KRA in MI Team Newsletter

March, 2021

KRA Updates

There is a new KRA in MI Website!

All information from is now housed here.

2021-2022 Prior Care Form

The 2021-2022 Updated KRA Prior Care Form has been updated to include a pandemic section to gather data on how the pandemic changed prior care decisions made by families.

"As our world has become more and more connected, we have to remember that connecting broadly is useless unless we connect deeply." - The Adaptable Mind

The Adaptable Mind

Do you have a 21st-century mind? Do you foster the learning of 21st-century minds in your classroom? The skills we need most in today's world in any profession is our ability to be human. Essentially we need the qualities machines don't have: curiosity, creativity, initiative, multi-disciplinary thinking, and empathy.

Educator Wellness

Presto Plans provides a 30 Day Happy Teacher Challenge. As March comes in like a lion and out like a lamb, it may be a great opportunity to take part in these daily challenges to center yourself in happiness and gratitude. Click the picture above to get a copy of the calendar.

Safe YouTube for Kids

Want to share online videos with your students safely and without ads? Video Link allows you to create links that navigate students to the video without the extra content that often surrounds videos on Youtube.

Home Connections

Love over Bias

This video, Love Over Bias, illustrates kids overcoming adversity with the help of their moms. Adversity impacts even Olympic athletes, where over half have shared they have experienced bias on their journey to the Olympics. It takes a united effort to dismantle the inequity and oppression in our country.

The Michigan Learning Channel has provided a series of lessons for English Language Learners aligned with Michigan content standards. These videos are accompanied by learning materials that provide rich opportunities for home connections.

Social Emotional Learning

Research has shown that physical activity can have a significant impact on children's mental health. The CDC recommends that school-age children participate in at least 60 minutes of physical activity a day. Unfortunately, only 24% of school-aged children participate in the recommended amount of physical activity. The HIIT workout above is easy to integrate into classroom activities or transitions. Click the image to get the printable by He's Extraordinary.

Celebrating Identities in March is Reading Month

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As seen in the image above, the percentage of books representing characters from diverse backgrounds is limited. How culturally responsive and diverse is your classroom library? Take this Classroom Library Questionnaire to help you analyze your classroom to determine areas of growth and strength.

Colours of Us provide comprehensive multicultural book lists. These may be great resources as you build lists for March is Reading month.

Diverse Book List

African Multicultural Children's Books

Asian Multicultural Children's Book

Hispanic Multicultural Children’s Books

Middle East & North African Children's Books

Native American Children's Books

We understand that these lists do not encompass the multitude of racial and ethnic identities represented in our classrooms across the state. If you have resources that will help ensure more identities are represented, please share with us and we will include them in our future newsletters.

MAME (Michigan Association for Media in Education) has created a few resources that are useful in finding diverse books to help educators represent all identities in their classrooms.

MAME 2020 “MISelf in Books” Diverse Book List provides a list of books recommended by certified librarians based on the books they see students enjoying and reading in their libraries. These books are recently published and written by #ownvoice authors.

Diverse Books Resources is a list of resources to help educators find additional diverse texts.

MAME “MISelf in Books” Directory of #ownvoices Books App includes additional resources for each book such as links to author websites, official book trailers, teaching or discussion guides, etc. Use the QR code below to get the app.

MAME MISelf in Books App

Professional Learning Opportunities

KRA Informational Webinar for Leaders

When: Wednesday, March 24th, from 11:00 am to 12:00 pm

Where: This is a virtual learning session.

*A Zoom link will be shared with ISD leads via email. Please connect with your ISD lead if you are an ISD leader or administrator that would like to attend.*

Building Your Classroom Resilience Toolbox

When: Tuesday, April 13th and Tuesday, May 11th from 4:00 pm to 5:30 pm

Where: This is a virtual learning session.

Children are resilient! These sessions will focus on resilience, building an awareness of the definition within the framework of trauma, poverty, and bias. Then, we will examine the interrelated science of the brain, emotions, and typical stressors in the classroom. Not only will teachers understand the brain state but will leave these sessions with practical application strategies they can use immediately in their classroom to build students’ awareness of their emotions and regulation tools.

(SCECH will be available for purchase for those attending both sessions.)

Register Here!

Please save the date for these statewide KRA implementation training opportunities. As enhancements to the training are still being determined, dates and times are subject to change.

New Training of Trainers (ToT) Training

This training will certify trainers to train teachers to administer the KRA with fidelity, use the KReady system to collect data, and access the online resources.

All training will be held virtually. The dates below are for all new trainers across the state. Trainers need only participate in one of the bulleted options.

  • Monday, May 17th and Tuesday, May 18th from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm
  • Tuesday, May 25th and Wednesday, May 26th from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm
  • Tuesday, July 27th from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm and 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm

  • Tuesday, August 10th from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm and 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm

  • Wednesday, August 11th from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm and 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm

Data Manager Training

Data Manager Training Part A: Teacher Data

When: Thursday, May 13th from 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm

This training will prepare new and existing data managers to load teacher data in order to support upcoming KRA teacher training.

Data Manager Training Part B: Student Data

When: Wednesday, July 28th from 9:00 am to 10:30 am

This training will prepare new and existing data managers to load teacher, student, and enrollment data to support the fall administration of the KRA.

Teacher Refresher Training

August 12, 2021: 9-10 am or 1-2 pm

August 18, 2021: 9-10 am or 1-2 pm

August 19, 2021: 9-10 am or 1-2 pm

August 24, 2021: 9-10 am or 1-2 pm

Connect With Us!

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Melissa Brooks-Yip

KRA/MKEO Supervisor

Miriam White

KRA/MKEO Specialist

Alyssa Nicol

KRA/MKEO Facilitator and Data Coach

Regions 4, 7, 8 and 9

Chelsea Chambers

KRA/MKEO Facilitator and Data Coach

Regions 6 and 10

Cindy Brown

KRA/MKEO Facilitator and Data Coach

Regions 1, 2, 3, and 5