MAME / Michigan Reading Association Collaborative
Wednesday November 2, 2016
8:00 AM to 4:30 PM
Amway Grand Plaza
187 Monroe Ave NW
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Join us for a full day of Project Based Learning discovery and exploration featuring keynote speaker Paige Jaeger!
Paige Jaeger is the Instructional Focus Editor for School Library Connection magazine. She has co-authored three books with Mary Boyd Ratzer, Think Tank Library: Brain-Based Learning Plans for New Standards for grades K-5 and grades 6-12 and Rx for the Common Core: Toolkit for Implementing Inquiry Learning. She spent her career working as a school librarian at both the elementary and secondary levels and then moved into administration. She has been an instructor for AASL's eCOllab courses, hosted seminars, and tweet-fests, but enjoys writing the best. In her spare time she hikes and bikes in the Adirondack Mountains with her family and friends. Like many Michigan residents, she proudly owns a roof-rake but-- doesn't look forward to using it! Paige has much to offer to those cutting edge teachers who want to bring learning alive for their students via project based learning.
Lynn Geronemus Bigelman
Lynn G. Bigelman has been a classroom teacher, reading specialist and elementary school principal. Her school has been featured in several books highlighting project based learning, and literacy. Her school continues to be a model for educators around the state. She is the Past President of Michigan Reading Association, but remains active by presenting on various literacy topics each year. Lynn presents at state and national conferences. As a school principal she has led her school in high academic achievement. She is passionate about reading, differentiated instruction and project based instruction. She has been a leader in preventing summer reading loss.
She is a contributing author in Richard Allington's,Summer Reading: Closing the Rich Poor Reading Achievement Gap and the Co-author of No More Teaching Reading without Differentiation.
Jeff Bush is a facilitator at Kent Innovation High, a Project Based Learning school in Grand Rapids, MI. Originally from West Michigan, Jeff's teaching journey stretches diverse experiences in Arizona, Virginia, Muskegon, and Grand Rapids. Some of Jeff's professional accomplishments include the New Teacher PLC in Kent County, the Innovative Teaching Community in Grand Rapids, facilitator for keynote presentation with MASSP, and a core participant in the creation of the #michED community. However, everything Jeff has done in education has been informed by his experiences in K-12 education as a struggling student.
Kristin Lavoie is the technology teacher at the International Technology Academy which is part of Pontiac School District. She has been a media specialist in the District for 13.5 years. Her husband is a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer who was a well-digger in Burkina Faso. He is also the President of Friends of Burkina Faso (FBF), an association of former PCV’s who served in Burkina Faso. Kristin and her husband have traveled to Burkina many times, most recently in September 2015 to present the FBF’s Peace Prize to the Mogho Naba, a great role model/leader for peace in the region. During the course of that visit, a coup d’etat occurred where the Mogho Naba played an instrumental role in safeguarding peace. is the technology teacher at the International Technology Academy which is part of Pontiac School District. She has been a media specialist in the District for 13.5 years. Her husband is a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer who was a well-digger in Burkina Faso. He is also the President of Friends of Burkina Faso (FBF), an association of former PCV’s who served in Burkina Faso. Kristin and her husband have traveled to Burkina many times, most recently in September 2015 to present the FBF’s Peace Prize to the Mogho Naba, a great role model/leader for peace in the region. During the course of that visit, a coup d’etat occurred where the Mogho Naba played an instrumental role in safeguarding peace.
Christine Schneider is the Michigan eLibrary K-12 Education Specialist. She joined the MeL team at the Library of Michigan, which is part of the Department of Education, in December, 2015 . Since then, she has hit the ground running, providing PD opportunities both in person and virtually to educators across Michigan, which focus on incorporating MeL's vetted, reliable resources into the classroom and curriculum. Christine has just finished work on creating a MeL Teachers portal, which launched this past August. She holds a Masters in Teaching from the University of Michigan Dearborn and a BBA in General Management from Davenport University. Prior to joining MeL, she was a high school Math and English teacher for 10 years in the metro Detroit area.
Kim Clark is the media specialist at Novi Meadows Elementary School, a 5th and 6th grade building with two libraries that serve approximately 1000 students. Over her 29 years in public education, she has worked as a high school and middle school math teacher and a middle school and elementary librarian. At MAME she has presented on nonfiction book talks and student book clubs. At the Chrome Lab conference, she offered a workshop on using Ozobots in a Makerspace. She has been trained in project based learning and has worked with teachers who are implementing it.
