Accelerated Learning: Professional Learning

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The Michigan Department of Education (MDE) and the MiMTSS TA Center are announcing a series of five webinars focused on accelerated learning. Each webinar in the series shares the common focus on strategically preparing students for success in grade-level content through the implementation of accelerated learning strategies. The webinars build upon the series of informational guides developed by MDE with assistance from Michigan educators. Registration can be found: Accelerated Learning Series (

Webinar Information Webinar Recording

Tier 1 Grade Level Instruction:
Essential Skills in English Language Arts
Recorded June 28, 2021 @ 3-4 pm EST
Guest Presenter Dr. Sharon Vaughn

Providing robust, Tier 1 reading instruction that supports all learners begins before the start of the school year. This session prepares educators for class-wide instruction in ways that will result in accelerating students' reading progress. Methods to differentiate instruction and use curricular materials to meaningfully engage students will also be discussed.

Tier 1 Essential Math Skills
Recorded July 12, 2021 @ 12-1 pm EST
Guest Presenter Dr. John Woodward

Using coherent math instructional routines will support educators in differentiating math instruction to accelerate learning outcomes for all students. These routines help compensate for students having different levels of mathematical content knowledge and experiences in applying that knowledge. This session will outline the value of using a structured, cognitively guided approach to problem-solving using coherent instructional routines. Additionally, the presenter will discuss the role of visual representations in teaching the foundations of fractions.

Assessment Practices for Acceleration
Recorded July 26, 2021 @ 12-1 pm EST
Guest Presenter Dr. Nancy Nelson

Assessment to inform literacy and math instruction to meet the needs of all learners requires deliberate and informed attention. This session outlines ways for educators to use assessment in a dynamic way to accurately identify students' assets and opportunities for acceleration. This session outlines how purposeful assessment data can be used to plan for robust, class-wide reading and math instruction that appropriately differentiates supports.

Accelerating Student Learning Through Maximizing Student Engagement
August 9, 2021 @ 1-2 pm EST
Guest Presenter Dr. Kevin Feldman

This webinar will provide K-12 educators with a practical "tool kit" of evidence-validated instructional strategies to dramatically increase student engagement across the grades and content areas. As we welcome students to post-pandemic schooling there is an urgent need to accelerate learning for everyone, particularly those with various learning gaps and related academic challenges. While there is no simple solution or "silver bullet", intentionally creating classrooms in which ALL students are dynamically engaged in rigorous academic literacy is a potential "game-changer", especially when these practices are deliberately woven into the instructional culture across the school.

Integrating Social, Emotional, and Behavioral Supports with Academics to Accelerate Student Learning
August 16, 2021 @ 2-3 pm EST
Guest Presenter Dr. Clay Cook

Student learning is not solely driven by high-quality academic curriculum and instruction. To accelerate student learning, students need to feel like they belong, be emotionally well, and be supported within a proactive, predictable, and safe environment. This presentation will focus on the why what, and how of intentionally integrating social, emotional, and behavioral supports within a multi-tiered framework to ensure every student is able to access what they need socially, emotionally, and behaviorally to engage fully in their learning experiences. A recipe metaphor will be used to facilitate understanding of the essential ingredients that need to be combined together to promote specific social, emotional, and behavioral outcomes as enablers to academic and life success.

Key Assessment Practices for Acceleration: Implementation in Action
Guest Presenters: Dr. Adrea Trunkenmiller & Lindy Johnson, Michigan State University

Each year students enter Michigan classrooms with a wide variety of strengths and learning needs. The larger variability of learning experiences students had in 2020 has made this point more salient than ever before. The only way to understand students' development is through informal and formal assessment. However, it is also more imperative than ever to use valuable school time to prioritize instruction and limit compliance-oriented assessment. In this session, presenters will provide concrete criteria and research-based examples of how districts/schools can reduce assessment time and accelerate learning through focusing on essential skills and clearly targeted assessment purposes. Presenters will draw from existing resources. They will highlight the specific high leverage instructional decisions and associated high-quality literacy assessments from the Early Literacy Assessment System Guide and the Learning Progressions for Developing Skilled Readers and Writers. Additionally, a classroom implementation example will be provided, outlining how teachers can use data to prioritize curriculum resources and instructional strategies.

Accelerating Math Learning with Targeted Supports
Guest Presenters: Dr. Diane Owen-Rogers
& Mikel Vallier, Kalamazoo Regional Educational Service Agency

In this webinar, participants will be introduced to the Math Recovery program. Specifically, participants will learn more about how the program uses diagnostic assessments to identify what support students might need to stay on grade level. Presenters will also share examples of targeted supports. Success stories from educators that have implemented Math Recovery will also be shared.

Integrating Social Emotional Behavioral and Mental Health Supports to Promote Acceleration

Guest Presenters: Lauren Kazee & Leisa Gallagher Michigan Department of Education Educators are well aware of the unique strengths and needs of their students. If children are to be safe, healthy, engaged, challenged, and supported, educators must incorporate social, emotional, behavioral instruction and support within educational programming. It can be challenging to fit in all this content during the school day. This session provides information on the importance of addressing the child's needs and strategies to promote accelerated learning.

Accelerating Literacy Outcomes: Implementation in Action

Guest Presenter: Jennifer Saylor Muskegon Heights Public School Academy It is well known that informed educators and leaders are the best insurance to ensure class-wide instruction prioritizes essential literacy skills, prevents difficulties, and accelerates learning. The investment in educator's language and literacy knowledge is a springboard to examining and enhancing curriculum resources and student materials to ensure they are aligned with reading science, prioritize the most essential skills, and reflect the culture and identities of the students and families/caregivers. Muskegon Heights Public School Academy System has begun its journey to provide educators, leaders, and staff high-quality learning in evidence-based reading approaches, instructional methods, and ways to meaningfully embed educational equity to support ALL learners. Opportunities to apply the newly learned literacy approaches and instructional methods in the classroom setting are occurring throughout the school year. Come hear about their successes, multi-year literacy plan, and how all of this folds into their work for the Michigan Comprehensive State Literacy State Development Grant.