CESA #12 Happenings Reported by School Board Member
Dr. Harry Malcolm is the Hayward School Board member who represents the Hayward School District at CESA #12, a non-profit organization, Community Educational Support Agency, that represents 17 school districts throughout northern Wisconsin.
Malcolm reported at the last school board meeting on Dec. 18, that the agency met in Ashland and discussed several issues. He said they discussed helping smaller school districts find occupational and speech therapists because they don’t have the funds to hire their own.
“Fortunately, Hayward doesn’t have this problem,” Malcolm said. “We are fortunate to have these positions in staff, but there are districts that don’t have access to specialists.”
The mission statement for CESA #12 is, “To offer cooperative educational services that help school districts meet the needs of their local communities.”
Malcolm also reported that there is focus on resilience training, which looks at the science of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs). There is a new movement that looks at stressful experiences in childhood that can lead to major problems later, such as cancer, heart disease, substance abuse and depression.
“There are a lot of kids in our community affected by this,” Malcolm said.
On February 9, there will be a training program in Ashland titled Addressing the American Indian Student Achievement Gap in Wisconsin. The training is aimed to build knowledge and skills for teachers to assist in best practices in working with Native students, families and communities.
The CESA #12 Facebook says the trainings are designed to deepen participant understanding of American Indian student achievement gap. The participants will learn how culture, history and language has an impact on the achievement gap.
Also, a team from Hayward participated in the Midwest Google Summit, a Google Summit for Education, in November. According to Google Education, the summits are high intensity two-day events that focus on deploying, integrating, and using G Suite for Education (formerly Google Apps for Education) and other Google Tools to promote student learning in K-12 and higher education.
Cover photo: From CESA #12 Facebook Page of the Hayward Team at the MWGoogle Summit.