Whole Child and Equity Support

Whole Child

The Michigan Department of Education has adopted a continuous improvement process known as MICIP. This process centers around the WSCC Model, a collaboration with ASCD and CDC, which places the individual student at the center of the model. Grounded in the five tenets of the WSCC Model, we provide services to assist our educators in helping students feel healthy, safe, engaged, supported and challenged.

Our Offerings

We provide professional learning, consultation, training and support to local districts in the following areas:

  • Equity
  • Social-Emotional Learning
  • Understanding Trauma
  • Trauma-Informed Practices
  • Building Positive Relationships with Students
  • Understanding Student Behavior & De-escalation Strategies
  •   Mental Health & Wellness
  •   Employee Self-Care
  •   Cultural Proficiency
  • Culturally-Responsive Practices
  •   LGBTQ+: Designing Inclusive Environments
  •   Implicit Bias
  • Restorative Practices & Restorative Justice

Our Tiered Delivery System Includes:

Tier I-Open training and support for all educators across the area.
Tier II-Customized training and support with district or building teams.
Tier III- Job-embedded coaching and continued support for building leaders.

Meet our Whole Child and Equity Consultant

Amanda joined the BRESA team in 2018. She brings with her many years of experience as a teacher, coach, adviser, department chair and mentor for pre-service teachers. Prior to this role, Amanda served at BRESA as the School Improvement Facilitator, a PBIS Coach, and the Academic Instructional Specialist for Benton Harbor Area Schools. She holds her Michigan Administrator License and Michigan Professional Teaching Certificate. She is a member of the BRESA Crisis Team and the Berrien County Mental Health Team, a certified national trainer of trainers (T.O.T) for Youth Mental Health First Aid and a certified (T.O.T.) for Restorative Practices and Restorative Circles, as well as a certified facilitator of Restorative Conferences. Her post-graduate training has focused on the leading for equity and justice. Amanda is passionate about creating equitable systems and environments in which all students can thrive!


Adaptive Schools, African American Student Initiative, Cognitive Coaching, Group Cognitive Coaching, Crucial Conversations, 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, Trauma Informed Schools, Healthy Classrooms: Healthy Kids, 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, CQ Cultural Intelligence, Leverage Leadership

Professional Memberships

Kent ISD Mental Health Collaborative
MASA - Michigan Association of School Administrators
MSIFN - Michigan School Improvement Facilitators Network
Starfish Regional School Improvement Facilitators Network (West-Michigan)

Amanda Lezotte

Amanda Lezotte, MA in Ed. Leadership
Whole Child and Equity Consultant
(269) 471-7725 ext. 3256

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