Annual PROFESSIONAL LEARNING series

Four seasons of transformational learning opportunities for educators

Community partners and classroom-based teachers learn in a collaborative setting throughout the annual SEMIS Coalition professional learning series. Our annual series is cumulative over a one-year period and multi-faceted, where learning is collaborative. We employ research-based practices in designing our content and activities 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 multiple days during the school year and during our annual Summer Institute.

The SEMIS Coalition professional learning 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.

2021 Winter & Spring Learning Series Calendar

January

Winter Professional Learning
Thursday, January 21
5:00-7:30 P.M.
Conversations in EcoJustice Education
Wednesday, January 27
4:30-6:00 P.M.

February

Meaningful Watershed Education Workshop
Thursday, February 4
5:00-7:30 P.M.
Introduction to Researching Michigan History for Teachers
Wednesday, February 10
5:00-7:30 P.M.
Conversations in EcoJustice Education
Wednesday, February 17
4:30-6:00 P.M.

March

Together We Change the World: Tools to Support Youth Voice & Civic Action
Thursday, March 4
5:00-7:30 P.M.
Conversations in EcoJustice Education
Monday, March 15
4:30-6:00 P.M.

April

Conversations in Ecojustice Education
Thursday, April 15
4:30-6:00 P.M.
Community Forum Prep Meeting for Teachers and Students
Date/time: TBD

May/June

SEMIS Annual Community Forum
Week of May 17-21
Events to be announced soon!

2020 Fall Learning Series Calendar

September

Coaching Office Hours 
Monday, September 14 
4:00-5:00 P.M. 
7:00-8:00 P.M. 
Fall Professional Learning – we are scheduling this event over 2 days which are considered one event.  
P1 Thursday, September 24
4:00-6:30 P.M.
P2 Saturday, September 26
10:00 A.M.- 12:30 P.M.  
Coaching Office Hours 
Monday, September 28
4:00-5:00 P.M. 
September Badge Reflection Circle 
Monday, September 28
7:00-8:00 P.M.
*This is scheduled during Coaching Office hours

Interpreting Historical Monuments & Markers: Reading Social Landscapes of Michigan with Historian Matthew Siegfried 
Wednesday, September 30 
5:00-6:30 P.M. 
Workshop 

October

Conversations in EcoJustice Education with Nigora Erkaeva & Lisa Voelker   
Thursday, October 8
4:30-6: 00 P.M. 
Reading + Discussion on EJE Philosophy
Coaching Office Hours 
Monday, October 12
4:00-5:00 P.M. 
7:00-8:00 P.M. 
2020 NAAEE Annual Conference
Wednesday – Friday, October 14-16
SEMIS Presentation: Climate Resilience From the Youth Up
Youth  Summit Planning Meeting #1 
TBD – date coming soon! 

Coaching Office Hours 
Monday, October 12
4:00-5:00 P.M
October Badge Reflection Circle 
Monday, October 26

7:00-8:00 P.M. 
*This is scheduled during Coaching Office hours
Interpreting Historical Monuments & Markers: Reading Social Landscapes of Michigan with Historian Matthew Siegfried 
Wednesday, October 28
5:00-6:30 P.M. 

November

Coaching Office Hours 
Monday, November 9
4:00-5:00 P.M. 
7:00-8:00 P.M.
Story Keepers: Boggs School Kindergarten Rainbow Students Project, Workshop With Ms. Alison
Thursday, November 12
5:00-6:30 P.M.
Conversations in Ecojustice Education with Nigora Erkaeva & Lisa Voelker   
Monday, November 16
4:30-6: 00 P.M. 
Reading + Discussion on EJE Philosophy
Coaching Office Hours 
Monday, November 23
4:00-5:00 P.M. 
November Badge Reflection Circle 
Monday, November 23 
7:00-8:00 P.M. 
*This is scheduled during Coaching Office hours

December

Coaching Office Hours 
Monday, December 7
4:00-5:00 P.M. 
7:00-8:00 P.M.

Watershed Literacy and Stormwater Education: Teacher-Community Partner Mix & Mingle
Wednesday, December 9
4:30-6:30 P.M. 

Questions about upcoming professional development for educators?