Six intermediate school districts (ISD) are sharing $2 million in state grants to help with their efforts to consolidate local districts and services. The funds come from the School Consolidation Grants. Districts had to apply for the money and the six were chosen from 21 applications.
NEA’s Works4ME is a weekly newsletter full of tips and ideas on a variety of topics from classroom teachers across the country. Sign up is free and you’ll have it delivered right to your inbox. This week, the tips show how to end the school year on a positive note and what you can do now to get ready for the start of school in the fall.
Register now for an Education Week webinar showing how to teach new words in context, rather than memorizing vocabulary word lists. The webinar will be held on Thursday, June 4, from 3 to 4 p.m. Literacy researchers from the University of Michigan and Michigan State’s schools of education will discuss their findings on vocabulary acquisition in the content areas.
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.
The Senate passed its version of a teacher and administration evaluation bill last week. SB 103 is very different from the 2014 House bills (HB 5223 and HB 5224) which received wide support, but those bills did not make it through the Senate Education Committee last year.
Three out of 10 K-12 students failed all of their online courses last year and more than 50 percent failed at least one of their virtual classes, according to Michigan Virtual University (MVU). In the 2013-14 school year, 76,122 students took online classes.