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Calling all MEA members—We need bloggers!

We’re starting an MEA blog and we want to hear from you! Why is being an MEA member important to you? How have you benefitted from belonging to MEA? How important is the MEA to the work you do? How has being a part of the MEA impacted education in your district? This is your chance to let your voice be heard!

Take some time for PD reading on Common Core

Education Week Spotlight is a regular collection of articles by its editors on professional development topics. This week, the magazine features the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). 

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.

Blended Learning Workshop promotes 21st century skills

For the third year in a row, Instructional Technology Services (ITS) is hosting a two-day workshop on blended learning on August 13 and 14. You can register for a one or two-day session.

Earn SCECHs, graduate credit at 25th Annual NMU Education Summit

MEA is again partnering with Marquette-Alger RESA and Northern Michigan University for the 25th Annual Action in Education Summit 2014, on June 16-19 on NMU’s campus. The Institute, “Because Learning Matters,” offers more than 14 two-day classes related to professional development.

New federal ranking system for colleges, universities could jeopardize funding

A new proposed government rating system for colleges and universities could have an effect on how much in federal grants and loans Michigan schools receive. The rating system would be based on factors such as affordability, how many students graduate, how much debt students accumulate, and how much money students earn after they graduate.

Join the next generation of teacher leaders with TLI

You’re fast approaching the end of the school year, but it’s never too late to think about taking hold of your career and becoming a leader in the profession—both in and out of the classroom.

Certification WebEx recording available at Members Only site

The recording of “What Every Teacher Needs to Know about Certification,” the free WebEx for MEA members, is now available at Members Only. You’ll need to log in to find out how to keep your certification current; how to renew and/or progress your certificate under the new certification rules; how to use District-Provided Professional Development and SCECHs; and how to use MOECS to complete the renewal process.

New website shows impact Snyder’s education cuts has on every school district

Kids not CEOs

Thanks to a new online tool unveiled yesterday, parents, educators, teachers, school staff and policymakers can now see exactly how much Gov. Rick Snyder’s school cuts have hurt students in every school district across the state. Since Snyder became governor in 2011, his education cuts have impacted classroom sizes, courses and programs, staffing, and basic school supplies.

Despite Snyder’s proposed 2014-15 budget increase of an average of $111 per pupil, the new website, www.kidsnotceos.com shows that every Michigan child will still be hurt. The shortfall ranges from $129 per pupil in many districts to a high of $770 per pupil in Wayne-Westland schools. But big corporations are still enjoying Snyder’s billions of dollars in tax breaks while classrooms suffer from a lack of vital resources.

“Every Michigan parent, teacher and citizen concerned about the future of our children should go to www.kidsnotceos.com to see the facts for themselves,” said Okemos High School math teacher Lisa Crites. “Gov. Snyder’s fuzzy math shortchanges Michigan children and robs them of the chance to learn and succeed.”

In Okemos, class sizes have almost doubled and staff positions have been lost. The result is students losing out on needed individualized attention from teachers. And since budgets are tight, the district can no longer afford to purchase supplies, so Crites has spent more than $1,400 out of her own pocket to provide resources her students need.

Last year of MEAP testing shows continued improvement in fourth grade reading scores

Fourth graders improved their reading test scores for the fourth year in a row according to the Michigan Department of Education's release of the Fall 2013 MEAP scores. The scores show the reading levels of students at the end of third grade and are broken down by school districts. 

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