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Teacher Candidate Conference

​​​​​​​Teacher Candidate Conference
October 5, 2018

Education and Human Services Building 


Conference Registration & Graduation Preparation
EHS Building 1st Floor
Interviewing 101 - Mock Interviews
​Panel Discussion
​French Auditorium
Eat and Greet (Lunch)

Breakout Session 1
Breakout Session 2
Breakout Session 3

Closing of Conference
French Auditorium


Graduation Preparation 

Stop by EHS 117 for Helpful Information for your Graduation Needs.

CMU Bookstore

The CMU Bookstore will be available to Pre-Order your Cap & Gown.  You will be able to receive Grad Fair pricing ($10 off) and free shipping.

Registrar's Office

Students who are graduating Cum Laude, Magna Cum Laude, and Summa Cum Laude can obtain their honor cord or medallion at this table. The cord or medallion can be worn at the commencement ceremony. If not participating in the ceremony, students should still obtain their honor cord or medallions at this table.

Center for Student Services:

Stop by the Center for Student Services table to retrieve important information regarding your initial teacher certification. 

Panel Discussion - "Tales from the Classroom"

Being a teacher is not just a profession, it is a way of life. During this panel discussion, recent graduates return to campus to provide insight and reflect on their transition from teacher candidate to educator. The panelists will share personal classroom experiences, tips for surviving the first year, and the reasons why they love being a teacher.

CAEP Standards: 1.1, 2.3, 3.6, 5.5

Interviewing 101 - Mock Interview Sessions

Gain firsthand experience to the interview process by observing mock interviews and responding to interview prompts.

Elementary Education Secondary Education
Last name: A-E
EHS 213
Last Name: A-D
EHS 215
Last Name: F-M
EHS 230
Last Name: E-L
EHS 231
Last Name: O-Z
EHS 309
Last Name: M-Z
EHS 232

CAEP Standards 1.1, 2.3, 3.6, 5.5

Eat and Greet

Stop by the French Auditorium atrium to pick up your lunch and then grab a seat in one of the designated classrooms to "Eat and Greet." During this hour, we invite you to speak with presenters, catch up with faculty members, or share your experiences from the field with candidate colleagues from across the state. This is a great time to network and grow from the experiences of other candidates from across Michigan.

CAEP Standards: 1.1, 2.3, 3.6, 5.5

Room choices are:    EHS 213, EHS 215, EHS 231, EHS 232, & EHS 309

Breakout Sessions:  1:00pm, 2:00pm, 3:00pm

During the afternoon session, teacher candidates are responsible for attending a workshop on assessment and two other sessions. 

Assessment Session Assignments:

Assessment for Secondary Teachers
Assessment for Elementary Teachers
1:00PM - EHS 118 (French Auditorium)

3:00PM - EHS 118 (French Auditorium)

How do you know what they know? Assessment in the secondary classroom -
Dr. Dawn Decker and Dr. JoDell Heroux,
Special Education, Central Michigan University
In 2018, we have more access to student data than ever before, but how do we really know what our students know? This interactive 
session will provide secondary candidates an overview of both formative and summative assesment strategies to evaluate student learning. Participants will also gain helpful 
tips for developing effective test questions.
CAEP Standards: 1.1, 1.2, 2.3, 3.6

Decoding Data in the Elementary Classroom - Jillian Davidson and Mindy Keck, Center for Clinical Experiences, Central Michigan University Teachers have access to more data than ever but what does it MEAN TO ME? This session is designed around effectively using elementary classroom data to guide instruction, planning for students of all abilities, and navigating instructional choices throught the lens of assessment. Bring your data and be prepared to learn about elementary-level standardsized assessments, extrapolating data in a meaningful way, and implementing effective strategies for intervention.
CAEP Standards: 1.1, 1.2, 2.3, 3.6

Choice Breakout Sessions:

Basic Technology Integration Tools – Kimberley Hewitt, Asst. Director of Partnerships and Professional Readiness, Central Michigan University (EHS 213)

Interested in quick and easy ways to integrate technology into your classroom?  This session will include a basic overview of at least four tools you can put to use immediately into your classroom.  The presenter will demonstrate technology based apps and 2.0 programs that will enhance your communication, classroom management and student engagement.  Please bring an internet connected device.  Information from this session will be useful to both elementary and secondary teachers. CAEP Standards: 1.1, 1.5, 2.3, 3.6

