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  • Thank you, Mr. Gilmore, for linking learners with culture and art
     
    Photo of Irving S. Gilmore and his dog
    Chilly temps may linger on, but the Irving S. Gilmore Foundation recently warmed our hearts with three grants to enrich the lives of thousands of area students through the arts. Recipients are WoodsEdge Learning Center’s Music Therapy Program, plus Education for the Arts’ Artistic Equipment  and Cultural Field Trip Rebate programs. (More info here.)  In gifts like these, Irving S. Gilmore’s generous, art-loving spirit lives on. Did you know that Mr. Gilmore was a merchant, arts patron, concert-quality pianist, business leader and a military veteran? Take a moment to learn more about this community benefactor’s life and legacy
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  • New Deputy Superintendent chosen to succeed
    Holly Norman
     
    Photo of Holly Norman The Kalamazoo RESA Board of Education recently approved the hiring of Tom Harwood, Grosse Pointe Public Schools superintendent, as the new Deputy Superintendent. He will take over for Holly Norman, who retires in June. 
     
    Norman began her career in education at what was then the Allegan County Intermediate SchoolPhoto of Tom Harwood District in 1988. She worked at Olivet and Plainwell community schools before being hired as the assistant superintendent of non-instructional services at Kalamazoo RESA in 2004. In 2010, Norman was promoted to deputy superintendent. 
     
    Tom Harwood, a graduate of Portage Northern High School, has served education as an elementary principal, a special education director, and as assistant superintendent of human resources. He has been with Grosse Pointe Public Schools since 2006. He was hired as superintendent there in 2012.
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  • Kalamazoo RESA paraprofessionals attend a professional learning event
     
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    On Friday, January 23, 118 Kalamazoo RESA paraprofessionals attended a professional learning event held at West Campus. The attendees came from the Young Adult Program, Valley Center, Juvenile Home School, WoodsEdge Learning Center, Portage ASD classrooms and Schoolcraft ASD classrooms. The presentations included effective instructional strategies, music therapy, a wellness workshop, and a demonstration of 10 mindful movements designed to enhance the mind-body connection.
     
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  • EFA teacher receives Inspired Learning Grant
     
    Five individuals, included Education for the Arts instructor Francesca Pileci-Bates, have been awarded $2,500 Inspired Learning grants and one person will receive a $1,000 grant from the Learning Network of Greater Kalamazoo and the Kalamazoo Community Foundation, the organizations announced.

    "While the Inspired Learning grants program was designed to award four grants, there were many worthy ideas," said Amy Slancik, The Learning Network director at the Kalamazoo Community Foundation, said in a press release. "We added two additional grants and wish we could have done even more!"
     
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