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Beginning Teacher Community 2020-2021 First Year - Cancelled



  • Wednesday, October 14, 2020
  • Wednesday, November 18, 2020
  • Wednesday, December 16, 2020
  • Wednesday, January 13, 2021
  • Wednesday, February 17, 2021
  • Wednesday, March 10, 2021
  • Wednesday, April 14, 2021
  • Wednesday, May 12, 2021
  • Wednesday, June 16, 2021



All  Meetings will be at 4:00 PM- 6:00 PM (Registration starts 15 minutes prior.)




The registration period has closed for this event.



Registration Fee is $25.00



Registration open through 10/13/2020 8:59 AM EST








Virtually strengthen and expand your professional network founded in the Beginning Teacher Community in Year One. Use reflection techniques to assess your first year of practice to identify learning targets for improvement and growth. Dive deeper into the art and science of teaching and learning, while fostering precision within your pedagogical practice. Experience best practice techniques through mentorship building, book club participation, active learning loops, and group collaboration. Asynchronous learning opportunities will be offered for each session if participants are unable to join each live virtual session. This series will provide 22 hours toward your required New Teacher Professional Development.



Topics that will be covered (subject to modifications with district input): Developing a Community of Practice, Positive Classroom Culture, Effective Classroom Management ( PBIS), Building Positive Relationships with Students and Families, Understanding Trauma and Safety in our Schools, Understanding Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion through Culturally Responsive and Relevant Teaching, Mindfulness, Teacher Self-Care, Professional Learning Teacher Certification, IEP's and 504's, The Literacy Essentials, The Linguistically Disadvantaged, Disciplinary Literacy, Mentor-Mentee Collaborative Relationships, Online Learning Communities, Technology Tools for Remote Learning, Two Way Communication within the Classroom, Student Voice and Choice in Learning, Effective Questioning Techniques, Engagement and Motivation, Feedback Over Grades, Classroom Learning Labs.

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.

Continuing Education

18 Professional Development Hours

18 SCECHs Available


Amy Niklasch is a 21 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 and English-Language Arts 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 has earned a Master's of Literacy degree from Western Michigan University and is a certified reading specialist. .


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