Technical Assistance in Michigan: Year 6

Overview of Planned Work

Early Warning System Supports

In Year 6, GLCC is codeveloping training resources that MDE and intermediate school districts can provide to LEAs that will build capacity to implement the Early Warning Intervention and Monitoring Systems (EWIMS) process. GLCC and MDE will also coplan and conduct regional trainings. With these tools and resources, districts will better identify and support individual students struggling to reach on-time graduation, allowing the state to achieve its mission of helping all students graduate ready for careers, college, and community.

Social and Emotional Learning (SEL)

To ensure that all students have the opportunity to achieve academic success, GLCC is continuing to work with the Michigan Department of Education (MDE) to support local education agencies (LEAs) by disseminating social and emotional learning (SEL) competencies that were developed in the previous 3 years. The Year 6 focus is on providing continuous guidance to MDE on integrating SEL into existing initiatives and developing professional learning experiences for educators.

Strategic Partnerships

With more than 16 federally funded technical assistance (TA) centers involved, GLCC collaborated with the Michigan Department of Education (MDE) to produce a matrix that details existing federally funded external TA and its alignment with MDE Top 10 in 10 strategic plan in Year 5. GLCC continues its TA role of leading the effort to coordinate, align, and leverage resources provided by the wide range of TA providers working with MDE in Year 6. Such necessary coordination reinforces MDE’s goal to develop into an innovative and cohesive state education agency that supports an aligned, coherent education system. This objective directly supports MDE’s goal for Michigan to become a Top 10 education state. It also ensures that, for key Michigan initiatives, greater efficiency can be attained when each TA provider is tasked with individual, appropriate responsibilities.

English Learners with Suspected Disabilities

This project has been completed. After the GLCC's successful completion of Michigan’s Guidance Handbook for Educators of English Learners With Suspected Disabilities earlier in the project, GLCC, MDE, and English learner (EL) experts in the state are working to create professional development modules to train trainers on the use of the handbook to help educators improve student academic and English achievement. The goal is to help MDE provide resources and training for schools and districts regarding identifying and serving English learners with disabilities.