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Are You Ready for a Change?

Are you ready for a change? Have you come across the perfect posting on MASSP’s “Jobs” tab and then started to think if you could really make the move? A lot of thought is necessary to transition to a new position and many of you are either going through that process now or have contemplated it.

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Instructional Rounds: Just What the Doctor Ordered

Written by Suzette Lovely, Ed.D., provided by The Master Teacher.

We’re implored to use data to make decisions. We’re urged to diagnose problems using inquiry-based approaches. We’re compelled to seek better results. In an industry where performance breakthroughs happen slowly, principals need a mega-dose of resolve to meet these expectations.

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This Week in Politics in 5 Sentences (or Fewer)

The House and Senate both nominally wrapped up their spring session calendars this week, though both chambers are slated to come back several times over the summer to deal with unfinished business. That means that, while a final resolution to long awaited educator evaluation legislation remains elusive, there is a good chance that the issue will be resolved before the 2015-16 school year.

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Gov Supports Standards, Training in Educator Evals

The House Education Committee did not vote on educator evaluation legislation this week, but they did hold 2 different hearings and took testimony from a pair of attorneys about the tenure implications of the bill and from Governor Snyder's education adviser, former Ottawa Area ISD Superintendent Karen McPhee. There was disagreement between the attorneys about some of the finer points of the bill's language, but the message from Ms.'s picture

SAT, WorkKeys Dates Set for 2016 and More PSAT Info

MDE and College Board have been working hard to get information out to the field on next year's state assessments as it becomes available. This week, MDE announced the SAT and WorkKeys test dates for spring 2016 as well as the M-STEP Testing window. Additionally, College Board put out additional information on PSAT—next year's 9th and 10th grade assessment—in response to questions they received about the Test Ordering System (TOS) and PSAT testing logistics.