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 research-based 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.

 

Services

Certified Needs Assessment (CNA) supports
Root Cause Analysis
Data-driven decision-making
Writing, monitoring, and evaluating School Improvement goals
Leading/Facilitating School Improvement Team Meetings 
Planning Professional Development to align with DIP/SIP

 

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 Masters 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, 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, 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

Multi-Tiered Systems of Support, Classroom Management, Student Engagement, Human Resources and School Law, Recruitment and Retention of Teachers, Social-Emotional Learning, School Safety and Security, Student Engagement, Teaching and Engaging with Poverty in Mind, Autism Spectrum Disorder Supports, 6-12 Essential Practices Pilot, Opioid Epidemic

 

Training in Progress:

Leverage Leadership, Restorative Practices, PLCs at Work, Trauma-informed Schools, Teaching to Strengths: Supporting Students living with Trauma, Violence and Chronic Stress, Disrupting Poverty: 5 Essential Practices, PLCs at Work, RTI at Work, Amplify Your Impact: Coaching Collaborative Teams in PLCs at Work

 

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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