MASSP has been offering a new Principal’s Boot Camp for a number of years. Principals and assistant principals from all over the state have attended and the program always receives rave reviews and praise from participants. The first few years as a Principal are a huge challenge for anyone and the Boot Camp provides essential information and on-going support to make sure that those new to the Principalship are set up for success.
Let me begin by saying that I am sorry. I am sorry that what you are about to read may not make you feel warm and fuzzy. I am sorry that what I have to say may not be inspirational or motivational. I am sorry that I--along with many other administrators, teachers, and students--am in this position. I am sorry that this is my reality.
The Michigan Department of Education has opened a formal public comment period to take input before it issues an RFP for the state's next assessment system. From now until August 5 MDE will be gathering feedback from educators and the public. It is important that Principals make their voices heard during this process.
Before they left for summer break, the legislature passed and the Governor signed SB 817, which, more or less, took Michigan temporarily back in time to the law that was in place for the 2012-13 school year. However, the legislature could pass new educator evaluation legislation (HB 5223-24) as soon as this September that would move Michigan several steps forward down the path to a research-based evaluation system. So how should a building principal plan for next year when there are two very different laws that could be in place?