Colon Community Schools was recently recognized for its participation in a statewide initiative and willingness to take part in pilot programs, among other positives.
The Michigan Data Hub is a statewide program that was part of a recent retreat where awards were given for contributions to the MiDataHub initiative.
Nine awards went to intermediate school districts across the state, except for the Educators of the Year for the Southwest Michigan Region; that award went to Colon Community Schools. District officials said it was the only award given to a local school district and was issued because of Colon’s participation and willingness to pilot projects, such as MiRead.
MiRead is a program to help satisfy requirements of the third-grade reading law. The work that Colon Schools is doing will positively impact the district, county and state, according to district officials.
Superintendent Penny Brockway said Colon Schools is taking steps to make data-driven decisions. Piloting projects such as MiRead and using the technology available makes state-mandated projects easier to manage for teachers so they can keep focus on the task of educating students.