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Wayne RESA offers numerous professional development opportunities across a range of topics. Sustained professional development is the most impactful means of support for educators across Wayne County. 

The professional development courses below are for the 2019-2020 school year. You can use filters and keywords to search.

The professional development opportunities listed here are for the 2020-2021 academic year. Please note: Additional courses may be added to this catalog during the course of the academic year.

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Courses (2020-2021)

  • English Learner

The Michigan Seal of Biliteracy recognizes high school graduates who exhibit language proficiency in English and at least one additional world language. The Seal has been created to encourage students to study world languages and embrace their native and heritage languages.

The Seal provides future employers of our students with a means to identify individuals with strong language and biliteracy skills. The Seal serves as a tool for colleges and universities to recognize applicants’ language abilities for admission and placement.

This physical and virtual training is for high school staff involved in assisting students preparing and applying for the Seal. Participants will receive updated information on language assessment tests, the Seal application, deadlines, as well as an update on awarded Seals listed by county and district.

Start dates:

  • 01/05/2021

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  • English Learner

This workshop is a virtual Sheltered Instruction Observation Protocol (SIOP) professional learning opportunity, both synchronous and asynchronous. SIOP is the only empirically validated model considered to be the best instructional support for English learners (EL). English proficiency development as well as academic achievement are heavily embedded in the protocol. This SIOP training is divided into 9 modules, three of which are synchronous (live) and the rest asynchronous, at your own pace. Presenters have incorporated a variety of technology tools into the experience to support classroom and remote learning for ALL learners. Participants will have three weeks to complete all the modules.

Start dates:

  • 08/03/2020

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  • Special Education

Join us for this Core Meet Up focusing on core vocabulary use with students who are in Early On and/or ECP.  This is the first of 5 sessions focusing on core vocabulary implementation in Early On and/or ECP classrooms.  To join, come with a core vocabulary coach!  They are the ones who have access to the passcode needed to register.  We suggest coming as a team.  This event will be structured in a round table discussion format.  This is not a "series" event.  So, come to one or as many of the themed discussions as you feel would benefit you and your students.  Please come ready to share what you have been doing and what areas you are struggling with.  There will be opportunity for Make and Take at WATT following the discussion.

Start dates:

  • 10/14/2020

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  • School Leadership

Please read before registering: This event is part of a series - Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS): An Action Guide for School Leaders (#2358). You can register for #2358 in our events management system.

If you have not registered for the series please, do so first. All participants will attend the October, January and March dates and will need to choose ONE December date.

Within a few days of a participant registering for the series they will receive instructions on how to register for ONE December date. Please, discuss which date would work best for your team as we would like you to attend together. There will be no additional cost to register for the December date.

Teams will study together to build and/or strengthen a sustainable MTSS framework that aligns school improvement, PBIS, instruction, and intervention tiers to optimize school resources and student learning. This series will provide organizational considerations, tools for assessing the adequacy of your current model, and planning for improvements. To create a shared understanding and clearly define standards or expectations for what MTSS looks like in practice, the MDE MTSS Practice Profile will be used as a tool to process five essential components: team-based leadership, tiered delivery system, selection and implementation of instruction, interventions and supports, comprehensive screening and assessment system, and continuous data-based decision making. Additionally, teams will examine how they collect, track, and analyze their data. Teams will explore two data tracking options using Illuminate DnA that can be used to create custom reports to share student intervention data. Throughout the four-day series, time will be structured to offer varying content to meet your school/district needs in addition to collaboration and planning time as a team with support from WRESA consultants. Dr. Michael Rettig, international leader in school scheduling, will join us early in the series to offer personalized consulting services to qualifying districts. Participants must enroll and attend as a team. Team members must have the capacity to lead MTSS implementation.

For more information please contact Mari Treece (treecem@resa.net) or Colleen Whalen (whalenc@resa.net).
 

Start dates:

  • 12/09/2020
  • 12/10/2020
  • Literacy
  • Science
  • Social Studies

Are you searching for a way to effectively immerse students in the richness and intrigue of content area learning while at the same time supporting their on-going literacy development? Join world-renowned literacy specialist and best-selling author, Stephanie Harvey, for an inspiring day exploring researcher’s workshop—a powerful and authentic instructional approach which adapts the familiar structures of reader’s and writer’s workshop to support students’ engagement and independence as learners. Throughout this workshop, Harvey will address the six cornerstones which foster thoughtful learning, including curiosity, workshop, content, comprehension, collaboration, and environment, which together provide a strong foundation for inquiry at every grade level across the curriculum. Participants will learn how to use researcher’s workshop to create irresistible investigations in science, social studies, and language arts; increase students’ independence and agency by gradually releasing responsibility for inquiry; and effectively integrate literacy and content through strategies for comprehension and critical thinking. All participants will receive a copy of Harvey’s recently released book (coauthored with Anne Goudvis and Brad Buhrow), Inquiry Illuminated: Researcher’s Workshop Across the Curriculum. The intended audience for this workshop includes K-5 classroom teachers, reading specialists, literacy coaches, elementary resource room teachers, and members of the leadership team.

Start dates:

  • 04/27/2021

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  • Literacy

This workshop is a follow-up to the Building Coaching Strategies: Entering into the Conversation series. In this course, participants will explore their adaptations to coaching by considering the implementation of new skills and dispositions, the challenges of working with adult learners, and the value of coaching. Using scenarios to prompt deeper analysis, participants will determine which additional supports might be needed in order to further strengthen their coaching abilities. The intended audience is instructional coaches and literacy specialists, though it is appropriate for anyone in an instructional coaching role.

Start dates:

  • 11/02/2020

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  • Special Education

Join us for this Core Meet Up focusing on core vocabulary use with students who have ASD.  This is the first of 5 different session focusing on ASD supports and core vocabulary you can attend this school year.  To join, come with a core vocabulary coach!  They are the ones who have access to the passcode needed to register.  We suggest coming as a team.  This event will be structured in a round table discussion format.  This is not a "series" event.  So, come to one or as many of the themed discussions as you feel would benefit you and your students.  Please come ready to share what you have been doing with core vocabulary/AAC and what areas you are struggling with.  There will be opportunity for Make and Take at WATT following the discussion.

Start dates:

  • 10/06/2020

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  • Special Education

Join us for this Core Meet Up focusing on core vocabulary use with students who have a Cortical Visual Impairment (CVI).  This is the first of 5 sessions focusing on CVI supports/adaptations and core vocabulary.  To join, come with a core vocabulary coach!  They are the ones who have access to the passcode needed to register.  We suggest coming as a team.  This event will be structured in a round table discussion format.  This is not a "series" event.  So, come to one or as many of the themed discussions as you feel would benefit you and your students.  Please come ready to share what you have been doing and what areas you are struggling with.  There will be opportunity for Make and Take at WATT following the discussion. 

Start dates:

  • 10/08/2020

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  • Literacy
  • Social Studies

In collaboration with the Holocaust Museum, Wayne RESA proudly presents Teaching Anne Frank in the ELA Classroom: Context, Choice, and Meaningful Action.

Participants in this course will explore the following learning outcomes: Understand the historical context within which Anne Frank and her family were living, develop a rationale for teaching Anne Frank, use resources and strategies to meet the unique challenges that arise when teaching Anne Frank, and that can be used to effectively and responsibly teach about the Holocaust, think critically about complex issues and ideas, and understand the importance of choice and responsibility, and learn about different ways of taking meaningful and informed action.

The intended audience for this course is language arts and social studies teachers. 

Start dates:

  • 04/14/2021

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  • Literacy
  • Social Studies

In collaboration with the Holocaust Museum, Wayne RESA proudly presents Creating Context for Teaching Night by Elie Wiesel.

Participants in this course will explore the following learning outcomes: Learn how to prepare students to read and understand Night within the larger historical framework of the Holocaust, examine the history of antisemitism to provide context before students read Night, examine Jewish life in Eastern Europe to provide cultural context for Night, explore the use of multimedia assets including using visual history testimonies and other primary sources and materials to support the effective teaching of Night, and discuss and identify themes, life lessons and the current relevance of Night.

Start dates:

  • 05/10/2021

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  • Special Education

This module is a team-based training on the principles of positive behavioral interventions and supports (PBIS) for students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Participants will gain an understanding of the 3-tiered model of PBIS as well as the problem solving process of functional behavioral assessment (FBA) and positive behavior support plan development. Participants will learn to collect relevant data and use that information to guide the development of behavioral strategies. Specific behavioral strategies effective for students with ASD are addressed.

Start dates:

  • 11/11/2020

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  • Special Education

This module provides participants with an overview of Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) including current characteristics and definitions; learning characteristics associated with ASD, etiologies and research in the area of ASD. The module also includes information on evidence-based practices for students with ASD, including the importance of family involvement in educational planning.

Start dates:

  • 09/16/2020

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  • Special Education

This module provides participants information about systems for establishing a peer to peer support program to increase opportunities for students with ASD to access general education settings and curriculum. Peers model typical academic and social behavior in educational environments throughout the school day and provide support for students with ASD to promote independence and socialization. Peer to peer support programs and inclusion of students with ASD not only impacts outcomes for students with ASD, but has a powerful impact on typical peers and at-risk students. The specific steps for developing a peer to peer support program will be presented including: recruitment, training, and maintenance and includes the concept of a medium of exchange as a way to connect students.

Start dates:

  • 10/21/2020

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  • Special Education

This training series will cover the following topics: 
Ethics, Professionalism, Confidentiality;  The Role of Paraprofessional within the context of IDEA; Training, Coaching, Monitoring and Support for the Independence Paraprofessional; Required Forms; Supporting Teacher Instruction ~ Academic Supports and Social-Emotional-Behavior Supports; Physical-Health;  Sensory Processing,  Educational/Behavior Strategies; Paraprofessional Planning Tool, Working with adults as partners, Building Social Supports, Assistive Technology, Building and Developing Relationships, Behavior Interventions and Data Collection, Fading Prompts and Building Independence.  Additional topics may be added based upon participant feedback.

Start dates:

  • 10/07/2020

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  • Special Education

This session provides strategies for professionals working with parents of children with feeding disorders. Feeding therapy requires consistent follow-through throughout the day and caregivers become easily overwhelmed. Help parents feel confident in their ability to feed their child and enjoy that time together and in turn, help them to follow through on their goals for their child in early intervention.

Start dates:

  • 09/29/2020

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  • Special Education

This training series will meet in person one full day a month (or virtually two half days during the work from home order) for 10 months. The training topics include all necessary competencies to earn Infant Family Specialist Endorsement® The training topics are:

  • Relationship-Based Practice
  • Informal Assessment, Observation & Listening
  • Pregnancy, Early Parenthood and Typical Early Development (0-36 mo.)
  • Secure Attachment (0-36 mo.)
  • Atypical Development (0-36 mo.) & Formal Assessment
  • Insecure Attachment (0-36 mo.)
  • Trauma, Separation, Grief & Loss
  • Intentional Use of Tools & Techniques: Building An Alliance, Meeting Material Needs, Advocacy, Building Social Support & Developmental Guidance
  • Intentional Use of Tools & Techniques: Emotional Support & Infant Parent Psychotherapy
  • Reflective Supervision, Termination & Pulling it All Together 

Start dates:

  • 05/28/2021

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  • Special Education

The Independence Paraprofessional Process training is an annual training that informs the administrators in the LEAs and PSAs the process and paperwork for requesting funding for a one on one paraprofessional for students with an eligibility that is in the moderate to severe range.  The paraprofessional is utilized to support the student that would usually attend a center program classroom and instead support the student in their LRE.  The audience for this course is Special Education administrators and identified Professional Staff. 

Start dates:

  • 04/21/2021
  • 05/04/2021

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  • Special Education

Wayne RESA's Special Education New Teacher Academy has been created to provide quality professional development experiences that will enhance your professional growth and knowledge base with special education practices, issues, procedures and forms.  At the same time, it can help you meet the state required hours of professional development you need to attain in your first three years of teaching.  Participants must be first and second year teachers and currently working in a Wayne County LEA/PSA special education classrooms.

  • Session 1: (10/08/2020): IEP Forms and Procedures
  • Session 2: (11/12/2020): IEP - EBR
  • Session 3: (12/10/2020): Behavior Strategies (EI/ASD)
  • Session 4: (02/04/2021): Specially Designed Instruction
  • Session 5: (03/04/2021): Classroom Management
  • Session 6: (05/05/2021): Collaboration

Start dates:

  • 10/07/2020

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  • Special Education

Join us for a half-day session as we look behind the scenes at some common ASD behaviors in order to discover what drives the behavior and what staff can do to increase desired behaviors. Contextual, cognitive, and sensory factors that impact behavior are explored. 

Start dates:

  • 03/17/2021

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  • Special Education

Let's take a look at how ABA techniques are being implemented in the school environment. The presenter will walk participants through a school day showing ABA strategies and techniques in every classroom and throughout the school building. This engaging session will also provide participants with ideas and intervention strategies to be used in their classrooms and at home with family. Participants will leave with an understanding that ABA is more than 25 to 40 hours of discrete trails; instead it's about opportunities to engage with others and opportunities to practice mastering skills throughout the day with different people which helps with generalization. 

Start dates:

  • 03/17/2021

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  • Special Education

In this ASD Behavior Workshop/Lab, teachers and support staff will work together to build stronger support systems for their actual students on the ASD spectrum.  Some will have a school visit as a follow-up.

  • Participants will need to bring a detailed description of the students' behavior (positive and negative) throughout the day, their FBA, school schedule, BIP, other behavior data, IEP, student profile and a sample of completed assignment.
  • Individual data will be used to create and/or critique classroom management plans and specific behavior plans for the target student.
  • In order to help with implementation and help others build skills, participants MUST BE willing to open up their classroom for an observational visit that may be recorded. Participants will identify instructional/behavioral areas of concern that they would like help improving or instructional/behavioral areas of pride that they wish to showcase. 

Start dates:

  • 02/17/20201

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  • PBIS

This training will be divided into two parts. The first part will demonstrate the process of generating monthly reports from the school´s office discipline referral data.   The school must be the recipient of a PBIS Grant from Wayne RESA. This session will last approximately one hour.

The second part will focus on training for the Classroom PBIS Module. Participants will learn how to easily record every student´s behavior status at the end of the school day in the system within MISTAR. The audience for this course is all elementary schools that are currently implementing PBIS, and that use the Teacher Connect module within MISTAR. PBIS Team Leaders, Building Administrators and District MISTAR Tech support staff are encouraged to attend. This portion of the training will last approximately one hour. 

Start dates:

  • 11/04/2020

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  • PBIS

This session will provide an opportunity for middle school staff to hear from each other regarding their experiences implementing PBIS. The focus will be on sharing successes, things that work, challenges and obstacles overcome. The format will include several school teams doing short presentations followed by questions and discussion with the audience. All middle school staff are welcome

Start dates:

  • 10/16/2020

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  • PBIS

This session will provide an opportunity for elementary school staff to hear from each other regarding their experiences implementing PBIS. The focus will be on sharing successes, things that work, challenges and obstacles overcome. The format will include several school teams doing short presentations followed by questions and discussion with the audience. All elementary school staff are welcome. 

Start dates:

  • 11/10/2020

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  • PBIS

This course will provide an overview of the process of providing a wrap-around intervention for students with intensive behavior needs. Methods of functional behavior assessment, designing an individualized behavior support plan, and working with parents will be reviewed. This session will include a discussion of small group Tier 3 interventions. 

Start dates:

  • 10/13/2020
  • 02/11/2021

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  • PBIS

This session will provide an overview of Tier 2 PBIS strategies, training materials and data systems. The audience for this course is (2-5) members of a school´s PBIS team. The school must be currently implementing all Tier 1 interventions. 

Start dates:

  • 10/08/2020
  • 01/22/2021

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  • PBIS

Learn how schools around the country and in Wayne County are reducing office discipline referrals and increasing time spent on instruction.  PBIS provides a framework for school-based teams to collaborate and create positive expectations and strategies for all students, including those with significant behavioral needs.  Schools that implement PBIS use their own referral data to design more effective and sustainable school wide practices.  This course will provide an overview of the steps involved in getting started with PBIS.  The intended audience is elementary, middle and high school educators. Schools are encouraged to send teams.

Start dates:

  • 11/12/2020
  • 05/05/2021

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  • PBIS

This session is intended for K-12 general education and special education teachers, administrators, and ancillary staff who would like to learn more about how to embed Trauma-Informed PBIS strategies into their classrooms. Tier 1 interventions that teachers and other staff can easily implement to create a classroom where resilience is nurtured will be discussed. Participants will leave with practical ways to foster resilience in students and manage behavior in the classroom using Trauma-Informed PBIS. 

Start dates:

  • 11/20/2020
  • 04/22/2021

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  • PBIS

Schools that are implementing school-wide PBIS now have a way to analyze discipline data as it relates to disproportionality. This session will discuss how to implement culturally-responsive PBIS and also will guide school teams how to address disproportionality through a PBIS framework. New data reports that disaggregate discipline data by ethnicity will be explained. The session will also discuss alternatives to suspension that schools can use to reduce their reliance on out-of-school suspensions and add more effective, positive behavioral interventions to their toolkit. 

Start dates:

  • 12/03/2020
  • 03/11/2021

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  • PBIS

Learn how schools around the country and in Wayne County are reducing office discipline referrals and increasing time spent on instruction.  PBIS provides a framework for school-based teams to collaborate and create positive expectations and strategies for all students, including those with significant behavioral needs.  Schools that implement PBIS use their own referral data to design more effective and sustainable school wide practices.  This course will provide an overview of the steps involved in getting started with PBIS.  The intended audience is elementary, middle and high school educators. Schools are encouraged to send teams.

Start dates:

  • 11/12/2020
  • 05/05/2021

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  • Literacy
  • Social Studies

In this hybrid course, participants will consider how to leverage the specialized aspects of their disciplines to help students learn best. ReLeah Lent, author of Disciplinary Literacy in Action, will share her insights on how to create and maximize units of study "that preserve discipline-specific content yet keeps innovative daily practices of reading, writing, thinking, and doing at the forefront."  This course will focus heavily on the "doing" aspect of disciplinary literacy. Through a network approach, participants will unpack Michigan's newly adopted Essential Practices for Disciplinary Literacy Instruction in the Secondary Classroom: Grades 6 to 12 and uncover what it means to put these practices into action. Educators will take a deep dive into problem-based pedagogy that draws heavily on community networking, business models, and academic conversations.  The intended audience for this course is school-based interdisciplinary teams, instructional coaches servicing secondary schools, content area teachers, and anyone who is interested in exploring how to teach middle and high school students more authentically. 

Start dates:

  • 11/17/2020

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  • Special Education

The series will explain the role and responsibilities of the district and the professional staff as described in the Wayne County Act 18 guidelines.  Information and strategies will be provided on coaching and monitoring to ensure IPs are supporting students efficiently and effectively.

Start dates:

  • 10/07/2020

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  • Special Education

This training will provide a comprehensive review of the "Wayne County Guidelines for Determining Eligibility and Placement Decisions for Special Education Under the Autism Spectrum Disorder Rule", revised December, 2011.

Start dates:

  • 09/16/2020
  • 04/28/2021

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  • Instructional Technology

Use literature to get your students excited about science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) by actively involving them in the design thinking process.  Develop their inquiry and problem-solving skills, while helping them see that with perseverance, anyone can be innovative and invent new things!  We will walk you through a lesson that begins with a reading activity and moves into the design thinking process, focusing on some of the maker materials available for free checkout through your local REMC in Michigan.

Start dates:

  • 01/14/2021

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  • Instructional Technology

Join our network to collaborate and share best practices around instructional technology topics impacting K-12 Instruction.  Participants will gain awareness about what is happening around the state through the different partnerships (REMC, MDE, MACUL, MAME, etc.), as well as what is happening locally in Wayne County with the Maker Movement, Effective Models & Strategies of Technology Integration, Google Classroom, Moodle, Remote Learning, Tech Sparks, and other programs.  Through this network and support system, we can empower educators and library media specialists with the most up-to-date information about instructional technology and school library trends, policies, programs, and best practices to extend and enhance learning opportunities for students.  SCECHs Available.  Lunch included.

Start dates:

  • 10/20/2020
  • 02/03/2021
  • 05/06/2021

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  • Early Childhood

Conscious Discipline© is a comprehensive classroom management program and a social-emotional support system based on current brain research, child development information and developmentally appropriate practices. It is organized around the concept of creating a School Family model for classrooms and schools.

Conscious Discipline© is a comprehensive self-regulation program that integrates school-wide discipline, school climate and social-emotional learning. It has been specifically designed to make changes in the behaviors and responses of teachers first. Teachers in turn will then affect the behaviors of their students.

Conscious Discipline© uses your daily conflicts to teach conflict resolution, social skills, character development and self-control. This program creates change from the inside out. As teachers change their attitudes and behaviors, so will children.

Dates, times, and registration links will be provided as they become available.

Sessions:

  1. Session 1: Introduction to Conscious Discipline
  2. Session 2: Becoming Brain Smart
  3. Session 3: Creating the School Family
  4. Session 4: The Skill of Composure and The Power of Perception
  5. Session 5: The Skill of Assertiveness and The Power of Attention
  6. Session 6: The Skill of Encouragement and The Power of Unity
  7. Session 7: The Skill of Choices and the Power of Free Will
  8. Session 8: The Skill of Empathy and The Power of Acceptance 
  9. Session 9: The Skill of Positive Intent and The Power of Love
  10. Session 10: The Skill of Consequences and The Power of Intention
  • Early Childhood

Prekindergarten educators will participate in eight half-day sessions of intense training focused on the MAISA-GELN Essential Instructional Practices in Early Literacy, Prekindergarten. To support Michigan Department of Education's mission to improve literacy learning equitably across the state, participants will closely examine the ten essential instructional practices that research has shown to be necessary for all Michigan prekindergarten children to demonstrate adequate progress toward literacy.

  • School Culture, Climate, and Equity

In this laboratory/seminar workshop session, participants will actually integrate equity mindsets and implement culturally responsive instructional strategies into their classroom practice. The focus of this seminar is the use of culturally responsive instructional strategies across the core curricular areas.

Please note: Culturally Responsive Instruction (Level 1) is prerequisite for this workshop.  Participants who register for this workshop understand they will be REQUIRED TO videotape an actual classroom lessons.  Only those who are willing to fulfill this requirement should register for this cohort!

Participants will: 

  • Select and utilize culturally responsive instructional strategies in their teaching. 
  • Video tape culturally responsive instructional lessons for the participants to reflectively analyze.
  • Engage in reflective inquiry protocols about their instructional pedagogue and learning outcomes for students.  

Participants will come together for two (2) group seminar sessions but the majority of support will be given during in-classroom instruction. Teachers participating will formulate a professional learning community to support each other’s growth goals in implementing culturally responsive instruction. 

Start dates:

  • 02/18/2021

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  • Instructional Technology

The second annual Wayne RESA Maker-STEM Summit will engage participants in the maker mindset of  "learning through doing" and ways to expand maker and STEM opportunities for students.  Attendees will learn from educators who successfully integrate making into their teaching.  They will explore maker-centered tools and trends, gain valuable resources, collaborate with maker-minded educators, and learn about partnerships available across the state to help build capacity for hands-on learning.  If you're interested in the maker movement and finding ways to infuse hands-on learning within your classroom or school, then 2021 RESA Maker -STEM Summit is for you.

