KRA in MI Team Newsletter

May, 2021

KRA Updates

Our team has created this newsletter to be one source of information on the KRA but it is only a snapshot of where we are at in our planning and progress upon sending. For the most up-to-date information, please be sure to visit our new website!

All information from is now housed here, as well.

The 2021-2022 KRA Prior Care Form has been updated to include a pandemic section to gather data on how the pandemic changed prior care decisions made by families. This information is needed for kindergarten registration. Families should select one option as it will be input into the KReady system as a dropdown option.

Training Materials Update

JHU will have the following training materials updated and available by May 10th:

  • KRA Online Modules
  • Teacher Training Materials
  • Simulator and Content Assessment

JHU will have the following refresher materials updated and available by June 1st:

  • Teacher Refresher Module
  • Recertification Content Assessment

Note: All of the above dates are subject to change.

Did you forget what your KRA Kit looks like? Here are a few pictures to help you find your kit.

"It is our superpowers that not only make us unique, but make us effective and successful in our day-to-day interactions and work." - Dr. Kristie Pretti-Frontczak

What's Your Superpower

What is your Superpower?

The Superpowers Self-Assessment by Dr. Kristie Pretti-Frontczak helps you identify what makes you unique and powerful. Tell us below, are you a Solutionary, Constructivist, Planner, or Unifier? Knowing your superpower helps you grow in your emotional intelligence.

Home Connections

Children need opportunities to play outside. Our bodies need vitamin D from sunshine which contributes to improving our immune system and increasing healthy sleep. Children need exercise. Outdoor play helps achieve this need as well as offering numerous other benefits.

  • Outdoor play promotes active play.
  • Outdoor play allows children the opportunity to practice executive functioning skills such as planning, prioritizing, troubleshooting, negotiating, and multitasking.
  • Outdoor play lends itself to children taking risks and learning their boundaries.
  • Children learn how to navigate unstructured time with other children in outdoor play.
  • Children learn to appreciate nature when they are able to engage and explore.

(6 reasons children need to play outside by Claire McCarthy, MD)
As the weather gets warmer, challenge your families to spend time outdoors. Share this tracking sheet by 1000 Hours Outside with families to emphasize the importance of outdoor play and provide a visual incentive.

Nature scavenger hunts blend the benefits of scavenger hunts with the benefits of spending time outdoors. Spending time outside is important for children as it builds confidence, promotes creativity and imagination, teaches responsibility, provides stimulation, gets kids moving, makes them think and reduces stress and fatigue. Scavenger hunts rely on working memory, cooperation, following multi-step directions, and persistence. Use these scavenger hunts in your classroom or provide families with ideas for engaging ways to spend time outdoors together.

Want to learn but need a break from your device or screen? Check out these podcasts!

Social Emotional Learning

The National Center for Pyramid Model Innovations (NCPMI) provides support to improve the social, emotional, and behavioral outcomes of young children. NCPMI has provided a quick guide with 10 steps for Helping Children Understand Emotions When Wearing Masks so that they are able to interpret your most expressive feature when covered. One suggestion is to wear a lanyard with Feeling or Emotion Cards.

Domain Interconnectedness

The Florida Center for Reading Research provides teachers with classroom materials that are useful in implementing student center activities that promote literacy in a way that is specific, targeted, and developmentally appropriate.

The Alphabet Memory Game pictured above not only strengthens students' ability to match upper and lower case letters but gives them opportunities to practice social-emotional skills. Playing this game will require students to utilize working memory to recall where cards are placed. It will require students to plan, make choices, and follow rules. If playing with a group or partner, it facilitates cooperation among peers. Finally, as students play and inevitably don't find matches, they must find the persistence within themselves to finish the game.

Check out the Florida Center for Reading Research for more student-centered activities that will not only help students build stronger literacy skills but also social-emotional skills.

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Jillian Heise, the creator of #classroombookaday, shares a list of books that will help shape the message you want to leave your students with at the end of the year. She gives more insight into her purpose in creating this list in her Follett Community Blog, What Message Will You Leave Your Students With This Year?


Examples of Child-Friendly Explanations is a graphic from A Teacher's Guide to Vocabulary Development Across the Day: Grades K-3 by Dr. Tanya Wright. Wright and Neuman conducted a study that included 600 observation hours in 55 kindergarten classrooms. They found that teachers often had no planned vocabulary instruction and instead relied on "teachable moments." Dr. Wright shares more in a Heinemann Blog and Podcast, Vocabulary Development Across the Day. She also shares remote vocabulary development ideas in a blog Supporting Vocabulary Development Across the Day During Remote Learning.

Follow @kr_ain on Twitter for a chance to enter a raffle to receive a copy of Tanya Wright's book!

Professional Learning Opportunities

Note: All registrations require an account with the WISD Online Registration system.

Building Your Classroom Resilience Toolbox Session 2

When: Tuesday, May 11th from 4:00 pm to 5:30 pm

Where: This is a virtual learning session.

Children are resilient! These sessions will focus on resilience, building an awareness of the definition within the framework of trauma, poverty, and bias. Then, we will examine the interrelated science of the brain, emotions, and typical stressors in the classroom. Not only will teachers understand the brain state but will leave these sessions with practical application strategies they can use immediately in their classroom to build students’ awareness of their emotions and regulation tools.

(SCECH will be available for purchase for those attending both sessions.)

Register Here!

Please save the date for these statewide KRA implementation training opportunities. As enhancements to the training are still being determined, dates and times are subject to change. To register, you will likely need to create a new account as we are using a new registration platform this year.

Refresher Training for Trainers

This training will provide trainers who have participated in the Training of New Trainers (ToT) with a review of the training requirements and tools. The training will be held virtually. This session will be useful for those trainers who participated in the Spring/Summer 2020 training but did not administer the KRA during the 2020-2021 school year due to the test administration suspension.

New Training of Trainers (ToT) Training

This training will certify trainers to train teachers to administer the KRA with fidelity, use the KReady system to collect data, and access the online resources.

All training will be held virtually. The dates below are for all new trainers across the state. Trainers need only participate in one of the bulleted options. After new trainers register for one of the options below, they will receive an email with asynchronous modules that must be completed prior to the selected training date. Please keep in mind, registration will close two weeks prior to the start of the training. Up to 9 SCECH will be available, (which are pending) four are synchronous with the KRA in MI Team and five hours are asynchronous.

Data Manager Training Part A: Teacher Data

This virtual training will prepare new and existing data managers to load teacher data in order to support upcoming KRA teacher training.

Data Manager Training Part B: Student Data

This virtual training will prepare new and existing data managers to load teacher, student, and enrollment data to support the fall administration of the KRA.

Teacher Refresher Training

This virtual training will provide teachers who have already participated in initial training in previous administration years with a synchronous review of the KRA, how to administer the KRA throughout the day, and utilize the data for instruction. Teachers will also complete the Teacher Recertification Content Assessment asynchronously through the KReady system.

Connect With Us!

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Melissa Brooks-Yip

KRA/MKEO Supervisor

Miriam White

KRA/MKEO Specialist

Alyssa Nicol

KRA/MKEO Facilitator and Data Coach

Regions 4, 7, 8 and 9

Chelsea Chambers

KRA/MKEO Facilitator and Data Coach

Regions 6 and 10

Cindy Brown

KRA/MKEO Facilitator and Data Coach

Regions 1, 2, 3, and 5