The Michigan Department of Education recently put out a series of informational memos that may be of interest to Principals. They contain information on a range of topics from the appropriate use of district provided professional development to the State Board 2014 Model Code of Student Conduct. There is also budget information on things like changes to the Sec 31a At-Risk funding and grants to help local districts and ISDs integrate MMC content into their CTE programs. Make sure you keep yourself informed and read on.
I hear it all the time. “I don’t have time for Twitter.” “I don’t have time for Edmodo.” “It’s just another thing that I have to do and I am already busy.” To that, I say, jump in! The water’s warm. What’s another bucket of water when you already drowning?
We are all busy. We all have various duties within our job that take us away from what we really want to be doing. We all have our TPS Reports to produce.
For the past two years my work at MASSP has been heavily focused on educator evaluation- both in providing professional development and on the legislative aspects. At times I have been depressed about the fact that it feels like the good pieces about a solid evaluation system are over shadowed by an over reliance on accountability and an improper focus on rooting the bad teachers out.
Are you looking for exciting afterschool opportunities for your middle school students? CS First is a Google program focused on increasing student access and exposure to Computer Science (CS) Education through after school and summer programs and they want to bring their program to Michigan! CS First launched in South Carolina in August 2013. To date, they have partnered with schools in Berkeley, Charleston and Dorchester counties.