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MDE Podcast 01/11/08 - No More "Old School"

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Mike Flanagan delves into the on-going reformation of Michigan schools in his monthly podcast. He discusses the drive for innovation and flexibility in getting all students graduating from high school at greater levels and developing the highly-educated workforce to fuel Michigan's economic future.

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A Lifetime Memory

On Friday, January 11th, I was a guest of Governor Granholm to fly with her on the state plane to visit two high schools in the Chicago area. It was like flying on Michigan’s version of Air Force One, but a lot smaller! The Governor’s plane is a prop driven Beech craft King Air. A very nice plane. It holds ten people in very close quarters.

We were told to be at the M-DOT building, Lansing airport, at 6:30 a.m., bringing no carry-ons other than small notebooks or purses. Wheels-up at 7:00 a.m. EST, wheels-down at 6:55 CST, Midway Airport, Chicago.

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Resources from the January Bulletin

Here are the resources mentioned in various articles of the January '08 Bulletin.

Walk-throughs Made Easy
Observation Form

Beyond Content Expectations
Revised Bloom's ppt
Revised Bloom's poster

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Work Based Learning

The MDE has developed new criteria for pupil participation in Experiential learning Courses (formerly "in-school placements") and Work-Based Experiences that will be effective beginning with the 2007-2008 school year.