The Michigan Department of Education (MDE) is advising teachers not to change their lesson plans, despite the fact that the MEAP, instead of Smarter Balanced assessments, is being used next spring. The Legislature made that choice when they passed a state budget that requires the MEAP. MDE previously recommended Smarter Balanced.
The "new" MEAP will be given online with a paper and pencil option, but there's still no decision on what the test will look like. Last year, teachers incorporated the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) into their lessons plans, expecting to use Smarter Balanced assessments this year since they are more in line with CCSS. With the start of school approaching, it may leave teachers and administrators wondering how to prepare students.
According to MDE's advice, "Educators and administrators should continue with the lesson plans they have been preparing over the past few years, to ready students for a more rigorous assessment that will measure Michigan's standards."
The MEAP could include questions from the Smarter Balanced tests since Michigan has led the development of those tests over the last three years.
Plenty--according to his opinion editorial, “Day at school highlights need to reverse school cuts,” which appeared in the Macomb Daily. Schauer, the Democratic candidate for governor, spent the day at Armada High School learning first-hand what it means to be a student and a teacher in a Michigan public school.
The recording of “What Every Teacher Needs to Know about Certification,” the free WebEx for MEA members, is now available at Members Only. You’ll need to log in to find out how to keep your certification current; how to renew and/or progress your certificate under the new certification rules; how to use District-Provided Professional Development and SCECHs; and how to use MOECS to complete the renewal process.
Melody Arabo, a third grade teacher at Walled Lake’s Keith Elementary School and a member of the Walled Lake Education Association, was named the 2014-15 Michigan Teacher of the Year by State Superintendent Mike Flanagan at an afternoon assembly today. Arabo, a teacher at Keith for 12 years, was chosen from 238 applicants statewide.
Are you feeling adrift in all that it takes to be a teacher today —struggling students, classroom management challenges? technology? The Michigan Association of Teacher Educators (MATE) may be able to provide you with some guidance at its Spring 2014 Aspiring and Practicing Teacher Workshop, March 22, 2014 at Wayne State University.
If you've received an email with the subject line, "Teachers Know Best on Standards and Testing" or "Speak Up on Common Core," you've been chosen by NEA to share your opinions on the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and their implementation. A similar survey done last fall led to NEA's recent statement insisting that CCSS be put back on track with educators playing a key role in any statewide implementation processes related to CCSS.
Nineteen Michigan teachers were selected to participate in NEA’s National Teacher Initiative (TLI), a program to develop a new generation of leaders within the teaching profession. A total of 150 teachers from Arizona, Colorado, Iowa, Massachusetts, Michigan and Mississippi were chosen for a 2014 pilot.
Port Huron teachers expressed disappointment over the partial dismissal of a lawsuit they brought against Port Huron Area Schools that sought to remove unfair evaluations and rescind layoff decisions that were based on the flawed evaluation process the district used for the two most recent school years.