West Michigan’s                Intermediate School Districts (ISD)

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Now, more than ever before, West Michigan’s intermediate school districts (ISDs) are ensuring high-quality, effective, efficient, equitable and essential education. Four West Michigan ISDs are leading the Spark Success effort! Learn more about Allegan, Kent, Ottawa and Muskegon ISDs.

According to the Michigan Association of Intermediate School District Administrators (MAISD), Michigan-Made Intermediate School Districts are adding value to students, schools and communities by providing student-centered, data-driven, expanded educational opportunities.

Now, more than ever before, Michigan’s intermediate school districts are ensuring high-quality, effective, efficient, equitable and essential education, everywhere in Michigan.

  • From the day the Legislature created them in 1962, Michigan’s ISDs continue to:
  • Maximize resources for K–12 districts by providing shared operational services.
  • Train teachers and support staff in the latest research-based methods and best practices.
  • Pilot innovative programs that districts couldn’t afford on their own.
  • Coordinate special education and other specialized student services across their region.
  • ISDs are the only educational entities with 100% access to every public school to ensure the implementation of six core services.

ISDs — which sometimes go by the name Regional Educational Service Agency (RESA) or Educational Service Agency (ESA) — work with local school districts, the Michigan Department of Education, business and industry and community groups. They support student achievement and leverage limited resources in the following areas:

  • Teaching and Learning
  • Specialized Student Services
  • Shared Operational Services
  • Developing Partnerships
  • Technology Services
  • School Improvement, Assessment and Mandates

The Spark Success campaign was ignited by four West Michigan ISDs in partnership with the Doug & Maria DeVos Foundation. These ISDs include: