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C.O.O.R. ISD provides programs and services with our partners to support the current and emerging teaching and learning needs of our schools and communities.

Instructional Services staff provide professional learning experiences to teachers, administrators, and community partners with a focus on student growth and achievement.

The department also supports schools, and districts, with curriculum development and alignment, instructional design and delivery, assessment and evaluation of learning, programming design, and educational goal development, alignment, and attainment.

Meet the 2023-2024 COOR ISD Instructional Services Department Team

Photo of Katie FuellingKatie Fuelling • Instructional Services Director

Administrator of:
• General Education/Academic Support
• Curriculum, Instruction, Assessment
• MICIP School Improvement
• Early Literacy 
• Instructional Leadership Coaching
• 31n 
• Regional Leadership Teams:
     Instructional & Student Support Network
• Professional Learning including:   
   Trust-Based Relational Intervention (TBRI), K-12 Curriculum, Instruction,  & Assessment

 

COOR IS 2023-24 Professional Learning Menu
Instructional Services & Special Education


 

The Early Literacy Coaching Model was created in response to Michigan’s Read by Grade Three Law. The model is aligned to the General Educational Leadership Network  (GELN) Early Literacy Task Force (ELTF) Essential Coaching Practices in Elementary Literacy and supports the Essential Instructional Practices in Early Literacy.

The purpose of the model is to support Intermediate School Districts (ISDs) and Local Educational Agencies (LEAs) to understand and implement research-supported literacy coaching practices that support strong coaching programs and drive professional learning around literacy coaching throughout the state.

Literacy coaching can provide powerful job-embedded, ongoing professional development with a primary goal of enhancing classroom literacy instruction through improving teacher expertise. Effective literacy coaching supports teachers to successfully navigate the daily challenges they face in their classrooms. As a result, instructional capacity and sustainability within the schools increases. In addition, through improving teacher expertise and the quality of core instruction, student achievement increases.

Girl drinking a cup of coffeeMichelle Ewald • Early Literacy Coach

Background: Bachelors of Gen. Studies -  U of M
Teaching Certification - Eastern MI University
Masters Elementary Education with Major in Reading - Central MI University
PhD program in Reading Education ("ABD" - completed all coursework, but discontinued completion of the degree during dissertation work) -Oakland Univ.
K-12 Teaching Background (Mio 27 years, Roscommon 1 year)MS/Upper Elementary classroom teacher (4th/6th). 11 years Literacy Coach - 5 years Instructional Coach/Reading & Math Interventionist (K-5th)
• What services do you provide to help support children, parents and or families? I primarily work with teachers and instructional coaches on refining reading and writing instruction, with the end goal being to improve literacy outcomes for students. Supporting All COOR Districts - Crawford, Oscoda, Ogemaw & Roscommon.

The overall intent of 31n is to increase the provision of mental health and support services in schools for K-12 students throughout Michigan. Services are provided by human service professionals (Whole Child Specialists) directly to students experiencing mild to moderate difficulties. School personnel first initiate a referral form and provide the guardian with a consent form as appropriate. The Whole Child Specialist consults with the referral source and then meets with the student to provide initial screening for service appropriateness. Once completed, services may include individual, group, or case management services.
 

At times a student may be experiencing emotional or behavioral distress during the school day. During these moments, the Specialist may serve as a consultant to support the student and teacher through the crisis. The Specialist may recommend a referral for 31n services if regularly scheduled meetings are preferred. Specialists also may refer the student / parent to community resources for follow up.
 

In addition to our Whole Child Specialists, 31n staff includes a Student Engagement Coach. Our coach provides support for educators and staff working with students. TBRI (Trust Based Relational Interventions), SEL (Social Emotional Learning), and positive regulation lessons are offered and practiced with the lead of the 31n Coach. Services can be requested through the school administration and the Behavioral Health Coordinator.
 

Whole Child Assessments are also a valuable service provided by the 31n team. When referrals are made for students with more extensive needs, specifically those who have experienced traumatic events, a referral is made for a whole trauma assessment. This includes collaboration between the school staff, the whole child specialist, parents, community resources, and medical professionals. Dr. Mark Sloane, D.O. and pediatric trauma specialist, provides the lead by meeting with the team to evaluate the child holistically, making recommendations upon completion of the assessment process. This is a very detailed approach to supporting the student, requiring commitment from the team for participation in standardized assessment completion, interviews, and a half day meeting with Dr. Sloane. Follow up meetings for the child’s whole team to collaborate with Dr. Sloane are conducted approximately monthly for ongoing support.
 

