Friday, May 1, 2015


Crafting Digital Writing

     April 23 was a day of Crafting Digital Writing with Dr. Troy Hicks for over 75 teachers of Washtenaw and Livingston County.  Our day is documented on Troy's Wikispace designed especially for that day. Through careful consideration of our Mode, Media, Audience, Purpose and Situation, we explored multiple digital tools to use for our own writing as well as in K-12 classrooms. After a look at many real-life student and teacher examples, we had time to explore and create.  A group favorite was WeVideo, a tool for creating digital stories. 

*Save the date for October 8th, 2015 when Troy returns to work with us on Digital Reading! 

Upcoming Professional Learning Opportunities

     May 16, 17, 18- virtual and free! 
   This virtual conference is hosted by the faculty at the University of Michigan School of Education and School of Information. The WISD and LESA is proud to partner in 4T.
The conference is FREE and OPEN to all educators.   The sessions target K-12 practicing and preservice teachers.   Links to the virtual rooms are found on the conference schedule page.  SCHECHS are available.  Register today! 


  Writing Collaborative

June 16, 17, 18     WISD     8:30-3:00     Open to all grade 4-12 teachers      $125

 Helping teachers and students understand writing in the content areas in order to make explicit the processes and strategies needed to improve student writing.

**All trainings are three days in length: 
 Lunch not provided.  SCHECHS available.


The Study of Early Literacy  

 August 3-7    8:30-3:30  WISD   FREE

 ( Open to PreK-3 Livingston and Washtenaw Educators only) 

The Study of Early Literacy (SOEL) is a committed group of PreK-3 educators learning, researching, and applying best practices in the teaching of early literacy.  While SOEL gears up for our third year, we are pleased that our work has led to a publication in the Michigan Reading Journal.  Interested in joining us this summer and for the 2015-2016 school year?  Read and complete this form or contact me at or 734-994-8100 ext. 1266.


Echoes and Reflections:  Holocaust Education

August 27, 2015   8:30-3:30 at WISD. 
Open to any Social Studies teacher in grades 6-12  
SCHECHS available
Lunch not provided.
Echoes and Reflections is a comprehensive Holocaust education program that delivers professional development and a rich array of resources for middle and high school teachers. Echoes and Reflections prepares educators to teach about the Holocaust in a way that stimulates engagement and critical thinking while providing opportunities for students to see the relevance of this complex history to their own lives. 

See more information HERE 

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