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.

Poll shows Americans believe in collective bargaining

In what is encouraging news for the Protect Our Jobs campaign, a Bloomberg News national poll shows 64 percent of Americans believe that public sector workers should have the right to collectively bargain. That number includes 55 percent of Republicans. In that same poll, 63 percent believe that states should not be able to break pension agreements they've made.  The poll of 1,001 adults was conducted March 4-7.

The poll comes after a number of Republican governors used budget problems to justify removing collective bargaining rights. Most poll respondents believed that those budget deficits were a result of years of tax cuts--not the actions of public employees.

As a result of that opinion, Bloomberg’s poll shows that 72 percent have a favorable view of public employees and see corporations wielding more political power than unions.

‘Protect Our Jobs’ campaign protects collective bargaining, middle class

MEA members Karen Kuciel and Jeff Bean were part of the Protect Our Jobs campaign launch at the Capitol.

Today, MEA members Jeff Bean and Karen Kuciel joined with other workers to mark the launch of the Protect Our Jobs campaign, with the goal of amending Michigan’s constitution to protect collective bargaining rights and strengthen the middle class.

'Bowling to Teachers' eases tight classroom budgets

If you're looking for ways to supplement your out-of-pocket classroom expenses, "Bowling to Teachers" may be of some help. The program represents a partnership between the "Kids Bowl Free" summer program and more than 1,000 bowling centers across the country.

"Bowling to Teachers" will award 400 $250 grants to K-8 teachers through the end of May. Go to www.BowlingtoTeachers.com to download a grant application.

"Kids Bowl Free" is an annual summer program that provides kids with two free games of bowling every day.

When did you realize you were an inspiration?

The Education section of the Huffington Post is looking for videos from educators detailing the moment they knew they could inspire others--whether it’s teacher to student, mentor to mentee or friend to friend.

Tuition increases cost Michigan $4.2 million in federal money

Because of deep cuts to college and university funding, Michigan will lose $4.2 million in federal funding this year. Congress created the penalty in 2009 to keep college tuition down. Last year, American college and tuition fees increased 8 percent while 41 states cut higher education funding.

Power up for professional development

Free, high quality professional development is now available to all MEA members. By going to www.mea.org and clicking on "Members Only" and logging in, EA and ESP members can choose from a variety of courses grouped into four libraries designed especially for classroom teachers and ESP.

MEA members have free access to two of the four libraries. The courses are mini-modules which take two to four hours to complete. The courses are presented in a self-paced format and you can earn graduate credits or credit toward ESP certification.

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If you have questions regarding the SMEA program and what it has to offer, you may contact the following individuals:

 

Joyce Phelps

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1216 Kendale Blvd.
East Lansing, MI 48823

800-292-1934 ext. 6262

E-mail: jphelps@mea.org

If you are interested in establishing an SMEA chapter on your campus, you may contact:

 

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2011-2012 SMEA Meeting Schedule

February 11, 2012, 10:00 a.m., MEA HQ

March 23, 2012, 5:00 p.m., MEA HQ

March 24, 2012, SMEA Professional Development Conference, MEA HQ

April 28, 2012, 10:00 a.m., MEA HQ

May - TBD

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