Summer is always when I have my healthiest work/life balance. It gives me a chance to reconnect with family and friends and to focus on both my physical and mental health. I value having time to think, plan and reflect, which is often a challenge during the busyness of the school year. As I was doing some professional reading I came across one of my favorite Stephen Covey quotes, “The main thing is to keep the main thing the main thing.” Seems like that should be simple enough but in fact it is often the biggest challenge.
Recently, districts across the state received a memo from the MDE entitled Principal/Assistant Principal Training Programs for Conducting Educator Evaluations Grant. MASSP received many questions about how this grant is related to the ongoing teacher evaluation legislation and the funding allocated in the 2015-16 School Aid Budget. If you haven't yet read the memo, we have included it in its entirety at the end of this article.
As a former middle school principal and teacher, I certainly understand the dynamic of 7th and 8th grade students…and they are fun (for some of us). I loved their energy and enthusiasm as they approached any topic that interested them. The challenge for middle level administrators and teachers is often channeling their energy in positive and productive ways.
The Michigan Department of Education Division of Accountability Services (DAS) is pleased to offer registration for the 2015 DAS Fall Conferences for Assessment and Accountability. The conference will include a day of presentations from DAS staff covering essential topics such as 2015 Accountability updates; Online Reporting; 2016 Assessments; Preparing for the SAT; and much more.
The conferences will be held on four different dates at four locations throughout the state:
August 20, 2015: Lansing Center, Lansing, MI
August 25, 2015: Crystal Mountain Resort, Thompsonville, MI
Principals will want to be aware of two announcements that appeared in MDE's Spotlight on Assessment and Accountability newsletter this week. Verification of Answer Documents and Verification of Not Tested for the Spring 2015 M-STEP and MI-Access assessments are due July 29, 2015 by 5pm. Also, ACT and WorkKeys Student Data Files are now available through the MDE Secure Site.
See the following two articles for full details:
Verification of Answer Documents and Not Tested Due by 5:00 PM, July 20, 2015