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Great Expectations - July 2018

K-12 Teachers, Administrators and Counselors

Great Expectations® is a professional development program that provides teachers and administrators with the skills needed to create harmony and excitement within the school atmosphere, elements that are basic for inspiring students to pursue academic excellence. With a focus on the human quality of teaching and learning, Great Expectations provides renewal and inspiration for teachers and administrators.

Great Expectations® is an answer for all schools regardless of size, geographic location, student demographics, or economic base. Great Expectations creates an infrastructure that promotes improved student self-esteem, attendance, discipline, and parent participation - all of which result in improved academic achievement.

Drawing from many time-honored, research-based learning theories and practices, training is structured to provide insight and practical application strategies designed to engage students in becoming self-directed learners, effective communicators, critical thinkers, and cooperative contributors in the classroom as well as in society. Training encompasses the very best of what is known about teaching and learning today.

Teachers will work in an informal, relaxed, yet energized setting with Great Expectations trainers using their own curriculum materials in this summer camp experience.

Get energized before the school year begins, earn 1-3 graduate credits or SCECHs, and learn how the atmosphere in your classroom can change into a respectful, encouraging climate. A powerful experience for all!

Course Outcome:
Participants will learn about and begin to establish BEST PRACTICES for engaging students in online opportunities and mentoring practices.

Note: Courses will run based on enrollment. A minimum of 15 participants is required for an advanced course to run.

Dates: July 10-13, 2018

Time: 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Location: TBA



Out-of-District: $650.00


  • SCECHs and CMU/SVSU graduate credit available pending approval
  • 3 CMU Graduate Credits (Cost $1125)
    $50 New CMU registration fee
    $100 Bay-Arenac ISD Registration Fee
  • 3 SVSU Graduate Credits ($1,704.15)

If you have college credits issued from CMU or SVSU, the registration fee still applies and there may also be a technology fee through the university, which will be based on the number of credits offered.

Introduction Sessions

If this is your first year to attend Great Expectations, you would begin here. First-year participants will select the grade level they teach.

Elementary and Secondary offerings

Methodology 1

First Year Participants, select the grade level you will participate in:
Grades PreK-2
Grades 3-5
Grades 6-8
Grades 9-12

Methodology 2

Covers the 17 practices. However, for a second go around they are grouped according to what practices lend themselves to the others.

Note:  There must be a minimum of 15 participants and a maximum of 30 for the Advanced Electives to run.

Advanced Electives:

Throw Out the worksheets - PreK grade level - Jana Oder
How do you keep the "fun" in teaching with all the testing, Common Core, testing, site initiative, testing, pilot programs, and did I mention TESTING??? This two-day class will take the routine, the rote, the mundane, the boring and transform the way you teach by using learning structures to get your students to think critically, process new information, communicate effectively and improve their social skills. Be ready to get up, participate, and bring the "fun" back into teaching!!!

"Enriching the Brains of Poverty" - PreK - 5 grade level - Jana Oder
Our world is busy and our students are suffering. The many faces of poverty are jeopardizing the lives of our students. Not just financially, but our students are impoverished in their family structures, time, health, and safety issues. This two-day class will offer you Eric Jensen's Five-part success model and implementation secrets through a PowerPoint presentation. Despite these issues that our students face, THE BRAIN CAN CHANGE!


Spend four glorious days learning how to implement Whole School Learning for all students that will ensure Meaningful Cross Curricular writing opportunities with real world connections, provide meaningful and honest feedback, and motivate students to be the best they can be. We will also use cooperative learning strategies to solidify learning and application. This will include, but is not limited to, practicing structures such as Vocab Relay, Punctuation Rodeo, Table Texting and a Rousing Round of proGEct Runway. You will leave this workshop with tools and skills to use in your room on the first day of school and beyond.

The current flyer for this course is linked here.?

No Sessions available for registration.

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For assistance, please contact Professional
Development Coordinator at

Midland County ESA at 989.631.5890

Saginaw ISD at 989.399.7473

Bay-Arenac ISD at 989.667.3280 or via email.