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July/August 2020

Post COVID-19 Closure Update

On June 15, 2020, the Genesee Intermediate School District partially re-opened buildings for staff to report to the office following the rescission of Governor Whitmer's "Stay Home, Stay Safe" order (EO 2020-42).

As in the past, in an effort to lower energy usage & costs, the GISD will continue to implement adjusted hours for the summer months. The GISD will be open Monday through Thursday from 7:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. and all GISD buildings and programs will be closed on Fridays. Regular hours will resume with week of August 24, 2020.

Due to the situation and restrictions to keep everyone as safe & healthy as possible, the GISD has adapted to accommodate the need for more remote learning along with precautions for in-person events. We currently have some face-to-face workshop opportunities scheduled in the upcoming months and more details will follow regarding safety measures that participants will be asked to follow. Currently, all staff & visitors to GISD will need to complete a mandatory health screening to enter the building.

Please visit the GISD Website for more information regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19). This includes updates regarding executive orders, safety protocols and resources for schools, families, staff and the community.

Considering the Whole Child in District & School Improvement Plans

MDE believes caring for, supporting, and educating the whole child is an essential part of promoting academic achievement and excellence throughout the Pre-natal through Age 20 (P-20) system. The practical aspects of promoting the whole child requires an approach that encompasses evidence-based practices. MDE supports the Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child (WSCC) model, a leading national model. The WSCC model was developed in collaboration by education and public health practitioners (ASCD and the Centers for Disease Control). These half day sessions (AM or PM) are structured to provide an overview of the ASCD/CDC Whole School, Community, Child (WSCC) model and the implications for creating Needs Assessments and Improvement Plans via ASSIST or MICIP.

This event was originally scheduled for March 16, 2020 at the GISD Davis Education Center and has been re-worked in a virtual format as a recorded presentation. Please click here to access the free webinar. The entire presentation, without pauses, takes approximately 1.25 hours to view.

All handouts and materials referenced in this presentation have been made available to you via the following link: http://bit.ly/2vzlZ9L

The presenters recommend the following handouts be downloaded printed prior to viewing the presentation:

  • The entire TENET Indicators UpdateFolder
  • The WSCC Improvement Plan Format Updated 2020.pdf
  • WHOLE CHILD Update Genesee ISD Spring 2020 HANDOUT.pdf
  • WSCC Components&RelatedTenetIndicatorsTally.docx
  • WSCC Five Tenets of Whole Child and ASCD Ten Indicators 2.0.pdf

Sloan/Longway Virtual Townhall Meeting

Interactive virtual programs could prove to be especially important in this upcoming school year. Sloan Museum/Longway Planetarium have virtual field trips for your elementary school students. They would like to share those programs with you and also get your input on programs that need to be developed to engage and that would be valuable to your students. Your input is essential and very important. Please join the Director of Education and Outreach for Sloan Museum of Discovery and Longway Planetarium, Laurie Bone, for this one hour town hall meeting on Zoom so that you can be part of the planning process. We would like to have new programs in place to offer for the 2020-2021 school year.

Tuesday, July 21, 2020 - 10:00am - 11:00am

View details and enroll here!

[CANCELED] Kindergarten Readiness Assessment Training (KRA Training)

Join us for this two day professional learning to become certified in administering the KRA.

The state mandated assessment measures school readiness of incoming kindergartners across four domains: Language and Literacy, Social Foundations, Mathematics, and Physical Well-Being and Motor Development. It is administered over the first 45 school days.

This course has been cancelled. Anyone needing training can email dprevett@geneseeisd.org for more information or call 810-591-4487.

July 27 & July 28, 2020

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[CANCELED] Cognitive Coaching Seminar

These sessions are designed to produce self-directed persons with the cognitive capacity for excellence both independently and as members of a community. Research indicates that teaching is a complex intellectual activity and that teachers who think at higher levels produce students who are higher achieving, more cooperative, and better problem solvers. It is the invisible skills of teaching, the thinking processes that underlie instructional decisions, which produce superior instruction. Cognitive Coaching™ is a research-based model that capitalizes upon and enhances teachers’ cognitive processes.

August 19 & August 20, 2020

September 30 & October 1, 2020

February 2 & February 3, 2021

March 2 & March 3, 2021

Due to the current uncertainty of the pandemic, this series has been CANCELED at this time with the intention of being rescheduled later in the year. Please stay tuned for updates!

