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Transitioning to PSAT 8/9: The Information You Need

MASSP and the College Board have developed a solid working relationship since the move from the ACT to SAT three years ago. The College Board is a fantastic partner and they do a great job of getting out in the field to support implantation of the full suite of their assessments. College Board field outreach will continue with the implementation of PSAT 8/9, as they recognize that middle level principals, counselors, test supervisors, teachers and special education personnel will need their support as we transition from M-STEP for ELA and Math to PSAT 8/9 for eighth grade students during the 2018-19 school year.

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Alignment of a Different Kind

It is no secret that educators feel overwhelmed by all of the new initiatives, mandates and required training especially, since 2009. Fitting everything in nine months can be a daunting task which is often met with angst and resistance. In order to make a positive shift and change the narrative of "overwhelmed-itis" you must capitalize on the time you spend together as a staff from August to June. Scheduling and planning for the school year must be intentional and aligned with the district and building mission and goals. Each and every meeting you host and/or require must be goal oriented, action specific and include a system of accountability.

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$2M in Title II PD Grants Available Until 8/10

The MDE is funding Title II, Part A, Teacher and Leader Instruction Support Competitive Grant Program now through Aug. 10. This is a significant opportunity to receive high-quality professional development at a minimal expense to the district. MASSP has a number of high-quality programs that are approved for these grants, including:

Mentoring & Coaching

  • Mentoring and Executive Coaching - Goal-Focused Leadership:
    In this customized experience, a mentor coach works with an individual to evaluate current status, set goals, support implementation and progress monitor over time. Learn more.

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Supreme Court: Schools Can Ban Weapons on District Property

On Friday, the Michigan Supreme Court ruled that school districts are not barred from banning guns on their property. The Court, in its majority opinion, opined that the Legislature may preempt these types of bans and prohibit districts from adopting such policies, but "it has not done so here." The opinion, regarding the Ann Arbor and Clio cases, goes on to say, "Not only has our Legislature not preempted school districts' regulation of guns by implication, it has expressed its intent not to preempt such regulation." The ruling affirms the Court of Appeals' ruling on the case.

If you're interested in the Court's full opinion, you can read it here.

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Nominate Your Leader for the MASA 2019 Superintendent of the Year Award

The MASA Superintendent of the Year Award is given out each year by the Michigan Association of Superintendents & Administrators to a superintendent who has shown tremendous effort and dedication to enriching the lives of children and the community. This prestigious award recognizes strong leadership and creativity in successfully meeting the needs of students, as well as highly accomplished communication skills, professionalism and community involvement.

The process to nominate your superintendent for the 2019 Superintendent of the Year Award is simple: