What is Hair on Fire?

Hair on Fire: A 3-Year Plan to Create a Student-Focused Common Core System

Creating a 3 Phased Approach

Welcome to the largest wholesale school reform initiative to ever be undertaken in Montcalm and Ionia Counties. Through this project called, “Hair on Fire”, the goal is deceivingly simple. By putting forth collaborative efforts, Montcalm and Ionia Counties with support from the respective intermediate school districts and local school participants seek to:

Substantially increase achievement for all students.

Based on the latest research employed by effective turnaround schools identified by the American Institutes for Research, “Hair on Fire” focuses on four areas of improvement which become the non-negotiables for the plan:

  1. commitment to coldness in thoughts and actions,
  2. full Implementation of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for All Students,
  3. purposeful shifts in use of time, and
  4. communication with Intention.