MEA members chosen to facilitate discussions on NEA’s GPS Network

Three MEA members have been chosen to be a part of the inaugural April 2014 class of NEA’s Great Public Schools (GPS) Network Facilitators. Annette Christiansen of Utica, Cassandra Joss of Utica and Shawn Shivnen of Romulus will serve as online community facilitators to promote online discussions on professional development issues.

Facilitators were chosen on the basis of their experience in education, online community engagement and a knowledge base in areas like class size, evaluations or Common Core. All three MEA members chosen are already active in online communities.

Christiansen will facilitate discussions on ELA Common Core for 10th grade; Joss will lead the group on kindergarten Common Core math; and Shivnen will lead online sessions on teacher evaluations.

NEA established the GPS Network in 2013 as a place where people can come together to share ideas and resources to improve student success. It’s free and open to everyone at