Posted on 05/26/15 at 12:45pm

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. 

Posted on 05/26/15 at 12:56pm

With national opposition to the overuse of standardized testing increasing, the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Career (PARCC) consortium is cutting 90 minutes off its 11-hour-long assessment. It has also decided to start the testing period later in the school year. PARCC’s tests are aligned to the Common Core State Standards (CCSS).

Posted on 05/18/15 at 3:02pm

Michigan ranks 29th when it comes to the number of high schools earning gold and silver medals according to U.S. News and World Report. Out of 834 eligible high schools, Michigan has 10 gold medal high schools and 68 silver medal schools. 

Posted on 05/11/15 at 3:02pm

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.

Posted on 05/11/15 at 3:04pm

The Michigan Department of Education (MDE) is hosting the last in a series of webinars featuring models of Personalized Learning on May 21 from 4 to 5 p.m. Nicholas Provenzono, a Grosse Pointe Public Schools teacher and MEA member, will be presenting “Creating a Genius in Every Hour.”

Posted on 05/18/15 at 12:10pm

Since 1852, when 20 teachers came together in Ypsilanti to form what would eventually become the MEA, public school employees have joined together to win and protect basic rights that help ensure they are treated with the fairness, respect and dignity they’ve earned. 

Human Relations Commission

HUMAN RELATIONS COMMISSION

Start Date

 

2014

Amber Kasic – interim (2015-RA-Reg 9) 

 

2014

Marti Alvarez - interim (2015-RA-Reg 15)

 

2014

Budget and Finance Committee

Start Date

 

 

2011 

Rick Trainor (2017)

Chair

2005

Gloria Wagener (2015–Reg 12)

 

2014

Board of Reference

Start Date

 

2001

John Walton (2015 MEA-Retired)

Chair

2010

Ed Fromm (2016-Reg 6)

 

2007

Steve Manor (2017-MEA-Retired)

Art Acquisitions Committee

Start Date

 

 

2014

Cynthia Smith – (2015-MEA-Retired)

 

2013

Reed Bretz (2017-BD-Reg 9)

 

2007

Lynda Min (2017-BdM-Reg 7)

Local Affiliates Commission

Start Date

 

2012

Troy Hayes (2015-RA-Reg 6)

  Vice Chair

2012

Eric Wood (2015-RA-Reg 10)

 

2013

Brian Byars (2016-RA-Reg 8)

 

Legislation Commission

Note: The Legislation Commission is striving to obtain member input for determining our 2014-2016 legislative priorities. Meetings will be conducted at Region Councils and other appropriate MEA events between September-November of 2014.

Please click here to provide your input on MEA's 2014-16 legislative priorities.

2012

Brian Harding (2015-RA-Reg 10)

 

2012

International Understanding Commission

Start Date

 

2012

Maureen Eke (2015-RA-Reg 12)

 

 

Vacancy (2015-RA-Reg)

 

2013

Nanci Love (2016-RA-Reg 17)

 

Kindergarten-ready program has materials for Spanish-speaking parents

The Build Up MI Kids, Kindergarten Ready program has posters and brochures available for Spanish-speaking families to help them prepare their children for kindergarten. Build Up helps parents and their children, ages three through five, get additional support as they begin and continue to learn the skills needed to start kindergarten.

State Board resolution highlights the need for strong school libraries

The Michigan State Board of Education recently passed a resolution in support of school libraries. The resolution reinforced the idea that strong school libraries staffed by certified school librarians are critical to student success. 

CCSS Cadre available to train MEA members

The MEA Common Core Leadership and Advocacy Cadre is prepared to present five training sessions on the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) to Coordinating Councils, individual school staff, school board meetings, or staff on professional development days. All of the trainings are free of charge for MEA members.

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