Posted on 04/10/15 at 11:09am

The Michigan Department of Education (MDE) has introduced a new program aimed at encouraging students in grades four to eight to get more engaged in their classrooms. The Student Inspiration Project developed from the results of a September 2014 MDE survey of students in grades four through eight which showed that while 94 percent of students said motivation is essential to a great education, only 24 percent said they felt motivated to learn.

Posted on 04/10/15 at 11:12am

Make history come alive for your high school students by giving them the chance to collaborate on determining the best course of action for a governor during an actual historical event. "The Governor's Decision Room," presented through the Michigan Historical Center, can help you do that.

Posted on 03/30/15 at 9:33am

The two vendors who are currently administering the 2015 Michigan Student Test of Educational Progress (M-STEP) assessments won a three-year contract to continue their work. Data Recognition Corporation, a Minnesota-based company, and North Carolina-based Measurement, Inc. were awarded the contract by the Michigan Department of Education (MDE) and the Department of Technology, Management and Budget (DTMB). 

Posted on 03/25/15 at 10:10am

The Center for Michigan, a nonprofit and nonpartisan organization, is collecting feedback from Michigan citizens about the Michigan workforce experience through an online surveyThey’re specifically looking for information from educators like you about career navigation.

Posted on 03/30/15 at 9:15am

MEA is partnering with NEA, the Center for Teaching Quality (CTQ) and the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards to sponsor the Teaching Leadership Initiative (TLI) program. If you’re an MEA member and ready to take hold of your career and learn to lead in matters of practice and policy—if you’re an MEA member eager to make a difference in your classroom, but not sure where to begin—TLI is for you.

Posted on 03/30/15 at 9:44am

According to the Michigan Department of Education (MDE), there is no provision in state or federal law that allows parents to opt their children out of assessments, like the M-STEP currently being administered in schools, without it counting against their school and district’s participation rates. MDE offered its official position last week in a memo to ISD Superintendents, Local Agency Superintendents, and Public School Academy Directors.

Some school reform office duties transferred to budget department

With an executive order, Gov. Snyder transferred the School Reform Office’s K-12 education reform and accountability functions to the Department of Technology, Management and Budget (DTMB). Those functions had been under the Department of Education and will now be in a department Snyder controls.

Adrian College associate professor wins Best in Show with photo composite

​“Asleep While the House is on Fire,” a hand-crafted photo composite by Garin Horner, was chosen as Best in Show in the 51st Annual MEA/MAEA Art Exhibition. Horner has been an Associate Professor in the Department of Art and Design at Adrian College for the past seven years.

Two ESP leaders share the 2015 Leon A. Brunner Award

The MEA ESP Caucus recognized two of its own with the prestigious Leon A. Brunner Award at its 2015 conference and banquet at Shanty Creek. Patricia Palmer of Frasier and Wayne Telfor of Meridian shared the honor for their commitment to ESP issues and concerns. Since 1989, the award has been given to an MEA education support professional who has made significant contributions to ESP. 

New Proposal 1 ad targets school children’s safety concerns

The Safe Roads Yes! campaign has launched its second television ad which touches on our concerns as school employees—children’s safety. The ad features a school bus driver worried about how Michigan’s crumbling roads and bridges threaten the safety of children traveling to and from school. The ad drives home the point that Proposal 1 will provide the funds to make our roads safe for school bus drivers and all drivers, while at the same time sending more money to the School Aid Fund.

 

State Board will interview six candidates for Flanagan's replacement

State Superintendent Mike Flanagan will be retiring on July 1 after 10 years in his position. The State Board of Education released the names of the six candidates they will be interviewing to replace him. Interviews are scheduled for March 10 and 11.

High school graduation rates up; dropout rate down

More Michigan students are graduating from high school on time, according to the state's Center for Educational Performance and Information (CEPI). The 2013-14 high school graduation rate was 78.58 percent, which is an increase of 1.6 percentage points over last year. 

Flanagan: 'Poverty is a tough nut to crack.' Tell MEA how you're doing it!

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State Superintendent Mike Flanagan told the audience gathered at the Governor's Education and Economic Summit last week that, "Poverty is a tough nut to crack," and challenged them to help underprivileged children learn.

The recent Kids Count report from the Michigan League for Public Policy  revealed that more Michigan children are living in poverty. The number of children in poverty increased by 35 percent with one in four children living in poverty and one in three qualifying for food assistance because their families' incomes are $23,600 or less a year.

The statistics on childhood hunger are equally as disheartening. According to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), 16 million students are victims of childhood hunger.

While he acknowledged that teachers and staff see firsthand every day the impact poverty and hunger has on their students and their ability to learn, he said, "It's our collective job together."

To raise the awareness of poverty and hunger in our schools, Flanagan encouraged the audience to tell their stories. 

Tell us your story of how poverty is impacting your classroom and you on our MEA Facebook page. How are you dealing with it?

2015 MEA ESP Conference – March 13-14

You still have a chance to register for this great event with sessions designed for ESP and the chance to earn credits toward an ESP Certificate. The program includes a keynote and guest speaker and the announcement of the Leon A. Brunner winners. Limited financial help is available if you want to go. Go to www.mea.org/esp-conference to register.

SMEA Conference

 

Saturday, March 21, 2015

9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

$20 for SMEA members if registered before March 17, 2015.

$25 for SMEA members if registered after March 17, 2015.

Light breakfast and lunch included.

Non-members can get the member rate if they become a SMEA member for $27. 

NEA wants to know how kids are moving mountains

And today is also the start of a nationwide search for students 5 to 18 years of age who excel in STEAM—science, technology, engineering, arts and math. In recognition of the 25th anniversary of the book, Dr. Seuss Enterprises and NEA will offer a $10,000 STEAM scholarship through its “Kid, You’ll Move Mountains” promotion. Go to www.nea.org/grants to learn more.

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