Michigan's School Reform Office (SRO) made headlines this past week after Chalkbeat Detroit published an article in which officials in that office were quoted as saying they planned to close the state's "lowest 5%" schools.
The job of Principal and Assistant Principal is one of the most important hires in any school district. They are the face and energy of the building. In order for new administrators to be successful, it is vital for them to have key background information, access to current educational legislation and to develop their professional network. MASSP continues to provide training and networking opportunities for these new administrators with the New Principal's Network – formerly known as Bootcamp – led by 22-year veteran administrator, Larry Goralski.
As many principals around Michigan prepare to open their buildings for the start of school, there is a buzz of excitement.
The Michigan Department of Education (MDE) has updated standards for Health and Physical Education. As a result of these updates, K-12 stakeholders presented the idea of merging Health and Physical Education into one endorsement area. As such, teachers certified with a merged endorsement area will be authorized to teach Health and Physical Education at the K-12 Level.
Is your mind spinning as you consider how to best implement a new teacher evaluation framework? How about shoring up or changing your student growth measures? Do you have any new technology applications to introduce? If so you are not alone! Principals all over the State are in the same boat.
Organization and planning will be critical as you work to introduce these changes and support staff along the way. Here are some suggestions that may help you as you start to sketch out your PD plans: