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Changing Practices for Changing Times:Moving Social Studies Forward



Series Dates:

  • Tuesday, October 8, 2019
  • Tuesday, November 12, 2019
  • Thursday, February 20, 2020  
  • Thursday, March 26, 2020   
  • Thursday, April 23, 2020   
  • Thursday, May 7, 2020      


  • Time: 4:30 PM - 8:15 PM (registration starts at 4:15 PM)
  • Location:  Alternating Meetings between
    • MAISD North, 630 Harvey Street, Muskegon, MI 49442
    • Grand Haven White Pines Intermediate School





The registration period has closed for this event.


Registration is $15.00 per session.  Dinner is provided.


Registration is open through 2/18/2020 11:59 PM



This new multi county network is an opportunity for teachers in grades 5-8 to build a network of educators and content experts as we explore ways to implement the new content standards and practices. We will work together to develop resources, including curriculum and assessments. Multiple options for participation include: in person collaborative meetings, on-line zoom meetings, individual or team coaching, and workshops at the Michigan Council for Social Studies statewide conference.

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

18 Professional Development Hours

18 SCECHs Available


Dr. Troy Hicks is Professor of English and Education at Central Michigan University (CMU). He directs both the Chippewa River Writing Project and the Master of Arts in Learning, Design & Technology program. A former middle school teacher, he collaborates with K-12 colleagues and explores how they implement newer literacies in their classrooms. In 2011, he was honored with CMU's Provost's Award for junior faculty who demonstrate outstanding achievement in research and creative activity, in 2014 he received the Conference on English Education's Richard A. Meade Award for scholarship in English Education, and, in 2018, he received the Michigan Reading Association's Teacher Educator Award. Dr. Hicks has authored numerous books, articles, chapters, blog posts, and other resources broadly related to the teaching of literacy in our digital age.

Rebecca Bush is currently the Social Studies Consultant at the Ottawa Area Intermediate School District (OAISD). She has presented at various national conferences on multiple topics surrounding social studies instruction as well as innovative techniques and topics in formative and summative assessment design. Currently, she is the Project Director of G.I.A.N.T.S.—an integrated geography and history curriculum for students in grades 3-8. Additionally, she is the Co-Project Director of the Performance Assessments in Social Studies Thinking (P.A.S.S.T.) Project and assists with the ongoing enhancement of the MI Open Book Project where she serves as an editor of several of the project’s texts. Rebecca is past-president of MCSS as well as the National Social Studies Supervisor's Association and is an adjunct faculty member at Hope College as well as Michigan State University.

Tom Hinken is the social studies consultant for the Muskegon Area ISD. Prior to coming to work at the Muskegon Area Intermediate School District, Tom taught social studies for 20 years in elementary and middle schools. Tom is also an active member on statewide social studies committees.




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 electronic message board.

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  • If your answers to either of the following questions are YES, please do not attend:
    • Are you sick or feeling ill?
    • Have I recently been asked to quarantine or isolate due to Covid-19?

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