Today is National School Library Day! To celebrate the important role school that libraries play in our students' education, the State Board of Education recently adopted a statement, which can be found below:
The Michigan State Board of Education recognizes that school library media centers provide Michigan's students and staff equitable access to print and digital resources critical to supporting 21st century teaching and learning.
You know that outstanding school leaders make for outstanding schools, but sometimes it's not easy to communicate the numerous ways that good principals enhance their school communities. We firmly believe that one of the most powerful methods for conveying this message to policymakers is simply to let them see for themselves.
Reprinted with permission by John Robinson, The 21st Century Principal (Twitter: @21stprincipal)
"The silence of thoughtful people creates a vacuum filled by extremists." Margaret Wheatley, Find Our Way; Leadership for an Uncertain Time
In her book, Finding Our Way: Leadership for an Uncertain Time, Margaret Wheatley asks the question:
In recent months, many administrators have asked about parental requests to "opt out" their students from taking standardized tests. The requests are reflective of a national movement by certain groups opposed to such testing for a variety of reasons. A quick Google search unearths several anti-testing groups whose objections are rooted in a wide-range of beliefs, from resistance to NCLB to the parent-perceived loss of student self-esteem resulting from taking standardized tests.
Join us for #MASSPchat on Monday, Oct. 26 at 8 p.m. We have a fantastic opportunity to discuss teacher prep programs, student teachers and the relationship between our schools and higher ed. Moderating this week's discussion is Kaarin Averill (@OUSEHS) from Oakland University.