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
The Topic: Resolutions and Goal for the Second Half of the Year
Ok so the success rate for personal New Years Resolutions is about 20%, but those who are successful develop an intentional plan with checks and balances in place. Let’s discuss potential goals and resolutions both professional and personal to bring the 2015-16 school year to a positive conclusion.
I have been involved in Advanced Placement for a long time. I have occasionally been asked what I think about International Baccalaureate, often seen as a high-end-curriculum counterpart to AP; I usually pass on those conversations because I don't have the kind of eyewitness knowledge of IB that I have of AP. Privately, I have always felt that AP is generally more modular for students, more portable, more cost effective and more aligned to American secondary and higher education than IB is.