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Teacher Candidate Conference

Teacher Candidate Conference
October 11, 2019

Education and Human Services Building 

Event Schedule

8:30am-9:00am           Conference Registration & Graduation Preparation-1st Floor                                              Education Building (Light Breakfast Served)

9:00am-9:30am           Intro to Conference & Class Photo – French Auditorium

9:30am-10:00am         Opening Address: Michigan Teacher of the Year, Cara                                                         Lougheed-  French Auditorium

10:00am-10:15am        Break

10:15am-11:15am           Breakout Session 1                      

11:15am-12:00pm          Lunch 

12:00pm-1:00pm         Breakout Session 2

1:00pm-1:15pm            Break

1:15pm-2:15pm            Breakout Session 3

2:15pm-2:30pm          Break

2:30pm-3:30pm        Panel Discussion & Closing- French Auditorium 

Graduation Preparation 

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 medallion at this table.

Lunch and Learn 

During the lunch break, the Michigan Regional Teachers of the Year will be available to talk with you casually about their experiences in K-12 education. This is a great time to talk candidly with master teachers and grow from the experiences of fellow candidates from across Michigan. Please select any of the listed classrooms or even stroll through a few!  

Room choices are:    EHS 115, EHS 213, EHS 215, EHS 230, EHS 231, and EHS 309. Please grab your lunch from the first-floor lobby area and head to a room of your choice.

CAEP Standards: 1.1, 2.3, 3.6, 5.5

Panel Discussion - "Teacher Talk"

 Michigan Regional Teachers of the Year: Amanda Clemons, Region 2, Katie Farrell, Region 3, Jeremy Winsor, Region 4, Jessyca Mathews, Region 5, Doug Duncan, Region 7, Michele Pizzo, Region 10

Panelists represent multiple regions of the state and have backgrounds in elementary, secondary and special education settings, as well as a vast amount of leadership and extracurricular experience. They will answer your questions, offer advice, and share their personal stories of what it means to be a teacher.  This is a great time to ask your own wonderings, as well as learn from the questions of your peers.  To make the most of this learning opportunity, please write down two questions to ask our panelists in advance. 

 CAEP Standards: 1.1, 2.3, 3.6, 5.5

Breakout Sessions:  10:15am, 12:00pm, 1:15pm

All sessions are offered at all available times except for "Meeting the Needs of English Learners" which is only available at 12:00pm. Teacher Candidates should preview descriptions and plan their schedule for the day. 

 Breakout Sessions:

Classroom Management- Darby Weaver, Principal, Mount Pleasant Middle School (EHS 213)

In this session we will focus on CHAMPS, Randy Sprick's Classwide Positive Behavior Support model. We will also discuss classroom management within the Safe and Civil School's framework of evidenced-based procedures for reducing misbehavior, increasing motivation and improving levels of student responsibility. CAEP Standards: 1.1, 3.6

Meeting the Needs of English Learners: Information and Advice for K-12 Teachers- April Burke, Associate Professor of Educational Linguistics (EHS 118) ONLY AVAILABLE AT 12:00PM SESSION

English learners, also known as emergent multilinguals, are students who are learning English as an additional language. They are the fastest-growing portion of the K-12 student population, and they are a diverse population with unique needs. In this session, participants will learn about English learners and gain advice and resources to help them be successful in today's classrooms.

CAEP Standards:

Ten Truths for Teaching with Technology – Zachary Rondot, Teacher, Troy School District (EHS 230)

In this session, participants will learn 10 truths to best-practice technology integration in the classroom. Come learn the truths of using tech to teach in innovative ways, create deep learning opportunities for students, and to prepare kids for success in the (unpredictable) future.

CAEP Standards: 1.1, 1.5, 2.3, 3.6

Working with Para Pros- Emily Shiner, Community Based Education Job Coordinator & Teacher, Mount Pleasant Public Schools.  (EHS 309)

Does the thought of working with paraprofessionals cause you to freeze in fear? In this session, participants will learn strategies when working with paraprofessionals that will lead to a strong team within their classroom environment. These strategies will include team building techniques, how to build rapport between staff members, adult behavior management, and how to communicate clearly and professionally. Participants will walk away with a set of strategies and tips that will help them feel more prepared to be a leader in all aspects of adult management within their positions.

