Four seasons of professional development opportunities for educators

Community partners and classroom-based teachers learn in a collaborative setting throughout the annual 9-day SEMIS Coalition professional development (PD) series. The PD series is cumulative over a one-year period and multi-faceted, where learning is collaborative. We employ research-based practices in designing PD that is supportive of adult transformational learning.  Educators come together with different kinds of experiences, strengths and needs,  so the SEMIS Coalition facilitates conversations with individuals and schools to identify shared resources and strengths. Teachers gather with community partners and community leaders for five full days during the school year and four full days during our annual four-day Summer Institute.

Professional learning sequence

Summer Institute Part One and Two, Fall Professional Development, Great Lakes Place-Based Education Conference, Winter Professional Development, Community Forum. Our professional learning sequence includes additional PBE workshop opportunities, and informal gatherings.

To learn more about our annual sequence check out our blog!

SEMIS Coalition Community Forum

Presenter Information for the Community Forum 

Photo and Media Releases for Your Students: Photo Release 2018-19 STUDENT

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The SEMIS Coalition professional development model provides opportunities for teachers, community partners and administrators in a variety of categories including, coaching and mentoring, coalition building, whole-school professional development, collaborative assessment, and place-based curriculum co-development.  This structured sequence was developed through best practices in adult learning theory, place-based and project-based learning, inquiry-based instruction, and academic service learning processes.

Questions about upcoming professional development for educators?