IN BRIEF: MAISD hears updates from Seiter Center, IM KIDS 3rd Meal

By Emilee Nielsen • Last Updated 8:08 pm on Thursday, February 11, 2016

STANTON — At Thursday’s meeting of the Montcalm Area Intermediate School District (MAISD) Board of Education, William J. Seiter Educational Service Center Principal Rachel Sneller made a presentation on how educators can use data to improve classroom culture.

In her presentation, Sneller used data collected through staff surveys and incident reports to show how the staff was feeling about various aspects of classroom culture as well as breakdowns of incidents by time of day, week, location and student to identify problem areas. After identification of these problem areas, staff can move forward with a plan to better suit needs of staff and students alike.

Deb Wagner, director of grants and special projects for Ionia ISD who oversees the IM KIDS 3rd Meal program, gave board members an update about how the program is progressing.

“We know we’re making a difference for these kids,” she said. “And we’re getting a more stable funding base as time goes on.”

Wagner also discussed future events the organization is planning to continue collecting food donations to help food insecure families in Montcalm and Ionia counties.

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