Start dates:

  • 03/25/2021

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  • Instructional Technology

Interested in saving money? Interested in getting teachers invested in the curriculum? Consider allocating time and resources in developing teachers and developing free curriculum! In addition to learning about Open Educational Resources, this session will help administrators (principals, curriculum directors) create a road map for successful OER curriculum implementation. SCECHS Available. Lunch included.

Start dates:

  • 09/29/2020

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  • Adult Education and CTE
  • Literacy

This workshop series is being offered to Region 25 CTE Teachers of state approved programs to address the Perkins V 2S-1 Core Performance Indicator (CPI) - Academic Proficiency in Reading Language Arts . The two-day series will support CTE instructors in making connections between the CTE classroom and the English classroom. Participants will engage in dialogue and activities that build a bridge between English in the world of work and the concepts that students learn in core ELA classes. Collectively, participants will extract occupation-specific literacy to improve student outcomes.

Dinner is provided at 3:30 p.m., sessions begin at 4:00 p.m. 7 SCECHs and a stipend are offered, participants must attend both sessions to earn SCECHs and stipend.

Start dates:

  • 05/14/2020

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  • English Learner

The purpose of this training is to prepare participants to acquire certifications in administering and scoring the WIDA Online Screener and the Kindergarten WIDA-Access Placement Test (W-APT) for incoming students, grades K-12.
The WIDA Online Screener and WIDA W-APT are English language proficiency assessment given to newly enrolled students whose native language and/or the language spoken at home are other than English. These two assessments assist educators with the identification of students as English learners (ELs) and their placement in the language assistance program (LAP).

Start dates:

  • 09/08/2020

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  • Science

Engineering Design is now part of our Michigan Science Standards. What does integrating engineering look like in the elementary classroom? This hands-on workshop will explore this question using the researched-based curriculum, Engineering is Elementary, from the Boston Museum of Science.

Attendees who successfully complete this training will have the opportunity to order an EiE Teachers Guide and Materials Kit for the unit of their choice (approximately $500 value).

Note: Limit one EiE Teachers Guide and Materials Kit per school.

Start dates:

  • 10/13/2020
  • 02/16/2021

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  • Instructional Technology

Interested in learning how to use Google Classroom to support your instruction?  This session will cover the basics of Google Classroom: creating a course, enrolling students, integrating Google Apps, creating assignments, group work, and more!  Attendees should work for a district that supports Google Apps for Education and will need to bring their own laptop.

Start dates:

  • 08/06/2020

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  • Instructional Technology

Do you know how to use Google Classroom but want to do more?  This session will focus on creating an authentic blended learning environment using Google Classroom.  This one-day session will immerse participants in a blended learning situation, then provide ample time to create and develop blended lessons and units.  Different models of blended learning will be introduced, as well as various instructional and management strategies.  Attendees should work for a district that supports Google Apps for Education and will need to bring their own laptop.

Start dates:

  • 08/18/2020

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  • Assessment and Evaluation

Illuminate DnA provides powerful tools to support literacy assessments and data analysis. In this session, participants will explore the 3rd grade reading legislation and consider methods for tracking and reporting early literacy data using the form letter option with their district's existing IRIP letter. Participants can also bring other letters or forms they wish to pre-populate using the data stored in DnA. Multiple resources will be shared along with time for hands-on exploration.

Start dates:

  • 08/17/2020
  • 09/29/2020

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  • Assessment and Evaluation

Assessing students in the fine arts program can be a challenging undertaking. This session will offer a hybrid of assessment information such as assessment literacy; good assessment practices and the offerings of the MAEIA project to assist fine arts teachers in making their assessment process more robust and meaningful. Participants will leave with a wealth of ideas and strategies to add to their repertoire as well as meet some like-minded colleagues from across the county with which to share and network.

Start dates:

  • 09/23/2020

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  • Assessment and Evaluation

Day 1: Participants will examine the components of the Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child (WSCC) model and engage in discussion around topics directly related to programs and practices within their school setting. Participants will also explore data collection tools such as the MiPHY and the Healthy School Action Tool (HSAT) and how some districts are using the data to make programmatic and resources decisions. This session will also provide an opportunity to explore case studies of where strategic implementation of Whole Child initiatives have been successful. Participants will discuss and consider their data practices, including processes and procedures for collecting, monitoring, analyzing and taking action using multiple points of data to impact the whole child, the whole school, and the whole community.

Day 2: The focus of the Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child (WCSS) model is an ecological approach that is directed at the whole school, with the school in turn drawing its resources and influences from the whole community and serving to address the needs of the whole child. This requires schools to integrate health services and programs more deeply into the day-to-day life of schools and students represents an untapped tool for raising academic achievement and improving learning. Having a clear idea on what to assess and how to assess the Whole Child tenets will be the focus of this workshop, providing participants with a clear focused plan to best serve the whole child.

Start dates:

  • 10/01/2020

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  • Assessment and Evaluation

Ready to commit to standards based teaching and learning? Come see what changes the standards based movement has had on our instructional and assessment paradigms. No longer should we compare one student to another, but all students work to identified levels of performance. This session will explore concrete steps in putting standards-based learning into action by exploring necessary classroom teaching, learning and assessment practices.

Start dates:

  • 10/21/2020

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  • Assessment and Evaluation

Imagine a classroom where students describe their learning by saying, "I know where I am, I know where I'm going, and I have the tools necessary to move myself forward and monitor my progress along the way!" Now imagine how this mindset can increase student ownership of learning over the course of a school year. This workshop series will give educators the tools necessary to create this type of learning environment in their own classrooms.

Start dates:

  • 10/06/2020

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  • Assessment and Evaluation

Many very important decisions regarding students are made using classroom assessment evidence. What if that evidence is being collected with poorly designed assessments? What do those decisions then mean? Douglas Reeves sums it up in four words..."Garbage in; Garbage out." This four day workshop series will provide information, strategies and resources to ensure your classroom assessments are of high quality and provide both you and our students meaning evidence of student achievement and growth.

Start dates:

  • 10/13/2020
  • 02/10/2021

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  • Assessment and Evaluation

This session is for Illuminate DnA System Admins and their district MISTAR Q System Administrators to attend together as a team. The Illuminate DnA: Preparing for the New School Year session covers topics like permissions, permission groups, user management in both DnA and MISTAR Q, site management in both DnA and MISTAR Q, role management, organizing and sharing local assessments from the previous school year, reviewing and sharing available prebuilt assessments from INSPECT, College Board, Wayne RESA, ZE Library imports, requesting publisher assessments from Illuminate Ed Support, and training and implementation strategies for the new school year. If DnA System Admin attendees would like to bring another partner from their district's central office, curriculum department, instructional coach, etc., please feel free to do so as part of your district team. Please limit 3 district team members per session. Please register each attendee separately. DnA System Admins will need System Administrator role/permissions in MISTAR Q (or an equivalent role/permissions) to view and manage terms, schools, courses, staff, and more in their district MISTAR Q SIS.

Start dates:

  • 08/06/2020
  • 08/13/2020
  • 08/21/2020

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  • Assessment and Evaluation

What do we mean when we say "continuous improvement?" Participants will engage in an overview of learning around the MICIP process and Michigan's MTSS Framework and how both consider the whole child as they assess needs and assets of their district, school, class, and individual students. Illuminate DnA is a powerful data management tool that allows districts/schools to organize and view multiple data points for a variety of audiences and purposes. Participants will consider their purpose for data collection, learn how to collect various types of data, and learn how to select the most effective data and reports to analyze and make decisions. Participants are encouraged to come in partners or teams as they explore the tool and consider data that would be helpful as part of their district's continuous improvement plan.

Start dates:

  • 10/29/2020
  • 01/19/2021
  • 03/16/2021

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  • Assessment and Evaluation

Teacher feedback to students can be a powerful incentive for learning. When done properly it can double the speed of learning. But what kind of feedback is helpful to students? What kind of strategies work best for the delivery of feedback? This session will explore these questions and provide numerous tools to help teachers give Feedback that will Feed Forward!

Start dates:

  • 11/17/2020
  • 02/25/2021

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  • Assessment and Evaluation

Being assessment literate is the responsibility of every educator at every level of an educational system, from students to teachers, to administrators, to policy makers. This session will speak to the need for assessment literacy, provide guidance on how to build your own assessment literacy and that of others within your school and/or district. Participants will walk away with an action plan to increase the assessment literacy of all stakeholders as well as targeted standards for each level within their system.

Start dates:

  • 10/07/2020

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  • Assessment and Evaluation

This session is geared toward teachers who are looking for relevant ways to engage students in active and authentic learning. This session will help guide teachers in this process of helping students attain deeper learning, transfer knowledge and skills, and connect understandings to a real world application.

Start dates:

  • 12/15/2020
  • 02/04/2021

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  • Assessment and Evaluation

Wayne RESA will host multiple opportunities for Illuminate users to get hands-on support or guidance about all aspects of the DnA tool. Bring your questions, ideas or just come in for some focused time to work on a specific area of need. These open lab sessions are available to all ability levels and roles. If DnA System Admin attendees would like to bring a partner from their district's central office, curriculum department, instructional coach, etc., please feel free to do so by registering each participant, as space will be limited.

Start dates:

  • 12/10/2020
  • 02/17/2021
  • 04/15/2021

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  • Assessment and Evaluation

This combo course will consist of a morning System Admin Training with the afternoon to consist of an Open Lab.

System Admin Morning Session: This course will teach the skills necessary to lead and support all technical aspects of Illuminate DnA at the local level. Participants will learn how to manage user login/roles and permissions, upload state and national data files, explore custom report features, share assessments and much more.

Open Lab Afternoon Session: Wayne RESA will host multiple opportunities for Illuminate users to get hands-on support or guidance about all aspects of the DnA tool. Bring your questions, ideas or just come in for some focused time to work on a specific area of need. These open lab sessions are available to all ability levels and roles. If DnA System Admin attendees would like to bring a partner from their district's central office, curriculum department, instructional coach, etc., please feel free to do so by registering each participant, as space will be limited.

Start dates:

  • 09/17/2020
  • 10/14/2020
  • 11/19/2020
  • 01/14/2021
  • 03/18/2021

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  • Assessment and Evaluation

The Illuminate DnA Year-to-Year Rollover session offers hands-on instruction for DnA System Admins to configure terms, sites, courses, code management, users and more for the upcoming new school year. System Admins are instructed and informed how to prepare their DnA client application for the new school year while waiting for their district's MISTAR Q Student Information System rollover is completed.

Once the MISTAR Q SIS is rolled over to the new school year by the client's Q System Administrator or RESA IT, DnA System Admins will enable the DnA's Core Data Automation Profile to begin the new school year nightly export/import process from Q to DnA. This process will refresh Illuminate DnA with the new school year's  courses, student rosters, enrollment, instructional programs, student demographics, users, attendance, marks, and more each night as changes are made in the MISTAR Q.

Only one DnA System Admin per district must complete and manage this configuration. DnA System Admins will need System Administrator role/permissions in MISTAR Q (or an equivalent role/permissions) to view and manage term, schools, courses, staff, and more in their district MISTAR Q Student Information System.

Start dates:

  • 06/16/2020
  • 06/25/2020
  • 07/14/2020
  • 07/22/2020
  • 08/05/2020
  • 08/12/2020
  • 08/19/2020

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  • Assessment and Evaluation

This course is designed to provide participants with an in-depth look at the available reports, what they mean, and how to use their data to inform instruction around the whole child. Participants will also learn how the domain data could be used as an additional measure when using multiple data points to provide support and/or enrichment to students.