Myla learned how to implement Project Based Learning in her classroom several years ago and has been helping students (and teachers) find engagement and voice in this very student-centered mindset and method ever since. With over 20 years of classroom experience, she works with administrators, teachers, and students to implement integrated PBL units grounded in literacy, technology, and current best instructional practices. She has worked on Project Based Learning State Initiatives through MACUL (Michigan Association for Computer Users in Learning), and facilitates teacher learning for PBL and inquiry practices nationally during the summer months. She consults for several organizations focused on student-centered learning including the Buck Institute for Education as a National Faculty Member. Currently, she is an instructional coach for the Novi Community School District.
Rachel Haddad is a facilitator at Kent Innovation High, a Project Based Learning School in Grand Rapids, MI. While native to Michigan, Rachel's teaching experiences span domestic and international locations including the District of Columbia, Doha, Qatar and Grand Rapids, MI. In each setting, Rachel has grappled with diversity, culture, religion, and language. Consequently, her practice is focused around spoken word protocols and the importance of community building. Rachel holds a Master of Arts in Education from the University of Michigan and a Bachelor of Arts in English/Business from Miami University.
7:30 - 8:00 Registration
8:00 - 8:15 Welcome and Goal Setting
8:15 - 9:15 Keynote: Paige Jaeger - Get Thinking! Building Thinkers and Communicators Who will Run the World! Please join us as we laugh, learn, and examine just how we as reading and research professionals are vital links to student achievement.
9:15 - 9:30 Break
9:30 - 10: 15 Break Out Sessions
Grand View A
Christine Schneider - MeL Resources for Project Based Learning
Grand View B and C
Kristin Lavoie - Present PBL project titled "The Peace of the Mogho Naba"
Lynn Bigelman - Project Based Instruction with a focus on Literacy!
This session will describe how one school incorporates project based learning into their curriculum. The projects invigorates the learning environment and energizes the curriculum with real world relevance. Projects are often cross curricular but always has a literacy focus.
10:30 - 11: 15 Break Out Sessions
Grand View A
Myla Lee and Kim Clark - PBL and the Media Specialist: Practical Tips for K-6 - As John Dewey once said, ""We do not learn from experience... we learn from reflecting on experience." Learn from our experience as we reflect on what are the "lessons learned" from integrating Project Based Learning in our school culture. Explore how the synthesis of Project Based Learning (PBL) and the Media Specialist can ignite student centered learning. Whether you're facilitating or supporting Project Based Learning during your Media Center time, learn practical tips to help your PBL journey be successful as these two educators share their stories and showcase examples.
Grand View B and C
Jeff Bush - Kent Innovation HS - Round table discussion/conversation
A growing number of schools are implementing Project Based Learning strategies and models. This session will share the approach of Kent Innovation High as an example of a Project Based Learning school in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Kent Innovation High has been recognized by the New Tech Network as an exemplary school and is a national demonstration site for Project Based Learning. Doing PBL from an educator perspective will be part of the session, but an important feature will be the experiences of students from Kent Innovation High. Hear how a PBL approach can change student experiences in school.
11:15 - 12:30 Lunch on your own or with your pre-purchased vouchers
12:30 - 2:00 Work session
Paige Jaeger - Building a Great Research Project! Ask a question--let the media creation answer it!
Learn the art of repackaging research projects into a 21st Century Learning Adventure. Attendees will leave with an understanding of how an Essential Question, EQ (or "umbrella question") can connect to the learner, inspire investigation, and guide the student while meeting curriculum objectives.
During this hands-on three-hour presentation, We will laugh as we:
- Learn why the EQ is important;
- Understand how to create a compelling question;
- Practice crafting questions;
- Connect questions to media projects, classrooms, read-alouds, and
- Show how these questions can "evolve" flat projects into 21st Century learning endeavors.
2:00 - 2:15 Break
2:15 - 3:45 Work session continued
3:45 - 4:15 Closing Keynote: Paige Jaeger
4:15 - 4:30 Evaluation & Wrap-Up PRIZES!!
4:30 - Vendor sneak peak