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Teacher Certification Changes Pending for Michigan

As part of the Michigan Department of Education’s (MDE) Top 10 in 10 plan, State Superintendent Whiston and his team are working to re-imagine Michigan’s teacher certification structure. Before we can talk about where we are heading, though, we must first review where we’ve been.

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MASSP Announces New Board Members, Steve Carlson President-Elect

MASSP is proud to announce the winners of this year's elections to the Board of Directors and welcome Steve Carlson, Principal at Sandusky Jr./Sr. High School, as the Association's President-Elect.

Steve Carlson has served in the Sandusky Community School District for 16 years. Half of that time was spent teaching high school History and English. He then became the Principal of Sandusky Middle School in 2009, until the district consolidated for the start of the 2013-14 school year. Sandusky Middle School closed, but Steve became the first principal of the new Sandusky Jr./Sr. High School (grades 7-12).

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MDE Submits ESSA Plan to Governor for Review

Despite urging by many in the education community to delay submission until September, the Michigan Department of Education (MDE) will move forward with their plan to submit Michigan's plan for ESSA to the US Department of Education (USED).

The plan was submitted to Gov. Rick Snyder for his 30-day review period after which MDE will submit to the USED. The final plan is not available for release or comment, but MASSP will prepare an analysis once it becomes available.

According to a press release from MDE, the key components of Michigan’s ESSA Plan include:

  • Defining the purpose of school accountability as providing direct supports to the districts, rather than labeling and sanction.
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#MASSPchat 4/17: Multi-Tiered System of Supports - The Building Level

The Topic: Multi-Tiered System of Supports: The Building Level
Do schools have a duty to ensure all students are successful and prevent students from dropping out? MTSS refers to a framework for support at all levels of instruction that is systemically in place to help all students succeed. The Michigan Department of Education (MDE) defines Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS) as "an integrated, multi-tiered system of instruction, assessment, and intervention designed to meet the achievement and behavioral health needs of ALL learners."