CAEP Standards:

The  Opportunity to serve At-Risk Students: Overcoming the Challenges and Changing Lives – Jason Sarsfield, Deputy Director, The Governor John Engler Center for Charter Schools (EHS 115) 

Working with at-risk student populations offers unique challenges and opportunities. In this dynamic session, the presenter will share lessons learned from teaching in and working with schools that serve high proportions of at-risk students, including the highly rewarding nature of this work. He will also share his unique story of serving as a founding administrator of a charter public school created largely to transform the lives of economically disadvantaged students in rural Michigan. Participants will gain insights into the trials and triumphs of building relationships with at-risk populations while gaining insights on CMU’s prominent role in authorizing charter schools to meet the need of diverse students across the state.  

Mandated Reporting – Stacy Griffus, Department of Health and Human Services (EHS 215)

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.  

MDE Certification –Jamie McDonald, Center for Student Services (EHS 131)

This workshop is a one-stop-shop for all things certification! Teacher candidates will receive information about the teacher certification process including standard teaching certificate requirements, teaching certificate application instructions, out-of-state certification, and certificate renewal information. Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions and learn tips and tricks for speeding up the certification process.

CAEP Standard: 3.6

"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

Michigan Teacher of the Year:

Cara Lougheed is the 2019-2020 Michigan Teacher of the Year. Cara has taught English Language Arts and history in Rochester Community Schools for 21 years. She began her teaching career at Rochester High School in 1998 and was a founding staff member of Stoney Creek High School when it opened in the fall of 2001. Over the years, Cara has taught multiple levels of English, from remediation to Advanced Placement courses, as well as U.S. and World History. Cara has also served as a Social Studies teacher leader, a building Activities Director, union building representative and a National Education Association delegate. She has worked collaboratively with colleagues and administrators to write curriculum, design an attendance incentive program for students and contribute to various projects designed to increase student connectedness and improve school culture. Cara has also trained six student teachers from four different universities over the last decade. She is currently the student intern and mentor liaison to Oakland University (OU), and is working collaboratively with the Michigan Program Network (MiPN) and TeachingWorks to improve and broaden teacher education. In addition, Cara is an advisory member of OU's Vision 20/20 committee, which seeks the input of classroom teachers in making improvements to teacher education.  

The Michigan Teacher of the Year Program:

Since 1952, Michigan has annually honored an outstanding teacher by naming them Michigan Teacher of the Year. Through the years, teachers from schools across the state have earned this title through dedication to their students, colleagues, and community.

The Michigan Teacher of the Year (MTOY) serves as an advocate for their students and colleagues, raising awareness on important issues affecting education and offering solutions to those issues. In addition to meeting with education stakeholders across the state, the MTOY also has a seat at the table with the Michigan State Board of Education, providing valuable insight and information to the State Board members from a teacher's perspective at each meeting. The MTOY is also Michigan's applicant for National Teacher of the Year and has opportunities for professional development and networking with other state teachers of the year.

In addition, the MTOY heads the Michigan Teacher Leadership Advisory Council (MTLAC), which is comprised of 10 Regional Teachers of the Year (the MTOY serves as both their Region's Teacher of the Year and as the Michigan Teacher of the Year). The MTLAC provides feedback to the Michigan Department of Education on new and existing initiatives throughout its year of service, ensuring that the work of the MDE incorporates teacher voice and experience. For more information on the Michigan Teacher of the Year program, visit 

Michigan Regional Teachers of the Year:

Amanda Clemons, Region 2

Katie Farrell, Region 3

Jeremy Winsor, Region 4

Jessyca Mathews, Region 5

Doug Duncan, Region 7

Michele Pizzo, Region 10

Center for Clinical Experiences

Jillian Davidson, Director of Clinical Experiences

Mindy Keck, Senior Coordinator of Clinical Experiences

Amanda Buzard, Coordinator of Clinical Experiences

Sarah Kunik, Executive Office Specialist

Sarah Carman, Sr. 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, 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.
Please no hats or sweatpants.

Attendees select  prior to conference.
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