Submitted by The Master Teacher. Written by Donald Hammond, Ph.D., and Jennifer Hammond, Ph.D.
To help districts continue to adjust to the recent Michigan Merit Curriculum (MMC) changes, the Michigan Department of Education (MDE) recently issued a pair of memos with some additional guidance on awarding credit for career and technical education (CTE) classes and the revisions to the Educational Development Plan (EDP) process. Though these memos will doubtless be of special interest to middle-level and CTE administrators, the guidance also applies more broadly to alternative or cross-disciplinary delivery models, like humanities.
The Michigan Department of Education (MDE) has finalized dates for the spring 2015 college entrance and work skills assessments. They are as follows:
OK2SAY, a new hotline and student safety initiative, is now available to Michigan students. OK2SAY enables students to confidentially report potential harm or criminal activities aimed at students, teachers, staff or other school employees. The program will operate as an early warning system for schools, with a focus on early intervention and prevention.
Fighting the Culture of Silence
The legislature is back from their summer recess, but they will only be in town for a few weeks before they leave again for the election. We have a short window to get the educator evaluation bills, HB 5223-24, passed into law and give schools the time and funding they deserve to transition to this new system.
The support is there to get these bills passed into law, but they are currently stuck in the Senate Education Committee with no hearing or vote scheduled.