Written by Dr. Jennifer Hammond, Principal, Grand Blanc High School and former president of the MASSP Board of Directors.
Anyone who knows me, knows that I bleed green and white. I was a first generation college student and loved every minute on campus at Michigan State University. I loved going to football games, making friends in my dorm and of course, taking challenging educational courses from the BEST teacher prep program in the country!
Principals will want to be aware of two memos put out recently by MDE. The first offers guidance for schools on how to certify compliance with requirements around constitutionally protected prayer, eye protective devices, and Constitution Day. The other provides information regarding alternatives to dissection, specifically as they relate to Michigan's new science content standards.
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.
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:
Mike Hobolth is the Associate Principal at Lapeer Community Schools, Zemmer Campus and has been an MASSP member since 2002.