Curriculum Directors' Newsletters
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).
MTSS/31a Notebook Project District Teams met Monday, February 24th!
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)
- What are districts using for classroom interventions for behavior and academics?
- Would be nice to see what everyone is using with a list!
- We will check to see if the rooms are available for teams to continue to work either before or after?
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.
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: https://bit.ly/2HLHg3r
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!!!
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 CLMSO.SISambassador@census.gov 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: www.census.gov/schools.
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 http://swa.mihealthtools.org, along with additional information about the award and creating healthy school environments. Questions may be directed to Karen Krabill Yoder at MDHHS at email@example.com or 517-335-8908.
Senate Bill 600
New Legislative Requirements for Career Exploration
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.
MVU REQUIRED COURSE to ADMINISTER MSTEP
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?
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: https://www.eidexinsights.com/prismspringworkshop.html
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 michiganascd.org to find the location closest to you!
To be invoiced, or if you have any questions, please contact Sara Bishop via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.