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

CRWP - Continuity of Learning - Social Media Post

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

Announcing Our 2019 Beaver Island Institute

Beaver Island Classroom (2018)


Beaver Island Institute Flyer Aug 2019 - April 12 Deadline
Beaver Island Institute Flyer Aug 2019 – April 12 Deadline

Experience a unique, one-week (August 4-9, 2019) field experience at CMU’s Biological Station on Beaver Island of Lake Michigan.

Registration costs for this experience — including ferry service to and from the island, room and board at the CMU Biological Station, and workshop expenses — is $825. A $100 non-refundable deposit will be due by May 1, with the 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!

Up to 10 participants from Macomb ISD will be eligible to attend at no cost, based on a generous donation from the Thomas R. and Iris B. Harrison Foundation. To find out more about this scholarship opportunity, please contact Dr. Hicks.

Working in pairs, this workshop is designed for science and ELA educators based in the same middle school. Teachers will study ecosystems, technology, and strategies for integrating reading, writing, critical thinking into the classroom. 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 (technology) standards
  • 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 from upper elementary through early high school grades are welcome to apply: 
  • Arenac
  • Bay
  • Clare
  • Gladwin
  • Gratiot
  • Isabella
  • Macomb
  • 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:

  • How you are currently thinking about and planning for the integration of science and literacy standards
  • When and how, specifically, you will plan to work together toward integration in the 2019-20 school year
  • How your participation in this institute will help you meet shared goals for the integration of science and literacy standards

Deadline Extended!: 5 p.m. Friday, April 12 March 29, 2019. Participants who are selected for the institute will be notified by mid-April. Graduate credit will be available at additional cost (pending approval).


Questions?

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

2018 CRWP Teacher Leadership Institute

CRWP Summer Small Group Photo
CRWP Leadership Institute 2018 Flyer
Download the CRWP Leadership Institute 2018 Flyer

Central Michigan University and Mt. Pleasant Public Schools invite you to participate in a one-of-a-kind professional development experience as a member of the Chippewa River Writing Project, CMU’s site of the National Writing Project.

Consisting of a network of nearly 200 sites, the National Writing Project offers teachers across all disciplines the opportunity to be writers themselves and to become a part of one of the largest and most effective networks for professional development in the country.

This year’s summer leadership institute will take place in Mount Pleasant (location TBD) from June 11-15, 2018. We will meet daily from 9:00 to 4:00 and will also include an orientation meeting in May (TBD) and approximately five hours of online meetings throughout the summer.

Teachers who participate will meet each day to practice the art of writing, participate in reading and writing groups, and share their teaching practices with thoughtful colleagues.

Our goal is to then support this work throughout the 2018-19 school year with additional training on school days, lesson studies, and classroom embedded teaching demonstrations with coaching from colleagues and CRWP directors.

We seek a cohort of applicants, including new, mid-career, and veteran teachers across grade levels and content areas. Registration to the event is $100 and includes lunch each day, professional books, and opportunities to grow beyond the event.

SCECH costs will be included in the $100 fee; additional tuition fees for EDU 508 will be billed at the CMU PD rate of $375 per credit hour. If eligible, participants can use tuition refunds offered by CMU’s department of Teacher Education and Professional Development.

Registration closes on May 4

Questions? Contact Troy Hicks: troy.hicks@cmich.edu