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tkerhoulas's picture

Taiwan

When I was offered to see the world’s top math schools in action – I jumped at the chance. I did, however, have to travel a little ways to do so. In the United States, only 6% of 8th-grade students reached the advanced benchmark for international mathematics standards compared to 45% for Taiwan. Taiwanese high school students earn the top spot globally, and their government offered to fly a few of us from Michigan over to share ideas. The venture was called the 2009 American Educators Project and was fully funded by the Taiwanese.

Ballard's picture

We’re Not Alone

We have not yet taken a position in regard to House Bill 4410 (The Sheltrown bill). None of the statewide associations with whom we work have either. The superintendent association has not. The ISD superintendent association has not. The school board's association has not. The MEA has not. The Department of Education has not. The MI Chamber has not. And, no legislative caucus has as well. Yet, MASSP is threatened by some from the CTE community to support the bill or lose their membership.

rreed@csdm.k12.mi.us's picture

Green Schools Event -- Greening of Milan Expo set for April 20-21

The Greening of Milan Expo will be April 20-21st from 9 am to 9 pm on Monday April 20th and 8 am to 4 pm on Tuesday April 21st. Speakers include Kristine Moffitt of Michigan Green Schools organization. Milan High Conservation Generation student leaders will also present on their efforts to help Milan High go green and save green. Other neat features include WMU's solar car, a Ford Fusion Hybrid, and more!

This is a great way to kick start your student-led effort in helping to conserve and save -- so bring a group of students.

Or for school professionals (teacher leaders, administrators, maintenance & grounds), presentations also included LEED-certification for buildings, school energy audits services, and other great ways to save the school budget while becoming green-friendly!

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Punishment – MDE Style

MASSP is in the doghouse with the Department of Education. Two reasons: Trying to shift the money spent on the 9th grade social studies exam to EXPLORE, and our public statement about the proposed MI-SAS accreditation program.

When polled, 97% of our membership doesn’t see value in the 9th grade social studies exam. Our governor in her state-of-the-state speech called on us to find ways to reduce wasted state costs without hurting its citizens. So we proposed legislation to shift this money to something 60% of schools do value. We feel it is a matter of equality.

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We’re all frustrated!

I’ve written before of how I enjoy driving to visit with members within their own local area. I do about twenty of these trips a year. It's great travel time through Michigan and a chance to visit with some really nice people and make new friends. I’ve been making these trips for a number of years. Today was the first time I dreaded one of these drives.