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Could I Have Been a Wolverine?

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!

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A Farewell from MASSP's Outgoing Past President

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

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Michigan Council for Educator Effectiveness Student Learning Objectives

Below is an article that I have written to share information about the status of the Michigan Council for Educator Effectiveness. I encourage you to read and answer the questions at its end by utilizing the comment link. I am very interested in taking your feedback to my fellow members of the MCEE and hope you will share your insights.

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Michigan Council of Educator Effectiveness - Feedback Requested

Thank you to those of you who attended the EdCon 2012 conference. As I mentioned at my Michigan Council of Educator Effectiveness Update, I would like to hear your feedback on student growth measures. If you have a few minutes, please feel free to leave a few comments below about the following questions:

  1. Should the State evaluation data (i.e. MEAP, MME, Smarter Balance, etc.) be the only source of student growth data? Why or why not?

  2. Should local student growth models be allowed? Why or why not? How could we ensure that the local models are rigorous and legitimate?
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What Are We Preparing Our Students For?

A few weeks ago, the Grand Blanc Community Schools embarked on a renewed commitment to our Strategic Plan. We spent three days working with the strategic planning guru, Dr. William Cook, reimaging our district by writing a new a mission, parameters, goals and strategies. Throughout the three days, we were continually asking ourselves, how we can provide our students with the best educational experience for their future. What we soon realized is that we could not predict the future and that we are preparing many of our students for jobs that may not even exist.