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.

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Four schools win state award for CTE programs

Gov. Snyder has made career and technical education as a way of preparing Michigan students for jobs of the future one of his top priorities this year. He need look no further than  four exemplary schools where MEA members and their students have been awarded the 2015 Excellence in Practice awards for preparing students for careers and higher education.

Join the ESEA Week of Action, Feb. 16-20; tell Congress a new bill must mean more opportunities and learning for students

Since its adoption more than 12 years ago, the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) has made no significant progress in closing achievement and opportunity gaps for students. It hasn't leveled the playing field for students in poverty, students with disabilities or English-language learners so they can have an equal opportunity for a quality education. NCLB has only made it more impossible for educators to help students be successful. 

Right now, Congress is moving fast on a rewrite of NCLB-also known as the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). And from the looks of it, the reauthorization is no better than the original bill. It's focusing on more testing, labeling, and punishing schools for their test results, instead of concentrating on student learning and closing those achievement gaps.

We have a chance during NEA's ESEA Week of Action (Feb. 16-20) to influence Congress and tell them to pass a new ESEA bill that gets it right this time. That means a reauthorized ESEA must:

  • Create more opportunities for all students to receive a quality education by eliminating the one-size-fits-all and top-down approach to education reform.
  • Reduce the amount of time spent on testing so there's time for students to learn and more time for teachers to teach.
  • Ensure every student has qualified educators who have the authority to do their job and lead on behalf of their students.

MEA Voice Magazine

February 2015 - In this Issue 

  • Member lobbyists are cultivating long-term relationships with legislators
  • MEA will play a key role in the implementation of new state science standards

 

 

 

Cook: End Michigan’s charter school experiment already

When you find yourself in a hole, the first step to getting out is to stop digging.

The hole I am referring to is the $1 billion taxpayers spend each year on Michigan’s experiment with charter schools. 

Letter-grade ranking of schools doesn’t make the ‘grade’

With states across the country—including Michigan—debating whether to implement a system that ranks schools on letter grades, a report by the Great Lakes Center for Education Research and Practice shows that using an A-F letter-grade ranking is invalid and fails to provide important information about a school’s quality.

‘Oh, the Places You’ll Go!’ with MEA’s Read Across America materials

​It’s not too early to start thinking about NEA’s 17th annual Read Across America Day celebration on March 2. This year’s theme honors the Dr. Seuss classic, “Oh, the Places You’ll Go!” And MEA is providing materials to help you showcase your efforts to promote reading.

MEA’s 2015 Bargaining, Public Policy and Professional Development Conference

 

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Along with added sessions, this year’s attendees will enjoy many new Conference features. The theme is new—“Preserving Public Education for the Future.” The look is new—MEA members are super heroes keeping public education safe from those individuals and groups who want to destroy it. And the opportunities for interaction are new and fun—from MEA Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, stickers and buttons, and a photo booth.

What hasn’t changed are the member benefits this Conference provides. MEA members will still get the valuable knowledge, skills and strategies needed to make sure public education will be strong in the future. Some sessions qualify for State Continuing Education Clock Hours (SCECHs) and Michigan ESP Center of Professional Learning (MECPL) credits. And there are opportunities to network and hear from colleagues at lunchtime activities and at the PAC reception.

There’s still time to register at a reduced fee so don’t miss out! We believe in public education and this Conference will help us defend our beliefs. Go to www.mea.org/bpa to download the Conference announcement.

2015 Michigan Notable Books showcases Michigan writers, places

The Library of Michigan (LM) released its 2015 Notable Book List which celebrates Michigan people, places and events.

Cyberbullying among education bills signed into law by Gov. Snyder

School districts now have six months to update their bullying policies to include cyberbullying since last month Gov. Snyder signed Public Act 478 into law. This adds another dimension to anti-bullying efforts in schools.

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