Beth Shermoen is the founder and owner of JJEM Education & Consulting, LLC which provides educators and service providers 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. 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 and school communities.
With more than 13 years of experience helping school systems and students, Beth has dedicated her career to cultivating authentic educational environments. Beth created JJEM Consulting in 2014 with the goal of looking through a transformational lens within the educational system and embedding best practices, data-driven decision making and student narratives as a driving force in navigating students’ needs.
Beth serves as a Principal with Duluth Public Schools. Beth has experience working with equity and restorative practices, marginalized populations, strength-based learning and instruction, differentiated instruction, Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports (PBIS), Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS) focused on the whole child, transformational school culture and climate, classroom management, Trauma Responsive Schools and de-escalation and triggers when working with at-risk students, school attendance, anti-bullying prevention and school policy, teacher evaluations, transformational leadership and school systems, policy and implementation, 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 school communities and strives to collaboratively build inclusive, relationship-driven spaces and communities where staff, students, and families want to be.
This keynote will focus on the Whole Child Compass, an approach founded on learning about the students we serve and responding as a school community through early intervention, system alignment, best practices, support and services, and equity under a Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS) framework. The vital importance of team collaboration, data-driven decision making, and the inclusion of a child’s narrative will unveil the positive impact a Whole Child Compass approach will have in meeting students where they are at and setting their foundations for success in their academic journeys. We will discuss the Why behind the intentionality of this work, how it is aligned and its direct impact on our systems, home/school/community partnerships, and special education evaluation referrals and most importantly…student outcomes. When we take the time to truly learn a child’s story and meet students where they are at, we are providing greater opportunities for them to grow and thrive as students and citizens. Think: Maslow before you bloom!