MiCoOp Monthly Calls


2018-19 PLC Calls/Webinar Schedule

EdTech Specialists is starting up its next Webinar Series as follow up to the CBE/Personalization and PBL Series from previous years. This year’s theme is PLC Webinars. The goal of the EdTech Specialists Webinar Series is to share expertise, experience, and energy around “students first” as we change the focus from what students are taught to ensuring that students learn. Michigan CoOp members will have the opportunity to ask questions and talk with the guest speakers during these calls. All calls will be recorded and posted on the MiCoOp Members Only Resources page as well as the EdTech Specialists website.

Instructions to call in will be sent to your email prior to each month’s call and are also on the Member Only Resources page.

Date Time Special Guest and Topic
April 16, 2019 10:30 am EST Julia Freeland-Fisher, Director of Education Research at the Clayton Christensen Institute

Topic: Who You Know

Julia will share insights from her book Who You Know: Unlocking Innovations That Expand Students’ NetworksWho You Know explores this simple idea to give teachers and school administrators a fresh perspective on how to break the pattern of inequality in American classrooms. It reveals how schools can invest in the power of relationships to increase social mobility for their students.

Learn more about Julia Freeland-Fisher from the links below:

EdTech Specialists CBE webinar with Julia

Christensen Institute articles written by Julia

Julia’s LinkedIn profile

View recorded webinar

May 8, 2019 9:00 am EST Dr. Cory Steiner, Superintendent, Northern Cass School District in North Dakota

Topic: Creating a Learner-Centered District

Read the Shift Your Paradigm blog post about Dr. Steiner

June 12, 2019 9:00 am EST Dave Tebo, Superintendent, Hamilton Community Schools, and a Board Director for Lakeshore Advantage

Topic: Lakeshore Advantage

Through work with Lakeshore Advantage, the economic development organization for the area, Hamilton and other local districts have opened doors to authentic context for staff and students. We will discuss the benefits of engaging the business community to break down the buffer between schools and the world of work.

Past 2018-19 Webinars
September 26, 2018 9:00 am EST

Randy Ziegenfuss and Lynn Fuini-HettenSalisbury Township School District

Topic: Developing the Profile of a Graduate and Moving to a Personalized Learning Environment

Randy and Lynn are also the hosts of the podcast TL Talk Radio: Leading Teaching and Learning.

View recorded webinar

October 10, 2018 9:00 am EST Aaron Grimm and students, Minnesota New Country School (MNCS)

Topic: MNCS’s Learner-Centered Environment

Aaron will also share information about “Responsive Classroom,” some of his work with EdVisions Online, and the Hope Survey.

View recorded webinar

November 14, 2018 9:00 am EST Eve Kaltz, Superintendent and Lisa Oleski, Assistant Superintendent (and staff)

Center Line Public Schools

Topic: Career Academies

View recorded webinar

December 13, 2018 9:00 am EST Jim Bermingham, Mike Murray, and Darryl Pierce, past Michigan CoOp Superintendents,

will be sharing their experiences and passions as early adopters of personalizing learning for their students.

Topic: Passion for Putting Kids First

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January 4, 2019 11:00 am EST Ken Kay, Chief Executive Officer, EdLeader21

EdLeader21 is a professional learning community for education leaders committed to 21st-century education.

Topic: Initiatives of EdLeader21

Read this Forbes article of Tom Vander Ark’s (Getting Smart) conversation with Ken.

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January 16, 2019 9:00 am EST Presenters: New Hampshire Extended Learning Opportunity Experts

Topic: ELOs (Extended Learning Opportunities)

Join us for a conversation with New Hampshire districts that offer ELOs.

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January 24, 2019 10:00 am EST Presenters: Virtual Learning Academy in New Hampshire

Topic: The “Gold Standard in Virtual Learning”

With a focus on CBE, VLACS has worked through many of the hurdles that are encountered in a virtual environment.

Read a recent blog on Virtual Learning Pathways.

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February 20, 2019 9:00 am EST “People wait all week for Fridays, all year for Summer and their entire life for Happiness.” (Anonymous)

Even for the framers of our Constitution, happiness is preceded in importance only to health and freedom. Yet, in our K-12 educational system, there is little space for teaching students about happiness, or the skills that contribute to happiness. In our present context, there are more reasons than ever to consider ways to help students become happy, healthy and creative people…and it starts by making happiness and purpose a priority.

A former teacher, principal, and superintendent in Michigan, Mike Haynes now leads one of 12 educational service agencies in Wisconsin and serves 200+ districts in Wisconsin and Minnesota each year.

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