As administrations look to fill open teacher vacancies, support staff, shifting roles and other crucial elements to the school environment, they may also be searching to fill the roles of activity advisers. If you find yourself appointing a staff member to this vital position, MASC/MAHS Michigan Student Leadership is here to help, as we have created the “New Adviser Mentor Program."
If you have questions and concerns related to PSAT and SAT, you're are not alone. Over the past several weeks, MASSP has heard from a number of Principals with issues around accommodated testing, fee waivers, unused test booklet fees, and even seat spacing. And we have the answers and resources you need!
Below, you will find answers to a few common questions. In addition, College Board – in collaboration with the MDE – recently announced two Michigan-specific efforts to resolve your concerns and answer Principals questions.
The Senate returned this week for a short two-day session during which they managed to finish work on a package of Early Financial Warning bills and pass their version of a road-funding plan. The Senate's road plan is projected to generate $1.4 billion annually for road and bridge repairs, but also includes a complicated mechanism that could trigger a cut in the state's income tax rate.
Over the last several months I, along with all of you, have been immersing myself in everything SAT related – trying to get to understand the new assessment and what our students will need to know and be able to do to be successful. One of the key instructional strategies I see is close reading. Students need to be able to closely and carefully read a variety of texts to extrapolate information and apply it. This being said, all schools should have a reading or a literacy school improvement goal and close reading strategies need to be included.
What is close reading?
It was so nice to see so many of you at EdCon this past week! I know that it was a great time for me to reflect, learn, and get energized for the year ahead. Through talking with many of you, it was clear that the keynote speakers were top-notch and that you enjoyed your time in Traverse City! Start penciling the dates in your calendar for EdCon 2016, which are June 27 through June 29, 2016.