Course Title

PDSI 9923 Educating to Develop the Whole Student

Event Description

This rejuvenating conference includes everything you’ve grown to expect from SI and more.

  • Relational Equity
  • Relevant Standards-Based Presentations
  • Interesting PLC Collaboration Component
  • Place Based Education Day Trips
  • Effective Implementation of the Common Core
  • Important Wellness Activities
  • Innovative Technology
  • Replinish, Rejuvinate & Remember Why You Teach.

Course Information

  • 3 Semester University of the Pacific Graduate Level Credits in 5-days
  • Three-credit class is a forty-five hour week (3 semester units = 4.5 quarter credits).
  • University of the Pacific (non-profit/WASC approved)
  • Save money with Early Bird registration and Group Rates! (3 or more from the same school)

Event Details

Dates: Monday, June 19, 2017 - Friday, June 23, 2017 (4:00pm - 6:00pm Wellness Daily)

Start time: 08:00 a.m.

End time: 06:00 p.m.

Venue: Okemos High School

Address: 2800 Jolly Road Okemos, MI



Enroll now before prices increase!

There will be a $100 non refundable deposit and no refunds after June 1.

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Dick Comar

Michigan Site Coordinator
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Featured Speakers


Dean, University of Michigan College of Education   Title: Addressing Social Justice and Content Learning through the Practice of Assigning Competence This session will unpack the practice of assigning competence as one powerful lever for promoting justice and equity intertwined inside of complex academic learning. Deborah Loewenberg Ball is the William H. Payne Collegiate Professor of Education at the University of Michigan, an Arthur F. Thurnau Professor, Research Professor in the Institute for Social Research, and the director of TeachingWorks. Ball taught elementary school for more than 15 years, and continues to teach mathematics to elementary students every summer. Her research focuses on the work of teaching mathematics in ways that disrupt the reproduction of inequity and that make it possible for young people to enjoy and engage in mathematics in and out of school. She is an expert on teacher education, and her current work centers on how to improve the quality of beginning teaching.

Ingrid Ricks

New York Times Bestselling Author

Title: Unleashing the Healing Power of Personal Narrative

Narrative writing is about so much more than just “show vs. tell” techniques designed to bring a personal story to life. It’s a way to ignite a passion for writing among youth, while helping them to find healing, empowerment and validation by writing the deeply personal stories they need to tell. It’s also a way to foster understanding and compassion among peers and the community at large. Ingrid Ricks, founder of Write it Out Loud, is a New York Times bestselling author, ghostwriter and narrative writing consultant. Her books include the coming-of-age memoir, Hippie Boy and Focus, a memoir about her journey with the blinding eye disease Retinitis Pigmentosa. She has helped more than a thousand students of every age find healing and empowerment by writing the deeply personal stories they need to tell. She has also helped produce seven teen anthologies including Dear Mr. President: Teen Voices From Across the Country, a powerful collection of letters, essays and poems that captures the fears, hopes and dreams of youth who were too young to vote in the most recent presidential election. Ingrid lives in Seattle with her husband and two daughters.

GEOFF BONTRAGER Superintendent, NW Community School District Title: Building a Culture of Greatness

Quality educational programs cost money.  Student enrollment is approximately 80% of a school district’s revenue.  Most districts across the state are losing students to charter and online schools forcing drastic cuts to quality programing and staff.  What can be done to develop a premier school district that has thriving programs, quality staff and increasing enrollment during this unstable educational climate? This session will highlight how, in five years, one district has:steadily increased significant enrollment; refreshed the teaching staff with approximately 30% new hires district-wide; instituted quality programs like the Nurtured Heart Approach, Standards Based Grading,  College and Career Access,  Multiple Tiered Systems of Support, Energizing Education, Orrfestra, Intro to Manufacturing in Middle School, Advanced Manufacturing in High School, Energy Fundamentals in High School, Heavy Equipment Operator program in High School. Geoff Bontrager has been serving as Superintendent of Northwest Community School District since 2012.  Bontrager has worked in public education for the past 26 years. Bontrager was named MEMSPA Region III Principal of The Year in 2010.  While Principal, Miller Elementary was awarded a Michigan Department of Education “Beating the Odds” school. Bontrager most recently led a $40 million bond campaign project for NW Schools which was completed in the fall of 2016.  The results of the project were positive changes in every building, which also included a new Early Elementary Building as well as a new Performance Wing at Northwest High School. Bontrager is a member of the Jackson County Chamber of Commerce, the Cascades Exchange Club, Jackson Salvation Army Advisory Board, Southern Michigan Prison Advisory Board, and the North Jackson Lions Club. Geoff and his wife Jeanne have been married for 19 years.  They have two daughters, Ella and Jozie.

