Have you ever wondered why some of the professional development that is done in workshops never makes it into the actual classroom? As a building principal, I often asked this question, and then learned that there are some good reasons for this. For starters, we have sometimes made the mistake of believing that all teachers need the same PD. While we understand that this is not successful in a classroom, we fail to grasp the same principle when working with teachers and their professional learning.
This week's edition of MDE's Spotlight on Assessment and Accountability highlights a number of important upcoming dates and deadlines with regard to this year's SAT. Offsite testing requests are due next Friday, January 15.
Applications are due on Friday, January 22 for the 2016 Governor’s Economic and Education Summit Best Practice awards. This award will recognize home-grown programs that contribute to the development, attraction and retention of talent in Michigan. Local multi-partner efforts to develop, attract, and retain talent can apply to present at the 2016 Governors Economic and Education Summit being held in Grand Rapids on March 15.
If you have a struggling high school student who could benefit from a highly structured, quasi-military learning environment, the Michigan Youth ChalleNGe Academy still has slots available for its spring 2016 cycle. The next cycle starts on January 17, 2016, so prompt action is needed. Interested parties should contact the Michigan Youth ChalleNGe Academy directly.
A recent memo from MDE may be of interest to you regarding new Early/Middle College programs. The memo is reproduced in its entirety below:
MDE MEMO #138-15 - Workshop for New Early/Middle College Schools and Programs