Calley gathers parent input on special education experiences

Lt. Gov. Brian Calley is holding meetings around the state with parents of special education students to gather input on their experiences with the state’s special education system. To reach even more parents, Calley also launched an online survey which will be available through August. 

New state superintendent asks, 'If education is our highest priority, why aren't we paying our teachers as a highest priority?'

Incoming State Superintendent Brian Whiston told legislators last week that the state has to focus on training, evaluating and empowering teachers if we want better student outcomes in the classroom. Whiston answered questions on education and school aid from members of the House Education Committee and House Appropriation subcommittees. 


Register now for SLC to become a force for the future

You have until July 14 to register for MEA’s 2015 Summer Leadership Conference, “Power from the Past—A Force for the Future.” The Conference is scheduled for July 28-30 at Lake Superior State College in Sault Ste. Marie.

Report offers ways for making the state a leader in early literacy by 2025

Increasing the amount of classroom time spent on reading comprehension to 90 minutes of diagnostic-driven, individualized reading instruction per day is just one of the recommendations a Third-Grade Reading Workgroup identified to deal with improving third grade literacy. In March 2015, Gov. Snyder convened the group to identify factors causing third grade students to read below grade level and recommend data-proven solutions.

There’s still room for you in the LPA!

If you’re a local president looking for guidance and support, there’s still time to get the training you and your local need through the 2015-16 Local Presidents Academy (LPA). The deadline has been extended to June 15 and all local presidents—new, experienced, EA, ESP, higher ed, with or without release time—can benefit from the program at little or no cost to participants or to the local.

Urban charter schools don’t perform significantly better than traditional public schools

Charter schools in urban areas don’t generate better outcomes than traditional public schools according to Andrew Maul, assistant professor at the University of California Santa Barbara. Maul reviewed the Urban Charter School Study  done by the Center for Research on Education Outcomes (CREDO) at Stanford University which states “charter schools in urban environments provide a slightly greater test score advantage than those in non-urban environments.

Former chair of teacher evaluation workgroup says, ‘We will pay for our lack of respect for teachers.’

Deborah Loewenberg Ball is the dean of the School of Education at the University of Michigan. A former math teacher, she is a nationally recognized expert on teacher education and was chair of the Michigan Council for Educator Effectiveness (MCEE) charged with creating a statewide teacher evaluation system.

Survey wants your ideas about the chances for career success in Michigan

The Center for Michigan, a nonprofit and nonpartisan organization, is collecting feedback from Michigan citizens about the Michigan workforce experience through an online surveyThey’re specifically looking for information from educators like you about career navigation.

Adrian College associate professor wins Best in Show with photo composite

​“Asleep While the House is on Fire,” a hand-crafted photo composite by Garin Horner, was chosen as Best in Show in the 51st Annual MEA/MAEA Art Exhibition. Horner has been an Associate Professor in the Department of Art and Design at Adrian College for the past seven years.

Two ESP leaders share the 2015 Leon A. Brunner Award

The MEA ESP Caucus recognized two of its own with the prestigious Leon A. Brunner Award at its 2015 conference and banquet at Shanty Creek. Patricia Palmer of Frasier and Wayne Telfor of Meridian shared the honor for their commitment to ESP issues and concerns. Since 1989, the award has been given to an MEA education support professional who has made significant contributions to ESP.