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Constitution Day – Sept. 17, 2020

Every year, we are required to hold an educational program on the US Constitution on September 17 to commemorate the signing of the Constitution in 1787. Click on the Teaching Resources link (below) to find lesson plans and resources sorted by elementary, middle, and high school level.  These resources are also available on the RESA website.

Teaching Resources for Constitution Day 2020:

Why do I Have to Teach Constitution Day?

This Congressional initiative is authorized by Section 111 of Division J of Pub. L. 108 of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2005, Dec. 8, 2004; 118 Stat. 2809, 3344 Department.. Section 111(b) states each educational institution that receives Federal funds for a fiscal year shall hold an educational program on the United States Constitution on September 17 of such year for the students served by the educational institution For purposes of the Department implementation of this requirement educational institutions includes but is not limited to local educational agencies institutions of higher education receiving Federal funding from the Department.

Educational institutions receiving Federal funds from the U.S. Department of Education  must implement the statutory requirement pertaining to the United States Constitution, on a date designated by statute as Constitution Day and Citizenship Day.

Section 111 requires that Constitution Day be held on September 17 of each year, commemorating the September 17, 1787 signing of the Constitution. However, when September 17 falls on a Saturday, Sunday, or holiday, Constitution Day shall be held during the preceding or following week.

Free virtual courses offered this summer through REMC

Enjoy your well-earned Summer Break! Relax and learn with REMC’s free Virtual Courses 
Summer is the perfect time to check out REMC’s Virtual Courses for valuable professional learning opportunities.

These courses offer an easy, convenient way for teachers to connect and collaborate from the safety and convenience of home. Our Virtual Courses are completely free, offer free 10 SCECHs when completed, and are open to all Michigan school personnel. There are no registration or SCECH fees because REMC SAVE’s vendor partners provide support for all REMC professional learning opportunities.
Ten courses are offered this month. Each course is open for three weeks and consists of two (2) one-hour “live” webinars that are recorded and available for viewing later, and eight (8) hours of resource review, assessment developments and written reflection.

JUNE 2020 Course InformationJune courses begin on Monday, June 1.  The deadline for registration is Friday, May 29 My Classroom in a Digital AgeExtending Your Classroom to the CloudTech Up Your K-5 Content With MITECSInquiry and Questioning: Igniting Student Curiosity with Technology, Level 1Authentic Student Learning & GamificationA Practical Guide to Global Success Skills in the Classroom for the 21st Century and BeyondGoogle: Applying Google Apps for Education in Chrome, Level 1The What, Why, and How of Open Educational Resources (OER)Digital Citizenship – Practical ImplementationMaking the Most of Your Google ClassroomCourses descriptions are provided below. If you have questions or need further assistance with your course registration, please contact the REMC Event Coordinator.
May Course Descriptions
 My Classroom in a Digital Age
June 1 | 10 SCECHS
Don’t let your digital life consume you, cause you to lose your perspective, or sidetrack you! Learn and teach your students how to manage life’s digital demands and use digital tools efficiently to meet your responsibilities and goals. Examine your Digital Footprint, learn about tools to improve online safety and security, and customize your digital device(s) to manage your life. Gain knowledge to make smart choices about your digital environment, establishing efficiency, control, and balance. 

Extending Your Classroom to the Cloud
June 1 | 10 SCECHs
Do you have students who don’t complete their homework? Perhaps students didn’t fully understand the lesson? Where can they get help when they have a question?
“The Cloud” has genuinely advanced online learning. Use Cloud-based learning blend or flip a classroom, and to access a variety of educational content. Participants will also learn how to create their own instructional videos to share with students.

Tech Up Your K-5 Content With MITECS
June 1 | 10 SCECHs

Learn to develop exemplary K-5 lessons that integrate technology using Michigan technology competencies and ISTE Standards for Students. For both the technology coordinator and classroom K-5 teacher, this course will offer a deep understanding of the 21st-century technology skills students should accomplish by grade level. Explore technology scope, sequences, and standards. Gain access to 100’s of free tutorials and activities and tutorials. Learn about the newest technology tools available to grade K-5 classroom teachers.

Inquiry and Questioning: Igniting Student Curiosity with Technology, Level 1
June 1 | 10 SCECHs

Students who ask questions engage themselves in learning to find answers. It is the simplest and most effective way of learning. Learn the importance of asking questions. Explore how to nurture a culture of curiosity in the classroom by helping students formulate great questions in their learning. Integrate technology to ignite and sustain critical thinking. Leave with a toolbox and lesson plans focused on inquiry and technology integration.