The 31n Team maintains all records using BH Works to track nondescript data so we will be able to continue to improve our services and outcomes for students.

BEHAVIORAL HEALTH COORDINATOR
Michelle Culton-Ekstrom • All COOR Districts

Photo of Michelle Culton-Ekstrom• Provides consultation to whole child specialists, school administrators, instructional staff, guardians, and students, regarding 31n’s evidence-based practices for the prevention and intervention of behavioral health concerns.

• Professional Learning including Trust-Based Relational Intervention (TBRI), trauma-informed practices, student and staff social and emotional wellness.

“I have dedicated my career to the emotional and behavioral health of individuals through listening to needs, supporting growth, valuing and respecting each person for who they are, and offering skills to live meaningful lives. 31n Services matches my commitment to serving the mental health of children and families; I am excited about collaborating with our districts and communities."


STUDENT ENGAGEMENT COACH • All COOR Districts
Christine Pudvan

Photo of Christina Pudvan

• Professional Learning including Trust-Based Relational Intervention (TBRI), trauma-informed practices, student and staff wellness

• Social-emotional learning curriculum support & classroom coaching



WHOLE CHILD SPECIALIST • Crawford AuSable Schools
Stacy Shafto

Girl sitting with an owl statue

• Behavioral & mental health services for general education students

• Professional Learning including Trust-Based Relational Intervention (TBRI), trauma-informed practices, student and staff wellness



WHOLE CHILD SPECIALIST • Mio AuSable Schools
Heather Sharpe

• Behavioral & mentaPhoto of Heather Sharpel health services for general education students
• Professional Learning including Trust-Based Relational Intervention (TBRI), trauma-informed practices, student and staff wellness

"I am beyond grateful to work with the staff, students and families of Mio AuSable Public Schools to increase the availability of mental health services for students. Connecting with students using playful engagement to aid them in managing mental health symptoms is my FAVORITE part of the job."



WHOLE CHILD SPECIALIST | MDHHS • Charlton Heston Academy
Scott Beltz
Photo of Scott Beltz

• Behavioral & mental health services for general education students

• Professional Learning including Trust-Based Relational Intervention (TBRI), trauma-informed practices, student and staff wellness



WHOLE CHILD SPECIALIST | MDHHS • Roscommon Schools
Jamie Meade
Image of Jamie Mead

• Behavioral & mental health services for general education students

• Professional Learning including Trust-Based Relational Intervention (TBRI), trauma-informed practices, student and staff wellness

 I am honored to work with the staff, students and families of Roscommon Area Public Schools to enhance the availability of behavioral and mental health services for students.  It is truly a privilege to have a team that supports this important work and joins in the effort to support the whole child.  



WHOLE CHILD SPECIALIST | MDHHS • West Branch
Kassidy Quigley
Image of Kassidy Quigley

• Behavioral & mental health services for general education students

• Professional Learning including Trust-Based Relational Intervention (TBRI), trauma-informed practices, student and staff wellness

 "What I love most about serving the students in the West Branch/Rose City school district is being able to build relationships and connect with them while also helping them to become the best version of themselves."




WHOLE CHILD SPECIALIST | MDHHS • Houghton Lake
Michelle MacArthur
Image of Michelle MacArthur

• Behavioral & mental health services for general education students

• Professional Learning including Trust-Based Relational Intervention (TBRI), trauma-informed practices, student and staff wellness

 

 

WHOLE CHILD SPECIALIST • Fairview Schools
Crystal Davis

•  Photo of Crystal DavisBehavioral & mental health services for general education students

 I am brand new to the role of Whole Child Specialist but I'm hoping to bring connections including bridging the gap between the mental health needs of the older kids in Fairview Schools and engagement.

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Upcoming Events

April 16
Secondary Principal PLC
9:00 AM
Secondary Principal PLC
Date: Apr 16
Time: 9:00 AM to 10:30 AM
Calendar: COOR Prof. Dev.

Secondary instructional leaders will meet in person. The agenda will be developed to share best practices, curriculum, MDE updates, and celebrate successes.  These meetings will help foster relationships and provide a network of support when making decisions.  

