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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.).

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#MASSPchat - How Much Does It Cost to Educate a Child in Michigan?

The Topic: How Much Does It Cost to Educate a Child in Michigan?

The Michigan School Finance Collaborative recently released an extensive report that outlines how much it really costs to educate a child. The report takes into account a wide variety of factors in its findings such as poverty, special education, English Language Learners, CTE, transportation and wrap around services just to name a few. Let's discuss some of the key points outlined in the report this week.

Here is a link to a short video overview about the work of the Collaborative: https://youtu.be/VcMdFMf8ACQ

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Succession Planning in an Era of Unprecedented Shortage

Written by Steve Hawley, Principal, Lake Orion High School and MASSP Region 12 Representative.

The conversation around the current educator shortage brings ample debate as to the causes creating the unprecedented shallowing of the pool of certified teachers in the State of Michigan and beyond. Nevertheless, school districts are left with the ever-increasing, difficult task of not only filling vacant teaching positions, but also adequately planning to fill the leadership positions within their schools as they become available.

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#MASSPchat - Mid-Year Check-In

The Topic:
It's the end of January…exams are done and we are half way through the year. How is your school progressing on school improvement goals? How are your teachers moving toward the goals they set at the beginning of the year? Are you making strides toward your personal goals? What gets monitored gets done – lets check in.

The Questions: