About Us


iFireUP is conference registration platform operated by Global Learning LLC.  Founded by Dr. Dorothy VanderJagt, Global Learning LLC, has been providing professional learning since 1991 and Global Learning partnered with Spring Arbor University in 2005 to provide graduate credit for professional learning.  Global Learning is a premier provider of state and national educational conferences and online learning.  Dorothy is a very popular speaker who is well known for developing energizing, educational workshops that provide educators with practical strategies for immediate use.  She has also conducted numerous workshops, in-services for schools, and presented at state and national conferences.  She has worked with students, teachers, and administrators as a teacher, department chair, team leader, mentor, administrator, consultant and college professor. 
 
Dorothy was a teacher for ten years, a principal for eleven years, and the Director of Teaching and Learning at Kent Intermediate School District for four years. She co-directed the Northern Exposure to Middle Level Education Conference in Frankenmuth, Michigan, for five years and has been the director of the Michigan Education Conference for twelve years.  Dorothy coaches educators, coordinates seminars, has published research on problems facing schools today, leadership, and curriculum strategies.  She has developed educational games, on-line courses, and is co-author of two popular books WOW, What a Team! and Fire Up for Learning! and author of Direction Connection and Math Connection.  Dorothy’s extensive classroom background enables her to share her experiences on a teacher-to-teacher level in a meaningful, practical, and encouraging manner. 

Our mission is to provide professional learning experiences to assist educators in improving teaching and learning.

 

Testimonials

“iFireUP's online courses are the best I have taken.  They are the latest in educational research and teach you how to use it in a real classroom.  I highly recommend them.  iFireUP is the best overall professional development experience I have had in YEARS!– Antoinette LaCinsk, Grass Lake Community Schools

“I just wanted to say thank you for all that you do.  You don't realize the personal connections you make among all of the people who join this journey.  It starts out with credits or hours needed for requirements but turns into personal experiences shared among the educators.  You truly ignite and motivate us.  Thank you for another journey!  Your energy and enthusiasm gives us hope and determination to try to be the best educators and people.  Thank you for all of your goodness and hard work!”   – Monica Logan

“This was the most interesting, productive, practical and fun conference, with life-changing results!  Thank you!”  - Lisa Henige, North Elementary School

“This was my first time attending the Michigan Education Conference but I’ll definitely be back.  In all my years of education, this conference offered me the most practical, hands-on and enthusiasm ever!  Since my first year, I’ve never been so excited to get back to school and try out the new tools I’ve acquired.  Thank you.”  – Kim Tuttle, Birch Run Public Schools


“A fantastic worthwhile self-paced course that assisted me in "re-culturing" my building.”  – Russ Facione

 “I thoroughly enjoyed the conference, from meeting new people and participating with engaging  presenters.  I can’t wait to implement the strategies, especially the love languages in my personal life and in my classroom.”   – Jennifer Krause-Prescott
“This is by far the best education professional development I have ever attended.  I am fired up!”  - Pam Metdepenningen, Jefferson School District
“As I closed my classroom at the end of the year, I was exhausted.  The fire within me had rescinded to coals and ashes.  My passion for teaching was gone.  After attending this conference I can say, there has been a spark and I have reignited the fire for teaching.  I have found the passion again.” – Debra Oosterhart, Community Action Agency South Central Michigan
“This conference was a fantastic experience.  What a fun way to network with teachers from around the state.  I’m excited to use everything I’ve learned here in my classroom.  How great it is to attend professional development I can actually use!” – Rachel Bommarito, Three Lakes Academy
“The Michigan Education Conference was a wonderful experience.  It was a great week of networking and learning.” – Khatrina Brazee, Grand Ledge Public Schools
“iFireUP is a great place to network and make new friends while learning in a comfortable atmosphere.”  – Dean Ritsema, Hudsonville Christian Middle School
“This was the first year I attended the Michigan Education Conference.  I’m excited to come again next year!  The presenters and information learned were fabulous!  This conference got me excited and energized to begin my school year.” – Melissa Millerd, Birch Run Public Schools
“I am a learner and love being with people learning.” – Kelly Knieper, Johnson Memorial High School
“I really appreciated the opportunity to rekindle my fire as an educator and fill my toolbox with practical strategies.  The energy in the room reminded me why I value being a lifelong learner.” – Shannon Rodriguez, Portland High School  
“Excellent conference and packing up my toolbox!” – Contisha Morgan
“It was my first time at this conference for me and I truly enjoyed exciting presentations.  It was fabulous!” – Riccardo Lorrentino
 “Great way to network with colleagues!  You meet fun, bright educators from all over and learn from each other, not just the speakers.”  – Ambi Dudash, Lincoln Middle School
“We came in as strangers and we left as friends.” – Joshua de Jong
“What an amazing chance to get “Fired Up!” for next year!” – Jennifer Scheale
 “I would recommend this conference to all educators it “fires” you up to begin another year.” – Deborah Kozlowski, Manistique Area Schools
“Great opportunities to network with other educators!” – Anna Balow, Ecorse Public Schools
“After attending the Annual Michigan Education Conference my fire is lit, and I am ready to make an impact with the students in my class!” – Erik Meerschaert , Eaton RESA

“iFireUP created a fire within that I can’t wait to bring back to my students.  I’m excited about all the new techniques to try this year.” – Laura Bollinger, Durand Middle School

“Great opportunities to network with other educators!” – Anna Balow, Ecorse Public Schools
“This was a fantastic course - a great blend of educational research and practical timps for any classroom.  I know I will be referencing this material for years to come." – Tami Chalmers, Zeeland

“I learned so much from my course!  It was fun and informative.  The work that they expect you to do is a reasonable workload and not busy work.  I look forward to taking another course in the future! - Tricia Olmsted

“iFireUP gave me many new ideas to immediately incorporate into my classroom.  The course made me re-evaluate how I am teaching critical reading and writing, and now I feel more confident that I'm reaching more struggling learners in the classroom." – Jordan Parks, Bath Schools

“This was an excellent course, jam packed with useful information that I can take with me into the classroom this fall.  The articles and videos were very inspiring, and I appreciated being able to work from home at my own pace.  I can't think of a better way to earn my renewal credits, and I will definitely be taking more of these online courses in the future." – Rob Campbell


“I loved the pace and content of this iFireUP course.  The material was really relevant and can be applied to my classroom." – Michelle, Caro Community Schools