[POSTPONED] Add+Vantage Math Recovery Course 1 (AVMR 1) - MiSTEM Grant Funded

Add+VantageMR® (AVMR) Course 1 is a four-day course that includes dynamic, diagnostic, individual assessments in number words and numerals, structuring numbers, and addition and subtraction strategies. The assessment, data collecting, and teaching tools accelerate the educator's ability to recognize the students' current levels of numeracy understanding to make data-driven instructional decisions. AVMR is beneficial for anyone working or supervising others in the area of mathematics. It is most appropriate for pre-kindergarten through elementary, as well as for middle school educators who work with students that have fallen at least two years behind standards. AVMR Course 1 is a prerequisite to AVMR Course 2.

This series, originally scheduled to begin in August 2020, will be held virtually and dates/times will be determined.

View details and enroll here!


5 Dimensions of Teaching & Learning/5D+ Teacher Evaluation Rubric Workshop - VIRTUAL


The GISD is excited to partner with MASSP to host this workshop at the GISD this Fall. MASSP has partnered with the Center for Educational Leadership (CEL) to offer training to help educators develop a clear understanding of what inquiry-based evaluation looks like and how it will help them improve instructional practice.

This workshop series will begin in August 2020.

For more information about this professional learning opportunity and to register, please visit https://massp.com/5Dtraining!

[CANCELED] Adaptive Schools

The GISD will also be partnering with MASSP for the presentation of Adaptive Schools Seminar at the GISD beginning in August 2020!

This training not only explores what makes teams effective but how to develop skills as facilitators and knowledgeable group members in informal and formal settings of all group sizes. Participants will move beyond the idea of professional learning communities into the actual implementation, describing specific ways to weave the collaborative fabric of faculty, develop group member skills, and acquire the principles and understandings to engage a continuous cycle of a team and individual improvement. Adaptive Schools is the “how” of professional learning communities: how to behave in groups, how to lead them, and how to facilitate them for improved leading, teaching and learning.

For more information about this workshop, please visit https://www.massp.com/adaptive-schools-seminar.

Registration is now open! Click the flyer below to enroll!

[CANCELED] Student-Centered Coaching

Participants will learn concrete strategies for implementing a coaching model that is grounded in student evidence. This will include an introduction to the core practices for student-centered coaching. We will also explore how principals and district leaders can take an active role in leading a coaching effort.

October 20-21, 2020

View details and enroll here!

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Leadership Meetings

We are gearing up to begin our annual Elementary & Secondary subject matter Leadership Meetings. We encourage you to join for these informative and collaborative learning opportunities offered throughout the year!


  • Elementary Leadership - 1st Meeting - September 17, 2020
  • Secondary Leadership/GFEC - 1st Meeting - October 1, 2020
  • *No registration required for these events


  • Elementary Leadership - 1st Meeting - October 14, 2020 (view details & enroll here)
  • Secondary Leadership - 1st Meeting - October 13, 2020 (view details & enroll here)

Social Studies

  • Elementary Leadership - 1st Meeting - October 27, 2020 (view details & enroll here)
  • Secondary Leadership - 1st Meeting - October 6, 2020 (view details & enroll here)


  • Elementary Leadership - 1st Meeting - December 7, 2020 (view details & enroll here)
  • Middle School Leadership - 1st Meeting - November 16, 2020 (view details & enroll here)

2020-2021 Genesee County Counselors Meetings

The 2020-2021 Genesee County Counselors Meetings will be a series of eight meetings held between September and May. There will be a variety of topics covered pertinent to the work completed by school counselors.

The first meeting in this series will be held virtually via Zoom platform. For more information or to register for these meetings, please click here!

First Meeting: Thursday, September 24, 2020

Happiness Advantage Training

The Happiness Advantage | Orange Frog Workshop was first introduced to Genesee Intermediate School District (GISD) leaders in summer 2016. They were so impressed with the workshop and its many immediate and positive affects, they committed to become Happiness Advantage | Orange Frog Workshop presenters so they could train all GISD staff on the principles of positive psychology.

Since that time, nearly all GISD staff have participated in the workshop, and now GISD leaders are ready to bring the Happiness Advantage to you!

The Happiness Advantage | Orange Frog Workshop presented by GISD will cover key principles for creating a more positive and productive workplace and lifestyle. Participants will first learn to embrace the benefits of positive thinking and then learn how to share that positivity with coworkers, leading to a compounding effect inside the organization.

If the goals of your organization include finding ways to overcome adversity, improve engagement with staff and the community, or bring more gratitude and joy into your everyday culture, GISD can help!

For more information on how your district can benefit from the Happiness Advantage or to register for an upcoming training, please visit orangefrog.geneseeisd.org!