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Teacher Candidate Conference

Teacher Candidate Conference
March 6, 2020

Education and Human Services Building 

Event Schedule


Registration and Graduation Preparation Expo– 1st Floor Education Building (Light Breakfast Served)


Conference Welcome & Class Photo – French Auditorium                   


Panel Discussion - French Auditorium     




Breakout Session 1   


Lunch and Learn


Breakout Session 2




Breakout Session 3   




Closing Remarks: 2019-2020 Region 9 Michigan Teacher of the Year, Cara Lougheed- French Auditorium  

Graduation Preparation Expo 

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.

Center for Student Services:

Students can obtain information about the teacher certification process including the standard teaching certificate requirements, and application instructions.

The Career Development Center:

The Career Development Center facilitates discussion and strategic decision-making for CMU students and alumni through self-awareness, exploring career options and empowering action to promote life-long success

Panel Discussion - "Teacher Talk"

Wisdom is the reward of experience and valuable when shared. In this panel discussion, experienced educators will answer your questions, offer advice, and share their personal stories of what it means to be a teacher. 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. 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 in advance to ask our panelists.

 CAEP Standards: 1.1, 2.3, 3.6, 5.5

Lunch and Learn

During the lunch break, educators 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!  

Please grab your lunch from the first-floor lobby area and head to a room of your choice. Room choices are:  115, 117, 230, 309, & 311

CAEP Standards: 1.1, 2.1, 2.3, 3.6, 5.5 

Breakout Sessions:  10:40am, 12:40pm, 1:50pm

 Breakout Sessions:

Teacher candidates are responsible for attending a workshop on Classroom Management and two other sessions. Please select your appropriate session (based on certification level) in the chart below.  (K-12 candidates may select either option.)

Classroom Management for Secondary EducationClassroom Management Elementary Education
Andy Bryant, Teacher, Boyne City Public Schools (EHS 311)Meghan Shannon and Kristen Socha, Teachers, Godwin Heights Public Schools (EHS 309)

In this session, we will discuss strategies to create a "Culture of Comfort" in your secondary classrooms. We will explore how to successfully manage the classroom and still have fun. We will also learn how to focus on the individual student and the "why" behind behavior instead of the "what."

CAEP Standards: 1.1, 2.1, 2.3, 3.6, 5.1 

Great classroom management techniques may seem like feats of magic, but they can be learned! In this session, we will explore and learn the first steps you can take to create a safe and inviting classroom where all students are engaged and your teaching is highly effective. Let us help make your first year magical!

CAEP Standards: 1.1, 2.1, 2.3, 3.6, 5.1 

Providing Supports for English Learners in ALL Classrooms– Sarah Case, Teacher, Mount Pleasant Public Schools ONLY AVAILABLE AT 12:40PM and 1:50PM SESSION (EHS 115)

This session will begin with a brief introduction to ESL terminology and best practices. Afterward, we will focus on accommodations and supports that all teachers can implement to support English learners in their classrooms. Participants will also have the opportunity to practice creating accommodations themselves. CAEP Standards: 1.1, 3.4, 3.6  

Ten Truths for Teaching with Technology – Zachary Rondot, Teacher, Troy School District (EHS 117)

The world is changing and it's time we look at how we can make changes in our classrooms to adapt.  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 to be successful in the (unpredictable) future.

 CAEP Standards: 1.1, 1.5, 2.1, 2.3, 3.6, 5.5  

Working with Para Pros – Emily Shiner, Community Based Education Job Coordinator & Teacher, Mount Pleasant Public Schools (EHS 231)

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:  1.1, 2.1, 2.3, 3.6, 5.5

Squeezing Self-Care into the Realities of the School Year- Dr. Brandis Ansley, Assistant Professor, Special Education, Central Michigan University (EHS 230)

Don't have time for yourself? Between student-teaching, home life, extra jobs, and other responsibilities, it's easy to put your needs last. However, stress and burnout remain a top concern among educators. It's not that we don't understand the importance of self-care, but in reality, we struggle to make room for it. Learning ways to include self-care as a student-teacher will build habits that preserve your enthusiasm, energy, and stamina over the course of your career. Participants of this session will learn strategies to squeeze self-care into the busy teacher life while maintaining the capacity to care for others. 

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 215)

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, a 28-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, 2.1, 2.3, 3.6, 5.5

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 232)

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. 

CAEP Standards: 1.1, 2.1, 2.3, 3.6, 5.5


Michigan Teacher of the Year:

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Cara Lougheed is the  2019-2020 Region 9 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.  

CAEP Standards: 1.1, 3.6, 5.5

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 

2019-2020 Michigan Regional Teachers of the Year:

Amanda Clemons, Region 2

Katie Farrell, Region 3

Jeremy Winsor, Region 4

Jessyca Mathews, Region 5

Tricia Zeman, Region 6

Doug Duncan, Region 7

Center for Clinical Experiences

Jillian Davidson, Director

Mindy Keck, Senior Coordinator 

Amanda Buzard, Coordinator

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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