Written by: James R. Rickabaugh, Ph.D.
We have all had the experience of concluding what felt like a productive meeting. Several items were identified for follow-up. Other items were marked for inclusion in the next meeting to be supported by necessary background information and recommendations for action. Yet, when the next meeting of the group arrived, much of the follow-up had not been completed and the new items for consideration were either not ready or had been completely forgotten.
How can we fix this problem? Here are five steps you can consider:
MASSP is a proud partner of the OK2SAY program, which is designed to empower Michigan students, parents, school personnel, community mental health service programs, and law enforcement to share and respond to student safety threats.
The program, which began in September 2014, received 410 tips in just 9 months. Please help empower your students to do the right thing and encourage OK2SAY in your building. More information about the OK2SAY program can be found below. For more information, please visit mi.gov/ok2say.
Make sure you're aware of the school accountability and accreditation reporting requirements and timeline laid out in the follwing memo from The Michigan Department of Education (you can find the original memo here):
MEMO #008-15: Michigan Department of Education (MDE) Accountability & Accreditation School/District Reporting Requirements
Court of Appeals: School Board Violated Student’s First Amendment Rights by Punishing Off-Campus SpeechSubmitted by Lusk and Albertson on Fri, 01/30/2015 - 12:04pm
It’s an enigma wrapped inside a riddle anymore – what to do with off-campus student speech that clearly has an impact on the school environment? Courts continue to grapple with these issues and new decisions are published from around the country almost weekly. While the quantity of jurisprudence on this topic continues to increase, clarity continues to be at a premium.
MASSP has learned that the Michigan Department of Technology, Management, and Budget has denied the appeal filed by ACT, Inc. of the recommendation to award the state's college entrance exam contract to College Board. A letter explaining the decision was sent to ACT on January 26. (See a copy of the letter here.)