Weekly Update – 4/23/19

Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s Budget Proposal Paul Liabenow MEMSPA fully supports Governor Whitmer’s proposal to adequately fund K-12 with an increase in tax revenue, a change in funding higher education and moving to a new school aid model based on local district’s needs and actual costs. To that end we have sent this press release to media outlets and to our …

Legislative Update – 4/18/19

Committee Action The House Education committee as well as the Senate Education and Career-Readiness committee and Senate Appropriations subcommittee on School Aid met this week and held discussions on assessments. Committee members heard from MDE, several service providers and educators about different types of assessments, the reasons and use of each type and discussed to how to minimize testing while …

Weekly Update – 04/16/19

Words Matter When Working to Create a Healthy School Culture Tesha Thomas and Tom Many Watch your thoughts, they become words; Watch your words, they become actions; Watch your actions, they become habits; Watch your habits, they become character; Watch your character, for it becomes your destiny. -Frank Outlaw, 1977 Outlaw’s admonition to watch our words is good advice for …

Legislative Update – 4/12/19

Committee Action The House Education committee met this week and discussed HB 4368 (Hornberger) and HB 4369 (Johnson), which combined, will eliminate the prohibition on pre-Labor Day start. There was favorable testimony given by MASA and MASB, and opposition from numerous business and tourism groups. It is unclear what the fate of this legislation is. The Senate Education and Career …

Weekly Update – 04/09/2019

Live Well, Lead Strong: The Gift of Finding Your Voice Debbie McFalone Don’t you love it when friends ask you really meaningful questions, and help you think about what really matters in your life? I’m lucky enough to have several women who are friends of the heart, and the conversations we have enrich my thinking so often! Recently my friend …

Legislative Update – 04/05/2019

Legislative Action The House Education and Senate Education and Career Readiness committees, and House and Senate K-12 Appropriations subcommittees did not meet again this week on account of the legislature’s in-district work period. This period wraps up this week, and we can expect the legislature to be back in-session next Tuesday. The House Education committee will begin testimony next Tuesday …

Weekly Update – 04/02/2019

Green Meadow Elementary Susan Caswell, Principal This fall, Green Meadow Elementary was able to implement our first year of Let Me Run, thanks to the IHSIP grant earned by implementing the Michigan Model of Health curriculum for Nutrition and Physical Activity. Let Me Run is much more than a running program for boys. Trained coaches combine exercise with fun activities …

Legislative Update – 03/29/19

Legislative Action The House Education and Senate Education and Career Readiness committees, and House and Senate K-12 Appropriations subcommittees did not meet this week on account of the legislature’s in-district work period. This period extends through next week as well, and is an excellent opportunity to have deeper conversations with your legislators outside of the hustle-and-bustle of Lansing. Upon returning …

Weekly Update – 03/26/2019

Principal to Principal: You’ve Built Shared Leadership! Now What? Derek Wheaton “The delicate balance of mentoring someone is not creating them in your own image, but giving them the opportunity to create themselves.” –Steven Spielberg Recent research continues to point out the importance of the principal and his or her impact on the achievement of students. It is the principal, …

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 …