Help for Common Core available through MEA Cadre

The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) has an impact on virtually every facet of education, but there are still members needing assistance putting them into practice in their classrooms. Now, there’s professional development help available with the MEA Leading with Common Core Leadership and Advocacy Cadre (CCLAC). 

Through the efforts of MEA’s Professional Development/Human Rights Department, 26 MEA members were invited to join CCLAC to assist teachers across the state in dealing with the instructional and policy implications of CCSS. The Cadre is made up of teachers from across the state and will be providing professional development through online and face-to-face trainings.

Melanie Waltz, Field Services Consultant and organizer of the program, said, “The Cadre will have the opportunity to work with teachers across the state to advocate and support CCSS in a way that will have a positive impact on teachers and students.”

Cadre members will receive training on CCSS instruction and policy and then provide that same training for members in their area through local workshops. Cadre members were chosen on the basis of their instructional and leadership skills to advocate for CCSS in Michigan. Cadre members receive a stipend and reimbursement for mileage.

If you’re interested in being part of the Cadre, contact Melanie Waltz at or her assistant, Sara LaForge at

CCLAC members are:  Jeff Ackerson from Battle Creek; Trisha Baker and Amanda Kitterman-Miller from Saginaw; Carey Bastian and Sandra Stevens from Bay City; Janice Buchanan from Springport; Annette Card from Carrollton; Annette Christiansen, Melissa Gronzo, and Cassandra Joss from Utica; Jennifer Couling from Concord; Kiersten Gawronski and Katie Huang from Saline; Capalene Howse from Greenville; Kevin Ingersoll and Ann Owens from Mt. Pleasant; Linnea Johnson from West Iron County; Lisa Klink from Columbia; Julie Racine-Knight from Anchor Bay; Charles Sanecki from Bedford; Katie Sluiter from Wyoming; Tanya Thomann and Yanyu Ward from Berkley; Christina Toppen from Hudsonville; Amy West from Allen Park; and David VanZile from Carman-Ainsworth