The Michigan Department of Education put out a pair of memos this week that Principals may want to review. The first is a reminder that, because of legislation passed last year, schools now need to comply with training and reporting requirements related to anaphylaxis and epinephrine auto-injectors. The second is information about recent updates to MDE's Model Code of Student Conduct.
Here are the memos:
Michigan Public Act 187 Requirements
The Detroit Chamber's annual Mackinac Policy Conference ran this past week, which means that there was a short session week to allow lawmakers to get to Mackinac Island by Wednesday afternoon. Still, with the exception of the School Aid Budget, the legislature was able to wrap up most other state budgets (including the Department of Education budget) before they left.
The Senate has voted out SB 103, educator evaluation legislation that, while improved from where it began the year, still falls far short of what is needed to ensure that Principals and other educators are supported with quality evaluation tools, training, and funding.
The Senate reported out SB 103 this week, though not without significant dissent and a number of amendments. The bill still lacks quality standards for evaluation tools, any provision for training evaluators, and funding. However, it finally includes a provision to ensure that an educator's professional practice, rather than just student growth, will be a significant factor in evaluation—an MASSP priority.
The Topic: Finishing the School Year Strong
Being an educator in the late spring can be extremely challenging. This week lets talk about how we finish our school year and what things we can do to keep our students engaged in learning. Additionally, we can share fun or innovative ways to run end of the year including honors nights, ceremonies, graduation, class/staff parties, etc… We hope you will join us on Monday for a helpful chat on how to finish the year strong!