Health Educator Learning Network (HELN)

Each year professional learning opportunities will be offered to K-12 Washtenaw County educators who teach health, physical education, and family consumer science. These professional learning opportunities will center the seven strands outlined in the Michigan Department of Education’s Health Education Grade Level Content Expectations (GLCEs) and Michigan Merit Curriculum Credit Guidelines including:

  • Nutrition and Physical Activity
  • Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drugs
  • Safety
  • Social and Emotional Health
  • Personal Health and Wellness
  • HIV and Other STI Prevention
  • Sexuality Education

Interested in being added to the Regional School Health Coordinators monthly newsletter to be notified of health related training’s and resources? Contact Regional School Health Coordinator, Danielle Dros and request to be added to the monthly health newsletter.

HIV Certification Training

Michigan law requires that HIV/AIDS Prevention be taught once a year at every building level (elementary, middle, high school). All teachers who teach K-12 students about HIV/AIDS are required to complete HIV Certification training in order to be qualified to teach this content. Training in both HIV/AIDS and Other STI Prevention and Sexuality Education/Reproductive Health are offered through the Regional School Health Coordinator that serves the district. The MDE recommends that teachers of HIV/AIDS and Other STI Prevention and sexuality education receive a minimum of six clock-hours of professional development in sexuality education content, teaching methods, and Michigan laws every 3 years. 

Questions about getting certified to teach HIV/AIDS and Other STI prevention? Reach out to Regional School Health Coordinator Danielle Dros.

Sex Ed Advisory Board (SEAB) Support

Michigan law requires that every school district that chooses to implement sex education must have a Sex Education Advisory Board (SEAB). The districts SEAB is responsible for establishing sex education goals and objectives for students knowledge and skills and to evaluate, measure, and report on the attainment of program goals and objectives (at least once every two years). SEAB’s are also responsible for reviewing curriculum, materials, and methods, and for making recommendations to the school board of the district for implementation. The Regional School Health Coordinator can provide training and support to SEAB’s in the following areas:

  • Recruitment, selection, and terms of SEAB membership
  • Running effective SEAB meetings
  • Writing a definition of sex ed
  • Developing a sex ed scope and sequence
  • Administering Parent Surveys
  • Utilizing state and local data to inform SEAB work
  • Reviewing and selecting curriculum
  • How to hold public hearings for sex ed curriculum review
  • Preparing teaching staff and tracking certifications
  • Evaluation Reports

Looking for SEAB support? Reach out to Regional School Health Coordinator Danielle Dros.

Michigan Model for Health (MMH)

Healthy kids are better learners. The Michigan Model for Health (MMH) is an evidence-based, comprehensive health education curriculum that targets Pre-K through 12th grade students, utilizing a skills-based approach.


  • Research studies show students that receive the Michigan Model for Health Curriculum have stronger communication skills, better skills in managing their feelings and actions, improved attitudes about taking actions to stay safe, and stronger drug and tobacco refusal skills 
  • Michigan Model for Health is a SEL selected curriculum by the Collaborative on Academic and Social Emotional Learning (CASEL). Learn about the alignment between MMH and SEL in this document. You will first find key components of each and the overall big picture of this alignment; followed by a smaller grain size illustration of the alignment of Michigan Model for Health (MMH) by grade level, topic, learning objective, and standards to the SEL Competencies and their key indicators.
  • The Michigan Model for Health Pre-K through 12th grade curriculum meets the National Health Education Standards (NHES) by aligning the health education knowledge and skills needed at each grade level.  The Michigan Model for Health program includes a complete NHES crosswalk of lessons and objectives for all health topics and across all grades. 
  • The Michigan Model for Health Pre-K through 12th grade curriculum meets the Michigan Health Education Standards. The Health Education Standards reflect legal requirements, best practices, and current research in the teaching and learning of health education.  
  • The curriculum and materials are rich with opportunities to address State Standards in reading and writing
  • MMH Curriculum is now available digitally!

Regional School Health Coordinator, Danielle Dros, can work with you to provide the following:

  • Discounted and/or no-cost curriculum licenses
  • No-cost curriculum training
  • Ongoing, no-cost coaching and technical support

Interested in utilizing MMH in your district, building, or classroom? Reach out to Regional School Health Coordinator, Danielle Dros.

Healthy Habits Start Now (HHSN)

Healthy Habits Start Now is a grant funded program that provides nutrition and physical activity education to SNAP eligible students and their families through classroom instruction, school wide activities, and community events. HHSN teaches lessons to K-5 classrooms that include a nutrition lesson, a physical activity, and a taste test of a SNAP-Ed recipe. Participating sites receive at least five lessons provided by a nutrition educator. Interested in having HHSN work with you? Reach out to Regional School Health Coordinator, Danielle Dros

“This project was funded in whole or in part by the USDA’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education through the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services and the Michigan Fitness Foundation.” This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

MiBridges Medicaid Support

Do you or someone you know need healthcare coverage? Free or low-cost health coverage for children under the age of 19, or pregnant women of any age is available. Call the MIChild and Healthy Kids hotline: (800) 988-6300 OR Apply Online. The Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) will determine eligibility for programs, you do not need to know whether or not you are eligible to apply.

Danielle Dros

Regional School Health Coord

ADA & Accessibility

Our School Strives To Ensure Our Website Is Accessible To All Our Visitors 

Washtenaw ISD is committed to providing a website that is fully accessible and we are currently in the process of developing a new website to better meet the needs of our customers. Our new website will include improvements to ADA compliance and accessibility, and during this transition, we remain committed to maintaining our existing website's accessibility and usability. 

ADA Compliance

Non Discrimination

It is the policy and commitment of the Washtenaw Intermediate School District not to discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, disability, age, height, weight, familial status, marital status, genetic information, sexual orientation or any legally protected characteristic, in its educational programs, activities, admissions, or employment policies in accordance with Title IX of the 1972 Educational Amendments, executive order 11246 as amended, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and all other pertinent state and Federal regulations.

Non Discrimination Information

ADA and Title IX Coordinator ADA and Title IX Coordinator
Brian Marcel
Associate Superintendent
1819 S. Wagner Road 
Ann Arbor, MI  48103
(734) 994-8100 ext. 1402
Cassandra Harmon-Higgins
Executive Director, HR & Legal Services
1819 S. Wagner Road 
Ann Arbor, MI  48103
(734) 994-8100 ext. 1311