Data and Technology

Data Support, Technology Services & Innovation

Berrien RESA integrates technology and data-driven solutions as part of all its operations. For example, Berrien RESA:

  • Provides web hosting, email services and email filtering. Provides instructional video streaming for technology consortium members.
  • Develops online learning environments for classroom instruction.
  • Offers the use of a technology training center as well as offers professional development regarding the use of technology in the classroom and for school business applications.
  • Coordinates the submission of E-rate applications.
  • Provides assistive technology tools for students with disabilities.
  • Provides electronic Educational Development Plans and the electronic submission of student transcripts upon the school district’s request.
  • Collects data for the Single Record Student Database and disseminates reported information to the Michigan Department of Education.
  • Processes Medicaid reimbursement requests.
  • Electronically scans and files student and business documents to alleviate paper storage and creates an automated filing system.
  • Provides a Wide Area Network allowing Fiber and T1 lines to several schools in Berrien County and to Lewis Cass ISD and Cassopolis Public Schools in Cass County.
  • Hosts student information system services and Skyward (business application) for several schools in Berrien County.
  • Offers schools and organizations the opportunity to take advantage of the Regional Educational Media Center’s Bid Buy program.
  • Hosts an Online Learning Portal which can be used by teachers. This portal can be used in combination with traditional, face-to-face instruction (blended learning) or for hosting courses which are offered completely online.
  • Offers video conferencing services through the Goals 2000 and United States Department of Agriculture’s Rural Utilities Service grant. All K-12 Berrien and Cass districts have access to one or more video-conferencing systems. They are now using the connectivity and equipment to collaborate around the world for curriculum opportunities.
  • Offers Discovery Education Streaming to schools to enhance lessons.
  • Assists districts with development of formative and summative assessments regarding data on their students’ progress.
  • Facilitates training on data reporting and analysis on state assessment and classroom data.
  • Provides regional training opportunities, support and reports for Regional Data Initiative counties.
  • Loads all state data into DataWarehouse including MI-Access, MEAP-Access, MEAP and the Michigan Merit Exam, as well as extensive district-specific data.
  • Offers cross-departmental collaboration with local districts using a student ware-housing system for early education, special education, drop-out prevention, Title 1 and other non-instructional staff initiatives.
  • Works with the Michigan Department of Education on dropout prevention reporting with current data being stored in student information systems and data warehouses.
  • Assists districts with using best practices on collecting data.
  • Works collaboratively with regional partners on loading of MEAP release items, Secondary Credit Assessments and the Battle Creek Math Science Center Kits l within a student information warehousing tool.
  • Facilitates and oversees the deployment and implementation of Data4SS/MI School Data state assessment reporting tool.
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