Facilitator: 
Natalie Davis, COOR Advanced Technical Innovation Center Director

Register Here

April 18
COOR ISD Special Education Supervisor Meetings
8:30 AM
COOR Intermediate School District, 11051 N Cut Rd, Roscommon, MI 48653, USA, COOR ISD Admin Building
COOR ISD Special Education Supervisor Meetings
Date: Apr 18
Time: 8:30 AM to 11:30 AM
Location: COOR Intermediate School District, 11051 N Cut Rd, Roscommon, MI 48653, USA, COOR ISD Admin Building
Calendar: COOR Prof. Dev.
Monthly meetings where district supervisors of special education will have the opportunity to meet throughout the school year to support one another and discuss topics specific to special education.

Facilitators:

Brenda Vaughan-Ide, Compliance Monitor
Melisa Akers, Director of Special Ed

Register Here


April 19
Virtual Coffee Hour with COOR ISD Special Education Leadership
7:45 AM
Zoom Meeting
Virtual Coffee Hour with COOR ISD Special Education Leadership
Date: Apr 19
Time: 7:45 AM to 8:45 AM
Location: Zoom Meeting
Calendar: COOR Prof. Dev.
Do you have questions or need guidance on special education topics? Join us once a month to get your questions answered, discuss hot topics in the special education world, and engage with your colleagues within the ISD.

Facilitators: 
Brenda Vaughan-Ide, Compliance Monitor
Melisa Akers, Director of Special Ed

Register Here
April 23
COOR ISD Transition Council Meetings
12:30 PM
COOR Intermediate School District, 11051 N Cut Rd, Roscommon, MI 48653, USA
COOR ISD Transition Council Meetings
Date: Apr 23
Time: 12:30 PM to 3:00 PM
Location: COOR Intermediate School District, 11051 N Cut Rd, Roscommon, MI 48653, USA
Calendar: COOR Prof. Dev.
Transition Council aims to keep everyone involved in providing education, support, or opportunities for students of transition age in the same circle of information.  Updates on state processes, expectations, and initiatives is shared.  Trainings and workshops presented as well as collaborative projects pursued. 
 
Facilitators: Brenda Vaughan-Ide
Transition Coordinator/Compliance Monitor

Register Here
April 29 - April 30
Cognitive Coaching
8:30 AM
COOR Intermediate School District, 11051 N Cut Rd, Roscommon, MI 48653, USA, COOR ISD Admin Building
Cognitive Coaching
Date: Apr 29 - Apr 30
Time: 8:30 AM to 3:30 PM
Location: COOR Intermediate School District, 11051 N Cut Rd, Roscommon, MI 48653, USA, COOR ISD Admin Building
Calendar: COOR Prof. Dev.

Dates: October 2nd-3rd | November 20th-21st | March 12th-13th | April 29th- 30th

Cost: $500. per participant (8 day program)

In an eight-day seminar, participants will learn how to:

  • develop trust and rapport

  • develop an identity as a mediator of thinking

  • utilize conversation structures for planning, reflecting and problem resolving

  • develop teachers’ autonomy and sense of community

  • develop higher levels of efficacy, consciousness, craftsmanship, flexibility and interdependence

  • apply four support functions: coaching, evaluating, consulting, collaborating

  • utilize the coaching tools of pausing, paraphrasing, and posing questions

  • distinguish among the five forms of feedback

  • use data to mediate thinking
      

  • Facilitator: Toni Prickett, Regional Insights Consultant

  • RegisterHere

May 1
COOR Instructional Leadership Team
8:30 AM
COOR Instructional Leadership Team
Date: May 1
Time: 8:30 AM to 11:30 AM
Calendar: COOR Prof. Dev.

The Instructional Leadership Team will work collaboratively to set the vision for teaching and learning at the ISD level by leading and guiding the creation and refinement of instructional systems to connect people, processes, and structures to support the vision. The team will ensure that the proper supports are in place to enact the necessary changes with the implementation of systems at the ISD and district level. The team is defined as the COOR Superintendent and Directors and district representatives who work together to sustain COOR’s sense of purpose in strengthening student, teacher, and leader performance.