Authentic Student Learning & Gamification
June 1 | 10 SCECHs

Explore the many elements of game mechanics that can also be used for classroom instruction! Examine the purpose and use of Gamification and Game-Based Learning. Uncover how Gamification and Game-Based Learning provide rich, unique experiences for student learning. The course itself models the Gamification style so participants will gain deep Gamification experience as well as experience in games that reflect the Game-Based Learning approach.

A Practical Guide to Global Success Skills in the Classroom for the 21st Century and Beyond
June 1 | 10 SCECHs

Global Success Skills (GSS) are critical to student development to ensure students can successfully navigate college and career opportunities. A 2016 survey conducted by the National Association of Colleges and Employees (NACE) identified a high need for entry-level students and employees to have practical skills in the following areas: leadership, communication, collaboration, and problem-solving. This course provides an in-depth understanding the Global Success Skills. Learn how to apply the skills in classroom instruction and professional growth lessons. Personalize learning experience by choosing areas to explore using the tools provided in class.

Google: Applying Google Apps for Education in Chrome, Level 1
June 1 | 10 SCECHs
Google Apps for Education provides educators with an expansive repertoire of tools for empowering students and managing instruction. This course starts with the basics including how to create documents and share them with students, colleagues, or parents. Participants will: 
1. Understand the different sharing options that are available. 
2. Learn how to navigate the Chrome Web Store to find and install apps that meet the needs of your students. 
3. Install, explore, and utilize new Google Apps and/or Chrome extensions that enable teachers to leverage the impact that technology integration and Chromebooks can have in their classrooms.
4. Realize the transformation these tools can have on teaching and learning when access to information is seamless and ongoing, not confined to the school day or classroom.

The What, Why, and How of Open Educational Resources (OER)
June 1 | 10 SCECHs
Open Educational Resources (OER) are free, openly licensed, high-quality tools that allow users to retain, reuse, revise, remix, and redistribute them for educational purposes. In this course, participants will:– Build an understanding of OERs.   – Discover ways to use OER to differentiate instruction.
– Learn where to find free image and audio resources, online books, videos, audiobooks, interactive simulations, game-based learning, lesson plans, textbooks, online courses, and much more.
– Explore how to use OER to develop or enhance a unit, lesson, or project to meet the diverse needs of learners.
– Share resources and collaborate across geographic boundaries to ensure learners have equitable access to up-to-date and innovative materials.
Participants create an authentic lesson, unit, or project that uses an OER to enhance student learning. Participants also develop a plan for creating an OER that fills an unmet need in their professional practice.

Digital Citizenship – Practical Implementation
June 1 | 10 SCECHs

In a digitally connected world, students need guidance to navigate the world safely and professionally. Learn the ISTE indicators for Digital Citizenship to build a knowledge foundation. Present practical applications for students. Guide students in developing plans to navigate high-speed communication, job opportunities, social media, personal security, and more.

Making the Most of Your Google Classroom
June 1 | 10 SCECHs
Google Classroom is an easy way to organize and distribute your classroom assignments. You can share documents through Classroom, and create safe, two-way conversations between you and your students. Learn all the ins and outs of Google Classroom including how to add and grade assignments, post daily warms up, add parents and guardians, and much more. Plus, we’ll show you the many ways you can integrate multiple applications into Google Classroom. (e.g., Geogebra, Discovery, Flipgrid, edPuzzle, etc.)

Big Read Kick-off

Join in on the fun at the NEA Big Read-Dearborn kick-off event in the Anderson Theater at The Henry Ford, 20900 Oakwood Blvd. on Saturday, March 7, 2020, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Free and open to the public.

Save the Dates – Summer 2020 PD


Are you interested in attending Summer PD?  The following professional learning options will be held in the Summer of 2020 ($40/hour stipend and SCECHs will be available).  

Registration and additional information are on the way!


June 16 & 17 Math workshops – Topics include backward design, problem solving with tape diagrams, engaging students in math and building a math mindset – half day sessions

June 17-18 Science – using the Achieve rubric to select and develop lessons for your classroom – 2 days

June 22-23 Technology – Dearborn Moot – The Dearborn Moot is an exciting and engaging conference for educators interested in applying e-learning (iLearn).  Learn the skills necessary to turn YOUR classroom into a Blended Learning Classroom. (No Stipend available, SCECH’s awarded) – 2 days

August 18-19 Technology – Dearborn Moot – See above.



