Bob Kefgen's picture

This Week in Politics in 5 Sentences (or Fewer)

On Tuesday, the House Law and Justice Committee passed a trio of bills (HB 5130-32) that would change the law around expulsion and school attendance of a pupil convicted of criminal sexual conduct when the victim attends the same school. Under the revised bills, being found guilty by the courts of criminal sexual conduct against another student in the school (even if the incident occurred off-campus) would be a zero tolerance offense (subject to the seven factors that schools are now required to consider in all suspension or expulsion cases).

Andy Kowalczyk's picture

Do You Leave School With a Positive Attitude?

I was involved in a conversation with a colleague at a MASSP Board of Directors meeting about retaining teachers and administrators. We discussed what causes people in both positions to leave the profession. One reason we often hear about is educators having too many bad days. These are normally due to one or two troublesome situations like a difficult student or parent. We forget about the hundreds of great interactions that occur within that "bad day." I compiled a list of things administrators can do so that when you leave work you leave with a positive attitude.'s picture

#MASSPchat - School Safety

The Topic:
School safety and responding to student threats is on every school administrators mind. This is a good opportunity to share ideas and offer each other some support.

The Questions:

Colin Ripmaster's picture

From the Ground Up: Building a Student Growth and Assessment System that Informs Practice

Michigan school districts have been implementing and adjusting to the revised evaluation statute for three school years. As districts grapple with implementing statutory requirements for annual evaluation, a common pain point has been the use of student growth and assessment data, including properly understanding what the legislation requires, which measures to use, how to aggregate growth measures for teachers and administrators, and reliably scoring for 25% of an effectiveness rating. Beginning with the 2018-19 school year the weight of student growth increases to 40%, inclusive of state assessment data for teachers in tested grades and subjects, increasing the significance and complexity of evaluating educator performance.

Chelsey Martinez's picture

Member Spotlight: Kelli Campbell

We want to share good news about education! MASSP is turning the spotlight on members who are making an impact in their school, district and community. Spotlighted members exemplify the mission of the MASSP: To advance learning through educational leadership.

Kelli Campbell, Director of Teaching and Learning, Kent ISD

How long have you worked in education?
12 years

How long have you been an administrator?
4 years