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Member Spotlight: Todd Simmons

We want to share good news about education! MASSP is turning the spotlight on members who are making an impact in their school, district and community. Spotlighted members exemplify the mission of the MASSP: To advance learning through educational leadership.

Todd Simmons, Principal, Pewamo-Westphalia MS/HS

How long have you worked in education?
A total of 16 years = 3 years @ PW MS/HS as Industrial Ed. Teacher/JVFB Coach/VBBB Asst. Coach, 2 years @ Central Michigan Univ. as Asst. Mens' Basketball Coach, 2 years @ Tri County MS as Industrial Ed. Teacher/JVFB Coach/MSBBB Coach, and 9 years as PW MS/HS Principal (also served as AD for 5 years)

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This Week in Politics in 5 Sentences (or Fewer)

The Michigan Legislature returned this week from their summer recess and, while all was quiet in the Senate, the House Education Reform Committee already has a hearing under its belt. On Thursday, the House Education Reform Committee met jointly with the House K-12 budget subcommittee to hear a presentation from MDE on Michigan's ESSA state plan that has been submitted to the US Department of Education for review. While committee members asked questions on everything from assessment to reporting requirements, the topic that garnered the most attention was MDE's choice to move forward with a transparency dashboard for school accountability rather than a letter grade system.

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MASSP Podcast - Ted Gardella Talks Khan Challenge, New Teacher Tools and Importance of SAT Practice

Wendy recently sat down with Ted Gardella, Executive Director of the College Board's Midwest Regional Office as part of MASSP’s podcast series. In the 15-minute recording, Wendy and Ted discuss the launch of the Khan Challenge to get more schools and students using free practice on Khan Academy. They also discuss the importance of linking student's College Board and Khan Academy accounts, the additional reporting that administrators will receive for signing onto the Challenge and some of the new features rolled out this summer - including the heavily anticipated teacher tools.'s picture

Khan Academy Challenge - Pledge Your School Today

Are your students using Khan Academy to increase academic achievement measured by the SAT suite of assessments? Now's your chance to get your students on board! MASSP has teamed up with the College Board and the Michigan College Access Network to launch the Khan Academy Challenge Pledge. Our goal is for students and schools across the state to realize the benefits of free practice on Khan Academy. It's easy to sign on and the benefits are fantastic for all those involved.

Khan Academy Challenge Pledge

By signing onto the pledge, schools will commit to ensuring that students have:

  • A single College Board account with accurate and current profile information, including:
    • Student's full name (as bubbled on College Board Answer Sheet documents)
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The Positive Impact of Student Leadership

Welcome back for another awesome school year. Gearing up and getting organized means that you are also meeting with key leadership groups in your building. One of your most influential groups are your student leaders - if they are functioning well it makes the building run smoothly and positively impacts your climate and culture.