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#MASSPchat - Marshall Plan for Talent

The Topic:
On Thursday, February 22nd Governor Rick Snyder along with Lt. Governor Brian Calley and Roger Curtis, the Director of the Department of Talent and Economic Development, unveiled their plans for addressing the industry talent gap in Michigan. This plan has many direct implications for schools K-12 as there is a heavy emphasis on raising career awareness, increasing course offerings and programming at high schools that will directly funnel into the work force, moving toward a competency based model and teaching life long accumulated skills that will allow adaptation to a changing career picture (just to name a few!).

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#MASSPchat - Growing, Attracting and Hiring New Teachers

The Topic:
The pool of available teachers for open positions continues to dwindle. What is your district/school doing to be proactive about growing, attracting and hiring the best teachers for your students? Let's discuss best practices and share strategies.

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#MASSPchat - Restorative Practices

The Topic:
We are over half way through the school year and many schools began the year with new discipline policies aimed at reducing suspension and expulsion rates. Let's check in and share how the new policies are working for staff, students, parents and school boards.

The Questions:

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MDE Memos Review Sexual Assault/Harassment, Cert Requirements

Principals will want to be aware of three memos put out recently by MDE. The first is a special memo from State Superintendent Brian Whiston that provides an easy-to-read overview of district and educator responsibilities under state and federal law when it comes to sexual assault and harassment. The other two memos review the limits on using staff with non-traditional backgrounds in counseling or library media related roles since both of these positions require specific degrees or endorsements.

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#MASSPchat - How Much Does It Cost to Educate a Child in Michigan?

The Topic: How Much Does It Cost to Educate a Child in Michigan?

The Michigan School Finance Collaborative recently released an extensive report that outlines how much it really costs to educate a child. The report takes into account a wide variety of factors in its findings such as poverty, special education, English Language Learners, CTE, transportation and wrap around services just to name a few. Let's discuss some of the key points outlined in the report this week.

Here is a link to a short video overview about the work of the Collaborative: https://youtu.be/VcMdFMf8ACQ