June 15 – MS teachers – pacing of instruction and curriculum resources – half day session

August 18-19 MS & HS teachers – Reading Apprenticeship (RA) cohort – 2 days

June 15 – MS teachers- development of power standards and supports for all learners – half day session

June 24 HS teachers – learning to use the new math program – repeats on August 26

July 14, 16, 22 HS teachers – incorporating essential math practices into classroom instruction – half day sessions

August 26 HS teachers – learning to use the new math program – a repeat of June 24 session


June 17-18 MS & HS teachers – using the Achieve rubric to select and develop lessons for your classroom – 2 days


June 22-23 MS & HS teachers – Dearborn Moot – 2 days –  The Dearborn Moot is an exciting and engaging conference for educators interested in applying  e-learning (iLearn). Learn the skills necessary to turn YOUR classroom into a Blended Learning Classroom. (No Stipend available, SCECH’s awarded)

August 18-19 MS & HS teachers – Dearborn Moot – See above

Updated Handwriting Policy

Did you know that Dearborn Public Schools has had a Handwriting Policy since 2012? Last spring, the PreK/K Committee worked on updating the policy and the updated Policy was approved by the ELA Committee, Elementary Principal Forum and Curriculum Council this fall.

The biggest change is that all schools (grades K-5) will be using the Zaner-Bloser style for manuscript and cursive handwriting instruction. Many resources for Zaner-Bloser are available online, including YouTube instructional videos.

Students in grades K-5 should continue to receive at least 5 minutes of daily handwriting instruction. These minutes are included in the ELA curriculum time allotments.

Check out the updated policy for more information. This information is also available on DEC.

Dearborn PreK- 5 Handwriting Policy

New Resources available on Discovery Education site

As you are settling into the school year, continue searching out the exciting updates of the Discovery Education Experience (formerly Discovery Education Streaming)! In addition to personalizing your space, be sure to check out the content, creation tool Studio and the compelling content available at your fingertips.  

Going into October, we encourage you to explore these three quick ways to make the most of your Discovery Education Experience:

  • TRENDING: Explore the latest and newest content from Discovery Education through the TRENDING link on your homepage. From timely content, like resources for Hispanic Heritage Month, to a curated list of our most popular channels, including Spanish Language Resources, there are resources here for everyone. Explore Now>>
  • LITERACY: With the goal of literacy being the ability to understand and to be understood, Discovery Education provides resources that support both comprehension and communication. Our Hot Topics page provides practical literacy connections, including our Top 10 SOS list and a printable handout, for you to use and share. Dive In>>
  • CHANNELS: Featuring resources curated by curriculum experts, learn more about Channels on Discovery Education’s most-searched topics.  Learn More>>

Dearborn Public Schools provides a free subscription to all district educators. A link is also available on DEC. To log in click on “Sign in with Google”

Discovery Education Sign In

Detroit Red Wings Teacher Event

WHAT: Red Wings’ STEM Workshop for Teachers

WHEN: September 26th at 5:00 – 7:00pm

WHERE: Little Caesars Arena 

WHO: Educators in grades 3-8 

WHY: Learn how to integrate Hockey Scholar  + how it aligns with Core Standards, learn about hands-on activities from other educators, access to student + teacher opportunities such as field trips, tickets, and more! 

HOW: Use this link to register.

Resources for Constitution Day

Constitution Day, which commemorates the signing of the Constitution of the United States on Sept 17, 1787, is officially known as Citizenship Day. It’s an important distinction because all citizens are affected by and responsible to uphold the constitution. Take the opportunity to highlight the history and evolution of the document that influences so much of our daily lives and access to justice and liberty by participating in this Virtual Viewing Party and the activities that accompany it.

Use the resources available in Discovery Education (available under Global or Additional Resources in DEC) or this link to find videos to use with your students:

Find additional teaching resources for Constitution Day 2018 here:

Elementary teachers participate in LLI training

Teachers engaged in LLI (Leveled Literacy Intervention) training after school at Henry Ford Elementary.  Facilitated by Early Childhood Specialists Sherry Leone and Ashley Rhodes, nineteen elementary teachers learned how to use the kit resources to provide effective reading interventions for struggling students.