New Teacher Community - Year 2 (Course # 18CR0922B)

Dates and Times: 

  • 9/22/2018: 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  • 10/10/2018: 4:30 PM - 7:00 PM
  • 10/24/2018: 4:30 PM - 7:00 PM
  • 11/14/2018: 8:00 AM - 3:30 PM
  • 11/28/2018: 4:30 PM - 7:00 PM
  • 12/12/2018: 4:30 PM - 7:00 PM
  • 1/30/2019: 4:30 PM - 7:00 PM
  • 2/13/2019: 4:30 PM - 7:00 PM
  • 3/6/2019: 4:30 PM - 7:00 PM
  • 3/20/2019: 4:30 PM - 7:00 PM
  • 4/17/2019: 4:30 PM - 7:00 PM
  • 5/8/2019: 4:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Registration open through 9/20/2018 6:00 AM EST


22 seats currently available.



The registration period has closed for this event.


Course Description

This session is for those who participated in the Learning Academy - Year 1 during the 2017/18 school year.Successful teacher induction systems focus on student learning and teacher effectiveness. Kent Intermediate School District's new teacher program provides opportunities for new teachers to meet, collaborate, and grow in a professional learning community that supports growth and development. Sessions are carefully designed with ongoing, engaging, and reflective learning to build the capacity of new teachers with an interactive experience in a supportive environment. Novice oriented professional development will be guided by expert colleagues who are responsive to your teaching through coaching, feedback, and best practice. This series of courses is designed to advance new teachers' understanding of the strategies that can be used to increase student engagement, build constructive relationships with students and establish the routines, procedures and structures needed to improve student learning.


Ellen Zwarensteyn

Ellen Zwarensteyn brings over 20 years of debate experience. As a former high school and college debater, she understands student perspectives on the activity. As a social studies and communications high school instructor, Ellen bring attention to detail regarding curriculum as well as competition. Her teams consistently win state titles and most recently competed at the Tournament of Champions. Ellen coordinates numerous learning opportunities where she concentrates on enhancing community engagement in debate. Furthermore, she is a scholar of debate and debate instruction. Her thesis on policy debate and political learning concentrates on how and why debaters connect to their communities. She is passionate about inclusion and accessibility within debate. Students who have worked with Ellen recognize her energy, persistence, enthusiasm, and dedication to their personal growth. 
Ellen also serves as Michigan Center for Civic Education Professional Development Coordinator for the James Madison Legacy Project.

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Course Cost

The course cost is $95.00

Credit Information

Course: Hours - 36.5

SCECHs- range of 3-35

*SCECH credit is pending approval.


Kent ISD/ESC Building, LOT #11

2930 Knapp Street NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49525

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