Dr. Michael Favor
Purposeful.  Personalized.  Partners.

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Greetings!  My name is Dr. Michael Favor, and I am proud to welcome new and returning students, staff, and families to the  2023-2024 school year.  At ISD 917, we belong to each other, and we grow together.  In partnership with our nine member districts, students, families, staff, and strategic partners, we model an innovative culture with diverse pathways for students and staff. 

I feel honored to be supported by our incredible ISD 917 school board and to work with our amazing staff, member districts, and partner organizations.  In the past few years, we have worked collectively to achieve more together as we center humanity in our work to support special education, alternative education, and career and technical education in our region. 

When you enter any of our multiple sites or programs, you will see how the ISD 917 Core Values (see below) are the drivers of our words and actions.  You will see how committed our staff and School Board are to being purposeful, personalized partners for our students, families, and member districts, and you will see how our students thrive in learning environments designed to be student-ready.  We look to these Core Values to create and tell our story, guide our culture, and create a sense of shared purpose and belonging for each one of us at ISD 917.

Thank you for being a part of our ISD 917 community!


ISD 917 Core Values


Working together to achieve more collectively.  



Considering and respecting the perspective 

and needs of member districts, students, 

families and staff.


Ongoing improvement of programs and services. 


Managing financial and human resources 

carefully and responsibly.   


Multi-dimensional, transparent conversation 

focused on sharing information and creating 

a positive learning and working environment.   


Aligning our actions with our values and beliefs.   


Building on the strengths and addressing the 

unique needs of individual students.   


Intentionally providing opportunities while 

removing barriers at all levels of the organization.   


Appreciating and valuing everyone’s unique selves.


Dr. Michael Favor
ISD 917 Superintendent

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