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2017 Kelsey’s Law Scholarship - Stop Distracted Driving Contest

The second annual Kelsey’s Law Distracted Driving Scholarship for Michigan high school juniors and seniors has launched. Kelsey Raffaele, 17, of Sault Ste. Marie, tragically died in a cell phone-related automobile crash in 2010. This scholarship has been created in her honor to inspire change in teens who drive distracted and help prevent car accidents.

In October, $5,000 worth of scholarships will be awarded to Michigan students. Applicants are asked to submit a persuasive message that shows how you would convince young drivers to reduce distractions while driving.

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Proposed Educator Certification Model: Feedback Needed

The Michigan Department of Education, Office of Professional Preparation Services, is requesting stakeholder feedback on a proposed structure for Michigan teacher certification. This structure is the result of 18 months of research, data collection, and K-12 and higher education stakeholder feedback.

Please watch the Proposed Certification Structure Video prior to completing the survey in order to learn more about this model. The video is approximately 20 minutes long.

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#MASSPchat 5/15 - Reflection and Plan for Improvement

Each year, you find ways to make changes to previous events/practices for the purpose of improving. Unfortunately, we get so busy that we neglect to properly reflect and note the changes. During the final Tweet Chat of the school year, we will reflect on the past year for the purpose of identifying those improvement ideas.

This Week's Questions:

  1. What is your procedure for reflecting after an event to "debrief" and then note what went well and what could be improved?
  2. Reflecting on a "public" event/practice that you planned and facilitated, what went well?
  3. What is one thing that didn't go as well as you would have liked?
  4. What will you do next year to make improvements in what didn't go so well?
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This Week in Politics in 5 Sentences (or Fewer)

Nearly 350 Principals and other school administrators joined MASSP and MASA in East Lansing on Tuesday for a one-day conference to cover the new legal requirements that schools have under the Zero Tolerance and Seclusion & Restraint legislation that passed last legislative session. MASSP is working to compile an FAQ and other member resources based on topics from the event. The Senate Education Committee also met Tuesday and voted out a bill that would further limit deed restrictions being placed on school buildings sold to third parties…the stated intent of the bill is to prevent local units of government from using deed restrictions to limit charter schools' access to vacant school buildings.'s picture

New Data Links Personalized Official SAT Practice on Khan Academy to Significant Score Gains

The College Board released new data linking Official SAT Practice on Khan Academy to substantial score gains from the PSAT/NMSQT to the redesigned SAT. The extensive study, which includes nearly 250,000 students from the high school graduating class of 2017 who took the new PSAT/NMSQT and the new SAT in the past year, connects time spent practicing on Khan Academy with score improvement on the SAT. Researchers confirmed that practice advanced students regardless of gender, race, income, and high school GPA.

Here are a few highlights from the report:

  • Studying for the SAT for 20 hours on free Official SAT Practice on Khan Academy is associated with an average score gain of 115 points, nearly double the average score gain compared to students who don’t use Khan Academy.