October 2019 Newsletter
I received a flu vaccination yesterday and it got me thinking…about reading. Those two topics don’t usually go together.
According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the annual influenza vaccine is determined based on the World Health Organization (WHO) data tracking which types of influenza viruses are making people sick around the world each year. This data is gathered in multiple places and compared in a centralized data center. From this information, an annual influenza vaccine is derived to combat three or four influenza types. Once this determination is made, the actual vaccine is produced utilizing a process involving chicken eggs that I won’t go into. All of this takes approximately six months to produce enough vaccine to provide to the general public. This means that the vaccine I received yesterday was formulated based on last winter’s data, forecasting by scientists, and mass produced since March. Boy, I hope they chose the correct information!
Wouldn’t it be nice to simply inject a student with the ability to read? Like Polio or smallpox, we could ensure entire generations of people were properly vaccinated against the inability to read. Of course, the anti-vaccine group would need to find alternative means to teach their children to read, but the vast majority of the population would avoid the lifetime of struggle that comes with not being able to read.
We have a prescription for teaching reading to children. Like the annual influenza vaccine, it is based on much research and data analysis. We know what methods are statistically sound and effective. We are able to study what works in other states and countries. In the EUPISD, we even send consultants to classrooms to help deliver the vaccine. Laws to retain students who can’t read at grade level would actually be effective if it was as simple as delivering a shot.
Of course, it is not that simple. We are dealing with many variables, including vulnerable people who need a different approach or who are not able to tolerate the vaccine for a variety of reasons. Additional resources are needed for more providers and for families who refuse the vaccine or who are unable to make the vaccine available to their children. People of differing sizes, shapes, health status, and willingness to be injected must all be handled in a differentiated manner based on consultation with professionals…YOU.
The chances of my experiencing the flu may have been greatly reduced because of the vaccine. Similarly, fully implementing a research-based approach to teaching reading has the best chance of producing a healthy, reading population. I wish you good health and good reading!
Consistent Process + Reliable Data = Better Results
Teach by Design
Office discipline referrals, often referred to as ODR’s, are often used to determine what a students’ consequence or what the “punishment” will be. Office Discipline Referrals are data and tell a story of a moment in time. The number of referrals a student receives in October can be predictive of their behavior for the remainder of the school year. This data can help staff intervene early and give students the tools to change their trajectory for the rest of the school year. Click here to read the full article: Teach by Design
The Michigan Integrated Continuous Improvement Process (MICIP) team is hard at work creating resources to help educators navigate the mindset shift necessary to engage in the redesigned continuous improvement cycle. Visit this site for an easy-to-read “one-pager” outlining important details.
Also, join education leaders from across the state at the MDE Continuous Improvement Conference: Meeting the Needs of the Whole Child through Systemic Thinking. On November 18, see featured keynote speaker Jim Harris discussing “Supporting the Whole Child in a Complicated World.” Then, on November 19, attend a day-long intensive session with keynote speaker Michael Fullan, a worldwide authority on education reform. Register now!
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Running Records - Learn how to take and score running records in a standardized way in order to compare and collaborate with colleagues on day one. Day two we will start to learn how to analyze our running records to help us with our teaching and instruction of students. October 24 & November 7.
Literacy Essentials - Earn SCECHs through Michigan Virtual as you go through the Online Modules for the PreKindergarten & Grades K-3 Essential Instructional Practices in Early Literacy, Literacy Coaches, and Schoolwide Course.
Reading Recovery®, Literacy Lessons™, & Literacy Support
There will be four editions again this school year that will address implementation of Reading Recovery as well as connections for classrooms and parents. It will also highlight success stories and professional development opportunities through Reading Recovery Council of North America (RRCNA).
Reading Recovery Council of Michigan 2019 Institute: November 21-22, 2019 at the Somerset Inn in Troy Michigan
Administrator One Day Institute on November 21 - Everyone will start the day with a Keynote presentation about Collaborative Professionalism by Andy Hargreaves. Then administrators will have a small group break out with Andy Hargreaves discussing Learning from the Middle to bring about change. After lunch there will be an administrative panel around implementation of Reading Recovery, Literacy Lessons, and Literacy Support.
Social Studies Teacher Leader Corps
The Social Studies Teacher Leader Corps (SSTLC) is entering its second year of support for our region. Who is the team? We are experienced and passionate K-12 teachers from across the EUP who are dedicated to supporting and sustaining high-quality Social Studies instruction. We are focused on educating the whole child and engaging teachers in the active pursuit of effective citizenship for students; we hope to collaborate with educators across our region as we focus on the following Key Areas: Performance Assessment of Social Studies Thinking, Inquiry-Driven Instruction and the C3 Framework, MI Open Book, and Reading Apprenticeship in Social Studies.
Keep an eye out for future training opportunities; new series are rolling out soon!
Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child (WSCC)
Please note: Due to the tragic fire that destroyed the COPESD’s main building, some of the COPESD workshops listed will be moved to alternative sites in the Indian River/Gaylord area. Please stay tuned for location updates.
Those attending workshops that require materials (i.e. Michigan Model for Health) must be registered 10 days in advance to ensure the proper number of materials are ordered. Don’t delay, register today!
“A Silent Crisis: Creating Safe and Supportive Schools for LBGTQ Youth” (101), October 8, 2019, Gaylord, MI
Spots are going fast! This is the 101-level workshop that everyone is raving about! Originally planned to take place at COPESD, this workshop will now take place the Otsego County Library, in Gaylord. See flyer with objectives and registration information here
“Planning for Action: Next Steps in Creating Safe and Supportive Schools for LGBTQ Youth” (A Silent Crisis 201), November 25, 2019, EUPISD
For those who have attended the A Silent Crisis 101, this workshop takes it to the next level. You won’t be disappointed! This workshop will take place at the EUPISD. For information, learning objectives and registration information click here
Upcoming Student Events:
THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED --Math and Computer Science Field Day at LSSU - On October 14, high school students have the opportunity to connect with LSSU faculty in the Math and Computer Science department to learn about career and educational opportunities in these growing fields! Registration deadline for students is October 4.
Manufacturing Day at LSSU - On October 18, grade 9 students in the EUP will have the opportunity to learn about the manufacturing industry through an immersive program with local industry leaders.
Science and Engineering Fair- The regional science and engineering fair will be held on December 6, 2019 at LSSU.
Please complete this local science fair date and grade levels sheet with what you plan to promote to Regionals. When choosing your local fair date, please keep in mind that online registrations must be submitted by Tuesday, November 19.
Please click the following webpage link for the flyer, rubric, online registration, and much more helpful information! Science & Engineering Fair Information
STEM Integrated Learning Teams (ILT) - Starting on October 11, for Math, Science, and STEM Teachers! Work collaboratively with other teachers to learn and increase capacity around Modeling in math and science, connecting with STEM resources in the community, and innovative STEM programming.
Next Generation Science Exemplar - Next Generation Science program for K-12 teachers!
NGSX (Next Generation Science Exemplar System) is a face-to-face learning environment, in which the participants in a study group draw on an on-line system that poses tasks for each session and provides rich cases, supportive materials, and scaffolding tools to guide the work.
The focus of NGSX is integrating three-dimensional learning into science classrooms, in which teachers support students in using science and engineering practices to develop, apply, and refine disciplinary and cross-cutting ideas. Teachers engage in these practices and investigate classroom cases to explore how to bring these approaches into their own classrooms. This approach fully aligns with Cereal City Science and Modeling in Biology (MBER).
Cereal City Science Workshops are now running. Be sure to register!
Career & Technical Education
Manufacturing Day is October 18. 9th grade students will have the opportunity to attend the event at LSSU. Seven different manufacturing companies will be involved and the employers will share information about careers in manufacturing with the students, as well as doing hands-on demonstrations.
Vocational Career Fair Day is November 1. Students in grades 10-12 will have the opportunity to attend the event in St. Ignace. Several companies will be and students will learn about career options in many different career pathways.
October is Cybersecurity Month
Our students from around the region in the CTE Cybersecurity Course have compiled a few helpful tips on how to help protect yourself when using the Web. Watch for ideas and tips like these to come via an email message throughout this month.
Here are a few of the several submitted:
Paranoia in the cyberworld is our version of engineering redundancy; we would rather have you question all your browsing practices than surfing the web ignorantly. Prevention is always more effective rather than trying to find a “cure”. - Jeremy P.
Rules for Public Internet:
If you're on public internet you should not login to anything, you should not do anything with sensitive information such as banking or checking grades, don't update or download anything on public internet - Eugene B
Expanding on email scams or phishing, don’t fall for false emails or ad emails ending up in your spam box. The sender may take your info if you click on it. You’re better off to move it to your spam folder or just delete it outright if you do not recognize the emailer in question. First ask yourself: Do I know this person? Then ask: Why would they send this message to me? Then finally ask yourself: Why didn't they tell me in person or why they didn't tell me somewhere else? If it seems to be off their normal behavior, then it's most likely a person using their identity. -Kyle W.
If something is too good to be true, it probably is. There is no free iPad, the IRS doesn’t make phone calls, and you do not have a virus that is offering to fix itself. Don’t click on links/emails you aren't expecting. Don’t plug random USB sticks into your computer. - Ethan H.
Create strong passwords - Connor M.
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Multi-tiered System of Support (MTSS) for Kindergarten
From October 1-3, the EUPISD Speech-Language Pathologists were employed in a region-wide initiative to screen the speech and language skills of all kindergarten students. This was the 6th year of implementation and included the screening of approximately 470 students. This initiative supports the State of Michigan’s “Child Find” initiative in order to ensure that early intervention is provided for students found to have speech and language needs. Using the Fluharty-3 as a norm-referenced screening tool, this screening process took approximately 5-10 minutes per student. The speech-language pathologist used this screener to measure individual student abilities against norm-referenced data for the following aspects of speech and language: (1) articulation of phonemes (e.g. ability of student to verbally produce speech sounds-in-words); (2) receptive language (e.g. understanding of words, sentences and comprehension of directions); and (3) expressive language (e.g. ability to form words, formulate sentences and sequence events). Based upon individual performance, students are then identified as needing: (1) no further intervention; (2) immediate intervention -or- (3) to be monitored and provided with Response-to-Intervention (RTI) services in their general education setting by a speech-language pathologist on a regular, intermittent basis. For students thus monitored, a Fluharty-3 re-screen will be re-administered in March to determine any need for more intensive individualized supports or services. The data gathered through the screening process is entered into Illuminate in an effort to identify larger regional needs and support regional initiatives. Questions related to this process can be directed to the EUPISD Speech-Language Pathologists.
Physical Therapy - Why Recess is Important
Recess is an important part of every child’s school day. Recess should be considered important not only by the students but also by the adults. Research has shown that recess is a time that students can interact with their peers on their own terms which encourages their social and language skills. Recess has been shown through research to improve achievement, physical health, and social competence.
There are several ways that recess can help with achievement. Recess allows for breaks between work times that creates distributed practice which has been shown to have better retention as compared to massed practice. Recess has also been shown to increase student’s attentiveness during class and decrease fidgeting. Students who receive recess demonstrate improved conduct and higher rates of on-task academic behavior as compared to students who do not receive recess.
Recess helps to encourage physical health through movement. Studies have shown that although students have a choice to participate in a variety of activities during recess, 60% will choose to be physically active and may even be more physically active as compared to PE class. This activity during recess helps children to improve their strength, balance, proprioception, coordination and overall fitness.
Lastly, recess is a great opportunity to work on social skills. At recess kids have the opportunity to participate in free play, create their own games, choose different playmates, and assume leader or follower roles. This also provides the perfect opportunity to problem solve, work on cooperation and resolving differences.
In short, recess is vital to all student’s success and adults should work to protect this important time for students. This simple part of the school day has a big impact on students and their success.
Please join us on October 24 & 25 at Lake Superior State University's Cisler Center for the 6th Annual UP Fall Substance Use Disorder Summit. This professional learning opportunity has a strong focus on creating calm in the chaos of trauma. Annie Lange presents Secondary Trauma and Self Care. Secondary traumatic stress can occur when a professional or other caregiver is exposed to traumatic experiences of others. This exposure can result in symptoms similar to post-traumatic stress disorder. Ms. Lange will share with participants the adverse effects of secondary traumatic stress and the impact upon the mind, brain, and body. Participants will also learn about concrete intervention models and strategies that aid in reduced anxiety, mindfulness techniques, and self-compassion.
Annie Lange, BSN, LMSW, ACSW is a clinical social worker who has had an active private practice, working with individuals, couples, and families for the past 25 years. Annie has served as adjunct faculty professor in the School of Social Work at Michigan State University and conducts workshops and retreats throughout the state. Annie’s special interests include trauma, attachment, adoption, foster care, interpersonal neurobiology, mindfulness, self-compassion, shame resilience, internal healing processes, and self-care issues.
Register online at www.chippewahd.com.
Regional Data Systems/Instructional Technology
The Fall testing window for NWEA will close on October 4, 2019 at 4:00 p.m. Scores are automatically imported into Illuminate each night for sites in the regional NWEA contract. The winter testing window will open upon return in January. Testing should take place between January 1-24, 2020 with make-up testing taking place between January 27-31. Contact Marianna Ripple if you have any questions.
Remember that REMC 22 (EUPISD) has a library of classroom materials that can be reserved and checked out. Materials can be checked out for two weeks, and we take care of delivery and pick up. If you need account access to the REMC 22 Lend-Items Library, please contact Marianna Ripple or Genny Kaunisto.
EUP Naming Conventions for Regional Systems
As a region, standard naming conventions work as a tool to save data users and creators time and frustration. Standard naming conventions make the regional use of data consistent, convenient, and clear. Information can be conveniently filtered, report results can be consistent throughout the region, and the data available can provide clear information that is easily understood. Take a look at the document for information on Odysseyware, Moodle, and Illuminate conventions. Contact Marianna Ripple if you have any questions.
Data Management Team Meetings
If you deal with educational data in our region, please join the Data Management Team. Meetings are quarterly and deal with all areas of using data: report cards, GradeBooks, transcripts, demographics, special education, reports, and behavior. Your input and experience are important, so consider being a part of the team. If you are unable to attend the meetings, consider joining our Microsoft Office Teams collaboration group. If you have questions, contact Marianna Ripple. Meeting Dates: October 25, 2019; January 10, 2020; March 6, 2020; May 8, 2020. Register for meetings in Illuminate.
Transmitting Information Classified as Sensitive
Were you aware that email is not a secure mechanism for transmitting information classified as sensitive? This includes:
- Scan-to-email function of copiers
- Taking pictures of files on mobile and emailing to yourself or others
- Placing sensitive information in the body of an email
- Attaching a document with sensitive information to an email - even if the document is password-protected
Before you send sensitive information, ask yourself if there is a way for the intended recipient to access the information from within the system where it resides. If not, are they authorized to have the information? Do they need access? We are guardians of the data entrusted to us and we should opt for the least sensitive information necessary to accomplish our goals.
Undeliverable Mail Notifications
Have you been receiving notifications of undeliverable mail for messages that you did not send? Often that is an indication that your email account has been spoofed or that your account credentials have been compromised.
You may need to change your Active Directory (network) password which will then also change your email password. You'll want it to be a strong password, a minimum of 8 characters with a combination of uppercase letters, lower case letters, numerals and/or special characters.
On any Windows computer that is logged in to the EUPSchools network, press CTRL + ALT + DEL and select Change a Password.
First box: EUPSCHOOLS\Username (fill in your username)
Second box: Current password
Third box: New password
Fourth box: New password
Call the Help Desk at extension 5673 or 906-632-5673 for assistance, or to report your concerns.
Computer Hardware: EUPSchools Service Tag
Technical Services maintains an inventory database of hardware for which we provide service throughout the region. Your District may have an Asset Tag affixed to your computer or other piece of technology and you may also find an EUPSchools Service Tag with a 5-digit number. When you call for help, technicians are able to use that tag number to identify the model number, purchase date, and any other problems associated with your device.
Call the Help Desk at extension 5673 or 906-632-5673 when you need service for your computer and related hardware and be sure to reference the 5-digit tag number.
Don’t have an EUPSchools Service Tag on your computer? Call the Help Desk to request one - we will have a technician meet up with you to record the relevant information about your computer.