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Member Spotlight: Sheila Pilmore

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.

Sheila Pilmore, Principal, Breckenridge Middle/High School

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Making Time For Intentional Collaboration

The words collaboration and leadership are two words that are prevalent in most research surrounding effective teams. Although true, it seems that there is often a lack of clarity surrounding the various strategies one might use to engage others in collaborative dialogue. There is also a lack of training for this in most traditional Ed Leadership programs – leaving school leaders without the necessary strategies to efficiently and effectively build a culture of collaboration and shared ownership for students. Modeling these behaviors and reflecting on both the content and the process after exploration will ultimately allow for the ideas to be implemented into classroom instruction.

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Preparing Your Candidacy for Superintendency

MASB is offering a day-long workshop for superintendent candidates seeking assistance with resume and interview preparation. The event is being offered on either February 17 or April 14; both sessions run from 8:30am to 4:00pm. Veteran search consultants will discuss strategies for job hunting and highlight the qualities of winning resumes and interviews. Participants will receive feedback on their own resumes and participate in mock interviews. If you plan to apply for a superintendency this season, you’ll want to take advantage of this unique opportunity!

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Taking a Look at MDE's New Technology Standards

The Michigan Department of Education recently released a new set of technology standards that will replace the old 2009 Michigan Educational Technology Standards for Students (METS-S). These new standards are called the Michigan Integrated Technology Educational Competencies for Students (MITECS) and are meant to be taught within the core curriculum of classes.

This is a move away from the practice of assessing the technology skills of 8th graders as was required under the now-defunct Enhancing Education Through Technology (E2T2) grant. Instead of a one-time assessment, schools are now encouraged to promote technology competency skills through their everyday curriculum no matter the content area.

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This Week in Politics in 5 Sentences (or Fewer)

On Tuesday, the House Workforce and Talent Development Committee and the Senate Education Committee heard testimony (separately) from representatives of the College Board, who presented on the tools and supports available to students and educators through the College Board partnership with Khan Academy (e.g. free practice tests, linking Khan to a student's College Board account, individualized test preparation, etc.).