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Teacher Candidate Conference

​​​​​​​Teacher Candidate Conference
February 23, 2018

Education and Human Services Building 


Conference Registration & Graduation Preparation- First Floor EHS 8:30am - 9:15am

Introduction to Conference- French Auditorium 9:15am - 9:30am

Panel Discussion- French Auditorium 9:30am - 10:45am

Mock Interview Session- Assigned Classrooms 11:00am -12:00pm

Lunch and Learn- EHS Classrooms 12:00pm - 1:00pm

Breakout Session- EHS Classrooms 1:00pm, 2:00pm, 3:00pm

Closing of Conference - French Auditorium 3:50 - 4:00pm


Graduation Preparation

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.

Panel Discussion "It Takes a Village"

Successful schools are defined by collaboration, not isolation. This semester's panel discussion will feature a variety of school stakeholders and answer questions related to creating inclusive school environments, collaborating with colleagues, and strengthening community relationships.

CAEP Standards: 1.1, 1.4, 2.3, 3.6

Interviewing 101 - Mock Interview Sessions with School Leaders 

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

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Lunch with a Leader

Order your boxed lunch before Monday, February 19th here.

During the lunch break, local leaders from a variety of schools will be available to talk with you casually about their experiences in K-12 education and answer questions you might have before you start your career. Leaders will include Coaches, Academic Advisors, Teachers, Special Education Directors, Administrators, and more! Please select any classroom or even stroll through a few. The roles of our special guests in each classroom will be identified on the classroom door. 

CAEP Standards: 1.1, 2.3, 3.6

Room choices are:   EHS 115, EHS 129, EHS 215, EHS 231, EHS 309, and EHS 213

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. Please find your assigned assessment session (based on certification level and seminar group) in the chart below.

Assessment Session Assignments:

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Decoding Data in the Elementary Classroom - Erin LaFerier, Teacher, Okemos Public Montessori at Central (EHS 230) 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 through the lens of assessment. Bring your data and be prepared to learn about elementary-level standardized assessments, extrapolating data in a meaningful way, and implementing effective strategies for intervention. 

CAEP Standards: 1.1, 1.2, 2.3, 3.6

Put the "AAAhhhh" back in Assessment - Carol Kapustka, School Psychologist, Shiawassee Regional Education Service District. (EHS 118)

Screening data, progress monitoring data, diagnostic data, outcome data….all data to inform your instruction but with all this assessment and data gathering is there ever time to instruct?  How does data inform instruction? What does it all mean?  Just breathe…. This session will take the "duh" out of data and help you organize all the information. Learn about the types of data, how to use it to guide and intensify your instruction, and practice using sample data with a problem solving guide to inform decisions.  Participants will get the Zen back in their data analysis and instructional planning.   

CAEP Standards: 1.1, 1.2, 2.3, 3.6

Choice Breakout Sessions:

Helping English Language Learners Succeed - Dr. Tamara Hullender, Center for Student Services, Certified Professional Educator, English as a Second Language, P-12 (EHS 232)

As diversity in educational settings grows, teachers have an increased need for information on how to instruct English Language Learners effectively. Participants in this session will gain insight on issues that affect the learning of English Language Learners, develop an understanding of language acquisition, and examine the impact of culture on education. Teacher Candidates will explore strategies for the instruction of English Language Learners at all grade levels.

CAEP Standards: 1.1, 1.4, 2.3, 3.6

Inclusion and Peer to Peer in Mount Pleasant Public Schools - David O'Toole and Melissa Ferry, Teachers, Mt. Pleasant Public Schools (EHS 115)
In this session you will hear how staff at Ganiard Elementary in Mount Pleasant, Michigan implement inclusion with their special education population. They will also discuss their success with Links, the peer to peer and disability awareness program.  This workshop will provide helpful information for both General Education and Special Education inspired to create greater inclusivity in their classroom and beyond.

CAEP Standards: 1.1, 1.4, 2.1, 2.3, 3.6

I Teach! What's Your Superpower? - JoDell Heroux PhD, Director of Special Education Clinical Experiences (EHS 213)

Meeting the needs of diverse learners is more than differentiating instruction; it is about making learning accessible to everyone by reducing barriers through pro-active planning. This interactive session will explore what it means to plan instruction that meets the needs of ALL children. Bring a current lesson/unit plan and an open mind!

CAEP Standards: 1.1, 1.4, 2.3, 3.6

Teacher apps, websites, tips and tricks of teaching - Eric Beckman, Teacher, Mount Pleasant High School (EHS 215)

Interested in gaining new tricks of the trade? This session will include the demonstration of a variety of applications and programs that will make your life in the teaching profession easier.  The presenter will model both technology and technology free methods for attending to daily classroom issues for both elementary and secondary classrooms.

CAEP Standards: 1.1, 1.5, 2.3, 3.6

Teacher Certification - Sarah Venman, Certification Specialist, Center for Student Services (EHS 231)

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

Mandated Reporting - Kara Reed, MI Team Specialist, Clare and Isabella Counties (EHS 117)

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

Paraprofessional Connection for Special Education - Dr. Holly Hoffman, Professor, Department of Human Environmental Studies Early Childhood Development and Learning (EHS 309)

Paraprofessionals play an important role in the field of education. Gather ideas as we discuss the importance of collaboration, professional development, positive communication, and team approaches with regard to the teacher/paraprofessional relationship. Successes and challenges in the learning environment will be examined, as well as building and maintaining structure to benefit all learners.

CAEP Standards: 1.1, 1.4, 2.3, 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, 2.3, 3.1, 3.6

 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 plan to wear business casual for the conference. 

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