Posted on 05/26/15 at 12:45pm

Three out of 10 K-12 students failed all of their online courses last year and more than 50 percent failed at least one of their virtual classes, according to Michigan Virtual University (MVU). In the 2013-14 school year, 76,122 students took online classes. 

Posted on 05/26/15 at 12:56pm

With national opposition to the overuse of standardized testing increasing, the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Career (PARCC) consortium is cutting 90 minutes off its 11-hour-long assessment. It has also decided to start the testing period later in the school year. PARCC’s tests are aligned to the Common Core State Standards (CCSS).

Posted on 05/18/15 at 3:02pm

Michigan ranks 29th when it comes to the number of high schools earning gold and silver medals according to U.S. News and World Report. Out of 834 eligible high schools, Michigan has 10 gold medal high schools and 68 silver medal schools. 

Posted on 05/11/15 at 3:02pm

If you’re a local president looking for guidance and support, there’s still time to get the training you and your local need through the 2015-16 Local Presidents Academy (LPA). The deadline has been extended to June 15 and all local presidents—new, experienced, EA, ESP, higher ed, with or without release time—can benefit from the program at little or no cost to participants or to the local.

Posted on 05/11/15 at 3:04pm

The Michigan Department of Education (MDE) is hosting the last in a series of webinars featuring models of Personalized Learning on May 21 from 4 to 5 p.m. Nicholas Provenzono, a Grosse Pointe Public Schools teacher and MEA member, will be presenting “Creating a Genius in Every Hour.”

Posted on 05/18/15 at 12:10pm

Since 1852, when 20 teachers came together in Ypsilanti to form what would eventually become the MEA, public school employees have joined together to win and protect basic rights that help ensure they are treated with the fairness, respect and dignity they’ve earned. 

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Free to MEA members: WebEx on Certification this Wednesday

Considering the changes in the law regarding certification, there is nothing more important than keeping your certification up-to-date. Whether your certificate expires this summer or in five years—you need to develop a plan to protect your certification.

MEA can help!

Join the free WebEx workshop for MEA members on Wednesday, May 21 at 5 p.m.  (EDS). “What Every Teacher Needs to Know about Certification” will cover how to keep your certification current; how to renew and/or progress your certificate using the new certification rules; how to use District-Provided Professional Development and SCECHs; and how to use MOECS to complete the renewal process.

You can join the online workshop for free by going to https://mea.webex.com/mea/j.php?MTID=ma224c260e491ced484d1a33039bd8f74. When asked, enter your name and email address. If a password is required, enter 12345 and then click “Join.” The WebEx will also be recorded so MEA members can view it at a later date.

Consortiums shortening tests to give students more time to complete them

With national opposition to the overuse of standardized testing increasing, the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Career (PARCC) consortium is cutting 90 minutes off its 11-hour-long assessment. It has also decided to start the testing period later in the school year. PARCC’s tests are aligned to the Common Core State Standards (CCSS).

Failure rate for online courses is high

Three out of 10 K-12 students failed all of their online courses last year and more than 50 percent failed at least one of their virtual classes, according to Michigan Virtual University (MVU). In the 2013-14 school year, 76,122 students took online classes. 

Senate passes teacher evaluation bill with some improvements

The Senate passed its version of a teacher and administration evaluation bill last week. SB 103 is very different from the 2014 House bills (HB 5223 and HB 5224) which received wide support, but those bills did not make it through the Senate Education Committee last year. 

An important change to this new bill is a decrease in the percentage of student growth used in a teacher’s evaluation. In the 2017-18 school year, the first year of implementation, 25 percent of a teacher’s evaluation would be based on student growth as determined by a statewide assessment. The next school year, the percentage increases to 40 percent. According to current law, student growth will be 50 percent of a teacher’s evaluation next year if no changes are made. 

Of the 40 percent of the evaluation based on student growth, 16 percent would be based on state assessments. The remaining 24 percent would be based on student growth as measured by local assessments used by a school district. The bill requires school districts to use the same evaluation tool in all of their schools. While they can choose the evaluation model that best works for them, information about it must be posted on the district’s website. The state Department of Technology, Management and Budget—which Gov. Snyder named to take over administration of state assessments from the Department of Education—will keep a list of effective evaluation tools districts could use.

Another important change delays the uses of student growth and assessment data until three consecutive years of data is available. That postpones using M-STEP test results until the 2018-19 school year. 

 

Michigan has 78 high schools ranked as one of the 205 Best

Michigan ranks 29th when it comes to the number of high schools earning gold and silver medals according to U.S. News and World Report. Out of 834 eligible high schools, Michigan has 10 gold medal high schools and 68 silver medal schools. 

Psychologists report what teachers should know about student learning

report by the Coalition for Psychology in Schools, "Top 20 Principles from Psychology for PreK-12 Teaching and Learning," and supported by the American Psychological Association, considers what teachers should know about the ways their students learn.

Students need more trained counselors-not more counselor training

The Michigan Association of School Counselors (MSCA) doesn't see the need for additional training in college and career counseling as outlined in HB 4552. They believe the real issue is the need for more trained school counselors-not more training.

MEA members have access to full range of legal services

Since 1852, when 20 teachers came together in Ypsilanti to form what would eventually become the MEA, public school employees have joined together to win and protect basic rights that help ensure they are treated with the fairness, respect and dignity they’ve earned. 

Birmingham teacher, MEA member honored as Michigan Teacher of the Year

Twenty years of teaching his students to “learn globally and serve locally” earned Rick Joseph the title of the 2015-16 Michigan Teacher of the YearJoseph is a fifth/sixth grade language arts and social studies teacher at Birmingham Covington School and an MEA member. He was selected for the honor from 487 teachers across the state who applied.

“This is a huge surprise, but there is no way I can be Teacher of the Year without the help of my team. I always say there is no “I” in team. My colleagues and students inspire me and teach me every day and they share in this honor,” Joseph said.

The announcement also came as a surprise to students and staff who had gathered in the school gym supposedly to be recognized by State Superintendent Mike Flanagan for being one of the top 50 best middle schools in the U.S. Flanagan used the opportunity to recognize Joseph for his outstanding work.

“I had the honor to watch him in his classroom. He is truly an inspiration to his students. Like all teachers, Rick makes a profound impact and will influence his students forever,” said Flanagan.

Joseph is the first Birmingham teacher to receive the honor from the State Board of Education.  He is also a National Board Certified teacher and a 2012 winner of the Microsoft Global Forum for Expert Educators. He was one of the world’s most innovative educators chosen from 75 countries and honored at a reception in Prague.

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