Curriculum Directors' Newsletters

February 2020

Change Check-Up:

February is a great time to check-in with initiatives, strategies or goals that you may have started in your district this year. It could have been a new Strategic Plan, a new curriculum, a new behavior support system, a literacy initiative or something else!

What were some of the changes that you wanted to see?

How's it going? What is working? What are challenges?

Some reminders about change:

1. All student change (behavior or academic) demands a change in adult behavior

2. For systemic change it needs to happen at all (3) levels:

  • personal level (in their classroom/on their own)-new habits
  • social level (PLC, grade level teams, with coaches) and
  • system level (school-wide/district-wide processes and supports)

3. People mess up. Encourage principals to work with their teachers to come up with a Plan B for when the process isn't followed or an acceptable alternative. Might it look different in different buildings or at different levels?

SOURCE: Change Anything (2011).

Google Classroom for Curriculum Directors:

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MTSS/31a Notebook Project District Teams met Monday, February 24th!

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Upcoming MTSS/31a Notebook Project Dates

  • March 25 from 12:00-3:00 @ GCI Conference (MDE presents with time to work with teams)
  • April 29 from 8:30-11:30 @ GCI Conference (MDE presents with time to work with teams)
  • May 27 from 12:00-3:00 @ GCI Conference (MDE presents with time to work with teams)

Some suggestions:

  1. What are districts using for classroom interventions for behavior and academics?
  2. Would be nice to see what everyone is using with a list!
  3. We will check to see if the rooms are available for teams to continue to work either before or after?

Curriculum Update:

Special Projects: Monthly Literacy Campaign for Elementary Schools

We are currently working to bring a monthly literacy activity for March, April, May and June to all elementary schools in Genesee County. These activities include a classroom activity, a school-wide activity and a parent/family engagement activity. Themes will vary for each month and can be incorporated into existing school initiatives. Elementary Principals will be given information at the upcoming Elementary Principals' Meeting on Friday, February 21st. We look forward to further increasing our literacy support throughout the county!

Michigan Merit Curriculum Proposed Changes

In your handouts today, you were given a packet outlining the proposed changes for the Michigan Merit Curriculum. Vanita Wilson reviewed the packet with the High School Principal and Counselor groups including discussion on concerns. Curriculum Directors will also discuss at their meeting on Tuesday, February 25th.

Youth Entrepreneurship (YE) Clubs

Participating districts have YE Clubs up and running. This year, Club Advisors are supporting students as they prepare for a 3-minute pitch. The countywide winner will be going to New York to compete with other winners from across the country. We are excited to be able to host this expanded Pitch Competition on May 7th.

Early Literacy Coaching Grant

Thank you to those that attended and began the discussion around the Early Literacy Coach "On Loan" opportunity through the Early Literacy Coach Grant. As we continue to assess our districts needs and existing supports, please continue to talk with staff who may be interested in this opportunity. Stay tuned for updates on this new initiative.

Read by 3rd Grade District Guide Updated Booklet

Genesee County Directors of State/Federal Program Workshop:

When: Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Time: 9:00 A.M. - 12:00 Noon

Where: Genesee Career Institute (GCI) - Explore Room; 5081 Torrey Rd.; Flint, MI 48507

Space Limited: 40


This workshop is designed to provide new, fairly new, and/or returning district-level State/Federal Program Directors in Genesee County with an overview of federal programs grant guidance and commonly used terms; as well as, an interactive overview of working with and in MEGS+ and GEMS.

Participants are Asked to Bring a Laptop Computer, a Copy of their LEA's 2019-2020 TISS and Consolidated Applications, and their MEIS ID/Password. SCECH's pending.

Questions regarding this Workshop may be directed to Dr. Corinne Edwards, MDE-OES Regional Consultant.

Please register by clicking on the link below:

Considering the Whole Child in District and School Improvement Plans-March 16th AM/PM Repeat Sessions

When: March 16 AM/PM Repeat Sessions
Where: GCI Room: Excel
What Time: 9:00-11:30 OR 1:00-3:30

Registration Link:

Sybil Lenzi and Karen Stong will present interactive half day sessions (AM or PM Repeat) 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. Deepen your knowledge about the Whole Child framework to build a foundation for a revised School/District Improvement Plan.

