The Topic: Staff Book Study
A book study is a great way to kick off a new initiative, help your building work through common challenges, or give you another tool to get your staff on the same page. It can also build leadership capacity, create a platform for important discussions about the work that we all share as educators, and help build a common set of language and references. This week, let's chat about staff book study best practices and the books we've had success with.
Back in early October, I told attendees at the MASSP Principal's Summit that, depending on the outcome of the election, MPSERS reform was one possible issue that could come up during this year's lame duck session. Since then, I've lost track of the number of emails I've received with questions about what the legislature intends to do. With lame duck slated to start in just a few days, let's review what little we actually know and how much we don't.
As educators, we often spend an inordinate amount of time thinking about new strategies, programs, and techniques to reach our students. While those things cannot be neglected, we sometimes overlook the immense power that the environment and culture in your classroom plays in the learning process. As we think meaningfully about our work, let us reflect about the culture in our classrooms and chat about ways to encourage a powerful culture within each learning environment.
Written by: Kathy A. Surd, President, Michigan Mathematics and Science Centers Network; Director, Mason-Lake Oceana Mathematics and Science Center; and General Education Coordinator, West Shore ESD
The Michigan Mathematics and Science Center Network (MMSCN), through a grant with code.org, is pleased to announce a professional learning opportunity to support AP Computer Science Principles (AP CSP). Code.org is one of the 5 approved providers for the AP CSP course by the College Board.
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.