Start dates:

  • 11/11/2020
  • 11/12/2020

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  • Assessment and Evaluation

How do you know if a recent educational program that you just initiated is effective? Schools and districts can expect to implement a wide-range of educational services, supports, and interventions, over the course of the academic school year but have no means by which to assess or evaluate the impact. This professional development course is designed to answer just these types of questions. This course will explore the logic model as a structure to design, implement, and evaluate programs, and/or initiatives. Through intentional development, logic models can help schools and districts support student and adult learning, while monitoring intended outcomes. Participants will develop a deep understanding of a logic model for a current or new program, develop evaluation questions, and design a plan for monitoring and evaluating the impact of the program on student, staff, and/or school/district performance. Districts and schools are encouraged to bring a small team. Prerequisite: 0038 MI School Data Portal.

Start dates:

  • 10/06/2020

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  • Assessment and Evaluation

An overview of the Redesigned MI School Data Portal, how to navigate through the tool, what data is available and how the data in the tool can support school improvement. Hands-on time will be provided to delve into your own data.

Start dates:

  • 09/29/2020
  • 01/28/2021

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  • Assessment and Evaluation

Receive information to help school personnel prepare for, schedule, and administer the spring assessments. Overview describes information that everyone involved in the  M-STEP and SAT administration process needs to know, including District Coordinators, Building Coordinators and Test Administrators.

Start dates:

  • 02/23/2021
  • 02/25/2021

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  • Assessment and Evaluation

Understand your school data and reports as you navigate through the Online College Board Portal and learn how to link the data to Khan Academy to help students work on skills and improve their SAT score. Please bring your laptop and your login for the College Board.

Start dates:

  • 10/05/2020

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  • School Culture, Climate, and Equity

Participants will focus on the essentials task of professional learning communities. Teacher teams (along with their Administrator) will learn and focus the work of the professional learning team to specifically: 1) Understand the difference between collaboration (the work of a PLC), cooperation, and coordination. 2) Understand how to develop a balanced assessment system, with a focus on using quality formative assessments. 3) Respond to and utilizing data to drive instructional effectiveness and quality learning. 4) Understand the importance of a guaranteed viable curriculum, using essential (power) standards. 5) Develop an effective school infrastructure to support the ongoing work of PLCs. 6) Develop and maintaining effective collaborative processes.

Research is very clear that collaborative teacher teams are successful in raising and maintaining high levels of student achievement. It is recommended that teams (new or experienced) can benefit from the learning in this workshop. This service is offered as an in-district event to strengthen and build capacity for high performing PLCs. Dates and times are negotiated with the school district. Costs are determined by materials that are needed to support the participants enrolled as well as substitute costs.

Location and dates: Determined with District Participants.
Time: Ongoing (between 4-6 whole day sessions/year).

For additional information, contact:

  • Virginia Winters, School Climate & Culture Consultant (Equity)
    • phone: 734-334-1582; email: winterv@resa.net or
  • Ellen Vorenkamp, Assessment Consultant
    • phone:734-334-1318; email: vorenke@resa.net
  • School Culture, Climate, and Equity

This new offering is the launch of the Wayne County S.E.E.D. Come join this exciting experience! Costs are minimal to cover materials and light refreshments for the six (6) sessions. Participants are asked to attend all six sessions. This is an excellent experience for districts studying and addressing equity issues. It serves to develop a critical mass or participants who understand equity, social justice, and inclusionary practices. For additional information, please contact:

  • Virginia Winters, School Culture & Climate Consultant (Equity)
    • phone: 734-334-1582; email: winterv@resa.net
  • Alyn Moore, Educational Improvement Consultant
    • phone: 734-334-1517; email: mooreA@resa.net.

This event is not open to the public but for districts to request. Dates and fees to be determined once requested per district.

  • Assessment and Evaluation
  • Safe and Healthy Schools

Chronic absenteeism and truancy are a mult-dimensional societal problem that impacts school districts both state-wide and across the national. The research shows a strong association between absenteeism and student achievement. This robust, research-based professional development, will provide participants with up-to-date best practices that can be immediately implemented into one's school building or district. In addition, data analytics, systems, and reporting will be highlighted. Special attention will also be devoted to the interaction between the chronically absent student, his/her family, and the judicial system. This session will culminate with a brief needs assessment that will be used to tailor our continued professional development. Each participant will be provided with RESA’s evidence-based electronic resources.

Start dates:

  • 10/15/2020
  • 02/24/2021
  • 05/12/2021

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  • School Leadership

Principals with one to three years' experience will have the opportunity to connect and collaborate with a community of leaders to explore the realistic challenges of school leadership and gain practical, useful strategies for enhancing leadership capacity. Cost includes dinner at each session and professional learning materials. All sessions 4:30 - 7:30 p.m., except for Feb. 2, which is 8:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. This full-day session is with nationally-known guest speaker, Ken Shelton, speaking on, "Organizational Culture that Supports Access and Opportunity for All."

Start dates:

  • 09/16/2020

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  • School Leadership

The Elementary Principal Network meetings provide opportunities for current administrators/leaders to collaborate and develop their knowledge and understanding of current educational topics and shifts. No registration is required.

Dates/Locations:

  • September 22, 2020 - Room 250 ABC 8:15am - 10:15am
  • November 10, 2020 - Annex Room 123 8:15am - 10:15am
  • January 12, 2021 - Room 250 ABC 8:15am - 10:15am
  • March 3, 2021 - Room 250 ABC 8:15am - 10:15am
  • May 11, 2021 - Room 250 ABC 8:15am - 10:15am

SCECHs are available for participation.  If you have any questions, please contact Linda Kell, Leadership Development Consultant, at KellL@resa.net or 734-334-1573.

  • School Leadership

The Secondary Principal Network meetings provide opportunities for current administrators/leaders to collaborate and develop their knowledge and understanding of current educational topics and shifts. No registration is required.

Dates/Locations:

  • September 24, 2020 - Room 250 ABC 8:15am - 10:15am
  • November 12, 2020 - Room 250 ABC 8:15am - 10:15am
  • January 14, 2021 - Annex Rooms 123 8:15am - 10:15am
  • March 4, 2021 – Room 250 ABC 8:15am - 10:15am
  • May 13, 2021 – Room 250 ABC 8:15am - 10:15am

SCECHs are available for participation.  If you have any questions, please contact Linda Kell, Leadership Development Consultant, at KellL@resa.net or 734-334-1573.

  • School Leadership


These morning network meetings will allow Alternative School administrators time for networking and collaboration with other Wayne County leaders. At these sessions, relevant topics and professional learning will be presented to develop the leadership capacity of all participants. No registration is required.

Dates/Locations:

  • October 13, 2020 – Room ANNEX 1-2 9:30am-11:30am
  • December 3, 2020 - Room 250 C 9:30am-11:30am
  • January 26, 2021 – Room 250 ABC 9:30am-11:30am
  • March 18, 2021 - Room 250 ABC 9:30am-11:30am

SCECHs are available for participation.  If you have any questions, please contact Linda Kell, Leadership Development Consultant, at KellL@resa.net or 734-334-1573.

  • Mathematics

In the Mathematics Leadership meetings, our goal is to provide support to a network of math leaders and teachers to utilize best practice in mathematics education and inform district work related to mathematics curriculum, instruction, assessment, and equity.

Start dates:

  • 09/28/2020

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  • English Learner
  • Special Education

Wayne County is home to the largest population of English Learners (ELs) in Michigan. ELs are often over-identified or under-identified for special education services, so collaboration is crucial in distinguishing difference versus disability. In this introductory workshop, we will provide an overview of  language acquisition, define disability, and recommend guidance on collaboration between the Special Education and English Learner departments in your district. We will also explore tools and creative ways of thinking around assessment for struggling English learners. We encourage districts to send collaborative teams. 

Start dates:

  • 08/25/2020
  • 11/13/2020

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  • School Leadership

Please read before registering: All participants will attend the October, January and March dates and will need to choose ONE December date – either 12/09/20 OR 12/10/20.

Within a few days of a participant registering for the series they will receive instructions on how to register for ONE December date. Please, discuss which date would work best for your team as we would like you to attend together. There will be no additional cost to register for the December date.

Teams will study together to build and/or strengthen a sustainable MTSS framework that aligns school improvement, PBIS, instruction, and intervention tiers to optimize school resources and student learning. This series will provide organizational considerations, tools for assessing the adequacy of your current model, and planning for improvements. To create a shared understanding and clearly define standards or expectations for what MTSS looks like in practice, the MDE MTSS Practice Profile will be used as a tool to process five essential components: team-based leadership, tiered delivery system, selection and implementation of instruction, interventions and supports, comprehensive screening and assessment system, and continuous data-based decision making. Additionally, teams will examine how they collect, track, and analyze their data. Teams will explore two data tracking options using Illuminate DnA that can be used to create custom reports to share student intervention data. Throughout the four-day series, time will be structured to offer varying content to meet your school/district needs in addition to collaboration and planning time as a team with support from WRESA consultants. Dr. Michael Rettig, international leader in school scheduling, will join us early in the series to offer personalized consulting services to qualifying districts. Participants must enroll and attend as a team. Team members must have the capacity to lead MTSS implementation.

For more information please contact Mari Treece (treecem@resa.net) or Colleen Whalen (whalenc@resa.net).

Start dates:

  • 10/14/2020

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  • District/School Improvement

School principals, instructional coaches, lead teachers, and district instructional leaders learn how to implement processes and tools to implement walkthroughs for Continuous Improvement. In this session, participants will practice using the data collection tool to accurately gather, aggregate, and analyze the data to identify patterns and trends. You will also learn and practice a process for promoting meaningful, reflective conversations and for generating classroom-level actions to strengthen your program. 

Start dates:

  • 10/29/2020
  • 02/11/2021

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  • District/School Improvement

This workshop will begin with effective strategies for supporting students with trauma, with a focus on resilience strategies. Then, over the next three sessions, participants will work with nine proven-effective instructional strategies that have great potential to raise the level of student engagement, achievement, and comprehension. This four-session series provides tools and resources to implement strategies that will facilitate gains in student learning. Teachers will be able to incorporate these strategies as they develop an even more effective social and emotional learning environment. Participants will receive Tools for Classroom Instruction That Works, Trauma and Resilience Handbook, and several other ready-to-use resources. Each session will include dinner and interactive work time for attendees.

Start dates:

  • 10/06/2020

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  • District/School Improvement

Mentoring the New Teacher explores the pedagogy of mentorship and provides an opportunity to network across a 4 day series, extending throughout the school year.
People in service of others is the foundation of any mentoring program.  If you have been identified as a mentor join us for this opportunity to support your ongoing professional growth. Participants will examine the skills and disposition necessary to becoming an effective mentor, develop clear mentor growth plans, identify potential barriers to effective mentorship and collaborate with fellow mentors in Wayne County. 

Start dates:

  • 09/17/2020

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  • District/School Improvement

Being a new teacher can be a challenging journey.  Teacher effectiveness ratings are not only measured by overall performance, but also by student academic outcomes.  The New Teacher Academy provides support for teachers who are within their first three years of teaching across a seven-day series conducted throughout the school year. Time is provided to connect and collaborate with peers on issues that are relevant to teachers’ roles, reflect upon current practices, and further develop their professional philosophy.  Topics focus on establishing cultures of high performance both in the classroom and in the teaching profession. The SCECHs provided in this Professional Development series may be applied to the additional hours required of new teachers within their first three years. 

Start dates:

  • 10/01/2020

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  • Safe and Healthy Schools

Learn about the Michigan ACE Initiative and the Understanding N.E.A.R (Neuroscience, Epigentics, Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), and Resilience) research that demonstrates how ACEs and social determinants affect the health and development of children and adults. Multiple forms of trauma can impact academic success and influence the climate and culture of our schools. Leave this workshop with understanding of the unique opportunity educators have to help students, families, and staff overcome the effects of trauma by building resilience.

Start dates:

  • 08/13/2020
  • 10/08/2020
  • 11/03/2020
  • 01/27/2021

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  • English Learner

The purpose of this training is to prepare participants to acquire certifications in administering the WIDA ACCESS Kindergarten, Alternate ACCESS Grades 1 – 12, Paper Based Grades 1 - 12, and/or Online Grades 1 – 12 for students receiving EL services. This is a federally required summative assessment for students identified as English learners. The test is designed to measure K–12 ELs on their progress learning the English language. This assessment provides a status of their development of their reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills.

Start dates:

  • 01/28/2021

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  • Early Childhood

The professional learning opportunities format for Wayne County Great Start Readiness Program (GSRP) has changed. There will be two mini conferences for the school year offered at a single location. SCECHs are available for qualified applicants. Mi-registry credits are available for registered applicants. Each session will be offered for three different dates in October, 2020 and February, 2021. Participants may select the dates of their preference.

Hot lunch is provided.

Location

Double Tree by Hilton 
5801 Southfield Fwy. (Service Drive)
Detroit, Michigan 48228

October Dates 

  • October 9, 2020
  • October 16, 2020
  • October 30, 2020

February Dates

  • February 5, 2021
  • February 12, 2021
  • February 26, 2021

List of Sessions and Registration Links
 

  • Social Studies

You are invited to attend the Wayne County Social Studies Leaders Meetings. They are open to all social studies educators in Wayne County and beyond. Find out what is happening in Social Studies Education today! Stay informed, connected and involved in Wayne County Social Studies. The intended audience for this course is K-12 Social Studies teachers, social studies leaders at any level, and anyone interested in social studies education.

Start dates:

  • 02/12/2021

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  • Safe and Healthy Schools

This workshop is designed to help participants examine ways for schools to welcome all students including lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) youth. Workshop participants will review terminology related to LGBTQ population and explore societies' traditional gender roles for males and females. The relationship between biological sex, gender identity, gender expression, and sexual orientation is reviewed for a better understanding of gender non-conforming youth. Participants will discuss ways to increase awareness and decrease intolerance while identifying strategies to make school welcoming to all students/ Participants will receive lunch plus a copy of the Silent Crisis Resource Manual. 

Start dates:

  • 10/21/2020
  • 03/11/2021

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  • Literacy

The Fountas and Pinnell Leveled Literacy Program System (LLI) is a scientifically-based early intervention program designed to prevent literacy difficulties before they turn into long-term challenges. Participants will learn effective small group instructional strategies to provide the intensive support necessary for some intermediate students to achieve grade level competency in reading and writing. This program also specifically supports the unique needs of English Language Learners. This three-day workshop series will be led by Heinemann Literacy Consultant, Dale Severyn, who will share her expertise as a reading specialist and certified Reading Recovery teacher leader. Enrollment in this series is limited to 30 participants, so early registration is recommended. Participants must bring to each session a red, gold, or purple LLI grade level kit (not included in this series). The intended audience for this series is grades 3-5 teachers, and Literacy Interventionists.

Start dates:

  • 12/08/2020

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  • Literacy

The Fountas and Pinnell Leveled Literacy Program System (LLI) is a scientifically-based early intervention program designed to prevent literacy difficulties before they turn into long-term challenges. Participants will learn effective small group instructional strategies to provide the intensive support necessary for some primary students to achieve grade level competency in reading and writing. This program also specifically supports the unique needs of English Language Learners. This three-day workshop series will be led by Heinemann Literacy Consultant, Dale Severyn, who will share her expertise as a reading specialist and certified Reading Recovery teacher leader. Enrollment in this series is limited to 30 participants, so early registration is recommended. Participants must bring to each session an orange, green, or blue LLI grade level kit (not included in this series). The target audience for this workshop are K-2 Teachers and Literacy Interventionists.

Start dates:

  • 12/01/2020
  • 02/01/2021

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  • Safe and Healthy Schools

Come and explore Michigan's evidence-based Michigan Model for Heath (MMH) curriculum. Participants will consider the importance of teaching comprehensive school health education within the context of the Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child (WSCC) model. Trainees will discover the importance of facilitating student skill-development based on the National Health Education Standards, which can lead to meaningful behavior changes in the classroom and add value to school-wide PBIS efforts. The curriculum covers Social and Emotional Learning; Nutrition and Physical Activity; Safety, Alcohol, Tobacco and other Drugs; and Personal Health and Wellness. Each training participant will receive their grade level manual and materials needed to implement the curriculum in the classroom. Participants will have a choice of receiving a hard copy of the curriculum or having access to the NEW electronic version of the curriculum.

Start dates:

  • 10/14/2020
  • 02/11/2021

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  • Safe and Healthy Schools
In light of recent escalation of school emergencies, Wayne RESA and its community partners are offering Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) training for school crisis response teams. CISM training attempts to develop a common approach that fits within the board goals and specific needs of school crisis management. Working together, we explore organizing principles and roles, develop specific skills and culminate in a role-playing simulation using a Critical Incident Stress Debriefing model.

Start dates:

  • 12/02/2020
  • 02/04/2021

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  • Literacy

This Academy is designed for district COSAs (Coach on Special Assignment) in preparation for 2020-2021 implementation as part of the Wayne County Coaching Collaborative and funded through the MDE Coaching Grant in partnership with WRESA. The COSA Academy provides the opportunity for deep study and application of research-based MAISA GELN Essential Coaching Practices for Literacy.

Start dates:

  • 06/16/2020
  • 07/27/2020

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  • Social Studies

You are invited to attend the Wayne County Social Studies Leaders Meetings. They are open to all social studies educators in Wayne County and beyond. Find out what is happening in Social Studies Education today! Stay informed, connected and involved in Wayne County Social Studies. The intended audience for this course is K-12 social studies teachers, social studies leaders at any level, and anyone interested in social studies education.

Start dates:

  • 10/09/2020

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  • Literacy

Have you heard the phrase “minimum standard of care?”  Are you familiar with how this phrase connects with literacy practices in our K-5 classrooms? If you are curious about these questions and how it can impact your teaching, then this session is for you!  Come and learn about the GELN Essential Practices in literacy.  In this session, participants will be provided an overview to the K-3 and 4-5 Literacy Essential Practices.  Participants will spend time learning about motivation and engagement and the critical role these plays in all aspects of literacy development as well as the other 9 essentials.  As each of the 10 essentials is introduced, participants will be given time for reflection and action planning, therefore school literacy teams and/or grade level teams are encouraged to enroll together. This session could serve as a springboard to build ideas for professional learning linked to school improvement. All participants will receive their own printed copy of the GELN Literacy Essentials for Grades K-3 & 4-5. The intended audience for this session is K-5 teachers, reading specialists, literacy coaches, leadership team members, resource room teachers and grade level/school teams. (This session will focus on K-3 and 4-5 Essential Literacy Practices #1-10.) 

Start dates:

  • 10/19/2020

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  • Safe and Healthy Schools

Come and explore Michigan's evidence-based Michigan Model for Health (MMH) curriculum. Participants will consider the importance of teaching comprehensive school health education within the context of the Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child (WSCC) model. Trainees will discover the importance of facilitating student skill-development based on the National Health Education Standards, which can lead to meaningful behavior changes in the classroom and add value to school-wide PBIS efforts. Michigan Model for Health middle school curriculum includes a new module on Social and Emotional Learning, and revised module on Nutrition and Physical Activity, Safety, Tobacco, and Alcohol and Other Drugs. Each training participant will receive manuals for middle school instruction plus the materials needed to implement the curriculum. Participants will have a choice of receiving a hard copy of the curriculum or having access to the NEW electronic version of the curriculum.

Start dates:

  • 10/29/2020
  • 01/28/2021

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  • Science

Mi-STAR is a middle school curriculum that supports both the NGSS and the Michigan State Standards, while empowering students to use science and engineering practices to address real-world issues. Mi-STAR is available through an online-based platform that provides teacher resources and student materials for grades 6-12. All units are centered around solving engineering challenges through problem-based learning. In order to gain access to the Mi-STAR curriculum or individual units, all teachers are required to participate in 5-7 hours of online training, plus one full-day and two half-day face-to-face training sessions. These Wayne RESA sessions fulfill the face-to-face requirements for Mi-STAR.

NOTE - There is an additional $50 fee for Michigan Tech aside from the Wayne RESA cost.

Please visit the Mi-STAR website to learn more about the curriculum.

Start dates:

  • 09/15/2020

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  • Science

Engineering Design is part of our Michigan Science Standards. What does integrating engineering look like in the middle school classroom? This hands-on workshop will explore this question using the researched-based curriculum, Engineering is Everywhere, from the Boston Museum of Science.

Attendees who successfully complete this training will have the opportunity to order an EiE Teachers Guide and Materials Kit for the unit of their choice (approximately $500 value).

Note - Limit one EiE Teachers Guide and Materials Kit per school.

Start dates:

  • 11/23/2020
  • 02/22/2021

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  • Safe and Healthy Schools

This session will walk the participant through a brief history of and the federal laws associated with Section 504. The session will review the requirements of Section 504 and how to implement your Section 504 procedures to assure your school is compliant with federal 504 mandates. We will examine Section 504 eligibility requirements plus the roles and responsibilities of those involved in the 504 process. The Wayne RESA toolkit of sample forms will be reviewed and Section 504 do's and don'ts will be examined to ensure district compliance.

Start dates:

  • 09/30/2020

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  • Instructional Technology
  • Literacy

Makerspaces encourage teachers to develop interactive opportunities for students as they develop products for a wide range of purposes and audiences. In this two-day series, participants will discover ways to inspire active storytellers through digital media that tap into multiple literacies to create meaning. Participants will explore green screens and stop animation, e-book creations, and more. All participants will receive a stop animation starter kit and The Green Screen Maker Space Project Book. The intended audience for this course is K-12 educators.

Dates:

  • 03/22/2021

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  • Literacy

This network is designed to offer opportunities for deep study of research-based practices using collaborative inquiry (Problems of Practice), common texts, and discussion of the Essential Coaching Practices for Literacy. Building and sustaining relationships between both teacher-coach and principal-coach roles, developing assessment literacy knowledge and skills, and promoting equity through coaching will be unpacked. Forums led by district coaches and WRESA consultants will provide additional focused learning. The final session of the series will be a celebration of our growth. The intended audience for this course is new or experienced literacy coaches.

Dates:

  • 10/06/2020

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  • Safe and Healthy Schools

Day 1 Introduction to Restorative Practices Training focuses on the key concepts of Restorative Practices and how they are used to build strong, healthy relationships, resolve challenges, and build social capital. The concepts involve reflection and awareness of one's self and one's practice. Day 2: Using Circles Effectively applies the fundamental processes of Restorative Practices and enables participants to practice the techniques, including how to optimally utilize circles in any setting.

As part of Wayne RESA's course offerings, participation in Restorative Practices Days 1 & 2 (Introductions to Restorative Practices & Using Circles Effectively) is a PREREQUISITE to attending Restorative Practices Days 3 & 4 (Facilitating a Restorative Conference).

Black Family Development Inc. a licensed partner of the International Institute of Restorative Practices, facilitates this formal Restorative Practices training.

Please Note: In addition to learning skills to support positive relationship development and improve overall school climate and culture, participation in this course prepares schools to knowledgeably consider use of restorative  practices as required in Michigan's "Rethink Discipline" legislation (Public Acts 360-366 of 2016).

Start dates:

  • 08/11/2020
  • 11/17/2020
  • 02/09/2021

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  • Mathematics

In MTSS for Fractions, you will learn about and implement best practice in Tier 1. As you do, we will gather student work to engage in formative assessment and use that information, in conjunction with a learning progression for fractions, to determine next steps for instruction and to choose interventions.  The learning is designed to occur in a professional learning setting and be informed by work from your own students.  The cost of this course covers two books related to the teaching of fractions, as well as other print resources meant to support intervention related to fraction concepts.

