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In addition to its regular programs and services Traverse Bay Area ISD works in close collaboration with various organizations to further education outreach and share resources that enrich the opportunities for the communities we serve.

Farm to School

TBAISD is a collaborating partner with the Michigan Land Use Institute in a Farm to School grant to create and implement K-5 farm to school and school garden units with alignment to the Common Core State Standards and integration of other subject areas.

The core elements of Farm to School include education, school gardens, and procurement of local and regional food products. The value of these elements are to help students eat more healthy foods, as it will have a positive effect on their ability to concentrate and learn. Other values include being good stewards of the environment and teaching those skills and strategies to carry into their lifetime. Click here for Farm to School Resources.

We also wish to create sustainability with classroom support and resources to continue effective practices in Farm to School Initiatives. On October 10, 2014 we participated in a successful Foods, Farm, and Health Conference. The goal of this conference was to bring together health practitioners, farmers, employers, school representatives and others interested in connecting the dots between health care, wellness, and locally grown food. Varying groups and partners shared experiences and learning as well as found additional ways to connect and take the learning and collaboration further. It was an opportunity to share, learn, and grow together.

For more information about the Farm to School Grant contact:

Catherine L. Meyer, Ed.D.,TBAISD Instructional Specialist
(231) 922-6338


Northern Michigan Learning Consortium


The Northern Michigan Learning Consortium (NMLC), founded in 1990, includes in its membership thirteen Intermediate School Districts. The consortium membership serves school districts throughout Northern Michigan, working collaboratively to provide educational leadership and professional learning opportunities to educators throughout its service area. For more information about NMLC select the link above.


Michelle Moeggenberg, Student Achievement Data Specialist
Phone: (231) 922-7838

Northwest Michigan Works!

TBAISD provides regional services for our community through an active partnership with Northwest Michigan Council of Governments and Michigan Works! through workforce development programs. Outreach through the Adult Education program and alternative education programs for disadvantaged youth helps provide guidance and support leading to achievement of a high school diploma or certificate of completion.

MICHIGAN WORKS! is a partnership of many organizations in Northwest Michigan providing a comprehensive workforce development system. MICHIGAN WORKS! is part of a larger, statewide “Michigan Works!” partnership. It is overseen by the region’s Workforce Development Board and provides employers, workers, and job seekers a “one-stop” system for integrated employment, education, and training services.

Beaver Island Lighthouse School

The Beaver Island Lighthouse school is a co-educational, residential high school for students ages 16-21 who may be having difficulty making positive choices in the areas of academics and social environments. Through a partnership between TBAISD, Northwest Michigan Works! , Northwest Michigan Council of Governments and Charlevoix Public Schools, the Beaver Island Lighthouse program provides valuable work experience programs and alternative education programs to disadvantaged youth and youth at risk of not completing high school.

Ken Roehling, Director Michigan Works!
Phone: (231) 922-3756


Traverse City Area Chamber of Commerce

Traverse Bay Area ISD partners with the Traverse City Area Chamber of Commerce and Manistee ISD to support the Great Start Collaborative in northwest lower Michigan. Great Start is Michigan’s early childhood initiative. The Office of Great Start coordinates programs, services and funding aimed at children birth to five.

The goal of Great Start to ensure every child arrives at the door to kindergarten healthy, safe and eager to learn.

This partnership is unique among Michigan’s Great Start Collaboratives and demonstrates our commitment to creating prosperous, thriving communities by investing in children, education and quality. Our business and education communities are working together to make Michigan a great place to live, work, play, raise a family, start a business, and grow the talent we need in the future.

Mary Manner, Great Start Coordinator
Traverse Bay/Manistee Collaborative
Traverse City Area Chamber of Commerce
Phone: (231)995-7114

Early On

Helping babies and toddlers (0-3 years) grow and learn.

The first years of a child's life are very important and children grow and learn at different rates. If you have questions about your child's development, or think your child may need extra help, contact Traverse Bay Area Early On. Early On helps families get the resources they need for their children. Parents will find friendly, supportive and knowledgeable people who will listen to their concerns. A free evaluation can be arranged and, if needed, Early On can connect families with resources for additional help at little or no cost.

Mary Forness, Early On Coordinator
Phone: (231) 922-6397 or (800) 743-5443
Fax: (231) 922-6461

Special Education Partners

As part of the special education transition services process, TBAISD has formed a partnership with Michigan Rehabilitation Services (MRS) and Disability Network to support special education students as they are preparing to exit the educational setting into the post-secondary arena.

Michigan Rehabilitation Services (MRS) supports job development and job placement. Their overarching goal is “successes of rehabilitation for everyone: people with disabilities and employers.” MRS works in conjunction with TBAISD and Disability Network to help students achieve to their fullest potential.

Disability Network’s motto is “Empowering Independence™ for People with Disabilities.” Disability Network services in the local school districts provide students and young adults the tools necessary to make informed choices and have personal control over their own lives.

Together these partnerships work, through a cash match agreement, to bring additional support to educators, parents, and students to afford the best possible educational opportunities for a successful future for all students with disabilities.

Mimi SpauldingTransition Coordinator
Phone: (231) 922-6588
Fax: (231) 922-6269