David Patterson

Principal, Charlton Heston Academy

Title: Doing More With Less: How to stretch a buck in public school education

David earned a B.A. and an M.A. in Leadership and Public Administration from Saginaw Valley State University. Currently he is in the dissertation phase of completing a Ph.D. in Public Policy and Administration from Western Michigan University. He received various certificates of completion in board governance training, school transportation, special education in public schools, public school finance, educational programming, and school leadership; to name just a few. David is graduate of Leadership Detroit (Leadership Detroit XXIX), and a former member of the Kiwanis Club #1 in Downtown Detroit. David is also an experienced charter school application reviewer in Michigan and Florida. In 2011, he was honored as one of five finalists to receive the Michigan Association of Public School Academy (MAPSA) School Administrator of the Year Award.

Margy Dewey

Instructional Literacy Coach, Shiawassee RESD and MDE Title:  Reading for Meaning Margy is currently contracted with one school district as a Title 1 Instructional Coach and with the Shiawassee RESD as a K-3 Literacy Coach through the MDE early literacy grant. She has received training in the Thoughtful Classrooms Teachers Effectiveness Framework. Margy retired two years ago, after 29 years in education, from Bangor Township Schools where she was principal at Bangor Central Elementary. Prior to administration, she taught all levels; elementary, middle and high school in both Morrice and Chesaning Schools. She also worked as a Data Services Instructional Specialist for the Shiawassee RESD.

Kayleigh Edgecombe Algebra Nation Impact Director Title: Algebra Nation This session provides an overview of Algebra Nation, a highly-effective supplemental resource for Algebra 1. Algebra Nation includes standards-aligned videos recorded by renowned Study Experts, custom developed Algebra Nation workbooks, virtual tutoring via the Algebra Wall, a Test Yourself! Practice Tool that gives students instant feedback, and resources for teachers. Algebra Nation was created in 2013 when The University of Florida joined forces with Study Edge to create a highly-effective online resource to dramatically improve student achievement in Algebra 1—a required course that is a key “gateway” to higher-level math courses and high-growth careers. Algebra Nation is fully funded by the Michigan legislature and is now available at no cost to all Algebra 1 teachers and students statewide. Kayleigh joined the Algebra Nation team in 2016 and is the point of contact for the program in Michigan. She holds undergraduate degrees from Ohio State University and an M.Ed. in Instructional Practice from Lipscomb University. Kayleigh joined the Algebra Nation team in 2016 and is the point of contact for the program in Michigan. She holds undergraduate degrees from The Ohio State University and an M.Ed. in Instructional Practice from Lipscomb University.

Cathy Sero

Reeling and Healing Director, Midwest

Title: Reeling and Healing

As teachers, we sometimes struggle in connecting with our students in such a way that doors of communication are opened wide. Many times our students have sicknesses either physical, emotional or mental and we struggle to breakdown barriers, perceived or not. We may not have a trout stream at our command but we have an imagination that can find ways to open doors to students learning and happiness. Cathy Sero, who was raised on the Pere Marquette River has a summer get-together with cancer patients and that is called Reeling and Healing. The sport of fly-fishing has endured for thousands of years. Its therapeutic powers are renowned and have been well documented. Cancer has yet to be eradicated. Its destruction to the human spirit is unique to each individual affected, yet understood by all who walk the path to overcome the disease. When the human spirit, combined with courage and faith to overcome cancer, meets up with a river and the chance to fly-fish, well, magic just seems to happen. Many years of experiencing the magic at Reeling and Healing’s retreat programs shows this to be true. The results in some way may help us to understand ways in which those who suffer can be reached.