School Improvement

School Improvement

School improvement can seem like a daunting task; however, with a systematic approach, research-based tools, and available program supports, school and district improvement plans become "living documents" which drive positive, systemic change for students.

Mission

To promote the use of evidence-informed systems and best practices, establishing positive school culture and quality instruction, to support the whole child.

EVERY CHILD, EVERY CLASSROOM, EVERY DAY in Berrien County.


Meet our School Improvement Facilitator

Amanda joined the BRESA team in January of 2018. She brings with her over 20 years of educational experience as a teacher, coach, adviser, and department chair and mentor for students ages pre-school through college. Most recently, Ms. Lezotte taught middle and high school at Brandywine Community Schools in Niles. She received her Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from Grand Valley in 2013 and her BS in Secondary Teaching from Central Michigan University in 2005. She holds her Michigan Administrator License and Michigan Professional Teaching Certificate. Amanda is passionate about serving diverse populations and supporting social-emotional learning and youth mental health initiatives. Ms. Lezotte is committed to helping local district and building leadership teams research, implement, and evaluate quality systems to foster outcomes which support the well-being of the whole child.

Certifications

Adaptive Schools, Cognitive Coaching, Group Cognitive Coaching, Crucial Conversations, MIBLSI PBIS Coach, MI School Data Train the Trainer Network, Cultivating Equitable Classrooms, Fostering Resilient Learners, Title IX: Sexual Assault and Harassment in Schools, Engaging Family and Community, Youth Mental Health First Aid, Trauma-Invested Strategies for Fostering Resilient Learners

Training Completed

Critical Race Theory in Education, Social-Emotional Learning, Building Relationships with the Power of Restorative Practices, Building a Restorative School-wide Community, Bullying and Relational Aggression Solutions for Black and Latina Girls, School Safety and Security, Human Resources and School Law, Recruitment and Retention of Teachers, Autism Spectrum Disorder Supports, 6-12 Essential Practices Pilot, Opioid Epidemic, Engaging Students and Families from Different Cultures, Interconnected Systems Framework, Implementation and Embedding Mental Health Supports as Authentic Practice within MTSS, SEL Competencies, Teaching to Strengths: Supporting Students Living with Trauma, Violence, and Chronic Stress, Classroom Management, Student Engagement, Teaching and Engaging with Poverty in Mind

Ongoing Training

Leverage Leadership, Cultural Intelligence (CQ), Restorative Practices, Trauma-informed Schools, Rich Data, Rich Dialogue, Rich Results, Healthier Classrooms, Healthier Kids (Engaging the Whole Child)

Professional Memberships

ASCD
Kent ISD Mental Health Collaborative
MASA - Michigan Association of School Administrators
MASFPS - Michigan Association of State and Federal Program Specialists
MEMSPA - Michigan Elementary and Middle School Principals Association
MSIFN - Michigan School Improvement Facilitators Network
Starfish Regional School Improvement Facilitators Network (West-Michigan)
Amanda Lezotte, B.S.Ed., M.A.Ed
School Improvement Facilitator
amanda.lezotte@berrienresa.org
(269)-471-7725 ext. 1256
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