Senate action on MPSERS seems imminent. The discussion is currently centered on closing out the MPSERS system for new hires only and transitioning these employees into a 401(k) style plan. Regardless, the potential for unintended consequences is high when a bill like this moves hastily.
Michigan's public school employee retirement system is complex. Any changes need to be carefully considered lest they raise costs for schools, impact benefits for current employees, or hurt the future of the education profession. Lame Duck is NOT the time to make sweeping changes.
More and more students are looking to take the SAT another time in addition to the state-provided administration. In response, many Michigan schools have signed up to serve as weekend test centers. However, even if your school hasn't signed up to be a weekend test center, students with certain accommodations may still be looking to test at your location.
College Board recently released a link to their latest webinar. The webinar includes recent information about the preparation for and implementation of the spring 2017 PSAT and SAT assessments. Many of the changes to the process are specific to the State of Michigan requirements. It would be worth your time to view this webinar even if you watched a previous webinar or attended an earlier fall training.
Information found in the webinar includes:
- How to assign roles as required in EEM.
- Accommodation requirements.
- Pre-identification process.
The Topic: Staff Book Study
A book study is a great way to kick off a new initiative, help your building work through common challenges, or give you another tool to get your staff on the same page. It can also build leadership capacity, create a platform for important discussions about the work that we all share as educators, and help build a common set of language and references. This week, let's chat about staff book study best practices and the books we've had success with.