Facilitators: 
Shawn Petri, COOR ISD Superintendent
Katie Fuelling, Director of Instructional Services

Register Here

May 7
COOR - Student Support Network
8:30 AM
COOR - Student Support Network
Date: May 7
Time: 8:30 AM to 11:30 AM
Calendar: COOR Prof. Dev.

The Student Support Team will work collaboratively to address a variety of factors that influence the whole child, specifically focusing on the non-academic needs of learners.

Research on effective practices for supporting student needs demonstrates how such supports not only lend to the general success of the learner, but also how they can address the many needs that students have that will enable learning and academic progress.

The Student Support Team will ensure that the proper supports are in place to enact the necessary changes with the implementation and/or sustainment of systems at the ISD and district level.

November 7 COOR BOE Room

December 5 Houghton Lake HS

January 9 Ogemaw Heights High School

February 6 Mio Ausable

March 5 GrayLing HS

April 2 Fairview

May 7 Roscommon HS

June 4 TBD

Register Here:

May 10
Instructional Coaches’ Cohort
10:00 AM
Instructional Coaches’ Cohort
Date: May 10
Time: 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Calendar: COOR Prof. Dev.

Instructional coaches will increase repertoire of skills, gain professional knowledge, and impact student and teacher performance through exploring timely topics, engaging in the practical application of learning, collaboratively problem-solving around barriers, and celebrating successes.

Topics explored include (but not limited to): professional reading and viewing surrounding current research and practice in the field, coaching scenarios, coaching models and techniques, coaching cycles, and district data analysis.

Facilitators: 
Katie Fuelling, Director of Instructional Services
Michelle Ewald, COOR Early Literacy Instructional Coach

Register Here

May 14
Elementary Principal Leadership Series
8:30 AM
Elementary Principal Leadership Series
Date: May 14
Time: 8:30 AM to 10:30 AM
Calendar: COOR Prof. Dev.

Instructional leaders will increase repertoire of skills, gain professional knowledge, and impact student, teacher, and leader performance through exploring timely topics, engaging in the practical application of learning, collaboratively problem-solving around barriers, and celebrating successes.

Facilitator: Katie Fuelling, Director of Instructional Services

Register Here

May 17
Virtual Coffee Hour with COOR ISD Special Education Leadership
7:45 AM
Zoom Meeting
Virtual Coffee Hour with COOR ISD Special Education Leadership
Date: May 17
Time: 7:45 AM to 8:45 AM
Location: Zoom Meeting
Calendar: COOR Prof. Dev.
Do you have questions or need guidance on special education topics? Join us once a month to get your questions answered, discuss hot topics in the special education world, and engage with your colleagues within the ISD.

Facilitators: 
Brenda Vaughan-Ide, Compliance Monitor
Melisa Akers, Director of Special Ed

Register Here
May 23
Counselor Forum
Virtual
Counselor Forum
Date: May 23
Location: Virtual
Calendar: COOR Prof. Dev.
Counselors will have the opportunity to meet throughout the school year to support one another and discuss testing, college admission, enrollment, CTE, and Xello implementation.


Facilitator:  Natalie Davis, COOR Advanced Technical Innovation Center Director

Register Here
COOR ISD Special Education Supervisor Meetings
8:30 AM
COOR Intermediate School District, 11051 N Cut Rd, Roscommon, MI 48653, USA, COOR ISD Admin Building
COOR ISD Special Education Supervisor Meetings
Date: May 23
Time: 8:30 AM to 11:30 AM
Location: COOR Intermediate School District, 11051 N Cut Rd, Roscommon, MI 48653, USA, COOR ISD Admin Building
Calendar: COOR Prof. Dev.
Monthly meetings where district supervisors of special education will have the opportunity to meet throughout the school year to support one another and discuss topics specific to special education.

Facilitators:

Brenda Vaughan-Ide, Compliance Monitor
Melisa Akers, Director of Special Ed

Register Here


May 29
COOR Instructional Leadership Team
8:30 AM
Roscommon High School, 10600 Oakwood Dr, Roscommon, MI 48653, USA
COOR Instructional Leadership Team
Date: May 29
Time: 8:30 AM to 11:30 AM
Location: Roscommon High School, 10600 Oakwood Dr, Roscommon, MI 48653, USA
Calendar: COOR Prof. Dev.

