Back in early October, I told attendees at the MASSP Principal's Summit that, depending on the outcome of the election, MPSERS reform was one possible issue that could come up during this year's lame duck session. Since then, I've lost track of the number of emails I've received with questions about what the legislature intends to do. With lame duck slated to start in just a few days, let's review what little we actually know and how much we don't.
As educators, we often spend an inordinate amount of time thinking about new strategies, programs, and techniques to reach our students. While those things cannot be neglected, we sometimes overlook the immense power that the environment and culture in your classroom plays in the learning process. As we think meaningfully about our work, let us reflect about the culture in our classrooms and chat about ways to encourage a powerful culture within each learning environment.
As if the daily challenges associated with delivering exceptional educational experiences for students weren’t enough, the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) has recently been investigating school district compliance in an area that most people don’t think about often – website accessibility.
Spurred by more than 400 complaints filed by a Michigan-based advocate against public educational entities across the country, OCR has found itself tackling allegations that school district web sites are not accessible to those with disabilities.
We would like to gather feedback about the current and future use of online and blended learning models for students, as well as for educator professional development. We have partnered with Michigan Virtual University’s Virtual Learning Research Institute to develop a brief online survey that consists of only 8 questions. The results of the survey will be used as part of MVU’s efforts to gather stakeholder feedback from different educational groups as they work to finalize a strategic plan in 2017.