JCISD Learning Services Update
September 2022 Update
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).
Although these services are big buckets of work in & of themselves, we are intentionally not siloed. We believe the integration of our work across areas in & outside of Learning Services makes the greatest impact. We are also highly collaborative with other departments in the JCISD, such as Special Education, Technology, & Jackson Area Career Center.
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 the Early Childhood Team. Also, you will find upcoming PD opportunities, ways we are putting into action your suggestions, and ways to contact us! Next month we will spotlight Continuous Improvement.
The Early Childhood Team
Jean Allison, Wendy Bell, Cathy Brubaker and Karyn Head - Early Childhood Specialists
The Great Start Readiness Program (GSRP)
The Great Start Readiness Program (GSRP) is Michigan's state-funded preschool for four-year-old children. Families qualify for free preschool based on annual income guidelines.
The JCISD receives an annual grant and administers the program in Jackson County. Our team is responsible for ensuring that school districts and community based childcare centers meet the following:
- Demonstrate fiscal responsibility and integrity with every dollar they receive
- Hire early childhood degreed staff meeting the credentialing requirements of the grant
- Provide professional learning experiences tied to the approved curriculum
- Support teaching teams as they design daily instruction addressing each child’s physical, cognitive, emotional and social needs.
As members of the Learning Services team we find it very important to continue our learning. We attended the Early Math Leadership Institute in Traverse City last month. The goal was to bring Michigan education leaders together to:
Expand their vision of early mathematics teaching and learning
Engage with resources
Inspire a systems approach to implement transformation
The Great Start Collaborative
The purpose of the Jackson Great Start Collaborative is to maintain an early childhood network with diverse representatives from all areas of the community including, education and childcare, health and human services, businesses, faith-based organizations, and families. Together we work to ensure Jackson County children are born healthy, developmentally on track, ready to succeed when school entry, and are reading proficiently by the end of third grade.
Our countywide network, with over 30 community partners, provides information and services to families and young children in a wide range of areas:
- Physical Health
- Social-Emotional Health
- Family Supports
- Basic Needs, Economic Stability, and Safety
- Parenting Education
- Early Education and Child Care
The Great Start Trusted Advisors are out in the community to help connect community members to resources and supports they might need; such as food, housing, employment, signing up for food assistance and more. They go to the food pantries, shelters, laundromats, apartment complexes and more to connect with people in need. They make over 6,000 individual contacts each year. Anyone is welcome to call a Trusted Advisor when they need some help.
TRUSTED ADVISORS CONTACT INFORMATION
You Asked...We Listened!
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 that you see below and many more:
K-3 Literacy Essentials- Instructional Strategies
High Leverage Reading Strategies for Students in the Secondary ELA Classroom
Early Math - Sets, Sorting Subitizing
MTSS - Tier 1 & 2
Threat Assessment System - Foundations Training
Talk Moves for Elementary Science Educators the Engage and Empower Students
MIPHY 101 for Community Partners
MIPHY Updates and Results for School Teams (Results...Now What?)
HIV Certification & Sex Ed Updates
Energizing Physical Education
And many more...
Beyond the variety of learning above, each year we provide 2 days a year of countywide PD called "Day of Discovery".
Countywide PD "Day of Discovery" on Monday, October 17, 2022
Brad Johnson (AM) -Bio and Topics- World Class Classrooms; Talents + Passions= Purpose
Dr. Joe Martin (PM) - Bio & Topics - “Stress-Free Teaching” Focus: How to Take Control of Your Classroom, Your Career & Your Life; “Motivate to Educate” Focus: Street-smart Strategies for Connecting with & Motivating Students
We hope to see you there! The second countywide PD day is March 13, 2023
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!