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#MASSPchat 9/12 - Back to School Basics

The Topic:
Welcome back to school and to the start of another great year of conversation and professional dialogue! To kick off #MASSPchat for this school year, we will start with some back to school basics as our discussion topics. We welcome building Principals and all those who are leaders or aspire to be educational leaders to join our chat.

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#MASSPchat is Back!

#MASSPchat is back from summer vacation starting Monday, September 12 from 8-9pm. Our 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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MDE Memos: Required Certifications, Alternatives to Dissection

Principals will want to be aware of two memos put out recently by MDE. The first offers guidance for schools on how to certify compliance with requirements around constitutionally protected prayer, eye protective devices, and Constitution Day. The other provides information regarding alternatives to dissection, specifically as they relate to Michigan's new science content standards.

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Making it Work

Is your mind spinning as you consider how to best implement a new teacher evaluation framework? How about shoring up or changing your student growth measures? Do you have any new technology applications to introduce? If so you are not alone! Principals all over the State are in the same boat.

Organization and planning will be critical as you work to introduce these changes and support staff along the way. Here are some suggestions that may help you as you start to sketch out your PD plans:

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FREE Middle Level Math Resources

If your middle level math teachers aren't already following AMP21's Facebook group, you may want to recommend that they start! As part of a research study, Wayne State University’s Applied Mathematics Practices for the 21st Century (AMP21) has developed a series of FREE math activities for middle school classes. All activities are aligned with Common Core standards and available through AMP21’s Facebook group.