The state’s Transformation Zone has added several partners this month, expanding its reach as it strives to improve instruction and encourage innovation in public schools. Lenawee Intermediate School District (LISD), a partner with the Michigan Department of Education (MDE) in its Transformation Zone initiative, added Clinton Community Schools and Onsted Community Schools. Saginaw ISD, another partner with MDE, added several districts as well.
“The MDE greatly appreciates the commitment made by Lenawee and Saginaw ISDs, along with their local districts, to serve as partners in this critical work,” said State Superintendent Brian Whiston. “We welcome the addition of these districts to the Transformation Zone and look forward to building our collective capacity to reach Michigan’s goal of becoming a Top 10 education state in 10 years.”
The Transformation Zone is a collaborative effort to begin implementing strategies to help Michigan become a Top 10 education state in 10 years, specifically around learner-centered supports.
“It will be exciting work to learn together and change our systems in ways that will stretch our thinking and maximize our resources to best prepare our students for successful futures,” said Mark Haag, Superintendent of the LISD.
The LISD spent the last several months engaged in a mutual selection process toward potential new partners. The selection process involved learning about the Transformation Zone initiative and current efforts underway at each ISD and local district.
“Clinton Community Schools is excited for the opportunity to actively collaborate in this initiative and implement sustainable best practices in instruction,” said Jim Cracraft, Superintendent of Clinton Community Schools.
“Onsted Community Schools is looking forward to partnering with the Michigan Department of Education and the Lenawee Intermediate School District team to better support our students and families,” said Steve Head, Superintendent of Onsted Community Schools.
The LISD, along with Ingham and Saginaw ISDs, signed agreements with MDE in May 2017 to work collaboratively around selected initiatives from the Top 10 in 10 plan. The partners began collaborating on the development of infrastructure and capacity around the use of effective learner-centered supports – one of the four identified focus areas driving the Top 10 in 10 plan.