Beth Shermoen is the founder and owner of JJEM Education & Consulting, LLC which provides schools, educators, service providers and organizations with vital techniques and action plans geared toward understanding and investing in their school community needs and students’ learning habits and narratives.
Using a unique educational approach known as the Whole Child Compass (WCC), JJEM Education & Consulting aims to transform the way we look at the needs, serve, educate, and support students of all ages. Beth created the Whole Child Compass approach as a holistic, collaborative, strategic action plan of early developmental learning and basic needs inquiries that focus on the individuality of the student, narratives, interventions, and extensions that support the educational prosperity of children, young adults, school communities, programming and service providers.
With more than 14 years of experience helping school systems and students, Beth has dedicated her career to cultivating authentic educational and organizational environments. Beth created JJEM Consulting in 2014 with the goal of looking through a transformational lens within education and systems by embedding best practices, data-driven decision making and student narratives and wellness as a driving force in navigating students’ needs, growth and success.
Beth serves as a Principal with ISD 709 in Duluth, Minnesota. Beth provides a strong background in training experiences and knowledge working with Restorative Practices; Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports (PBIS); Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS) through a Whole Child Approach; Transformational School Culture and Climate; School Discipline & Alternatives to Suspension; Trauma Responsive Schools; Challenging Behaviors, Triggers & De-escalation; Positive School Attendance; Family Engagement; Anti-bullying Prevention and School Policy; Turnaround Leadership and Strategic School Systems of Design; Equity & Inclusion, and Safe Spaces & Safe People in our Schools for the LGBTQ+ community.
Beth graduated from Bemidji State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education, with specialties in Communication and Literature. She holds her Master’s in K-12 Education with Principal and Superintendent licensure through Bethel University.
Beth is a fierce advocate for all who work in our schools, specialized programming and communities championing for today’s youth. She strives to collaboratively build inclusive, relationship-driven spaces and partnerships where staff, students, families and community want to be.
This session will focus on a school-wide whole child compass approach through coordinated early interventions, systems of design, best practices, supports and equity under an MTSS (Multi-Tiered Systems of Support) framework. The vital importance of team collaboration, data driven decision making and a child’s narrative will unveil the positive impact a comprehension whole child compass approach will have in meeting students where they are at and setting their foundation for success in their academic and social-emotional journey. We will discuss the “Why” behind the intentionality of this work and how it is aligned and directly impacts student interventions and outcomes, professional learning communities, home/school/community partnerships and special education evaluation referrals. When we invest in meeting the basic needs of our children first, through an early intervention model, we are providing equitable opportunities for them to grow and thrive, now and well into the future.
Think Maslow before you can Bloom!