Posted on 04/14/14 at 1:36pm

This year, MEA awarded a total of 45 scholarships to honor exemplary public school students from across the state who will be attending a Michigan public university next fall. The recipients were chosen from 905 applicants.

Posted on 04/14/14 at 1:37pm

If the Legislature provides the funding, the Michigan Department of Education (MDE) will implement a new plan to help school districts with budget deficits. The plan is part of Gov. Snyder’s budget recommendations. Currently, there are 46 school districts with budget deficits.

Posted on 04/14/14 at 1:39pm

The Michigan School Safety and Bullying Prevention Summit will be held at the Kellogg Center in East Lansing on Monday, April 28 from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Posted on 04/14/14 at 1:40pm

If you’re looking to get involved in a community event that promotes safety and a healthy habit, consider signing up for the National Bike to School Day on Wednesday, May 7. In Michigan, the event is sponsored by the Michigan Fitness Foundation to make communities more walkable and “bikeable.”

Posted on 04/07/14 at 11:21am

MEA’s Professional Development/Human Rights Department is hosting a series of WebEx trainings on professional practice portfolios, an alternative approach to teacher evaluations.  The first training, “Introduction to the UTF Professional Practice Portfolio (P3)” is now available for viewing. *

Posted on 04/07/14 at 11:27am

Michigan students aren’t keeping pace with other states when it comes to showing improvement in areas of reading and math, according to a report by Education Trust-Midwest, a Royal Oak-based education advocacy and research organization. The group used 10 years’ worth of data on the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) given to fourth, eighth and 12th graders.

Online registration for Bargaining Conference currently unavailable

Online registration for the Bargaining, Public Affairs & Professional Issues Conference, Feb. 6-7, at the Cobo Center in Detroit, is currently unavailable. This only affects online registration. The deadline for the $290 rate is still in effect and registrations for that rate must be received by midnight on Friday, January 24. 

Credit card payments may be faxed or emailed to Rebbecca Ernst at 517-336-4024 or rernst@mea.org. Checks with registrations may be sent to MEA Accounting Department, 1350 Kendale Boulevard, PO Box 2573, East Lansing MI 48826-2573.

After January 24, all registrations will be processed onsite at the rate of $310.  Onsite registration will be held at the Detroit Marriott Renaissance Center on Wednesday, February 5 (7-9 p.m.) and at COBO Center on Thursday, February 6, beginning at 7:30 a.m.

If you have any questions regarding registration, please contact Rebbecca Ernst, Registration Coordinator, at 517-332-6551, ext. 6250.

Do you have a favorite Common Core State Standards lesson?

Starting with the February issue of the Voice, MEA will be featuring a math or English language arts lesson developed by and used successfully in an MEA member’s classroom.

Leon Brunner Award nominations deadline Feb. 7

Nominations for the Leon A. Brunner Award for ESP are due Feb. 7, 2014. You can download a nomination form at www.mea.org/awards.

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MEA membership system offline for eDues system conversion

Beginning at noon on Friday, Jan. 17, MEA’s membership system will be offline to allow for the technical work to be completed on our conversion to a new and improved eDues system.

Milken Award Winner

EAST LANSING, Mich., January 14, 2014 -- Rep. Henry Yanez (D-Sterling Heights) will have a special guest for Gov. Snyder’s State of the State speech Thursday evening.  Mark Julien, an English and Language Arts teacher at Henry Ford II High School and the 2013 Michigan recipient of the Milken Educator Award is the honored guest.

CMU ranked first in online bachelor’s programs; third in education master’s

According to a U.S. News & World Report which ranked the best online programs of 2014, Central Michigan University (CMU) ranked first in online bachelor’s programs and tied for third for its education master’s program. Its online graduate business program ranked 17th. Last year, Central was number 39 in the online bachelor’s rankings.

MDE recommends Smarter Balanced Assessment as the only assessment option for Common Core

​The Michigan Department of Education (MDE) reported to legislators that the only option for testing students on the Common Core State Standards is the Smarter Balanced assessment. The report is part of a resolution passed last fall by the Legislature authorizing MDE to spend state funds on implementing the standards.

Two MEA members receive presidential awards in math, science

Rochester elementary science teacher Brian Peterson and Emily Theriault-Kimmey, an elementary math teacher in Ann Arbor, are recipients of the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching.

What is Quality Professional Development

Professional development is defined as those processes and activities designed to enhance the professional knowledge, skills and attitudes of educators to improve the learning of students.  In order to accomplish this, professional development should be deliberate and intentional based on a clear vision of purpose and planned goals.

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