Written by Andy Kowalczyk, Assistant Principal, Bay City Central High School and Region 4 Representative on the MASSP Board of Directors. Andy has been an MASSP member for more than 10 years and a Board Member since 2013.
Recently, I began attending MDE’s SEAC (Special Education Advisory Committee) meetings as the MASSP delegate. I would like to share a few impressions and ideas that may help MASSP members.
The Michigan School Counselor Association (MSCA) is currently seeking nominations for the 2016 Michigan School Counselor of the Year. Do you know an elementary, middle or high school counselor in your area who has gone above and beyond in providing a comprehensive, data-driven school counseling program? If so, please recognize their hard work by going to michigan.schoolcounselorawards.org/scoy by April 15th to nominate them...it only takes about five minutes!
On Tuesday, the State Board of Education launched for public comment a draft "Statement and Guidance on Safe and Supportive Learning Environments for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Questioning (LGBTQ) Students." The SBE document would provide school districts with recommendations, though not requirements, on how to improve environments for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning students.
The House Appropriations Committee continued hearings on their version of Detroit Public Schools (DPS) legislation this week, hearing from a number of individuals and groups including Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan, the Michigan Association of Secondary School Principals (MASA), Wayne RESA Superintendent Randy Liepa, and Student's First Executive Director Lindsay Huddleston among others.