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Free PD: Give Your Teachers the Opportunity to Incubate Good Ideas

Update: Submission deadline extended until Jan. 7th!

The Network of Michigan Educators has announced an exciting upcoming learning and networking opportunity called Michigan Powered by Teach to Lead: Strategic Partnerships. This is a FREE pre-conference to the Governor’s Education and Talent Summit on Monday, March 12 from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Collection Showplace in Novi. Click on the audio link below to hear a 15-minute Podcast about this great opportunity!

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AP Summer Institute Scholarships Available

Each year, the College Board awards scholarships for qualifying teachers to attend an AP Summer Institute (APSI), as well as to teachers who are required to attend an AP Capstone professional development event. These programs are offered to teachers at schools without funding for professional development, and who meet specific requirements.

APSI are considered to be one of the most effective professional development opportunities offered for AP teachers. The Institutes feature a full slate of sessions that are led by consultants of the College Board from around the country who are considered to be national experts in the courses they teach.

In 2018, the College Board is offering the following scholarship programs for AP teachers:

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Struggling Learners May Need More Than Academic Support

Written by Darci Griebel, Principal at Escanaba Area Public Jr/Sr High School and Region 1 Representative on the MASSP Board of Directors

As the school leader, what safety nets do you have in place to help your struggling learners succeed? Our initial thoughts may go to interventions such as tier 1, 2, or 3 supports, however, I am referring more to social-emotional supports that help to build the “whole child.” So many of our students today come to school with emotional obstacles that put roadblocks in their path to learning. As educators, we have to don the many hats needed to help them put their minds at ease, so they can put their focus into what is happening in the classroom.

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This Week in Politics in 5 Sentences (or Fewer)

A debate about reforming municipal employee retirement benefits sucked all the oxygen out of the room this past week and committee hearings on a number of education bills that were slated for Thursday were cancelled due to late session nights in both the House and Senate on Wednesday. The House Education Committee was originally slated to take up legislation that would have made the WorkKeys component of the Michigan Merit Exam optional, but that bill is now likely on hold until after the new year.

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School Improvement: An Opportunity to Examine Processes, Practices and Conditions

As you may know, the Michigan Department of Education has called together a group of individuals to examine the current school and district improvement processes and documentation requirements. The team is thinking abstractly about the revision of the DIP/SIP requirements and how to use the process to truly impact achievement. I have been asked to represent MASSP and am thrilled to be part of the thinking. As a result of being on the team, I have spent some time reflecting on what it takes to be thoughtful, deliberate, and purposeful about the work of improving one's school. As we all know, systems alignment and a systematic approach is imperative to all improvement efforts.