The Senate Education Committee heard testimony but took no votes or other action this week on the vague topic of "academically failing schools" from the unlikely pair of former Oakland Schools superintendent Vickie Markavitch and Lansing attorney and former Oxford Foundation (a.k.a. Skunkworks) mastermind Richard McLellan. The testimony and questions from the committee were—at times—long winded and off topic, but generally focused on a proposal from Markavitch to allow an ISD takeover as an interim measure for struggling schools.
[This is one of a series of posts I've been putting together on topics related to Advanced Placement. I've been thinking for a while that I need to get some of these things in print, if only to make sure that the things I think don't get lost. I hope these are helpful to someone. If not, I've enjoyed doing it anyway. This post pertains to AP Potential; the College Board will be sending high school administrators and counselors access codes for this online tool beginning in December, so it seems smart to be aware of this as soon as possible.]
If your district is interested in spring PSAT 8/9 testing for your middle level students, consortium pricing is available through your ISD/RESA, but you need to take action before November 13.
Here are the details that you will want to know at a local level:
The Topic: Classroom Environment & Culture
There are any number of things that can impact the classroom environment and culture. Let’s talk about some of them specifically this week, and share ways we see students being both positively and negatively impacted in terms of student learning. To prepare for this week’s discussion, please review the 5D+ Teacher Evaluation Rubric for Classroom Environment & Culture as it will guide our chat questions.