Beginning Teacher Community 2019-20


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 first-year in the classroom teachers in Muskegon County, this series provides sustained professional development, a sense of community and long-term support, which is effective in promoting new teacher success, overall job and life satisfaction and retention. This series provides a foundation for a countywide community of educators who see each other as partners, not competitors. This series will provide 12.5 hours towards your required New Teacher Professional Development. (Section 380.1526 of the revised school code)

Topics (subject to modifications with district input)

  • Developing a Community of Practice
  • Disruptive Classroom Behaviors
  • Positive Classroom Culture & Effective Classroom Management
  • PBIS, Systems of Support
  • Building Positive Relationships with Students and Families
  • Understanding Trauma and Safety in our Schools
  • Understanding Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion through Culturally Responsive Teaching
  • Mandated Reporting
  • Community Resources
  • Mindfulness and Self-Care
  • ALICE (Asset-Limited, Income Constrained, Employed)
  • Understanding the Components of Teacher Evaluation
  • Student Growth Measures
  • Professional Learning
  • Teacher Certification
  • IEP's and 504's
  • Diving into Literacy Essentials and Disciplinary Literacy
  • Data Informed Instruction
  • The Purpose of Assessment (Local Assessments, Benchmark Assessments, Diagnostic Assessments, and M-Step/PSAT/SAT)

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.