JCISD Learning Services Update

November 2022


The Jackson County ISD Learning Services & Instruction Department services many areas of education and our community. Our areas of service include, but are not limited to: Leadership, Continuous Improvement, Early Childhood, Whole Child, Attendance/Truancy, Multi-tiered Systems of Support (MTSS), Literacy, Math, and Science. (See LS General Org Chart).

If you have a new request for services/support or any feedback for improvement of our team... well, we want to hear from you! Click here to complete the form and we will get back to you!

In this issue of our Learning Services Newsletter, we are taking a special look at our Literacy Team. Also, you will find upcoming PD opportunities, ways we are putting into action your suggestions, and ways to contact us!

The Literacy Team

The Jackson County ISD Literacy team assists local school districts in the creation of a sustained, collaborative culture for literacy improvement from the early phases of literacy acquisition through adolescent literacy. Included in this effort are the JCISD Early Literacy Coaching, Reading Recovery®, Teachers College Reading and Writing Units of Study, and Comprehensive Literacy Professional Learning opportunities which focus on evidence-based best practices.

The literacy team is comprised of Literacy Consultants Maeghan McCormick and Sandy White and Early Literacy Coaches Darcy Heselschwerdt, Holly Nelson, and Amy Reynolds.

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Jackson Reads!

There was a wonderful turnout on October 29th for the first Jackson Reads! event of 2022-2023. Kids arrived at the Jackson Y-Center all dressed up in their Halloween costumes but there wasn't a piece of candy in sight! Nobody was disappointed though because kids from birth to fifth grade were given a bag filled with high-quality books intentionally selected for their age group. Families had free access to the Y-Center including a dip in the pool to "bob" for a pumpkin. Free cider, donuts, hats, and mittens completed the day.

The main purpose of Jackson Reads! is to get books into the hands and homes of kids in our community. We do this mainly through book distributions in various locations across the community. A particular focus is on areas where kids may not, otherwise have ample access to books for their homes.

Our next book distribution event will be on January 21st, 2023 at the Jackson YMCA!

Every Child, Every Day

In Every Child, Every Day Richard Allington and Rachael Gabriel discuss six elements of effective literacy instruction that do not require much money or time, just educators' decision to put them in place in this seminal article from 2012.

The Straw Man in the New Round of Reading Wars

"It is time to change the thinking from rigid “either-or choices” in literacy instruction to responsive “yes-ands” that engage children’s unique pathways to literacy."

In this article from the Washington Post, The Straw Man in the New Round of Reading Wars, Rachael Gabriel cautions about raising the alarm about current practices and running in the other direction.

Literacy Professional Learning at a Glance

Literacy Networking Opportunities

If you are a teacher looking for a way to connect, collaborate, share and grow professionally please consider joining one of the first-ever Jackson County literacy focused networks. The Elementary Literacy Network and the ELA Network for Secondary Teachers will be meeting periodically throughout the year. If you are interested in receiving email communications regarding either network, please complete the appropriate form below.

Click here to join the distribution list for the Elementary Literacy Network.

Click here to join the distribution list for the ELA Network for Secondary Teachers.

Fall 2022 Bi-Annual Impact Survey

The Learning Services and Instruction Department has been working on measuring the impact of the services and supports we provide to our local school districts, community partners, and community based organizations. This impact survey helps us better understand which services and supports are making a positive impact in each of your roles and in our county. We use the data from this survey to drive decisions and set goals within the department in order to serve our educators, community partners, and CBO's in the most impactful way possible. We are asking you to take approximately 5-7 minutes to complete our impact survey. Your voice matters to us!

Click here to complete the survey

The survey is open. We want EVERYBODY to take this survey, even if you haven't utilized any services in the past year, we need to know and better understand why.

**everyone that completes the survey will be entered into a drawing for a chance to win a Bluetooth speaker or $50 in educational resources from Amazon.

If you have any questions, please reach out to Kara Klotz (kara.klotz1@jcisd.org) or Dr. Tovah Sheldon (tovah.sheldon@jcisd.org). Thank you in advance for your time and efforts. We value your input, experiences, and perspectives.

You Asked...We Listened

Based on your suggestions, we are happy to offer virtual professional learning where you are able to earn SCECHs. Check out our October Day of Discovery Recordings!

The next Day of Discovery is March 13. Please consider presenting and/or collaborating.

A Spotlight on Upcoming Learning Services PD Opportunities

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.

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

Online offerings for Literacy Essentials

Online resources and offerings for Math Essentials

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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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