Educator Self-Care: Managing Stress to Maintain Your Professional Best- Dr. Brandis Ansley, Assistant Professor, Special Education, Central Michigan University (EHS 215)

Stress and burnout have deleterious effects on teachers' health, job performance, and job satisfaction. Educators who develop and regularly include effective coping strategies in their practice are less likely to burn out. Participants of this session will learn about scientifically-supported ways to manage their stress and promote their well-being. Furthermore, participants will develop personalized self-care plans that support their needs and promote their best performance. CAEP Standards: 1.1, 2.3, 3.6, 5.5

Schoolbooks to playbooks: There is a difference! - Julie Croy, Teacher and Coach, Owosso Public Schools (EHS 230)

Balancing your role as a new educator and a coach can be extremely challenging. In this session, Julie Croy will share effective strategies for achieving positive outcomes in the classroom and on the field based on her years as a successful coach, teacher, and administrator. This is a cannot miss session for anyone considering a future position as a coach! CAEP Standards: 1.1, 2.3, 3.6, 5.5

Mandated Reporting – Stacy Griffus, Department of Health and Human Services (EHS 231)

The Michigan Child Protection Law, 1975 PA 238, requires the reporting of child abuse and neglect by certain persons (called mandated reporters), and encourages the reporting of child abuse and neglect by all persons. All K-12 teachers are defined as mandated reporters under the law. In this session, you will learn about your legal responsibility as an educator, the different types of abuse, how to identify concerns, and details on the investigative process. During the presentation you will have the opportunity to ask questions about reporting concerns of child abuse or neglect and clarify your role. CAEP Standards: 1.1, 2.3, 3.6, 5.5.  

Parent Conversations and Communication; Let's Get Real- Kerry Beal- Principal, Allen Elementary School, Ann Arbor Public Schools (EHS 232)

In the world of education, a crucial population is your partner in growing children...the parents. Parents come from all different world and school experiences.  Some will not know how to let go of their child for the day at school, and others will not show up to events and conferences.  This group of stakeholders needs clear communication, and those conversations can be delicate. Kerry Beal, 27 year educator and educational leader in both rural and urban school settings, will share her experience, advice, and answer questions about how to best communicate with parents, including the courageous and challenging dialogue. CAEP Standards 1.1, 2.3, 3.6, 5.5

"Why Make? "A Maker Space Experience for Your Classroom - STEM Education Scholars (EHS 134)

Curious about implementing more STEM activities in your classroom? This session will introduce you to the Center for Excellence in STEM Education's Maker Space. Participants will engage with materials that can be integrated into their classrooms for increased STEM connections. While the materials are mainly for K-8 classrooms, the activities can easily be adapted for any age group and concept.  

CAEP Standards: 1.1, 1.4, 1.5, 2.3, 3.6, 5.5

Center for Clinical Experiences

Jillian Davidson, Director of Clinical Experiences

Kim Hewitt, Assistant Director of Professional Readiness & Partnerships

Mindy Keck, Coordinator of Clinical Experiences

Sarah Kunik, Executive Office Specialist

Partners of CCE

JoDell Heroux, Coordinator of Special Education Clinical Experiences

Jennifer Klemm, Acting Director of Professional Education and Accreditation

College Administration

Elizabeth Kirby, Interim Dean of CEHS

Megan Goodwin, Interim Associate Dean of CEHS

Special appreciation to the College of Education and Human Services Dean's office, Department of Teacher Education and Professional Development, and Department of Counseling and Special Education for their program contributions and financial support. Additional thanks to the educators, administrators, and faculty members who contributed to the success of today's event.

 Conference Notes


College of Education and Human Services

EHS Building

195 Ojibiway Ct. 

Mount Pleasant, MI 48859

Conference Check-in:
Teacher Candidates will be checked in at the beginning of the conference and at each breakout session.


Teacher Candidates and University Coordinators should plan to park in Lots 22 and 43.  You do not need a parking pass for these two areas.  All other areas will be ticketed. 

Teacher Candidates should wear their favorite CMU attire for Fire Up Friday.

Attendees selected prior to conference.

College of Education and Human Services | Central Michigan University | | 195 Ojibway Ct | EHS 426 | Mt. Pleasant, MI 48859 | (989) 774-3079