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MDE Guidance Issued on Emergency Seclusion and Physical Restraint

On Thursday, the Michigan Department of Education released guidance documents for school districts on implementing the new laws governing the emergency use of seclusion and physical restraint. These documents include an FAQ, a sample documentation form, and a sample debriefing form. To assist you in getting your head around this information, we’ve excerpted some key sections of the FAQ that Principals will want to be aware of.

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MDE Memos: Info on Eval Rating Appeals Window and Web Posting

As you continue to implement Michigan's new evaluation law in your district, there are a pair of recent MDE memos that have information pertinent to that work. The two documents provide additional information around the teacher evaluation rating appeals period, which closes on December 1, 2016 and how and where districts should post the statutorily required assurances on their website.

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CEPI, MDE to Open Eval Rating Appeals Window

Beginning in the 2016-17 school year, Michigan's new educator evaluation law, Public Act 173 of 2015, will link teacher certificate renewal and progression to evaluation ratings for the most recent five-year period.

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Year-End Evaluation Reminders

As we return from spring break and students engage in state testing for accountability, it is a good time for administrators to work on their master schedule, prepare for end-of-year activities, complete observations, and write year-end evaluations of their teachers.

As you prepare to write year-end evaluations, make sure you have addressed the minimum statutory requirements articulated in section 1249 of the revised school code: