KRA in MI Team Newsletter

April, 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.

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

Talking Self-Love | Episode #1 - Being Easy On Yourself
Dr. Nefertiti Poyner gives advice on how to "be easy on yourself" in the 3:23 minute video, Talking Self-Love. As educators, it is easy for our reflection on our practice to become an opportunity to be hard on ourselves but as Nefertiti says, mistakes mean that we are trying.
The California Surgeon General's Playbook: Stress Relief during COVID-19 provides simple strategies for busting stress. These are simple yet effective ways to ensure stress does not overwhelm you during the last few months of school. Remember, you must care for yourself in order to be able to care for your students.

Home Connections

The Dinner Project provides a one-line well-worded question to help families connect after a long day. Help families get a deeper conversation started with these ideas for all ages.
Development and Research in Early Math Education (DREME) provides free, research-based materials for supporting families with math learning at home. Math is everywhere and Reveal the Hidden Math helps families learn ways to find math learning opportunities at home. DREME also shares math activities (see below) that can easily be incorporated at home.

Social Emotional Learning

HighScope recently shared an article, "How to Use Music Throughout the Daily Routine." This article gives fantastic examples of how integrating music throughout the day can help young children develop important skills: executive function, self-regulation, listening and speaking, gross-motor skills, comparing and contrasting, creative thinking and expression. Try incorporating music in your classroom during cleanup time, small-group time, or work time.
Stick And Stone
Stick and Stone written by Beth Ferry and Tom Lichtenheld is an endearing book about how friends are better together than alone. This book helps students discuss friendship, the qualities of a good friend, and why standing up for your friends is important.

Domain Interconnectedness

Development and Research in Early Math Education (DREME) also provides research-based materials for early childhood educators to promote mathematical learning in the classroom. As seen above, DREME shares a framework for Analyzing Picture Books. Using this framework, review the recommended shapes and spatial relations picture books listed below to increase literacy connections in your mathematics lessons.

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

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.)

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.

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.

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