A recent edition of MDE's Spotlight on Assessment and Accountability has some great information about accommodations including guidance on handling extended testing time for students and submitting changes to accommodations. If you have a new student in your school who had been approved for accommodations at their old school, there are also instructions for transferring that a student's records over to your school's account within the College Board system.
Beginning at Wayne RESA on November 29 and continuing at locations around the state through the month of December, the Michigan Department of Education (MDE) will be holding a series of forums across Michigan to gather input from educators, advocates, parents, students, and the public regarding specific proposed components of the nation’s new federal education law: the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).
Now is the time after the lightning flash but before the thunder. It's too early to say with certainty exactly what the election will mean for education policy in Michigan, but we can start to piece things together. We can also start to figure out what we know and what we don't. Here are some key takeaways for Principals from the election:
The Topic: Improving Communication
As we all know poor communication can lead to a number of problems. As administrators we need to focus on how to communicate clearly but also to adapt communication to the audience and to provide just what our stakeholders need.
Celebrate What’s Working Though a Vision of Possibility! According to the research on educator attitudes and phases of teaching the months of November and December are often characterized as times of SURVIVAL and DISILLUSIONMENT. Let’s inspire each other through a focus on What’s Working. This will be an interactive chat and one you might want to invite your staff to engage with. Spread the word and don't forget to put the date and time on your calendar 11/7/2016 @ 8:00! Let's Celebrate What’s Working!