Focus Groups Scheduled for Mid-September

Focus Group Purpose

To surface and identify important perspectives around critical topic areas and to nurture a foundation for ongoing communication.


  • Center-Based Program Parents
  • Center-Based Program Staff
  • Center-Based Program Principals
  • Center-Based Program LEA Special Ed Directors
  • Kent ISD staff 

Parent Focus Group Topic Areas

  • Parent Engagement and Effective Communication
  • Appropriate/Adequate Staffing and Safety
  • Qualified Staff and High-Quality Instruction and Services

Staff Focus Group Topic Areas

  • Staff Engagement and Effective Communication
  • Adequate Resources and Specialized Training to provide High-Quality Instruction and Services
  • Collaboration and Relationships with Locals

Meeting Process

Each Focus Group will allow for individual written responses and group dialogue


  • Information gathered will be analyzed/synthesized and categorized
  • Shared with pertinent personnel to inform and fuel improvement strategies
  • Shared with stakeholders to maintain transparency
  • Inform the Center-Based Program observation process

Focus Group Schedule

SEPTEMBER 18, 2018 - Tuesday

  • 10:00-11:30 AM - Center Program parents
  • 11:30-1:00 PM - Center Program parents
  • 6:30-8:00 PM - Center Program parents

SEPTEMBER 19, 2018 - Wednesday

  • 3:00-4:30 PM -  Center Program staff
  • 4:30-6:00 PM - LEA Administration

SEPTEMBER 20, 2018 - Thursday

  • 9:00-10:30 AM - Center Program principals
  • 5:00-6:30 PM - Center Program staff
  • 6:30-8:00 PM - Center Program staff

All focus groups will take place at the Kent ISD Educational Service Center building at 2930 Knapp NE, Grand Rapids. Pareticipants should park in lot #11 and use the main entrance.