KRA in MI Team Newsletter
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 mkeo.kready.org 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.
Did you forget what your KRA Kit looks like? Here are a few pictures to help you find your kit.
“The only real mistake is the one from which we learn nothing.” - John Powell
Social Emotional Learning
Earth Day Literary Resources
Celebrate Earth Day with the beautiful and engaging texts below. Earth Day is important as it educates students about environmental issues and raises their awareness of what can be done to conserve Earth
Only a Tree Knows How to be a Tree by Mary Murphy celebrates the uniqueness of our Earth and the things we find on it.
My Friend Earth by Patricia MacLachlan and Francesca Sanna beautifully illustrates all of the amazing things our Earth does.
Anywhere Farm by Phyllis Root and Brian Karas emphasizes that being a gardener doesn't mean you have to live in a special place.
A Stone Sat Still by Brendan Wenzel is a playful title that demonstrates how a simple object in nature can be many things depending on your perspective.
Thank You, Earth: A Love Letter to Our Planet by April Pulley Sayre contains beautiful photography and word choice in a love letter to Earth that powerfully describes the diversity on our planet.
Our Gift-Filled Earth by Eun Hee Na and Ha Jin Jung illustrates the potential of seeds both scientifically and metaphorically.
Professional Learning Opportunities
Note: All registrations require an account with the WISD Online Registration system.
Building Your Classroom Resilience Toolbox
When: Tuesday, April 13th and 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.)
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.
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, four are synchronous with the KRA in MI Team and five hours are asynchronous.
- Monday, May 17 and Tuesday, May 18 from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm (registration closes May 3rd)
- Tuesday, May 25 and Wednesday, May 26 from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm (registration closes May 12th)
Tuesday, July 27 from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm and 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm (registration closes July 13th)
Tuesday, August 10 from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm and 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm (registration closes July 27th)
Wednesday, August 11 from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm and 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm (registration closes July 28th)
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.
- Thursday, May 13 from 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm (registration closes May 6th)
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.
- Wednesday, July 28 from 9:00 am to 10:30 am (registration closes July 21st)
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.
- Thursday, August 12, 2021, from 9:00 am to 10:00 am
- Thursday, August 12, 2021, from 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm
- Tuesday, August 18, 2021, from 9:00 am to 10:00 am
- Tuesday, August 18, 2021, from 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm
- Wednesday, August 19, 2021, from 9:00 am to 10:00 am
- Wednesday, August 19, 2021, from 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm
- Tuesday, August 24, 2021, from 9:00 am to 10:00 am
- Tuesday, August 24, 2021, from 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm