NTVH Summer Sessions

Tuesdays from July 13th - August 3rd 9am

Join us this summer for a sizzling keynote and four deep dives into organization, classroom management, social-emotional learning, and teaching resources to start the next school year with a big splash! The series will kick off on July 13th and will be held every Tuesday through August 3rd, starting at 9am. The series is hosted by the Educational Network of Greater Grand Rapids (EDNET) and Grand Valley State University.

Up to 5 SCECHs can be earned for attending the After School Wins series. (A $10 SCECHs processing fee applies.)

There is no cost to attend the webinars, but registration is required. Zoom information will be emailed to you prior to the events.

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Michelle Emerson

Michelle Emerson is an elementary educator who is passionate about technology, time management, organization, and productivity for teachers. In addition to teaching full time in the classroom, Michelle has served as her school’s eCoach in order to help teachers integrate technology into their instruction. She creates educational videos for teachers on her YouTube channel, Pocketful of Primary, and shares productivity tips on her podcast, Teaching to the TOP. She believes all teachers should feel empowered by their profession instead of overwhelmed and seeks to help educators create a work-life balance through her tips and strategies.

Tuesday July 13, 2021, 9:00-10:00am

Teaching Summer Bucket List: 10 Must-Dos for Back to School

Diving into the beginning of the school year can leave teachers drowning in an endless to-do list! Join Michelle as she empowers you with easy-to-implement organization, productivity, and technology tips and tricks that will make back to school a “breeze”!

Focus: Grades K-2, 3-6




David Schmidt

My wife and I live in Grand Rapids, Michigan in a 1920’s craftsman style home. We have been married a little over a year, and having survived months in quarantine, believe that we can grow together through anything. Most days are spent working, walking our dog, improving our cooking with new recipes, enjoying quiet time on our porch, and walking our dog…again.

In my free time, I enjoy golf when the weather is nice, and continuing my lifelong passion for running. I have run one marathon as well as several other medium distance races. I hold a love for dogs and dog training as well. Each day with our Border Collie Sky allows me time to work with her on her training, and she loves it as much as I do.

Having spent five years in public education, I have set myself apart through my passion and dedication for relationship-first teaching. This philosophy is grounded in establishing true relationships with my students and encouraging them to form a close community with each other. This not only fosters a safe and positive environment for learning but lends discussions about life that those in my community need most and may not receive at home.

Tuesday July 13, 2021, 10:10-11:10am

Dive into the Deep End of Classroom Management

In this presentation I will summarize my philosophy of classroom management, outline my personal journey while explaining my current classroom management system, and give some guided work time to develop and refine your personal management system.

Focus: Grades 3-6

George Lee

George Lee has taught media arts at Balboa High School in San Francisco as part of the CAST Academy for over twenty-six years. His emphasis is the creative process through visual language, storytelling, PBL, and integrated curriculum. Over the years, he has collaborated with numerous technology companies to bridge the gap between student imagination and learning outcomes. His latest work with Canva has pushed the boundaries of what is possible in creative collaboration.

Tuesday July 20, 2021, 9:00-10:00am

Dip Your Toes Into the Canva For Education Waters

Canva for Education is a visual communications platform. It's 100% free for districts, teachers and students. Design anything. Bring your ideas to life with over 60,000 ready-to-use educational templates from presentations, websites, posters, newsletters, worksheets, lesson plans, book reports, infographics and more.

Focus: Grades 3-6

Brooke Davis

Currently, I am the Director of Diversity, Equity, and Mental Health Services at Kenowa Hills Public Schools. How did I get here? As a highly motivated leader, I have spent the last twenty years having a profound effect on changing student behavior and increasing parent engagement, as well as, developing programs for economically disadvantaged children. Through collaborating with leadership teams, I have developed numerous programs, events, and trainings. I have also consulted with school districts in the areas of diversity, productive team development, crisis intervention, trauma-informed practices, and building a discipline model that increases achievement. I hold a BA from Aquinas College in Communication Arts and a Master’s in Social Work from Grand Valley State University. In 2015, I started BTD Consulting LLC, a company that offers an individualized, system-wide approach to school districts. BTD Consulting LLC also provides training, coaching, and consulting programs to ensure success for all employee groups. Currently, working part time at Pine Rest as a case manager, I see the importance of mental health services.

Tuesday July 27, 2021, 9:00-10:00am

Submerge Yourself into Building Relationships with Students (SEL)

In this session, participants will lean on Justin Timberlake and Anna Kendrick to understand how to utilize the “True Colors” of personalities to successfully incorporate SELinto the classroom. Proactive circles will be used to help us build a foundation for learning as we dive into the needs of our students.

Focus: Gr. 3-6

Alissa Thelen

Alissa Thelen’s passion is education and effective instructional strategies. Her commitment to education began in Arizona as a Kindergarten teacher. Before starting at GV NextEd Accelerator, Alissa was an instructional leadership specialist in GVSU's Charter Schools Office, a curriculum and instructional coach in K-12 public schools in Michigan, and a teacher and instructional coach in Arizona. Alissa has a background in education technology, learning assessment, and instructional leadership. She is a nationally recognized leader in using computer adaptive assessment to drive instruction.
Recently, Alissa has worked closely with K-12 schools and university faculty to create innovative professional learning opportunities for K-12 educators that push the boundaries of traditional professional development.

Tuesday, August 3, 2021, 9:00-10:00am

Splash Into Interactive Google Slides

Come to this interactive session to learn how to use Google Slides in a new way, make an interactive lesson, e-book, or something fun for your students to learn to do. In just a few easy steps, you will be floating down the google slides river of fun! It will be a splash!

Focus: Grades K-2, 3-6



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