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August 29, 2018
Char-Em ISD's Mission and Vision

The Mission and Vision of Char-Em ISD remain at the core of what we do each day as partners with the 11 public school districts throughout Northwest Michigan. Over the summer of 2018, the Administrative Team spent some time evaluating the statements and considering earlier, requested staff input. What we discovered is that a couple minor adjustments would re-energize our long-standing mantra that has guided our work. The revised wording follows:

“It is the mission of Charlevoix-Emmet Intermediate School District to provide leadership and services to local school districts.

“It is the vision of Charlevoix-Emmet Intermediate School District to be an indispensable partner with every district we serve.”

Jeff Crouse
Char-Em ISD Superintendent

August 29, 2018
High Quality Teaching and Learning initiative update

Data Analysis, Curriculum, Assessments, StandardsDuring the Summer 2017 Superintendents’ Retreat, the Superintendents’ group made a commitment to engage in a meaningful process to bring about better achievement results for the students of districts in Char-Em ISD. After multiple interviews to find the leader of this effort, Larry Ainsworth was selected to bring his Common Formative Assessment process (CFA 2.0) to our region.

K-12 ELA and Science teachers were selected from across the districts and assembled into teams to begin the work. An introductory session was held on an evening in March 2018 that was followed by two full days in June and two in August of this past summer. The teams worked extremely well together and moved through all of the 10 steps of the process to develop one unit. A few teams still need to put the finishing touches on their unit, but overall the groups had a lot of deep conversations about teaching and learning that in the end will definitely benefit our students.

Four additional days are scheduled throughout the upcoming school year for the teams to get back together to replicate the process for the additional units for their grade level/course.

Read about the HQTL background and what’s ahead for this exciting Char-Em initiative that will have a lasting impact on students throughout the region.