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Join MASSP at the #COLChat #CHATcamp

Our friends and colleagues that run #COLchat are hosting a really great blended conference opportunity on Saturday, September 26th at the Swartz Creek Performing Arts Center. This is their second year doing a @COLchat2Action event. They are excited to have representatives from a number of great chats (#MASSPchat #michED #MEMSPAchat #mschat & #resiliencechat) joining the conference to talk about being connected educators and building cultures of learning. At this "blended” conference there will be a combination of breakout sessions as well as some #edcamp sessions.'s picture

#MASSPchat is Back!

#MASSPchat is back from summer vacation starting Monday, August 3rd from 8-9pm. Our first chat will focus around “getting the school year off to a great start.” Future chats will be moderated by: MASSP staff, members of the MASSP Board of Directors and MASSP Members – we will also have special guest moderators on occasion. Join us to expand your professional learning network (PLN) and to make connections with colleagues!

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#MASSPchat 8/3 – Getting the School Year off to a Great Start!

The Topic: Getting the School Year off to a Great Start!
Recently, MASSP's own Wendy Zdeb-Roper wrote an article based on the Stephen Covey quote, “The main thing is to keep the main thing the main thing.” (you can read that article here) As we start a new school year let’s talk about the main thing, how to maintain that focus as well as sharing plans for the start of the year.'s picture

The Main Thing

Summer is always when I have my healthiest work/life balance. It gives me a chance to reconnect with family and friends and to focus on both my physical and mental health. I value having time to think, plan and reflect, which is often a challenge during the busyness of the school year. As I was doing some professional reading I came across one of my favorite Stephen Covey quotes, “The main thing is to keep the main thing the main thing.” Seems like that should be simple enough but in fact it is often the biggest challenge.

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Clarification on MDE Eval Training Memo

Recently, districts across the state received a memo from the MDE entitled Principal/Assistant Principal Training Programs for Conducting Educator Evaluations Grant. MASSP received many questions about how this grant is related to the ongoing teacher evaluation legislation and the funding allocated in the 2015-16 School Aid Budget. If you haven't yet read the memo, we have included it in its entirety at the end of this article.