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!
Principals will want to be aware of an upcoming deadline related to school accountability. The MDE has released preliminary school scorecards for the 2015-16 school year. Schools or districts wishing to appeal the information on their scorecards have until 5:00 PM on November 14, 2016 to do so. For more details, see the article from this week's Spotlight on Student Assessment and Accountability, reproduced below.
As you continue to implement Michigan's new evaluation law in your district, there are a pair of recent MDE memos that have information pertinent to that work. The two documents provide additional information around the teacher evaluation rating appeals period, which closes on December 1, 2016 and how and where districts should post the statutorily required assurances on their website.
On Thursday, the Senate passed long-awaited legislation (HB 4388) that expands the allowable uses of sinking funds to include school security improvements and technology. This legislation has already passed the House and, because there were no amendments, the bill is now on its way to Governor Snyder for his signature. It is important to note that existing millages, as well as any millages that are approved this November, would be unaffected by these changes.