Legislative Update – 05/17/2019

Committee Action The Senate Appropriations subcommittee on School Aid and the Senate committee on Education and Career Readiness did not meet this week, nor did the House Appropriations subcommittee on School Aid. The House Education committee met this week and received presentations from the Michigan School Counselor Association, the Michigan Association of School Social Workers and the Michigan Association of …

Weekly Update – 05/14/2019

Calming Things Down at Willow Elementary Steven Lonzo, Willow Elementary Calming Corner A calming corner is a small, designated space located within the classroom. The purpose of the calming corner is to support self-regulation while keeping students in the classroom if they need a break during the day. The use of calming corners can transform the culture of the classroom …

Legislative Update – 05/10/2019

Committee Action The Senate Appropriations subcommittee on School Aid and the Senate committee on Education and Career Readiness did not meet this week, nor did the House Appropriations subcommittee on School Aid. The House Education committee met this week and advanced HB 4269-71 and 4282 to make changes to the Michigan Merit Curriculum. A summary of HB 4269 & 4270, …

MEMSPA Micro Credentials

MEMSPA: Comprehensive Needs Assessment Subject MEMSPA Department View Course Description Price: $0 Credit Hours: 15 Credit Type: SCECH NOTE: This course is for approved participants only. This course is brought to you by MEMSPA. This course will take participants through the who, what, where, why, when, and how to conduct a comprehensive needs assessment (CNA) that is compliant with state …

Weekly Update – 05/07/2019

Summer break should be fun. . . but it shouldn’t be a vacation from learning. Paul Liabenow Each year, our students lose an average of one month’s worth of learning over the summer. In math and English, in particular, these estimates are even more drastic, with some studies estimating up to two months of learning loss. This atrophy puts our …

Principal’s Award

Click Here to Download the 2019 Principal’s Award! As the end of the school year draws near, we at the Michigan Elementary and Middle School Principals Association are making a “Principal’s Award” available to every principal in the state of Michigan. We believe that there is an exemplary child in every school who deserves special recognition from their building principal. …

Legislative Update – 05/03/2019

Committee Action The Senate Appropriations committee reported Chairman Schmidt’s School Aid recommendation, with minor changes, to the full Senate for consideration. Documents of this recommendation can be found here. The House Appropriations subcommittee on School Aid did not meet, but action is likely on the House School Aid Budget next week. The House Education committee met this week and discussed …

Weekly Update – 04/30/2019

Principal to Principal: Clarity Before Accountability Derek Wheaton “Taking a few moments to set clear expectations will save time in the long run.” –Henry Evans Whenever I observe in a school or read something in a book that gives me the “I want to go back and be a principal!” feeling, then I know I might have hit on something …