Resources for Educators & Families

JCISD Whole Child: June 1st

Learning Snapshot: Essential Instructional Practices for Remote Learning

This Learning Snapshot provides a framework to guide teachers in transitioning common classroom instructional practices to an online environment. Participants will learn examples of several essential Ed Tech instructional practices.

Theme: Helping Others Transition to a Remote Environment

Audience: For use by teachers for students of all ages.

Presentation: Essential Instructional Practices for Remote Learning (voice-over), Essential Instructional Practices for Remote Learning (slides)

Additional materials: Visual Summary and Discussion Questions

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Join Us Thursday Mornings for Talk Time

The Whole Child Team is re-starting "Talk Time" Support Sessions! We will host a weekly session every Thursday morning from 9:00-10:00 am...starting this Thursday, June 4th. If you are:

  • Looking for ways to learn from others across the county
  • Needing some encouragement and a safe space to let down your guard
  • Wanting to collaborate, share ideas, resources or tools
  • Desiring to problem solve and troubleshoot on topics you are all dealing with in your work
  • Hoping to belong to a support system of fellow educators

then...TALK TIME sessions will be the perfect fit! Please feel free to share the attached information with any educator or school staff person who may be interested! We hope to provide a trusting space where people can come together and connect.


New Whole Child Email

Our Whole Child Team has a new email address that we will be sending mass information and upcoming learning opportunities from.

Be on the lookout for emails coming from and open knowing that it's from your Whole Child Team at the Jackson County ISD

Upcoming Whole Child Collaborative Meeting

Our next quarterly Whole Child Collaborative meeting will take place Wednesday, June 3rd from 8:30-10:00am.

Although we will not be able to meet face to face...we will meet virtually via Zoom to:

  • Share updates on what is happening related to supporting student whole child needs during.
  • Breakout into conversation groups to discuss some hot topics related to whole child.
  • Learn about the themes that arose from our conversations with youth at our last meeting and potential next steps.
  • Hear about bright spots in our community.
  • See how you can access distance learning resources in the Whole Child Website.

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 795 7630 1514 Password: 3BBNEf

Food Distribution Sites

Our schools and community have come together to ensure that all of our students are fed during this time of crisis. Click here for a list of school district food distribution sites.

Michigan Department of Education also released a map showing food sites across the state.

View it here.

Jackson County Food Pantry List

Most Teen's Don't Campaign

Most Teen's Don't is their Prom Sticker Shock campaign this year. Below is a letter from Emma Sigman, the Coordinator of Jackson Most Teen's Don't.

I am writing to you today regarding a social media campaign that Most Teens Don’t is hosting for this year’s Prom Sticker Shock activities.

As I am sure you know adolescent alcohol use rises during prom and graduation season. In past year’s Most Teens Don’t has implemented Prom Sticker Shock in partnership with local alcohol vendors in an attempt to raise awareness around teen alcohol use and the importance of not furnishing alcohol to minors. Due to current social distancing regulations what we have done in past years for this event is not possible, therefore; this year, Most Teens Don’t has decided to launch a social media Sticker Shock campaign that coincides with graduation season.

We have created a social media banner, profile photo filter/frame, poster, and infographic for people to share on all social media outlets. All of these items are attached, and the photo filter/frame can be found on Facebook when you search “Most Teens Don’t”. We hope that your school will help support this cause and message during this year’s graduation season by utilizing and sharing these items on your social media pages and webpage.

Thank you for your continued support of Most Teens Don’t and helping us spread the message of why it is important for teens to stay away from alcohol, tobacco and other drugs.

Contact Emma Sigman at for more information!

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Michigan Will Add Online Purchasing, Free “Quarantine Care Kits”

To make life easier on families who need to stay home during the pandemic, Michigan families who participate in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) soon will be able to buy their food online from two national retailers. In addition, the state is also rolling out “quarantine care kits” with essential goods for families with low and moderate incomes who are in quarantine or isolation.

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) announced today that the state expects to have the online purchase option available before the end of this week. Michigan received approval from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Food and Nutrition Service to allow SNAP recipients to redeem their food assistance benefits at and

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Teachers Are Anxious and Overwhelmed. They Need SEL Now More Than Ever.

In the span of just three days, over 5,000 U.S. teachers responded to the survey. We asked them to describe, in their own words, the three most frequent emotions they felt each day.

The five most-mentioned feelings among all teachers were: anxious, fearful, worried, overwhelmed and sad. Anxiety, by far, was the most frequently mentioned emotion.

The reasons educators gave for these stress-related feelings could be divided into two buckets. The first is mostly personal, including a general fear that they or someone in their family would contract COVID-19, the new coronavirus. The second pertains to their stress around managing their own and their families’ needs while simultaneously working full-time from home and adapting to new technologies for teaching.

Teachers Are Anxious and Overwhelmed. They Need SEL Now More Than Ever.

How Parents Can Help Their Kids While Managing Distance Learning

Start with fun. “Try to have some fun before you get started,” said Becky Van Ry, an elementary school science teacher. Run around the house or do some yoga.

Build a routine. Kids do best when the world is predictable, said psychologist and author Lisa Damour. Start with “aspirational” practices—everyone up by 7:00 a.m., class starts at 8:00 a.m.—and refine them as needed. Think of them as provisional routines, Damour said, which over time can become sturdy.

Trust the teachers. A lot of parents are sending around cool STEM projects and off-the-shelf English assignments. Though well-intended, such work shouldn’t supplant the assignments given to students by their teachers. “The child’s teacher is providing all they need,” Van Ry said. “Teachers are trying to figure out the best system for doing this without overwhelming kids and their families.” If a child is desperate for supplemental work, fine. But otherwise, stick to what the teachers require.

If you’re stumped, turn it over to the teachers. Making sense of and then explaining concepts that parents (might have) learned 30 years ago could be impossible. This is the time for kids to contact their teachers. “Teachers have office hours built into each day, so students have the opportunity to Google chat, Google Meet, email, or call their teachers,” said Ben Krahn, who teaches English at Middlebury Union High School, in Vermont.

For More, Click Here

Staff Wellness

The National Center on Safe Supportive Learning Environments has released a packet that includes resources to effectively manage anxiety, secondary traumatic stress and tips for engaging with positive social supports.

"Educators, counselors, and other support staff who work with students exposed to trauma are at risk of being indirectly traumatized as a result of hearing about their students’ experiences and witnessing the negative effects. In the first section of this packet, learn about secondary traumatic stress and related conditions; in the second section, use the tools and strategies provided to help you create individual and schoolwide plans to promote staff self-care and resilience."

Read more and take the assessment here!

Resources from JCSID Tech

Here are the latest professional development options. **New next week, Math and Science content!

Tech Consortium Week of 6/1 Virtual PD

Distance Learning Page

**New Google Jamboard Tutorials

Past Webinar Recordings

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Relax & Breathe

RELAX AND BREATHE: Do Nothing for 10 Minutes

Contact the Whole Child Team

Janelle Buchler: Whole Child Consultant (

Eric Swihart: Whole Child Coordinator (

Caitlin Williams: Attendance and Homeless Program Coordinator (

Rebecca Hurst: Behavior Health Project Coordinator (

Kelsea Jabkiewicz: Data Integration and Medicaid Cost Recovery Coordinator (

Angela Maddox: Whole Child Secretary (