Legislative Update – 3/22/2019

Committee Action The House Education and Senate Education and Career Readiness committees held parallel discussions on educator evaluations this week, with the Senate committee passing out S-2 amended versions of SB 122 (teachers) and SB 202 (administrators) to delay the increase in student growth percentage from the current 25% to 40% of the total evaluation for 1 year. Both received …

Weekly Update – 3/19/2019

Paul Wegner, our NAESP zone 6 director representing Michigan, Wisconsin and Iowa, is running for NAESP Vice President. A quality and passionate instructional leader, Paul will lead NAESP with integrity and energy to grow our political influence and help to improve public perception of our profession. Please log on to NAESP website with your password and vote. Voting closes March …

Partner Spotlight: Imagine Math Half Day Conference

Michigan’s Imagine Math half-day conference Wednesday, March 20 10-4pm Are you ready to take the next step in your Imagine Math Journey? Join us for an action-packed and hands-on half-day conference with Imagine Learning experts and current Imagine Math users. Learn how to better utilize Imagine Math for your students with these powerful features: • Rigorous, adaptive content • Actionable …

Weekly Update – 03/12/2019

MEMSPA Growing in the Middle Quarterly Newsletter Carmen Maring “Learning, without any opportunities to share what we’ve learned, is a little like cooking for ourselves; we do it, but we probably won’t do it as well.” -Mike Schmoker Mike Schmoker in his book FOCUS(2011 ASCD) clearly outlines three essentials that would radically improve student learning; 1. What We Teach(coherent curriculum) …

Legislative Update – 3/11/19

Whitmer Budget Unveiled Governor Gretchen Whitmer delivered her Fiscal Year 2020 budget proposal this past Tuesday. Her budget proposes historic increases for both education and road funding and of particular interest to education stakeholders was the acknowledgement that our current one-size-fits-all funding system does not adequately address the needs of all children. The Governor’s budget proposal includes an additional $507 …

Weekly Update – 03/05/2019

Principal to Principal: A Principal’s Perspective on the Literacy Essentials Derek Wheaton Derek Wheaton “Learning, without any opportunities to share what we’ve learned, is a little like cooking for ourselves; we do it, but we probably won’t do it as well.” -Mike Schmoker Mike Schmoker in his book FOCUS(2011 ASCD) clearly outlines three essentials that would radically improve student learning; …