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Teacher Candidate Conference

Teacher Candidate Conference
March 1st, 2019

Education and Human Services Building 

Event Schedule

8:30-9:15am       Conference Registration & Graduation Preparation-1st Floor                                               Education Building 

9:15-9:30am        Intro to Conference – French Auditorium

9:30-9:45am       Class Photo- French Auditorium

9:45-10:00am     Break

10:00-11:00am     Breakout Session 1

11:00-11:15am        Break            

11:15-12:15pm        Breakout Session 2

12:15-1:15pm        Lunch

1:15-2:15pm          Breakout Session 3

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

3:30-4:00pm      Closing Remarks: Michigan Teacher of the Year - French Auditorium 

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 medallion at this table.

Panel Discussion - "Words of Wisdom"

Panel Members: Jim Goodspeed, Karen Holton, Jamie DeWitt, Emily Shiner, Andrew Prominski, Erin LaFerier, Steven Poole, and Jennifer McCormack

Wisdom is the reward of experience and valuable when shared. During this panel discussion, teachers and administrators will answer your questions, offer advice, and share their personal wisdom on issues relevant to first-year teachers. Panelists represent multiple regions of the state and have experiences in elementary, secondary and special education settings.    

CAEP Standards: 1.1, 2.3, 3.6, 5.5

Lunch with a Leader

During the lunch break, 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 Regional Michigan Teachers of the Year and other professional educators. This is a great time to network with professionals and grow from the experiences of other candidates from across Michigan. Please select any of the listed classrooms or even stroll through a few!  

Room choices are:   EHS 115, 215, 230, 231, 232, 309, 311

CAEP Standards: 1.1, 2.3, 3.6, 5.5

Breakout Sessions:  10:00am, 11:15am, 1:15am

All sessions are offered at all available times. Teacher Candidates should preview descriptions and plan their schedule for the day. 

 Breakout Sessions:

Classroom Management- Darby Weaver, Principal, Mount Pleasant Middle School (EHS 309)

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

IEPs & 504s: What General Educators Need to Know – Dr. JoDell Heroux, Associate Professor, Department of Counseling and Special Education (EHS 231)

This session will share critical information about the general educator's role in IEP and 504 development and implementation. Tips and strategies for effective collaboration and teaming will be shared. CAEP Standards: 1.1, 3.6

Bringing Your Inclusive Best to the Classroom - Dr. Sapphire Cureg, Director, Diversity Education (EHS 232)

In this session, participants engage in identifying a range of responsive teaching practices related to diversity & inclusion and its impact in shaping an inclusive learning experience in the classroom. Time will be spent in discussing assumptions, bias, stereotypes, and preferences that influence your classroom culture and climate and the relevance of cultural competence as well as faculty & student identity. Through a variety of self-reflection and interactive activities,   you will have the opportunity to work individually or in smaller groups to build your inclusion skillset. CAEP Standards: 1.1, 3.6

Teacher Apps, Websites, Tips and Tricks of Teaching - Eric Beckman, Teacher, Mount Pleasant High School (EHS 311)

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

Educator Self-Care: Managing Stress to Maintain Your Professional Best- Dr. Brandis Ansley, Assistant Professor, Special Education, Central Michigan University (EHS 230)

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

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.  

Parent Conversations and Communication; Let's Get Real- Kerry Beal- Principal, Allen Elementary School, Ann Arbor Public Schools (EHS 115)

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

MDE Certification - Sarah Carman, Center for Clinical Experiences (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

Michigan Teacher of the Year:

Laura Chang is entering her nineteenth year of teaching at Sunset Lake Elementary in Vicksburg Community Schools where she currently teaches math and reading to kindergarten through fifth-grade learners in an intervention setting. Previously, she taught pre-K, first/second grade multi-age, second grade, third grade and has worked as an instructional consultant and academic coach.

Laura was named Michigan Teacher of the Year for 2018-2019 and has had the opportunity to work with students, educators and education stakeholders across the state this year. She serves as a mentor coach and district technology integration leader. She also teaches undergraduate and graduate level courses in the Special Education and Literacy Studies department at Western Michigan University. In her free time, Laura enjoys reading, camping, and downhill skiing with her family.  

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:

Jim Goodspeed, Bobbiesue Adams, Courtney Valentine, Wendy Tenney, Jennifer Robel, and Robyne Murray

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

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, 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