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Member Spotlight: Michelle Baker-Herring

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.

Michelle Baker-Herring, Principal, Southgate Anderson High School

How long have you worked in education?
19 years

How long have you been an administrator?
14 years

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My Experience Testifying Before the Legislature

Written by Mark Pogliano, Principal at Jackson Area Career Center and the CTE Representative on the MASSP Board of Directors

I was recently invited to speak to the House Workforce and Talent Development Committee to share my thoughts and experience related to the Career Pathways Alliance initiatives, which are a shared effort from the Michigan Department of Education (MDE) and the Department of Talent and Economic Development (TED). I considered it a great honor and privilege to receive this invitation, and wanted to make sure that I could articulate the benefits of this initiative. However, I also have to admit I was pretty nervous about the whole process and how my message would be received.'s picture

#MASSPchat - Secondary Literacy

There has been a heavy investment in our state in early childhood programs and elementary literacy. The third grade reading legislation has caused many districts to revisit their instructional practice around literacy. Clearly students who are struggling readers in elementary come to middle and high school lacking the necessary fundamental reading skills needed to be successful students. Let's talk about what we are seeing in secondary classrooms in terms of literacy and what work still needs to be done.

This Week's Questions: (one posted each day)

  • Q1 (Monday): If you had to put a # on it, what percentage of your student population would you identify as "struggling readers"? #masspchat
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This Week in Politics in 5 Sentences (or Fewer)

On Wednesday, the Senate passed Senate Bills 584-586, which will allow individuals who obtain a special endorsement with his or her concealed pistol license to carry concealed weapons within schools, day care centers, bars, arenas, churches and libraries. The bills passed on a 25-12 vote with a single Republican—Sen. Marty Knollenberg (R-Troy)—crossing over to join the Democrats in opposition.

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Gov. Snyder Signs HB 4181 to Support Counselor Training

Written and submitted by MCAN

On November 8, MCAN was present to witness Gov. Rick Snyder sign HB 4181, which will require school counselors to receive training on career and college advising to help guide the decision-making of high school students.