Start dates:

  • 12/01/2020

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  • Literacy
  • Mathematics

This session will review key information for preparing and administering the 8/9 PSAT which replaces the MSTEP for 8th grade Math and English Languages Arts (ELA).  We will explore crucial content features for both Math and ELA.  Topics include: Why the shift; PSAT 8/9 Test Blueprint; test dates and general information; special education accommodations and English language learner supports; test items analysis; ELA Instructional shifts; Math instructional shifts.

Start dates:

  • 10/21/2020
  • 02/04/2021

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  • Literacy

In this professional learning series, participants will dive into Michigan’s Essential Instructional Practices in Early Literacy, Grades K to 3 (MAISA-GELN Early Literacy Task Force, 2016), as they study ten essential research-based practices to enhance their capacity to guide and support students’ development toward 3rd grade reading proficiency. Participants will explore key components of a balanced literacy program, including: strategies for developing engagement, stamina, and independence; creating a thriving writing community to support skill and agency in both reading and writing; building necessary foundational skills for automaticity in print processing; using assessment data to plan targeted small group instruction; using interactive read aloud to build background knowledge and expand vocabulary; and developing specific strategies for deep comprehension of increasingly complex text. National early literacy consultants featured in this series will include Lisa Cleaveland and Jan Richardson, who will share research-based instructional strategies for accelerating K-3 students’ growth in literacy toward career and college readiness. Participants will also receive mentor texts and other resources to support literacy instruction.

Start dates:

  • 11/10/2020

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  • Literacy

This collaborative, which is funded through the MDE Coaching Grant and hosted by Wayne RESA, is a review and continuation of the foundational learning that coaches experience during Wayne RESA 3-Day COSA Academy. Its purpose is to provide a space for the COSA's to participate in deep-learning and dialogue about a coaches' role and responsibilities. Opportunities will be offered to unpack and practice the Essential Coaching Practices for Elementary Literacy as well as the Essential Instructional Practices in Elementary Literacy, Grades K-3.l The collaborative is operating in conjunction with the Wayne County Coaching Network. Coaches on Special Assignment (COSA) are required to attend both series.

Start dates:

  • 09/15/2020

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  • District/School Improvement

These quarterly meetings provide resources and relevant information to educators that coordinate Title I, Part A Programs as well as other state & federal programs including Title II Part A, Title IV Part A, Title IX McKinney Vento Homeless and Section 31a At-Risk. Consultants from the Michigan Department of Education Office of Educational Supports. Legislative updates and guidance on best practices to support at-risk students meet high academic standards is also provided.

Start dates:

  • 09/18/2020
  • 11/13/2020
  • 02/12/2021
  • 05/14/2021

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  • Assessment and Evaluation
  • Science

This workshop is intended for K-12 science teachers to create or modify an assessment plan for a unit of instruction aligned to science and engineering practices, crosscutting concepts, and disciplinary core ideas. Teachers are required to bring an outline or storyline for a unit of instruction currently part of their curriculum. We will use the STEM Teaching Tools for Assessment to identify formative assessment opportunities throughout the unit, adapt or modify existing assessments toward multiple dimensions, as well as align mid-point or end-of-unit summative assessments. This one-day workshop may be repeated using additional units of instruction.

Start dates:

  • 10/12/2020
  • 02/15/2021
  • 04/26/2021

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  • Mathematics

Beginning in kindergarten and continuing into college, mathematics is not just an academic subject: It's a key mechanism in the distribution of opportunity.  Even as math expectations can serve as a foundation for academic success by supporting quantitative literacy, they can also operate a a filter that literally stops many students in their educational tracks." (Just Equations, 2018)  During this course we will explore and define the meaning of Equity in Mathematics Instruction and how our beliefs and practices influence student access to meaningful mathematics.  Join us as we reflect on our own practices, identify those that could lead to inequities, and revise our practices to reach more equitable goals in mathematics instruction.  All participants will receive a book resource as well as tools to assess equity in mathematics instruction.

Start dates:

  • 08/18/2020

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  • Mathematics

This PD offering supports teachers in Tier I instruction in mathematics. This Title I district-funded mathematics professional development opportunity offers the following three components:

  1. TIPM3 is a long-term, sustained series of Mathematics professional development sessions where teachers will learn how to deliver effective Tier I instruction by implementing mathematics tasks aligned to learning targets. Teachers will also focus on implementing high leverage instructional practices to engage all students, and they will learn how to embed technology to support and advance mathematical sense making, reasoning, problem solving, and communication. As teachers experience tasks as students, and then plan how to best implement tasks as teachers, they will enhance their own understanding of mathematics content, and they will learn how to scaffold mathematics instruction to make the content accessible to all students. Effective implementation of math tasks in the classroom will allow students to exhibit the behaviors described by the 8 mathematical practices in the Michigan Math Standards, and it will engage students in problem solving and reasoning and promote sense-making of new mathematical ideas.
  2. Wayne RESA will provide classroom coaching support. Coaches will attend the PD sessions alongside teacher teams and then visit school sites to help teachers implement tasks and strategies in their classrooms.
  3. Coaches will also facilitate shared planning and feedback time with individual participants and/or teams of participants during institute sessions and/or in building level team meetings.

Start dates:

  • 10/27/2020

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  • Mathematics

This PD offering supports teachers in Tier I instruction in mathematics. This Title I district-funded mathematics professional development opportunity offers the following three components:

  1. TIPM3 is a long-term, sustained series of Mathematics professional development sessions where teachers will learn how to deliver effective Tier I instruction by implementing mathematics tasks aligned to learning targets. Teachers will also focus on implementing high leverage instructional practices to engage all students, and they will learn how to embed technology to support and advance mathematical sense making, reasoning, problem solving, and communication. As teachers experience tasks as students, and then plan how to best implement tasks as teachers, they will enhance their own understanding of mathematics content, and they will learn how to scaffold mathematics instruction to make the content accessible to all students. Effective implementation of math tasks in the classroom will allow students to exhibit the behaviors described by the 8 mathematical practices in the Michigan Math Standards, and it will engage students in problem solving and reasoning and promote sense-making of new mathematical ideas.
  2. Wayne RESA will provide classroom coaching support. Coaches will attend the PD sessions alongside teacher teams and then visit school sites to help teachers implement tasks and strategies in their classrooms.
  3. Coaches will also facilitate shared planning and feedback time with individual participants and/or teams of participants during institute sessions and/or in building level team meetings.

Start dates:

  • 11/12/2020

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  • Literacy

Are you looking for ways to strengthen your students’ engagement, skill, and independence as writers? In this foundational series, participants will explore effective classroom structures and strategies that support engagement in authentic, sustained writing. As they examine key components of the writing process and the architecture of a one-to-one conference, participants will refine their skill in noticing and naming writers’ strengths and challenges to determine next steps for instruction. Modeled and interactive writing strategies and the use of mentor texts will be highlighted as powerful models of what writers do and inspiration to build young children's identities as writers themselves. Featured in this series will be national literacy consultant, Lisa Cleaveland, coauthor with Katie Wood Ray of About the Authors and Classroom Essentials: A Teacher’s Guide to Getting Started with Beginning Writers. The intended audience for this course includes K-2 teachers, teachers of striving third grade writers, reading specialists, literacy coaches, and members of the leadership team.

Start dates:

  • 12/01/2020

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  • School Culture, Climate, and Equity

Research has shown that too many schools are not sensitive to the unique needs and challenges of African-American girls. As a result, African-American girls are treated with one brushstroke, enforcing punitive disciplinary policies that send far too many into the juvenile justice system.

In 2013, black girls represented 50.7 percent of the girls with multiple out-of-school suspensions according to the Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights. By contrast, black boys made up 39.9 percent of boys with multiple out-of-school suspensions. Black girls are punished at much higher rates. The criminalization of African-American girls is a phenomenon that is increasingly threatening and adversely impacting the educational outcomes for African-American girls.

In this 3-day workshop, we will examine the issues that are African-American girls are experiencing and explore solutions that will support their continued development and growth.

For additional information, contact the School Climate & Culture (Equity) Support Staff (phone: 734-334-1491; email: collins@resa.net).

Start dates:

  • 10/10/2020
  • School Leadership

These quarterly meetings provide resources and relevant information to educators that serve as Homeless Liaisons from Districts and Public School Academies in the Wayne County Homeless Grant Consortium. Wayne County Consortium policies and procedures will be reviewed at each meeting in addition to best practices for identifying and supporting students experiencing homelessness.

Start dates:

  • 09/30/2020
  • 01/26/2020
  • 04/22/2021

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  • District/School Improvement

In this time of the Covid-19 pandemic, it is more important than ever to take care of not only one's physical being, but your mental well-being as well.  There is strength in mindfulness; and the impact of stress and traumatic experiences on us is more real than ever.  During our time together we will look at and reflect upon the following topics:

  • The benefits of mindfulness
  • The impact of secondary trauma
  • The importance of building  emotional resilience
  • Creation of a Self-Care plan
  • Access to multiple resources to use and share (with students, colleagues, family and friends.)

The intended audience for this course is Wayne County building leaders.

Start dates:

  • 10/07/2020

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  • Literacy

In alignment with Michigan's Action Plan for Literacy Excellence, Wayne RESA has developed a consortium dedicated to the needs of secondary literacy professionals and the students they serve. This professional network will meet quarterly to discuss hot topics in adolescent literacy, legislative updates, and engage in professional learning. Ultimately, the purpose of this group is to draw on the collective wisdom of secondary educators and identify ways to improve secondary literacy instruction throughout Wayne County. The intended audience for this network is instructional coaches serving secondary schools, curriculum coordinators, and language arts instructors serving as lead teachers. 

Start dates:

  • 10/08/2020

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  • Social Studies

The new MI Social Studies Standards require students be able to explain the history and significance of Sikhism as a world religion. Not sure what to teach or where to find resources? This workshop is for you! Come for a special day of learning hosted at a Gurdwara in Plymouth, a Sikh house of worship. Participants will not only receive an overview of the history, spiritual and cultural background of the Sikh American community but be introduced to instructional materials that align with the new State standards. Participants will also explore a C3 hub on Sikhism which features ready-made inquiries that can be used in the classroom. This workshop will help people be equipped with the knowledge and materials to effectively and accurately teach about one of Michigan’s most visible communities. And as an added treat, teachers will participate in a delicious traditional meal called Langar! This course is designed for Middle and High School teachers of U.S. and World History.Start dates:

  • 10/13/2020

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  • Mathematics

The overarching goal of this series is to bring a county-wide team together to engage in deep study and to create a coherent curriculum framework for mathematics aligned to the Michigan Math Standards using Big Ideas Mathematics  (6-8) as a resource. The curriculum framework will be accessible to Wayne County teachers to help students understand mathematics as described by the standards and will incorporate effective instructional practices for making math accessible to all students.  As part of this work, county wide curriculum teams will learn the pillars of research-based mathematics instruction in order to inform the curriculum work. They will use that research to develop a curriculum framework by carefully selecting math tasks from Big Ideas that engage students in problem solving and reasoning and promote sense-making of new mathematical ideas. Together, we will explore essential concepts students need to understand as well as skills and content knowledge teachers need to meet grade-level standards.

Start dates:

  • 08/11/2020

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  • Literacy

Join Jan Richardson as she brings her years of experience as a reading specialist, Reading Recovery teacher leader, best-selling author, and national literacy consultant to share best practices in providing small group reading instruction, a critical component of a balanced literacy program. Dr. Richardson will demonstrate how to use student assessment data to plan targeted instruction to meet individual needs. Participants will leave with a wealth of strategies to refine and energize their instructional delivery using precise assessment tools, detailed lesson plans, targeted reading strategies, and guided writing support. Workshop participants will receive Dr. Richardson's popular professional book, The Next Step Forward in Guided Reading.

Start dates:

  • 03/04/2021

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  • English Learner
  • Instructional Technology

The purpose of this workshop is to fully integrate instructional technology and English Learner (EL) education. Participants will have the first look at the integration of IT into the Sheltered Instruction Observation Protocol (SIOP).  They will also have the opportunity to explore different interactive tools to enhance engagement and participation of ELs in the general education and content areas; Math, English Language Arts, Science, and Social Studies. The group will explore different ways of incorporating web-based delivery platforms such as Zoom, Webex, google classroom.

Start dates:

  • 12/14/2020

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  • Assessment and Evaluation
  • District/School Improvement

In this three-day series, participants will explore and utilize the continuous cycle of school improvement, including an introduction to the new Michigan Integrated Continuous Improvement Process. This model involves examining data around the whole child. Building teams will reflect on current assessment practices and receive guidance and support in data collection and analysis. Teams will have hands-on work time with their school data to look at student growth, create goals, and make instructional action plans to impact student achievement.

Start dates:

  • 10/21/2020

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  • Mathematics

This PD offering supports teachers’ assessment and interventions for Tier II and Tier III and serves as a complement to TIPM3 which supports teachers in Tier I instruction in mathematics. MTSS in Mathematics supports teams of K-5 teachers to implement tier II and Ill instruction multiplication, and division in the elementary mathematics classroom. Teachers learn to utilize a diagnostic assessment from Math Recovery® that targets students' current understanding in mathematics for the focus mathematics topics. Participants are then supported to recognize students' progress during tier 1 mathematics instruction, and to implement tier II and tier Ill interventions based on progress monitoring.

The typical course fee of $500 has been offset through the Michigan MISTEM grant.

Registration is only available to Wayne County public school districts and PSAs. Participants must register with REGISTRATION KEY-contact Kristi Hanby.

Start dates:

  • 06/24/2020
  • 02/22/2021

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  • Mathematics

This PD offering supports teachers’ assessment and interventions for Tier II and Tier III and serves as a complement to TIPM3 for K-5 which supports teachers in Tier 1 Instruction in mathematics. MTSS in Mathematics supports teams of K-5 teachers to implement tier II and Ill instruction for addition and subtraction in the elementary mathematics classroom.

The typical course fee of $500 has been offset through the Michigan MISTEM grant.

Registration is only available to Wayne County public school districts and PSAs.

Participants must register with REGISTRATION KEY-contact Sohnia Malik.

Start dates:

  • 06/22/2020
  • 10/19/2020
  • 03/02/2021

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  • English Learner

English learners (ELs) are the fastest-growing student population. By 2025, one in four K-12 students will be an EL. The Sheltered Instruction Observation Protocol (SIOP) is the only empirically validated model of sheltered instruction. This workshop is an introduction to the SIOP Model components and strategies and its inner workings to bridge the achievement gap for ALL learners.

Start dates:

  • 09/22/2020
  • 01/19/2021
  • 03/08/2021

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  • Social Studies

Come to the Charles H. Wright Museum the special interactive multimedia exhibit "Voting Matters" Participate will learn about the seminal roles African Americans have played in securing the right to vote in the United States from pre-Reconstruction through today's Civil Rights movements. In addition, participants will also explore voting related topics such as pros and cons of the Electoral College, Gerrymandering in the context of recent court decisions and the Voting Rights Act of 1965. This course is designed for Middle School and High School Teachers. Dinner is provided.

Start dates:

  • 10/12/2020

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  • Safe and Healthy Schools

Support the Michigan ACE Initiative and the journey to becoming trauma-informed by participating in the Michigan ACE Community Champion (MACC) Training of Presenters. Upon successful completion, participants will gain access to the tools necessary to present Michigan ACE Initiative and Overcoming Trauma: Understanding N.E.A.R. content to school and community groups. This two-day workshop includes a group practice session presenting an abbreviated version of Overcoming Trauma to fellow workshop participants. Full participation in Overcoming Trauma: Understanding N.E.A.R and Resilience: Our Role in Building Resilient Staff, Students, and Families is required to attend this training.  

  • 10/26/2020
  • 03/23/2021

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  • Social Studies

There couldn't be a better time to teach students the attitudes and behavior of caring and responsible citizenship. By learning to give, students figure out what they are good at, what they value, and how they can use that to service others. Come learn about free resources that acquaint you with lessons and activities that empower your students to use their knowledge and learning to make a positive difference in our world. Presented through a trauma informed practices and social emotional learning lens, this workshop will help you and your students engage in difficult conversations, learning mindfulness, and participate fully in community.

Start dates:

  • 10/01/2020

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  • Literacy

Join author, national literacy consultant and master primary classroom teacher Lisa Cleaveland, to learn best practice in writing instruction. During this foundational workshop, participants will learn the basic tenets of what it means to be a writer, effective classroom structures
that support engagement in authentic, sustained writing, and a “gradual release” instructional model that scaffolds primary writers’ growth toward independence. Ms. Cleaveland also will discuss how young children can learn so much about writing from other authors they encounter during read aloud experiences. In addition, Cleaveland will share tips for problem-solving the common roadblocks and challenges that all primary teachers face in writing instruction. Workshop participants will receive Ms. Cleaveland's popular professional book, coauthored with Katie Wood Ray, A Teacher’s Guide to Getting Started with Beginning Writers, Grades K-2 . The audience for this workshop includes K-2 classroom teachers, teachers of striving third grade writers, reading specialists, literacy coaches, elementary resource room teachers, and members of the leadership team.

Start dates:

  • 12/01/2020

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  • School Culture, Climate, and Equity

School climate has a direct impact on students' abilities to achieve. This PD will provide school climate teams and administrators with an opportunity to examine the dimensions of school climate, use relevant situational data to set improvement goals, utilize a data protocol for strategically gathering school data, and develop supports to engage and support students and staff.

Start dates:

  • 10/01/2020
  • 03/23/2021

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  • School Culture, Climate, and Equity

Strong teams charged with improving school climate are essential to improving academics success, positive building behaviors, and retaining and supporting teachers. In this three (3) half-day workshop teams will utilize relevant strategies that promote and support teacher leadership. Teams will implement methods to establish a shared vision; develop team -working agreements; build relational trust; and draft a plan to engage and support staff in improving school climate. 

Start dates:

  • 10/06/2020

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  • School Leadership

The purpose of this leadership academy is to strengthen administrators' knowledge and skills for more intentional and purposeful leadership practices that impact teacher performance and student learning. This cohort will meet four times throughout the year for full-day sessions, 8:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. The cost for the series if $450 per person, and includes professional learning, lunch, and the book: Passionate Leadership: Creating a Culture of Success in Every School. The audience for these workshops is district teams of central office and building-level administrators. Featured speakers are: Dr. Jim Harris, Ken Shelton, and Salome Thomas-El

Start dates:

  • 10/21/2020
  • 10/22/2020

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  • Literacy

In this learning series coaches will explore their current beliefs and how those beliefs might facilitate or debilitate the relationship with a teacher. This training will provide the coaches with knowledge, skills, and dispositions to shift teachers’ thinking from responding, “This is how we have always done it” to considering new possibilities. Coaches will acquire a vast knowledge of effective coaching skills to mediate thinking of the teachers they coach. This will enable the teachers to think deeply about their practice to monitor and adjust as necessary. Coaches will understand the link between effective coaching and the transformation of teacher practice. The intended audience is instructional coaches and literacy specialists, though it is appropriate for anyone in an instructional coaching role.

Start dates:

  • 09/16/2020

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  • Mathematics

This session will use a mental number sense routine for 10-12 minutes regularly to increase student fluency when working with fractions, decimals, and percentages. At this one-day Number Talks session you will be introduced to a Number Talk and the teaching practices that support the use of Number Talks in the classroom. Teachers will learn to identify students' strategies, record student thinking, use effective talk moves, and prepare a number talk to support student understanding of rational number. The cost of this workshop includes a Number Talk book and a complete set of images to be used to support students understanding of rational number.

Start dates:

  • 10/26/2020
  • 03/22/2021

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  • Mathematics

Use a mental number sense routine for 10-12 minutes a day to increase student fluency in the basic operation. At this one-day Number Talk session you will be introduced to a Number Talk and the teaching practices that support the use of a number sense routine in the classroom. Teachers will learn to identify students’ strategies, record student thinking, use effective talk moves, and prepare a mini-lesson to support student development of the basic operations. The cost of this workshop includes a Number Talk book and a complete set of images to be used to support student understanding of numbers.

Start dates:

  • 08/25/2020
  • 11/09/2020
  • 01/25/2021

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  • School Leadership

This training is designed to provide general information, best practices and information on the laws associated with providing educational support to students experiencing foster care in Wayne County. Participants will have the opportunity to network with other Foster Care Liaisons as well as the Michigan Department of Education, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, Samaritas, MDHHS Education Planners and other Community Agencies who provide services and support for schools, students, foster families and others throughout the Wayne County.

Start dates:

  • 08/13/2020
  • 03/23/2021

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  • Safe and Healthy Schools

As a follow-up to Overcoming Trauma:  Understanding N.E.A.R., discussion and activities will support deeper understanding of neuroscience and Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), and demonstrate the buffering effect that resilience offers as a natural counter-weight to ACE's. An exploration of risk and protective factors throughout this session will reveal simple resilience-building strategies that can be taught, learned, and practiced in the school setting. 

Start dates:

  • 10/15/2020
  • 12/15/2020
  • 02/25/2021

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  • Science

The Next Generation Science Exemplar (NGSX) is a 5-day series to explore the major ideas found in the National Research Council Framework and the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). These documents are at the core of the 3-Dimensions of the Michigan Science Standards.

NGSX participants experience 3-dimensional science learning as both student and teacher using the Disciplinary Core Idea of Structure and Properties of Matter. They experience an anchor phenomenon and then engage in 3 key Science and Engineering Practices: Modeling, Argumentation, and Explanation. The second half of NGSX is integrating three-dimensional learning into science classrooms. Teachers learn key strategies and structures to support students in using science and engineering practices to develop, apply, and refine disciplinary and cross-cutting ideas. Teachers engage in these practices and investigate classroom cases to explore how to bring these approaches into their own classrooms, evaluate newly aligned curricula, and contribute to more balanced assessment systems for science.

Start dates:

  • 08/11/2020
  • 10/07/2020
  • 01/27/2021
  • 06/15/2021

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  • Safe and Healthy Schools

This foundational workshop examines the safety and legal issues that must be considered when administering medications and providing support in the school setting to students with asthma, severe allergies, diabetes, seizures, and other acute and chronic health conditions. Steps necessary to be in compliance with the Michigan School Code and aligned with best practices are discussed. Specific  instruction and hands-on practices for safely administering oral, topical, ear, eye epinephrine auto-injector, and rescue inhaler medications is included. Please Note: This workshop meets Michigan's required "stock" epinephrine auto-injector training mandate for designated K-12 school staff (Public Act 187 of 2013).

Start dates:

  • 08/12/2020
  • 09/16/2020
  • 01/14/2021

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  • Safe and Healthy Schools

Participants will learn how to implement the nationally recognized, evidence-based program, S.O.S. Signs of Suicide. S.O.S. Signs of Suicide is designed to be delivered to middle and high school students. Implementation of this program will teach students how to identify the signs and symptoms of depression, distress, and suicide risk in themselves or their friends, and how to respond effectively through help-seeking strategies. 

Start dates:

  • 12/10/2020

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  • Safe and Healthy Schools

This one-day training is for secondary teachers who provide instruction in sexual health and HIV education. The training fulfills the Michigan mandate for HIV Certification. One full day of attendance is required to receive a certificate. Content includes an overview of legal mandates; knowledge and skills and classroom strategies with regard to sexual health and HIV instruction. To gain maximum benefit from this course, teachers should possess knowledge of what materials and methods their district has approved.