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).

Adaptive Schools is Coming in March!!!

Do you lead meetings? Facilitate groups? Help others come to consensus? Then you need this training!

Adaptive Schools--SAVE THE DATES!

Monday, March 16

Tuesday, March 17

Tuesday March 24

Wednesday, March 25

Led through a trainer from MASSP, Adaptive Schools is coming to the Genesee Intermediate School District. A flier will be coming out this week. Watch for it. Limited spots, so sign-up when you see it.

Don't know about Adaptive Schools? Watch the video and learn more! Click on the link:

Statistics in Schools

Statistics in Schools

The US Census Bureau is kicking off 2020 with recruitment for the Statistics in Schools Ambassador Program. Please share the messaging below with teachers in your schools and districts.

  • The U.S. Census Bureau is looking for teacher ambassadors to join the Statistics in Schools Ambassador Program. Are you a Pre-K through 12th grade teacher or know someone who is? Email for more information and how to apply to represent your school and community on a national scale.

Use census resources in the classroom – lesson plans, data, and more available for free at:

2020 School Wellness Award

2020 School Wellness Award

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) announces the launch of the 2020 School Wellness Award. The award encourages Michigan schools to promote physical activity, healthy eating, and tobacco/nicotine-free lifestyles for students and staff. The Michigan School Wellness Award recognizes and applauds schools working to create healthier school environments by establishing School Health Teams, completing the Healthy School Action Tools (HSAT) assessments and action plan, and implementing sustainable policy and environmental changes. All Michigan K-12 public and non-public schools are eligible to apply. The School Wellness Award will recognize schools committed to increasing student achievement with a healthier school community. Award winning schools will be recognized in May 2020 during a ceremony at the state capitol with local legislators.

The MDHHS, in collaboration with the Michigan Department of Education, United Dairy Industry of Michigan, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, and Action for Healthy Kids invite schools to apply for the award by April 16, 2020. The online application can be found at, along with additional information about the award and creating healthy school environments. Questions may be directed to Karen Krabill Yoder at MDHHS at or 517-335-8908.

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Senate Bill 600

As presented by Vanita Wilson

New Legislative Requirements for Career Exploration

Click HERE for the link to the reference sheet.

Social Studies Revised Standards Update

Michigan Social Studies Standards: A Bird's Eye View Presentation

If you have staff that needs access to my resources stored in Google Drive, have them send me an email ( with the request.


Each week, Spotlight on Student Assessment and Accountability provides you with time sensitive, important information on student assessments and accountability. Don’t miss critical information -- Please click the following link for the February 20, 2020 edition of Spotlight on Student Assessment and Accountability.

November's Spotlight


Dr. Tammy Pawloski Update and Debrief

Strategy #1: Building Relationships

Strategy #2: Reducing Stress

Strategy #3: Increasing Status

Strategy #4: Motivation

Strategy #5: Student Behavior

  • Your district team should be sharing the information with their staff
  • Using the information, teachers to decide what THEY are going to do in their classroom
  • Teachers should be then writing a plan and collecting data

What initiatives are happening? To what extent are teachers creating plans? Impact?

Poverty Matters-A Listing of All Strategies

for a complete list of all of the strategies:

Spelling Bee

Dear Principals, Curriculum directors and Spelling Bee Coordinators,

Below you will find links to the 2020 Genesee County Regional County Bee documents.

Spelling Bee is Coming on March 2nd!



Melissa and Linda

Professional Development Opportunities

Achievement & Growth: Assess, Evaluate and Improve with PRISM by Eidex

Achievement & Growth Workshop @ Genesee ISD"Experience" Room, Genesee Career Institute Conference Center, G-5081 Torrey Road, Flint MI 485073/6/202011:00 AM - 1:00 PMClick Here

Information and Registration:

All Learning is Social & Emotional - Join Us March 10, 2020
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All Learning is Social & Emotional


March 10, 2020

9:00 - 3:00 p.m.


$165 per person

Teams of 3+ are $145 per person

Visit to find the location closest to you!

To be invoiced, or if you have any questions, please contact Sara Bishop via email at

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