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 9-day 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 five days 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.

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 date TBD – Climate Resilience From the Youth Up
Youth  Summit Planning Meeting #1 
Saturday, October 24 
11:00 A.M.-12:30 P.M. (subject to change based on ability of members and students to participate)

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

November

Introduction to Researching History with Historian Matthew Siegfried 
Thursday, November 5
4:00-6:00 P.M. 
Saturday, November 7 (Repeat)
1:00-3:00 P.M. 
Coaching Office Hours 
Monday, November 9
4:00-5:00 P.M. 
7:00-8:00 P.M.
Meaningful Watershed Education Experiences Workshop 
Thursday, November 12
4:00-6:00 P.M. 
Saturday, November 14 (Repeat) 
10:00 A.M.-Noon 
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.
SEMIS Social: Winter-Time Recipe Share 
Thursday, December 10
6:00-7:30 P.M. 
Bring a favorite recipe and share with others, discuss the importance of food to building community, dig in to your dish and share a virtual meal together and honor the winter season by slowing down together and reflecting on the fall! 

Questions about upcoming professional development for educators?