Why, What, & How
A simplified way to learn about this initiative is to think about it through the lens of why, what, how...
The WHY is easy... Jackson County students deserve the best possible instruction to increase their access and opportunities to achieve. And, when you try to focus on everything, you accomplish nothing -- so we are hyper-focused on instruction, we will double down and stay the course... instruction, instruction, instruction!
The WHAT is collectively through an intentional and flexible framework:
- Teachers will increase their “strategy toolbox” with research-based, high-quality strategies.
- Teachers will make intentional decisions on instructional strategies deployed for their students, in their context, and be able to reflect, articulate the why, and adapt. (In short, teachers will explore and explain why that instructional strategy).
- Instructional Leaders will engage in conversations that will enhance student instruction in the classroom through the strategies provided by the teachers.
And, the HOW is more specific and customized for each district, school, and educator/leader but is still supported by the framework. Districts will have a variety of intentional, high-quality instruction-specific professional learning provided through the initiative and Superintendents decide what teachers and what expectations for those participating teachers make sense.
All Jackson County administrators and other educational leaders should register for our first two professional learning opportunities:
1. Flippen CKH Leadership Blueprint training (2 days) - CLICK HERE TO REGISTER (Space is limited) Select one of the two opportunities below:
- Cohort 1: June 19 & 20 from 8:30- 4:00 at JACC PD Room or
- Cohort 2: June 21 & 22 from 8:30- 4:00 at JACC PD Room
Note: Registration for either cohort of leadership blueprint training must be completed by April 30th to provide time for the participant to send out a specific survey tool to 6 others, then the Flippen CKH company will aggregate into a value profile for you called your "360 Report".
2. Adaptive Schools w/ Steve Seward (4 days) - CLICK HERE TO REGISTER Select one of the two opportunities below:
- Cohort 1: June 26, 27, July 31, Aug. 1 from 8:30 - 4:00 each day at JACC PD Room or
- Cohort 2: Aug. 9, 10, and Aug. 16, 17 from 8:30 - 4:00 each day at Gene Davis & Sons Banquet Hall
Jackson County Instructional Task Force Steering Committee:
- Dr. Ryle Kiser, Superintendent of Grass Lake
- Becky Hutchinson, Superintendent of Concord
- Sandy Maxson, Superintendent of daVinci
- Jeremy Patterson, Assistant Superintendent of Secondary for Jackson Public
- Julie Baker, Assistant Superintendent of Elementary (and State/Federal Programs)
for Jackson Public Schools
- Cari Bushinski, Curriculum Director of Northwest Community Schools
- Kevin Oxley, Superintendent of Jackson County ISD
- Dr. Tovah Sheldon, Director of Learning Services & Instruction for Jackson County
In fall of 2023 we will be looking for additional educators, leaders, experts and more to help iterate and evolve this initiative through an Adaptive Work Group. For more information, please reach out to anyone on the Task Force Steering Committee.