Port Huron teachers expressed disappointment over the partial dismissal of a lawsuit they brought against Port Huron Area Schools that sought to remove unfair evaluations and rescind layoff decisions that were based on the flawed evaluation process the district used for the two most recent school years.
Delegates to the MEA Fall Representative Assembly elected Jenifer Almassy, a teacher at Reese High School in Reese Public Schools, to the NEA Board of Directors for a term beginning immediately and ending Aug. 31, 2015.
MEA supports the majority of the Michigan Council for Educator Effectiveness’ recommendations for creating what it calls a “fair, transparent and feasible” system for evaluating teachers and school administrators.
If implemented by the state Legislature, the MCEE’s recommended system would replace the more than 800 different evaluation systems employed in districts across Michigan.
“The report constitutes an improvement over what educators are currently experiencing in our public schools,” said MEA Vice President Nancy Strachan, a veteran teacher with nearly 40 years of classroom experience. “The report provides a strategy to improve educational outcomes by focusing on student learning objectives.”
“The evaluation process should be focused on professional growth as an educator — not simply a tool to terminate employees,” Strachan said. “We need to add a support system of professional learning.”
The president of the State Board of Education said Wednesday that the board has the authority to implement the Common Core State Standards, but acknowledged that funding the implementation process would be problematic without support from lawmakers.
The Michigan Council for Educator Effectiveness this week released its long-awaited recommendations to create what it calls a “fair, transparent and feasible” system for evaluating teachers and school administrators.
Robert Dalton starts his day at Lansing’s Everett High School with his “Hot Chocolate Club” at 7 a.m. His students know they can stop by and get some help with a homework assignment, practice their English and check out the latest soccer scores — all with a cup of hot chocolate.
(Editor’s note: This is one in a series of articles profiling recipients of the 2013 MEA Human Rights and Excellence awards.)
Julie Barr and Hagda do Patrocinio-Volpe know first-hand what it’s like to live in a foreign country and not know the language or the culture. Barr lived in Israel for several years and Patrocinio was born in Brazil and came to the United States as an adult.
With their patience and spirit, these two teachers at Salem High School in Plymouth-Canton Community Schools have created a safe learning environment, so English language learners can be successful.
And that’s why MEA has honored them with MEA’s Excellence Award for Bilingual Education.
Salem High School’s P-CEP English Language Learners’ Program teaches students from around the world the academic English they need to be successful in high school and beyond.
Barr and Patrocinio’s program is unique in that their students are placed by levels based on their English skills. Students can earn their credits through the program and also become proficient enough to go on to earn their credits in regular academic classes.