:00 PM EST, and will be archived for later viewing. Teacher consultants leading these sessions are, like you, working under “stay home, stay safe” orders and are working to engage students in meaningful learning activities.

We will participate in activities together, as learners, and have time for questions, conversation, and planning next steps in your own teaching context. Recognizing the challenges of remote learning, we will address strategies for supporting students’ socio-emotional health, our own struggles with the abrupt end of the school year, and other concerns that continue to emerge during the COVID-19 pandemic.

More than just “moving online,” these sessions are designed to provide interactive, web-based learning opportunities, so active participation during the scheduled sessions is encouraged through webcams and microphones. Teachers leading these session are donating their time, talent, and expertise, and look forward to learning with you. Sessions will include:

  • Session 1: Remote Learning without Ubiquitous Internet Access (Tue, Apr 21st at 4:00 PM EST)
  • Session 2: Reasonable Expectations for Remote Learning (Tue, Apr 28th at 4:00 PM EST)
  • Session 3: Facilitating Effective Online Class Sessions Through Video Chat (Tue, May 5th at 4:00 PM EST)
  • Session 4: Promising Experiences for Student Writers (Tue, May 12th at 4:00 PM EST)
  • Session 5: PBL at Home: Designing Meaningful Research Projects (Tue, May 19th at 4:00 PM EST)
  • Session 6: Learning How to Learn Online as Professionals (Tue, May 26th at 4:00 PM EST)
  • Session 7: Staying Connected as Teacher-Writers (Tue, June 2nd at 4:00 PM EST)
  • Session 8: Open Forum: Next Steps in Learning Continuity (Tue, June 9th at 4:00 PM EST)

These sessions are being offered free, yet in order to participate live, in Zoom, RSVPs are required using the Google Form below. Questions? Please contact CRWP Director, Troy Hicks at <troy.hicks@cmich.edu>.

Finally, if you would like to support the Chippewa River Writing Project, we would appreciate any donation that you able to offer through CMU’s online giving portal.

CMU Online Giving Portal Screenshot


Announcing Our 2020 Beaver Island Institute

Beaver Island 2020 Flyer (Link to PDF)

Update: May 6, 2020

Thank you again for your interest in our 2020 Beaver Island Institute. While we were supposed to have a message from CMU’s President about the status of Summer II classes last Friday, he chose to delay that decision.

With no clear picture on what plans are for CMU’s policy on social distancing into the late summer, nor a prediction on what state and federal guidelines may be, both scientific evidence and common sense suggest that it would be nearly impossible to run our institute in the ways that we would want to do it. Thus, we need to cancel.

We thank you for your interest in our 2020 institute, and hope to invite you to another opportunity in 2021.


Update: April 18, 2020

As with many programs this summer, we are still waiting for an official “go” or “no go” decision from Central Michigan University about the viability of Summer II activities going on as planned, or being pushed online/cancelled. We will keep applications for our Beaver Island Institute open until May 1st, 2020, at which point we will make a decision about whether the institute will occur. For now, we ask interested educators to please complete our form below so we can be in touch.


Update: March 31, 2020

While we are not 100% sure that our event will happen this summer, and need to be patient before making a final decision in early May, we are still collecting information from teachers who are interested in joining our 2020 Beaver Island Institute, happening August 2-7, 2020. Please complete our form below so we can be in touch!



Beaver Island 2020 Flyer (Link to PDF)
Beaver Island 2020 Flyer (Link to PDF)

Experience a unique, one-week (August 2-7, 2020) professional learning opportunity at CMU’s Biological Station on Beaver Island in Lake Michigan.

Sixteen K-12 teachers will participate in collaborative, inquiry-based workshops and field experiences to identify and integrate key standards from STEAM-related fields (science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics). While we encourage educators to participate in the institute with a colleague from his/her own school, individual educators are also welcome to apply.

Registration for this experience (including ferry service to and from the island, one week of room and board at the CMU Biological Station, and workshop expenses) is $900. A $100 non-refundable deposit is due by May 1, with remaining costs due by July 15. Participants will be responsible for travel to and from Charlevoix, Michigan.

Need to ask for support from your administrator? Use our customizable letter!

We ask that all teachers interested in attending the institute apply by completing this Google form (also embedded below).

Partial funding for teachers from the Macomb ISD and counties in the Great Lakes Bay Region are available. In addition to basic contact info and demographics, applicants seeking additional funding from MISD or the Great Lakes Bay Region will reply to the following prompts in 500 words or less:

  • How are you currently thinking about and planning for the integration of STEAM-related standards?
  • How will your participation in this institute help you meet goals for the integration of STEAM -related standards in 2020-21?

Deadline for initial interest form: 5 p.m. Friday, April 17, 2020. Participants who are selected for the institute will be notified by April 30th, and the down payment will be due on May 1st. Graduate credit will be available at additional cost (pending approval).

Questions? Please contact:

Dr. Troy Hicks
Director, Chippewa River Writing Project
troy.hicks@cmich.edu

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.

Renewing Her Passion For Teaching: A Profile of Erin Busch-Grabmeyer

Nine years after completing her undergraduate degree in the English Education program in 2001, high school teacher Erin Busch-Grabmeyer still keeps Central Michigan University close to her heart.  In her eighth year at St. Louis High School, just south of Mt. Pleasant, Busch-Grabmeyer continues to renew her passion for teaching. Her recent work as a participant in the Chippewa River Writing Project’s 2010 Invitational Summer Institute was not only an opportunity to get in touch with current technologies and best practices, but a valuable reminder that a good teacher never stops learning.

Erin Busch-Grabmeyer (right) consults with fellow teacher participant Rose Daum during the 2010 CRWP Summer Institute.

“It really helped to think I could go outside the traditional teaching method and revisit the idea that teachers can be writers, too,” explains Busch-Grabmeyer.   “It was a reminder for me to take the time to write with my kids and not get busy grading and doing all of those other kinds of things.”

For four weeks this past summer, Busch-Grabmeyer collaborated intensely with fifteen other participants selected from across the state to hone their skills as both teachers and writers through the CRWP Summer Institute.  The group showed represented teacher participants ranging from all levels of K-12 education, as well as composition instructors from CMU and SVSU.   This marks the second annual summer institute for the CRWP, which was founded as a joint partnership between CMU and the National Writing Project in 2009 and is currently directed by the English Department’s Troy Hicks.

For Busch-Grabmeyer, the Summer Institute has served as another step in her commitment towards continuous growth as an educator and a valuable tool in helping her meet the unique needs of her students in a technologically advancing society.

“As kids change, teaching practices change,” notes Busch-Grabmeyer.  “It’s important to renew my teaching after being out of undergrad for nearly a decade.”

Busch-Grabmeyer’s commitment to innovative approaches in the classroom has paid off.  She was recently interviewed for her work in bringing non-profit and privately funded technologies to her high school classroom, and has also successfully developed an online writer’s workshop with her students, using Google docs as a peer editing tool.

“My next step is to create a classroom wiki page,” explains Busch-Grabmeyer.  “I’m going to be researching more with digital literacy and what it means to be a teacher and a student in 21st century writing.  How should our teaching methods shift in our teaching styles today?”

Knowing her passion for both teaching and learning, Busch-Grabmeyer will be one of the nation’s teacher leaders who continue to figure out the answers to questions such as these, and continue to engage her students.

To learn more about the Chippewa River Writing Project at CMU, contact Troy Hicks at troy.hicks@cmich.edu or visit http://chippewariverwp.org