The State Board met this Tuesday for the first time since MDE submitted its final Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) plan to the US Department of Education and that plan along with the recently released report of the Governor’s Commission on 21st Century Education were the major topics of discussion. The Senate Education Committee also met Tuesday to take up a pair of bills, the most significant for Principals being a bill (which MASSP supports) to eliminate the sunset on Michigan’s Student Safety Act, which would allow the state to continue with OK-2-SAY, a prevention-based reporting mechanism that allows students to confidentially report tips on potential harm or criminal activities directed at school students, school employees, or schools.
The substitute teacher shortage facing Michigan schools was in the spotlight during Thursday’s House Education Reform Committee meeting. The panel took testimony on three different bills that seek to address the issue by expanding the pool of people eligible to serve as substitute teachers and removing barriers that keep retired teachers coming back as substitutes. While the committee did not vote, there was no opposition to the legislation and plenty of support from education organizations.
Last week, MASSP reported that the Michigan Department of Education had submitted its final draft Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) plan to Gov. Snyder for his review before sending it along to the U.S. Department of Education (USED) for the federal. This week, the Governor signed off on the plan as is, though he expressed concern regarding a few issues, particularly the school accountability portion. The ESSA submission was also a recent discussion topic at this month's State Board of Education (SBE) meeting –though the SBE did not share some of the Governor's viewpoints.
As building administrators we have the ability to create a team of educators who are focused on students, teaching, and learning. This starts with the hiring processes and strategies that are in place to ensure the long-term success of our educational systems. We will engage with one another to explore the practices used to help ensure we are hiring the "right" educator for the role, the individual who will help move thinking forward with a focus on students. Join the chat to share ideas, borrow ideas, and perhaps rethink and adapt some of your current was of operating. For more information, consider this: Hiring Good Teachers: The Interview Process
As part of the Michigan Department of Education’s (MDE) Top 10 in 10 plan, State Superintendent Whiston and his team are working to re-imagine Michigan’s teacher certification structure. Before we can talk about where we are heading, though, we must first review where we’ve been.