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$2M in Title IIa Funds Available for Building, District and Teacher Leader Supports - Aug. 10 Application Deadline

Last week, MDE announced that approximately $2 million in Title IIa funds is now available to support improving the quality and effectiveness of teachers, principals and other school leaders. The grant funding has been allocated for the following activities:

  1. Building and District Leader Supports:
    Provide training and support for principals or other school leaders who are recruited as part of instructional leadership teams. (ESEA § 2101(c)(4)(B)(v)(II))

  2. Teacher Supports:
    Provide training and support for teacher leaders who are recruited as part of instructional leadership teams. (ESEA § 2101(c)(4)(B)(v)(II))

  3. Educator Evaluation System Supports:
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#GoOpen Michigan - Openly Licensed Educational Resources

The Michigan Department of Education (MDE), in collaboration with its #GoOpen Michigan strategic partners, announces the launch of the #GoOpen Michigan Microsite, goopenmichigan.org. The #GoOpen Michigan Microsite is a virtual library of openly licensed educational resources (OER), as well as a collaboration space for Michigan educators who are dedicated to using high-quality, standards aligned OER.

The microsite will allow educators and students to:

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Celebrating 2017-18 - MASSP's Year in Review

Every year, just before EdCon, the MASSP Board of Directors has their final meeting of the year and we celebrate with a Transition Dinner to recognize the change in leadership from one President to the next. I ended my term as MASSP's Past President on the Executive Board and I am proud to recognize the many significant achievements and accomplishments of the MASSP Board and staff during the 2017-18 school year:

More than 350 days of professional development were held by both MASSP and MASC/MAHS Michigan Student Leadership – this included: in-house workshops, contracted events across the state and multi-day conferences.

MASSP membership during 2017-18 capped at 1,782 – our highest total in nearly a decade. MASC/MAHS membership ended at 292 schools.

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Reminders About Educator Externships

As a reminder, the Office of Educator Excellence (OEE) created and distributed a helpful guidance document relating to educator externships. Externships provide real-life experiences for educators and may help to make course content more relevant to students. Externships may be considered for education-related professional learning within the State Continuing Education Clock Hours (SCECH) or within the local District Provided Professional Development (DPPD) systems.

For more information, please see MDE's MEMO #093-18 from June 28, 2018.

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Our Champions' Culture

Written by Todd Simmons, Principal at Pewamo-Westphalia Middle/High School and Region 6 Representative on the MASSP Board of Directors

I've been asked numerous times over the last couple of years, and by various practitioners, "What is your school culture all about at P-W?" In fact, just this year alone, we have been honored to host several educators, coaches and school leaders who have come to spend part of their day with our staff and students to see for themselves what we are all about. In all cases, we attempt to demonstrate to our guests that our champions' culture is the foundation of everything we have done, and everything we hope to do.