JCISD Learning Services Update

February 2023


The Jackson County ISD Learning Services & Instruction Department services many areas of education and our community. We have a few events coming up that we are very excited about!

Day of Discovery: click here to register and to see all of the offerings!

  • When March 13, 2023 (8:30-4:00)
  • Where: Virtual
  • Keynote: Max Stossel
  • What: All Academic Areas-Curriculum & Instruction including McKinney Vento 101 Learning Session, Trauma Informed Practices, Student Voice, Building Key Relationships and more

Jackson READS:

  • When: May 13, 2023 (11:00-4:00)
  • Where: Ella Sharp Museum
  • What: Completely FREE event, each child will get a bag of 10 age-specific books, authors will be reading and signing books, Ella Sharp Museum will be open and FREE events will be happening all day

In this issue of our Learning Services Newsletter, we are taking a special look at the Early Childhood Team. Also, you will find upcoming PD opportunities, other happenings/bright spots, ways we are putting your suggestion into action and ways to contact us!

If you have a new request for services/support and you aren't quite sure who to contact or any feedback for improvement of our team, we want to hear from you! Click here to contact us.

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Talking is Teaching

"Talking is Teaching" is a national public AWARENESS and ACTION campaign. It is a community-wide effort to ensure the community as a whole knows how important and easy building literacy skills and early brain development in children can be by simply talking, reading and singing to children everyday.

The JCISD is partnering with community members including providers, pediatricians, faith-based leaders, libraries and community-based organizations who are committed to sharing information with parents and caregivers about the critical role they play in their child's early brain development.

The AWARENESS is shown through high-quality printed materials such as bookmarks, posters, talking cards, tote bags, books and stickers. AWARENESS is also seen through PSA's and radio ads. ACTION is shown through trusted messengers who have established positive, trusting relationships with parents/caregivers and are conduits of information and tools. ACTION also looks like distributing materials within the community or becoming a funder of "Talking is Teaching".

"Talking is Teaching" aims to transform everyday places where families spend time into language-rich environments. Laundromats, grocery store chains, nature trails, physicians' offices, libraries and other businesses around the community will display creative materials that encourage families to talk, read and sing while they engage in everyday activities.

To get more information or to become involved, please visit our Talking is Teaching Jackson Facebook page.

What is GSRP?

The Great Start Readiness Program (GSRP)
  • Michigan's state-funded preschool for four-year-old children
  • Families qualify for free preschool based on annual income guidelines along with other possible risk factors
  • GSRP currently serves over 600 students in 40 classrooms throughout the county

If you or anyone you know has a child who will turn four before September 1, 2023, start the application process by clicking on the flyer below!

What is the work of GSRP?

One of the fundamental components of GSRP is the collection and assessment of child data. Teachers collect data using assessment tools designed for preschool children. The data is collected throughout the year and compiled three time per year.

Information from the fall data set is showing us that children are functioning below level in emotional self-regulation and literacy skills. Areas where most children are functioning at expected levels are writing, some math concepts and using an expanded vocabulary. Data review meetings have happened and practices have been put into place to support more children reaching the "at level" criteria. After the winter data set is completed, we will compare that information with the fall numbers to see which interventions worked and plan for what we need to focus on next.

Because of this data collection, we were able to implement the Inclusion Series. Throughout the fall and winter, the early childhood team collaborated with the special education team to present a series of trainings for GSRP teachers. Participants learned about the IEP process and interpreting an IEP, how to use sensory material with students, CORE vocabulary, and communications systems. They also heard first-hand experiences of parents who have children with special needs.

Upcoming Events

Preschool Round Up

We will be holding two events for families/caregivers who are interested in the 2023-2024 GSRP and Head Start preschool programs.

April 28th, 2023 @ Keeley Hall at the Jackson County Fairgrounds from 10 AM-1:00 PM and 3:30-6:00 PM

June 16th, 2023 @ American One Event Center from 10 AM-1:00 PM and 3:30-6:00 PM

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Kindergarten Kits & Kindergarten Round Up

Each year the Early Childhood Team puts together Kindergarten Kits that include items to help children prepare for Kindergarten. Some of these items include scissors, crayons, a book, foam letters, and a dry erase board. This year, we will be putting together 1600 kits and giving them to Jackson County Schools to give to their incoming Kindergarten students at Kindergarten Round Up. For details on your school districts' round up, look directly on your school website or social media.

Other K-12 Opportunities...

Free and Low-Cost Online Professional Learning Options Approved for Certificate Renewal and Progression

Working towards and leveraging high-quality instruction, resources and practice is at the core of what Learning Services does. Check out the JCISD PD Website and click here to register for the amazing professional learning opportunities that you see below and many more:

  • Adaptive Schools Seminars

  • Interactive Read Aloud for 6-8 grade

  • Tier 1 and Tier 2 Building Leadership Team Series

  • Leadership Series for the School-Wide and Center-Wide Essential Practices in Literacy

  • Supporting the Essentials through Literacy Coaching

  • Small Group Instruction in the Early Literacy Classroom

And many more...

Request of Service/Support and Feedback for Improvement

Do you have a new request for services/support and you aren't quite sure who to contact or any feedback for improvement of our team... well, we want to hear from you!

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