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MISD Annual Web Report

1. General Information

The Macomb Intermediate School District (MISD) is one of 56 ISDs or Regional Educational Service Agencies (RESAs) in Michigan. No two are exactly alike. Each service agency bases its work on the specific needs of constituent districts in the areas of instruction, career and technical education, special education, technology and business.

The MISD serves as a central support system for 21 public school districts, 17 charter schools and the 33 non-public schools that operate in Macomb County.

Working with the local districts and public school academies schools, we focus our efforts on building the capacity of the 10,000 teachers in the County. Through quality training, skill development and instructional support, we expand their ability to meet the needs of all students in a rigorous and effective educational experience.

MISD also serves to facilitate program development when it's not cost effective for local districts to do individually. Some examples include: Eighteen districts have formed a consortium to create The International Academy of Macomb offering an International Baccalaureate Program. Located in Chippewa Valley, the International Academy of Macomb opened its door in 2008 to 125 ninth graders and now houses 500 ninth-twelfth graders. The local districts, MISD and Macomb Community College have partnered to open the Early College of Macomb (ECM). ECM is designed to give students the opportunity to graduate from high school having earned enough college credits for an associates degree or technical certificate in high-demand or emerging careers.

We work directly with individuals with disabilities who reside in Macomb County school districts. We serve students, from newborns to adults, meeting their unique learning needs and supporting their families all along the way. The MISD is the largest ISD in the state that provides direct services to students and has been named as “best in the nation” for service to disabled persons by the National Organization for Disabilities and the National School Boards Association.

During the school year we concentrated on these training topics with high impact for special education students:

  • START - Through the partnership with Grand Valley State University building capacity in the LEAs to support students with ASD with evidence-based strategies and interventions. Establishing local professional development activities in behavior supports, ASD awareness, peer-to-peer support and intervention strategies to assist students in the least restrictive environment.
  • School-Wide Positive Behavior Supports - providing ongoing training in PBS, functional behavior assessments and behavior support plans, data collection systems and maintaining a PBS Coaches' Network.
  • Multi-Tier System of Support (MTSS) - providing ongoing leadership, training and support to schools and their district, planning and implementing response to intervention initiatives. Establishing professional development and support related to universal screening, data analysis, supplemental reading interventions, progress monitoring, grade level meetings and maintaining an MTSS network.
  • Universal Design for Learning (UDL) - the E3T project - providing leadership and training to local district middle and high school teams for the planning and implementation of universal design for learning principles. Teams work to eliminate barriers to the curriculum and optimize educational opportunities for all students using 21st century technology.
  • Assistive Technology - providing leadership and training for district assistive technology representatives related to assessment, implementation and monitoring of technology supports for reading, writing, organization, communication, and access in accordance to the Macomb ISD Assistive Technology Guidelines.
  • Assistive Technology Lending Library - providing assistive technology equipment for loan to local district students and programs on a trial basis. Support to the district assistive technology representatives for optimal selection and implementation of devices provided.
  • Coordinate PowerSchool Special Education, a countywide special education management system to include web-based IEP and documents.
  • State Monitoring Responsibilities - help assure districts are following special education rules and regulations.
  • Non-Crisis Training Prevention Institute (CPI) - provides training on verbal and physical de-escalation techniques. Established a Macomb County CPI Instructor Network for the county trainers.
  • Transition inservices for staff, students and parents.

The MISD directly serves special needs students in the following locations:

In addition to these center-based programs, the MISD also supports local district programs for students with cognitive, hearing, severe language and programs for students with physical impairments.

We promote all aspects of the educational process through our development and support of technology. We provide training in the use of essential technology tools that enhance curricular, instructional and administrative services in our schools.

MISD provides countywide technology services that support, enhance, and enable critical school tasks including student and school records management and reporting (PowerSchool Special Education, PowerSchool, MSDS), Macomb school business software suite, online instruction and communications (MOST/Blackboard), Internet access (ISP), distance learning (videoconferencing Bridge/Gateway, Distance Learning Classrooms in all 28 High Schools, Project ASK, Fieldtrip Fridays), video-on-demand (Discovery Streaming), computer training (computer labs and trainers), e-mail, web hosting, and data analysis to improve curriculum and instruction (data warehousing, custom reports).

The MISD Educational Service Center (ESC) is a major training facility. During the school year, over 30,000 participants attended workshops and meetings at the MISD. Community leaders and organizations frequently use the MISD’s facilities.

During the summer months, the MISD planned and hosted educational camps for students Pre K-12. Programs were offered in science, technology, math, literacy, writing, SAT preparation and ELL literacy focused instruction. Additional camps for special populations included career exploration for at risk high school students, a program for homeless students, a camp for visually impaired students and a program for students with Autism Spectrum Disorder.

The ESC also houses these services:

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