Chelsey Martinez's picture

Call for Presentations - Principals Summit

You've spent years honing your skills as an education professional. Now, it's your chance share your experience and knowledge! Consider submitting a breakout presentation proposal for MASSP's upcoming Principals Summit on Nov. 6 & 7 at the Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center.

This two-day conference provides high-quality education and networking opportunities for building administrators. The conference format offers a facilitated learning environment with keynote speakers, multiple breakout sessions and interactive forums all focused on current and emerging issues, best practices and challenges facing the education community.'s picture

#MASSPchat - This Week's Slow Chat: Building Climate and Culture

Our first ever slow chat last week went very well! Thank you to everyone who participated and posted feedback. We will post a Storify each week to summarize the discussion from the week before. You can find last week's Storify here. As always, we encourage you to interact with others who are posting to really maximize the discussion.

This week's Slow Chat topic:
This week lets talk about building climate and culture and what you do to create a positive environment for staff, students and community. It is great to revisit your building's traditions and to introduce some new culturing activities each year to increase engagement and build a positive environment.

Chelsey Martinez's picture

Member Spotlight: Todd Simmons

We want to share good news about education! MASSP is turning the spotlight on members who are making an impact in their school, district and community. Spotlighted members exemplify the mission of the MASSP: To advance learning through educational leadership.

Todd Simmons, Principal, Pewamo-Westphalia MS/HS

How long have you worked in education?
A total of 16 years = 3 years @ PW MS/HS as Industrial Ed. Teacher/JVFB Coach/VBBB Asst. Coach, 2 years @ Central Michigan Univ. as Asst. Mens' Basketball Coach, 2 years @ Tri County MS as Industrial Ed. Teacher/JVFB Coach/MSBBB Coach, and 9 years as PW MS/HS Principal (also served as AD for 5 years)

Bob Kefgen's picture

This Week in Politics in 5 Sentences (or Fewer)

The Michigan Legislature returned this week from their summer recess and, while all was quiet in the Senate, the House Education Reform Committee already has a hearing under its belt. On Thursday, the House Education Reform Committee met jointly with the House K-12 budget subcommittee to hear a presentation from MDE on Michigan's ESSA state plan that has been submitted to the US Department of Education for review. While committee members asked questions on everything from assessment to reporting requirements, the topic that garnered the most attention was MDE's choice to move forward with a transparency dashboard for school accountability rather than a letter grade system.

Chelsey Martinez's picture

MASSP Podcast - Ted Gardella Talks Khan Challenge, New Teacher Tools and Importance of SAT Practice

Wendy recently sat down with Ted Gardella, Executive Director of the College Board's Midwest Regional Office as part of MASSP’s podcast series. In the 15-minute recording, Wendy and Ted discuss the launch of the Khan Challenge to get more schools and students using free practice on Khan Academy. They also discuss the importance of linking student's College Board and Khan Academy accounts, the additional reporting that administrators will receive for signing onto the Challenge and some of the new features rolled out this summer - including the heavily anticipated teacher tools.