Resources for Educators & Families

JCISD Whole Child Special Edition: April 13th

Calling All Educators...

The Whole Child Team has devoted a large portion of their time to developing relevant content that will assist and support administrators, teachers, students and parents as they transition to virtual learning. The Distance Learning section of the Whole Child website will house various types of learning tools and resources designed for use in a virtual learning environment. Some of the resources available will include:

  • "Learning Snapshots", or one-directional presentations for use with a variety of audiences

  • Hard copy visual tools and discussion prompts that align with the content of the "Learning Snapshots"

  • Sample tools such as google forms and surveys that can be implemented with various audiences

  • Articles and additional support materials and learning opportunities that augment remote learning

To access these and other important resources, please visit the Whole Child Website and click on Distance Learning.


Join the various Talk Time and Learning Snapshot Sessions being offered virtually each week by accessing the Whole Child Calendar!


Learning Snapshots


Talk Time Support Sessions

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JCISD Distance Learning Technology

Need assistance utilizing technology during this time of distance learning? Check out the Jackson County ISD Tech Website

Resources for Distance Learning

What to do--and not to do--for everyone teaching kids at home

1. Don’t send parents heaps of worksheets.

2. Treasure the fact that some kids are escaping from hours of test preparation each day.

3. Make covid-19 an opportunity for learning and not just an interruption of it.

4. Distinguish between online learning and on-screen learning.

5. Get materials to parents who don’t have them.


View All 19 Suggestions Here

Parent and Guardian Resources

Research shows that those with higher social-emotional skills have better attention skills and fewer learning problems, and are generally more successful in academic and workplace settings. Like any math or English skills, these skills can be taught and grow over time.


View the Parent Toolkit Here


COVID-19 Parent and Guardian Guide

Mindful Schools

SEL through Mindfulness. Live free videos that teach coping skills, calmness, and connection. Tools for breathing and how the mind works. For educators, parents, and children. View the resources HERE


Check out how to practice mindfulness at home HERE

Physical Education and Nutrition

Use these online games, printable activity sheets, videos, and songs to reinforce healthy habits at home. View them here


Physical Education Take Home Packet


BAM! Body and Mind: Resources for Teachers


Looking for new exercises or activities to try while quarantined? Peloton, Nike, and others are offering freebies. Check them out HERE.

Strategies for Students with IEPs

Looking for strategies & support for students with IEPs during distance learning? Join T

@SarahBWessling

for a live conversation this Tuesday, April 14, at 3:30 p.m. ET. https://www.facebook.com/events/254189059044468/

Educator's Guide to Supporting the Social and Emotional Needs of Students

Because children are not currently in our classrooms, assessing safety, providing support and ensuring individual children’s needs are met can be very challenging. The issuance of Executive Order 2020-35 makes this obligation even more imperative since children will not be returning to their physical school buildings this year. This guide, developed in collaboration with the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, is intended to provide information and strategies to support educators and families during this time.

Guide: http://www.michigan.gov/documents/mde/COVID-19_EDUCATORS_GUIDE_686373_7.pdf

Food Distribution Sites

Our schools and community have come together to ensure that all of our students are fed during this time of crisis. Click here for a list of school district food distribution sites.


Michigan Department of Education also released a map showing food sites across the state.

View it here.

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Contact the Whole Child Team!

Janelle Buchler: Whole Child Consultant (janelle.buchler@jcisd.org)

Eric Swihart: Whole Child Coordinator (eric.swihart@jcisd.org)

Caitlin Williams: Attendance and Homeless Program Coordinator (caitlin.williams@jcisd.org)

Rebecca Hurst: Behavior Health Project Coordinator (rebecca.hurst@jcisd.org)

Kelsea Jabkiewicz: Data Integration and Medicaid Cost Recovery Coordinator (kelsea.jabkiewicz@jcisd.org)

Angela Maddox: Whole Child Secretary (angela.maddox@jcisd.org)