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Leading From The Classroom

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Are you a teacher looking to expand your leadership ability?

This program is ideal for teachers leading professional learning or who have been identified as instructional leaders, and those eager to develop or expand their leadership skills. Participants must currently be a school-based educator and have prior experience with collaborative inquiry.

This program is also perfect for schools that want to transform their professional learning so it promotes success for all. It will help ensure effective implementation of the college and career standards and is a great use of Title II funds.

The Leading from the Classroom program will help educators develop knowledge and skills for:

  • Designing collaborative job-embedded professional learning that is algined with industry standards and linked to school and district goals.
  • Facilitating collaborative job-embedded professional learning that supports educator development and student learning.
  • Assessing the impact of job-embedded professional learning to promote changes that improves student results 

Principals are encouraged to attend with teams of teachers from their school.

Program Details - Starts October 2015

This program runs from October–April and combines four Saturday seminars (Oct. 10, Nov. 7, Jan. 9, and Apr. 23), four online learning sessions (Dec. 10, Feb. 11, March 10 and April 14) and coaching as needed. Participants will also receive exclusive access to professional resources.

Saturday seminars will be held EMU–Livonia; located at 38777 Six Mile Road, Livonia, MI 48152

Program Fee

$849 SCECHs

Registration includes a one-year learning forward membership.

Standard tuition and fees apply for those wishing to earn graduate credit for this program. Pay for three educators and you will receive the tuition for a fourth at no charge.

Register at emich.edu/learningforward

For more information

Amy Colton, Ph.D. Learning Forward Michigan This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Wendy Burke, Ph.D. Eastern Michigan University This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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A Journey To Cultural Proficiency

by Dave Swierpel, Carman-Ainsworth Community Schools

A journey involves moving from one place to another over a long period of time. Carman-Ainsworth Community Schools (west of Flint, MI) began their journey to become more culturally proficient in January of 2014.  A team of seven educators participated in a four-day workshop hosted by Learning Forward Michigan and the Great Lakes Equity Center. During the four days we explored district  policies, practices, and programs that contribute to inequities  for students and families.  

Like many districts across the state, Carman-Ainsworth’s community demographics changed dramatically over the past 20 years. With a loss of jobs from General Motors plants in the Flint area, the community became poorer and students of color became the majority. Programs and practices that used to be effective, no longer were. Examining data revealed a disproportionate of black students receiving discipline. District teachers and administrators were ready to do something - but what?

We realized that we needed help. However, there are no silver bullets or magic programs that will suddenly change attitudes, beliefs, behaviors, and practices. Working with Learning Forward Michigan, the district committed to a multi-year journey towards becoming more culturally proficient. Along with Carman-Ainsworth staff, Dr. Amy Colton, Executive Director of Learning Forward Michigan, and Virginia Winters, School Improvement and Organizational Development Consultant for Wayne RESA, designed a multi tiered approach to supporting the district on its journey.

We began the journey with a two-day workshop called A Journey to Cultural Proficiency in August 2014. We repeated this experience with two additional groups this summer.  This August we will add Culturally Proficient Instruction and follow up with Collaborative Inquiry for Cultural Proficiency as well as learn how to work more effectively with parents.  90 Carman Ainsworth educators (including all administrators) have completed the two-day “Journey” experience. We have 30 teachers committed to the Culturally Proficient Instruction training.  

Is your system ready to begin the journey? It begins by looking at data and asking yourself some tough questions and being honest with the answers. We are all working hard, but are we using the right tools? What lens are we looking through when we confront problems for which we don't have answers?

“A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.”

We have taken our first step and the journey has begun.

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