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September 2017

Dinner and Dialogue – Fall 2017

September 27 @ 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Creston Brewery, 1504 Plainfield Ave NE
Grand Rapids, MI United States
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Join us for our fall Dinner & Dialogue event! We will be exploring how place-based education (PBE) is a great tool for engaging students around engineering practices. Participants also will learn how PBE supports the new Michigan Science Standards (based on NGSS). Our guest presenter for this event is Wendi Vogel, science consultant for Kent ISD. During this event, you will: Review engineering expectations in the Michigan Science Standards Distinguish between a criteria and a constraint Work with peers to…

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October 2017

Team Planning Evening

October 12 @ 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Kent ISD Educational Service Center – Rogue Room, 2930 Knapp St NE
Grand Rapids, MI United States
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Join us for our Fall Team Planning Evening to receive support with your project. Groundswell staff will be available to assist you with maneuvering through the submission process, explain changes in funding, provide input for project ideas, and answer any questions. We are quickly approaching the October 30 deadline for initial project proposals, so take advantage of this opportunity - we are here to help! Click here to register: https://goo.gl/forms/DKiXXgml3fT1rdPq2

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PD Workshop – Using Real-World Data to Engage Students in Problem Solving

October 19 @ 8:30 am - 3:30 pm
Thornapple Room, Educational Service Center, Kent ISD, 1655 East Beltline
Grand Rapids, MI United States
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Join us for a workshop exploring how real-world data can be used to enhance your Groundswell project and provide opportunities for students to think analytically. This session will explore data collection and analysis through the lens of environmental education while modeling NGSS concepts and delivery. Click here to register: https://goo.gl/forms/2gsij8A90K68UKHh2

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November 2017

PD Workshop – Invasive Species: Ecosystem Impacts and Students as Part of the Solution

November 8 @ 8:00 am - 3:45 pm
Roselle Park, 1010 Grand River Drive NE
Ada, MI United States
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Educating students about invasive species can serve the dual purpose of meeting science content and science & engineering practices requirements for Michigan Science Standards and protecting the Great Lakes from new invasive species.  New invasions that damage our environment are so intertwined with science, economics, history, and geography that they form the perfect nexus for cross-curricular teaching.  Participants will address science concepts of adaptation, food webs, and reproduction, as well as social studies skills of map-making, persuasive writing, analyzing technical…

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December 2017

Dinner and Dialogue – Winter Celebration 2017

December 5 @ 4:30 pm - 7:00 pm
John Ball Zoo – Bissell Tree House, 1300 Fulton W
Grand Rapids, MI 49504
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Please join us for our Dinner and Dialogue winter celebration at John Ball Zoo Bissell Tree House. This year's theme will be storytelling and literacy. We will be joined by Mark Newman, author of Sooper Yooper: Environmental Defender. Our topic for the evening will be "Get outside and read: connecting students to nature through literacy". We look forward to seeing you there! Click here to register: https://goo.gl/forms/XlsfwfQOpz3CNKqx2

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January 2018

Team Planning Evening

January 17, 2018 @ 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Kent ISD Educational Service Center – Rogue Room, 2930 Knapp St NE
Grand Rapids, MI United States
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February 2018

PD Workshop – Science Writing: Helping Students Communicate About Technical Topics

February 7, 2018 @ 8:30 am - 3:30 pm
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March 2018

Dinner and Dialogue – Spring 2018

March 8, 2018 @ 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Grand Rapids Art Museum, 101 Monroe Center St NW
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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Join us to explore the Great Lakes through the eyes of an artist. Check back soon for more details!

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April 2018

PD Workshop – Cultural Waters: Exploring Watershed History Through Artifacts

April 12, 2018 @ 8:30 am - 3:30 pm
Grand Rapids Public Museum, 272 Pearl St NW
Grand Rapids, MI United States
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May 2018

Groundswell Student Showcase 2018

May 23, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Celebration! Cinema North, 2121 Celebration Dr NE
Grand Rapids, MI United States
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Please join us for the eighth annual Groundswell Student Showcase. Come help us recognize student-led efforts to protect the Grand River watershed and the Great Lakes. Groundswell students will present videos of their projects and share their experiences learning outdoors. This event is free and open to the public. No RSVP is required. We encourage you to invite guests interested in seeing the efforts of this year’s Groundswell students, teachers, and partners.

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