Start dates:

  • 10/29/2020
  • 01/28/2021

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  • Safe and Healthy Schools

This one-day training is for elementary teachers who provide instruction in reproductive health (puberty) and HIV education. The training fulfills the Michigan mandate for HIV Certification. One full day of attendance is required to receive a certificate. Content includes an overview of legal mandates; knowledge and skills; and classroom strategies with regard to reproductive health and HIV instruction. To gain maximum benefit from this course, teachers should possess knowledge of what materials and methods their district has approved. 

Start dates:

  • 10/22/2020
  • 01/13/2021

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  • Safe and Healthy Schools

This foundational workshop examines the safety and legal issues that must be considered when administering medications and providing support in the preschool setting to students with asthma, severe allergies, diabetes, seizures, and other acute and chronic health conditions. Steps necessary to be in compliance with Early Childhood licensing requirements and the Michigan School Code, and aligned with best practices are discussed. Specific instruction and hands-on practice for safely administering oral, topical, ear, eye, epinephrine auto-injector, rescue inhaler,  and nebulizer medications is included

Start dates:

  • 10/02/2020
  • 02/05/2021

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  • District/School Improvement
  • School Culture, Climate, and Equity

Research has shown that too many schools are not sensitive to the unique needs and challenges of African-American girls. As a result, African-American girls are treated with one brushstroke, enforcing punitive disciplinary policies that send far too many into the juvenile justice system. In 2013, black girls represented 50.7 percent of the girls with multiple out-of-school suspensions according to the Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights. By contrast, black boys made up 39.9 percent of boys with multiple out-of-school suspensions. Black girls are punished at much higher rates. The criminalization of African-American girls is a phenomenon that is increasingly threatening and adversely impacting the educational outcomes for African-American girls. In this 3-day workshop, we will examine the issues that are African-American girls are experiencing and explore solutions that will support their continued development and growth.

Start dates:

  • 03/03/2021

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  • Safe and Healthy Schools

Leave this course prepared to teach skill-based lessons. The recently revised Michigan Model for Health high school curriculum strengthens the focus on mastery of health skills and expands the use of technology.This curriculum is formatted to fit nicely into an 18-week semester or 12-week trimester. The initial unit develops this essential health skills required by the National Health Education Standards. Skills are then reinforced in subsequent units: Social Emotional Skills; Nutrition and Physical Activity; Safety; Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drugs; and Personal Health and Wellness. Each training participant will receive Skills for Health and Life Manuals plus a set of 14 posters and other materials. Participants will have a choice of receiving a hard copy of the curriculum or having access to the NEW electronic version of the curriculum.

Start dates:

  • 10/07/2020
  • 01/19/2021

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  • Safe and Healthy Schools

The Crisis Prevention Institute (CPI) Nonviolent Crisis Intervention training has proven effective in resolving potentially violent situations. Refresher course participants will review knowledge and practice skills necessary to handle crisis situations in schools with minimal anxiety and maximum security. This refresher training will review safe ways to intervene when student behavior becomes dangerous without damaging any professional bond already established with students. In order to maintain an up to date CPI certification, this formal refresher course is recommended to be taken annually. 

Participants must have previously taken CPI Nonviolent Crisis Intervention (2 day) Training. 

Start dates:

  • 10/21/2020
  • 03/23/2021

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  • Safe and Healthy Schools

The Crisis Prevention Institute (CPI) Nonviolent Crisis Intervention training has proven effective in resolving potentially violent situations. By participating in this program, participants will gain the skills and confidence necessary to handle crisis situations in schools with minimal anxiety and maximum security. This training will help participants intervene more safely when student behavior becomes dangerous without damaging any professional bond already established with students. Upon successful completion of this training, participants will be CPI certified for a one-year period. Following this initial 2-day training, a formal refresher CPI training is recommended annually.

Please note: Successful completion this this course addresses multiple required training components for Key Identified Personnel as described in the Michigan State Board of Education's Policy for the Emergency Use of Seclusion and Restraint.

Start dates:

  • 08/25/2020
  • 12/08/2020
  • 02/23/2021

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  • Safe and Healthy Schools

Facilitating a Restorative Conference focuses on techniques to facilitate a formal conference involving a "victim" and an "offender." Restorative conference allow those who have been most affected by an incident to share their feelings, describe how they have been affected, and develop a plan to repair the harm done and prevent recurrence. Participant learning will include:

  • Analysis of true stories that illustrate the emotional dynamics and healing potential of restorative conferences as compared to more punitive approaches;
  • Interactive exercises that help to identify who should be invited to a conference and how to prepare them for the conference;
  • Role-plays to assist in developing the ability to facilitate a conference and apply the restorative practices fundamental concepts; and
  • Approaches to reintegrate people who have caused them back into their community.

Start dates:

  • 11/17/2020

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  • Safe and Healthy Schools
  • School Leadership

This five-part series, led by WRESA Leadership Development and School Health/Nurse Consultants, will focus on enhancing the skills and knowledge of educational leaders to understand the tenets of trauma-informed leadership and the responsibilities and benefits of having a school focused on the needs of staff, students, and families. Leaders will extend their knowledge of brain research and Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), and will collaborate on the implementation of an educational climate and culture of success, based on the development of resilience in all school stakeholders. National speaker, educational consultant, and behavioral health therapist, Jim Harris, will lead the October 22nd and December 9th sessions.

Start dates:

  • 09/30/2020

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  • Social Studies

You are invited to attend the Wayne County Social Studies Leaders Meetings. They are open to all social studies educators in Wayne County and beyond. Find out what is happening in Social Studies Education today! Stay informed, connected and involved in Wayne County Social Studies. The intended audience for this course is K-12 social studies teachers, social studies leaders at any level, and anyone interest in social studies education.

Start dates:

  • 04/30/2021

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  • Safe and Healthy Schools

Join us for a brief overview of the  Michigan ACE Initiative and screening of the documentary, Resilience: The Biology of Stress and the Science of Hope. This award-winning documentary chronicles how toxic stress wreaks havoc on the brains and bodies of children, and how therapists, educators, and communities are using cutting-edge science to disrupt cycles of violence, addiction and disease. Group discussion and information on opportunities to expand learning will follow the screening.

Start dates:

  • 10/29/2020
  • 01/28/2021

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  • District/School Improvement
  • Literacy
  • School Culture, Climate, and Equity
  • Social Studies

In this four (4) day workshop, participants will gain an in-depth understanding of culturally responsive instruction and how to develop equitable classroom spaces that empower ALL students as learners and emerging citizens. This workshop will help teachers develop an equity lens by discovering and examining their own cultural identity in service of becoming culturally responsive instructors.

Using Gholdy Muhammad’s Equity Framework, you will develop your capacity to understand, develop, and implement culturally responsive lessons that cultivate the genius of ALL students. Culturally Responsive Instruction pursues four goals instructionally by helping students develop their identity, skills, intellect, and criticality. As students engage in culturally responsive instruction, they should demonstrate how that instruction helps them to: 1) Learn something about themselves and/or about others (Identity). 2) Build their skills for the content area they are studying (Skill). 3) Build their knowledge and mental powers (Intellect). 4) Engage their thinking about power and equity and the disruption of oppression (Criticality).

Using the content areas of Literacy and Social Studies, teachers will be able to understand and utilize a culturally responsive instructional framework that can be applied to any content area. This workshop will be followed by seminar/practicum cohort Culturally Responsive Instruction (Level 2) which will explore implementation of CRI classroom strategies and practices in the classroom setting.

Start dates:

  • 10/26/2020

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  • District/School Improvement
  • School Culture, Climate, and Equity

In this 3 day professional learning session, participants will:
1) Examine the key elements of classroom management and explore seven myths about classroom management. 2) Examine effective classroom management plans with classroom practitioners. 3) Understand the relationship between effective instruction, classroom management, and student development learning needs. 4) Understand the role mindset plays in teacher and student motivation 5) Develop a classroom management plan and learn classroom management strategies.

Teachers who plan and structure their classrooms for learning with their students have a greater chance of having students reach their student achievement goals.  We will learn the nuts and bolts of managing the 21st Century classroom.  Come and join us we examine twelve misconceptions of classroom management and learn effective classroom management practices. Lunch and/or dinner will be served.  Participants will receive two books.

Participants will benefit from working with seasoned classroom practitioners as they develop and leave with a classroom management plan. Register for Cohort I or II. 

Start dates:

  • 08/11/2020
  • 02/06/2020

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  • District/School Improvement
  • School Culture, Climate, and Equity

Participants will explore the knowledge, skills, and `strategies critical to addressing the unique instructional needs of students in poverty. Teachers are increasingly challenged to help students of poverty reach their achievement goals. During this interactive sessions, participants will:

  • Understand what poverty is and explore the impact it has on students, families, and communities.
  • Address mindsets held around poverty and those affected by it.
  • Understand a framework for working with students impacted by poverty to ensure high levels of learning.
  • Understand the impact of trauma and learn trauma-informed practices.
  • Learn and utilize classroom instructional strategies for effectively working with students impacted by poverty.


Registration fee includes additional materials, text, refreshments, and materials. Come join us as we explore this topic together. Register for Cohort I OR Cohort II.

Start dates:

  • 10/28/2020
  • 03/04/2020

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  • District/School Improvement

The Michigan Integrated Continuous Improvement Process (MICIP) is a pathway for districts to improve student outcomes by assessing whole child needs to develop plans and coordinate funding.  Needs are assessed by analyzing whole child data.

This workshop will support school improvement leadership teams to understand what data are pre-populated in MICIP, what other whole child data do you might need to gather, and how to upload local data to MICIP.  Session facilitators will lead team members through the MICIP assessing needs process built into the MICIP platform.  Time will be available for teams to work on data review and analysis that will inform plan development.

Please bring a technology device to access the Internet.

Start dates:

  • 11/11/2020

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  • District/School Improvement
  • School Culture, Climate, and Equity

In this three (3) full day session, participants will: 

  • Examine the current educational status of African American males in this country (academic achievement, graduation rates, suspensions/expulsions, tracking, etc. 
  • Identify factors that contribute to the achievement gap between African American males and other students. 
  • Engage in reflective discourse with peers about their own attitudes, beliefs, and perceptions related to educating African American male students. 
  • Explore strategies to motivate and engage African American males in the learning process for the purpose of raising their academic achievement.

Fee includes lunch and materials, books, and special local experts.  

Start dates:

  • 01/20/2021

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  • Literacy

This workshop examines how literacy leaders can use their megaphone to advocate and implement organizational practices that create equitable literacy learning for all.

This 4-day series will help district literacy leadership teams and building leaders strengthen the organizational practices necessary to ensure that equitable literacy practices are maintained system-wide. The MAISA GELN Essential School-Wide and Center-Wide Practices in Literacy will serve as the guiding document, and include training on effective application of the School-Wide Screener as a driver for systematic change. By the end of the series, participants will have thoughtful, specific, and informed plans for improving literacy instructional support in their schools and throughout the community to reach EVERY child!

The audience for this workshop includes individuals and building/district literacy leadership teams committed to the implementation of evidence-based, high quality literacy learning across the learning environment.

Start dates:

  • 09/29/2020

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  • Literacy

This workshop examines how literacy leaders can use their megaphone to advocate and implement organizational practices that create equitable literacy learning for all.

This 2-day series will help district literacy leadership teams and building leaders strengthen the organizational practices necessary to ensure that equitable literacy practices are maintained system-wide. The MAISA GELN Essential School-Wide and Center-Wide Practices in Literacy will serve as the guiding document, and include training on effective application of the School-Wide Screener as a driver for systematic change. By the end of the series, participants will have thoughtful, specific, and informed plans for improving literacy instructional support in their schools and throughout the community to reach EVERY child!

The audience for this workshop includes individuals and building/district literacy leadership teams committed to the implementation of evidence-based, high quality literacy learning across the learning environment.

Start dates:

  • 09/26/2020
  • 09/28/2020
  • 02/11/2021

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