“We have a tremendous opportunity, working together as a state, to lift student achievement using these goals and strategies. This requires open minds and the will from all involved to make it work.” State Superintendent Brian Whiston
Michigan’s Education Vision is for “Every learner in Michigan’s public schools to have an inspiring, engaging, and caring learning environment that fosters creative and critical thinkers who believe in their ability to positively influence Michigan and the world beyond.” Continue reading MDE “Top 10 in 10 Roadshow” Visits GR in April
Imagine you are a student at your school and you have a big test tomorrow. Maybe the test is the SAT or maybe just a spelling test. The problem is that you have not studied. How would you be feeling? You might feel a little panicked, sweaty, nervous, or even nauseous.
Having some anxiety in a stressful situation is a normal response. However, not everyone experiences this the same way. The definition of anxiety is a feeling that can vary in severity from mild uneasiness to a terrifying panic attack. The feeling can last a few moments to many years. Continue reading Creating a Positive School Climate
In 2015, the Michigan State Board of Education identified as a priority, “Increasing the use of personalized teaching methods, including the integration of technology for K-14 students to improve learning and outcomes.” In 2016, The Michigan Department of Education (MDE) released their plan to become a top 10 state in 10 years, which incorporated personalized learning as 1 of its 7 strategies. While the state has a strong focus on personalized learning, many local districts in Michigan are just beginning to develop their understanding around this educational concept. Continue reading 5 Misconceptions of Personalized Learning
In November 2015, Public Act 173 was signed into law, providing important clarity to the ongoing policy discussions about the direction of educator evaluations in Michigan. Implementing Michigan’s educator evaluation law with fidelity is a key strategy in our efforts to see Michigan become a top ten education state within the next ten years. Educator evaluations are implicitly linked to MDE’s Strategic Goal #3, to “develop, support, and sustain a high-quality, prepared, and collaborative education workforce.” (MDE Educator Evaluation Website)
There have been a lot of discussions lately focused on educator evaluation. Many of the requirements took effect in the 2015-16 school year. This year, school boards must adopt a teacher evaluation and administrator evaluation system. So, if your district has not already gone through educator evaluation training, you will need to attend a training this year. Continue reading Educator Evaluation in Michigan