The Instructional Leadership Team will work collaboratively to set the vision for teaching and learning at the ISD level by leading and guiding the creation and refinement of instructional systems to connect people, processes, and structures to support the vision. The team will ensure that the proper supports are in place to enact the necessary changes with the implementation of systems at the ISD and district level. The team is defined as the COOR Superintendent and Directors and district representatives who work together to sustain COOR’s sense of purpose in strengthening student, teacher, and leader performance.

Facilitators: 
Shawn Petri, COOR ISD Superintendent
Katie Fuelling, Director of Instructional Services

Register Here
May 31
Early On PLC
9:00 AM
COOR Intermediate School District, 11051 N Cut Rd, Roscommon, MI 48653, USA
Early On PLC
Date: May 31
Time: 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Location: COOR Intermediate School District, 11051 N Cut Rd, Roscommon, MI 48653, USA
Calendar: COOR Prof. Dev.
A gathering of professionals committed to growth through the sharing of ideas, evaluating current practices using the latest research, and commitment to adherence to the Key Principles of Early Intervention, Local Service Area Plan, the State Plan for Early On, and IDEA Part C.
 
Spring topics:

• Family Outcomes and WSU survey
• Digging deeper - record reviews
• Early On and Medicaid
• Conscious Discipline for Infants and Toddlers part 2

Facilitator: Michele Cochrane, Early On Coordinator
Register Here
June 4
COOR - Student Support Network
8:30 AM
COOR - Student Support Network
Date: Jun 4
Time: 8:30 AM to 11:30 AM
Calendar: COOR Prof. Dev.

The Student Support Team will work collaboratively to address a variety of factors that influence the whole child, specifically focusing on the non-academic needs of learners.

Research on effective practices for supporting student needs demonstrates how such supports not only lend to the general success of the learner, but also how they can address the many needs that students have that will enable learning and academic progress.

The Student Support Team will ensure that the proper supports are in place to enact the necessary changes with the implementation and/or sustainment of systems at the ISD and district level.

November 7 COOR BOE Room

December 5 Houghton Lake HS

January 9 Ogemaw Heights High School

February 6 Mio Ausable

March 5 GrayLing HS

April 2 Fairview

May 7 Roscommon HS

June 4 TBD

Register Here:

June 7
Instructional Coaches’ Cohort
10:00 AM
Instructional Coaches’ Cohort
Date: Jun 7
Time: 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Calendar: COOR Prof. Dev.

Instructional coaches will increase repertoire of skills, gain professional knowledge, and impact student and teacher performance through exploring timely topics, engaging in the practical application of learning, collaboratively problem-solving around barriers, and celebrating successes.

Topics explored include (but not limited to): professional reading and viewing surrounding current research and practice in the field, coaching scenarios, coaching models and techniques, coaching cycles, and district data analysis.

June 11
Elementary Principal Leadership Series
8:30 AM
Elementary Principal Leadership Series
Date: Jun 11
Time: 8:30 AM to 10:30 AM
Calendar: COOR Prof. Dev.

Instructional leaders will increase repertoire of skills, gain professional knowledge, and impact student, teacher, and leader performance through exploring timely topics, engaging in the practical application of learning, collaboratively problem-solving around barriers, and celebrating successes.

Facilitator: Katie Fuelling, Director of Instructional Services

Register Here

June 19
Secondary Principal PLC
9:00 AM
Secondary Principal PLC
Date: Jun 19
Time: 9:00 AM to 10:30 AM
Calendar: COOR Prof. Dev.
Secondary instructional leaders will meet in person. The agenda will be developed to share best practices, curriculum, MDE updates, and celebrate successes.  These meetings will help foster relationships and provide a network of support when making decisions.

Register Here
June 20
COOR ISD Special Education Supervisor Meetings
8:30 AM
COOR Intermediate School District, 11051 N Cut Rd, Roscommon, MI 48653, USA, COOR ISD Admin Building
COOR ISD Special Education Supervisor Meetings
Date: Jun 20
Time: 8:30 AM to 11:30 AM
Location: COOR Intermediate School District, 11051 N Cut Rd, Roscommon, MI 48653, USA, COOR ISD Admin Building
Calendar: COOR Prof. Dev.
Monthly meetings where district supervisors of special education will have the opportunity to meet throughout the school year to support one another and discuss topics specific to special education.

Facilitators:

Brenda Vaughan-Ide, Compliance Monitor
Melisa Akers, Director of Special Ed

Register Here