Beginning Teacher Community Years 2 & 3


Dates: 9/19/2019, 10/17/2019, 12/12/2019, 2/6/2020, 4/16/2020


Time: 4:30 PM - 7:00 PM (Registration starts at 4:15 PM)




Registration is $75.00. Dinner will be provided.




Registration open through 10/16/2019 11:59 PM EST


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For educators in Muskegon County who are in the 2nd or 3rd year of their teaching career, this professional development series focuses on developing methods and practices that are founded on proven research behind the art and science of teaching. Continue to build your professional contacts and develop an educator network in which collaboration and lifelong learning can flourish. Year One is for First-Year Beginning Teachers and focuses on the fundamentals of classroom management and introduces the “what” pertaining to high quality instruction and student learning. This series will focus on the “how”. Year One is recommended, but not required for participation, upon district approval. This series will provide 12.5 hours towards your required New Teacher Professional Development. (Section 380.1526 of the revised school code)


Topics (not all-inclusive)

  • Building Positive Relationships with Students and Families
  • Creating a Trauma Sensitive Classroom Through Restorative Practices
  • Equity-Based Classrooms
  • Culturally Responsive Teaching
  • Building Rigor: Higher Order Thinking & Scaffolding
  • Technology Supports: Removing Barriers To Learning
  • Content and Disciplinary Literacy Practices in the Classroom
  • Data Informed Instruction & Formative Assessments
  • Blended Learning: Technology and Student Engagement
  • Embedding 21st Century Skills in a 21st Century Classroom
  • Using Simulation to Make Learning Come Alive
  • Universal Design: The Art & Science Of Differentiation
  • Academic Discourse: Using Academic Conversations to Learn
  • Growth Mindset within the 21st Century Classroom

About Us

The MAISD is a strong regional education service agency serving the public schools of Muskegon and parts of Oceana, Ottawa, and Newaygo counties.

Our primary mission is to provide the leadership, programs, and services that enhance the success of everyone we serve and it is our vision to be the premier source for quality educational leadership, programs, and services.

Cancellation/Refund Policy

Cancellations must be made in writing to no later than seven (7) days prior to the start date of the workshop. Phone cancellations are not accepted. 'No shows' will be charged the full registration amount.

Inclement Weather Policy

In case of inclement weather, all events at the MAISD North Building will continue as scheduled unless the MAISD itself is closed. An announcement would be made through local media outlets, as well as the MAISD Facebook and the @MAISD Twitter, if the MAISD were to close due to weather.

In the event of a two-hour delay at the MAISD North Building:

  • Events beginning at 10:00 am or later will continue as scheduled.

  • Full-day events (those lasting at least five hours) scheduled to begin before 10:00 am will begin at 10:15 am.

  • Partial-day events beginning before 10:00 am will be canceled.

Exceptions to this policy will be communicated to participants via email at least 12 hours in advance of expected inclement weather.

Continuing Education

12.5 Professional Development Hours

12.5 SCECHs Available


Amy Niklasch is a 19 year veteran and sixth grade teacher at Reeths-Puffer Intermediate School. Her current work includes an embedded and culturally responsive literacy approach to Social Studies education. She currently mentors new teachers, is the lead facilitator of MAISD’s Beginning Teacher Community, develops and writes creative curriculum, and instructs on the pedagogy of the 21st century educator. Amy is currently working on her Master's of Literacy degree from Western Michigan University.


For questions on this session, contact:

MAISD Registration Assistance


630 Harvey Street
Muskegon, MI 49442


Look for the large blue and white MAISD sign with the RED message board.

NOTE: The MAISD will no longer provide pop for meetings; however, a vending machine is available for your use.

Please note that in an effort to be more environmentally friendly, bottled water is no longer offered for meetings. Water bottle filling stations and cups are available for your use.