Michigan Transformation Zone Expands

Contact: Martin Ackley, Director of Public and Governmental Affairs 517-241-4395
Agency: Education

January 16, 2018


LANSING – The state’s Transformation Zone has added several partners, expanding its reach as it strives to improve instruction and encourage innovation in public schools, the Michigan Department of Education (MDE) announced today.

Lenawee and Saginaw Intermediate School Districts (ISD), partners with the MDE in its Transformation Zone initiative, together added six districts: Clinton and Onsted schools joined Lenawee ISD; while Saginaw ISD added Birch Run, Chesaning Union, and Freeland. Saginaw ISD also included Carrollton schools as a thought partner.

The Transformation Zone is a collaborative effort to begin implementing strategies to help Michigan become a Top 10 education state in 10 years, specifically around Learner-Centered Supports.

“The MDE greatly appreciates the commitment made by Lenawee and Saginaw ISDs, along with their local districts, to serve as partners in this critical work,” said State Superintendent Brian Whiston. “We welcome the addition of these districts to the Transformation Zone and look forward to building our collective capacity to reach Michigan’s goal of becoming a Top 10 education state in 10 years.”

Lenawee and Saginaw ISDs spent the last several months engaged in a mutual selection process towards potential new partners. The selection process involved learning about the Transformation Zone initiative and current efforts underway at each ISD and local district.

“We look forward to collaborating with our partner districts and the Michigan Department of Education,” said Mark Haag, Superintendent of the Lenawee ISD. “It will be exciting work to learn together and change our systems in ways that will stretch our thinking and maximize our resources to best prepare our students for successful futures.”

Saginaw ISD Superintendent Kathy Stewart said the district’s new partners will “create a premier educational region… for children and their families.”

In May 2017, MDE signed Memoranda of Understanding with Lenawee, Saginaw and Ingham ISDs to work collaboratively around selected initiatives from the Top 10 in 10 plan. Ingham signed on as a thought partner to provide feedback.

The partners began collaborating on the development of infrastructure and capacity around the use of effective learner-centered supports – one of the four identified Focus Areas driving the Top 10 in 10 plan.

For more information on the Transformation Zone, watch this video.