Teachers can apply now to serve on a key state leadership panel that will be guiding the future of public education in Michigan.
Twenty Michigan teachers will serve on the team responsible for implementing the state’s comprehensive Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) plan, which was developed to comply with the sweeping new federal law that replaced No Child Left Behind.
Michigan’s ESSA plan was developed over 18 months and includes a wide range of policies from new testing mandates, to revised accountability rules, updated methods for intervening in struggling schools, and strategies for attracting and retaining quality educators.
“This panel of educators will have a crucial role in the implementation of Michigan’s ESSA plan and our goal to make Michigan a Top 10 education state within 10 years,” State Superintendent Brian Whiston said.
Members of the panel will participate in virtual meetings with MDE staff and partners to provide feedback on various new programs, policies, and supports related to Michigan’s ESSA plan, submitted to the U.S. Department of Education (USED) in April.
They also will help:
- Spur interest among teachers in their regions who are interested in contributing to a Michigan Teacher Leader Network designed to ensure teachers have a voice in relevant and emerging education policy issues;
- Amplify and advertise opportunities for teachers and teacher leaders to participate in surveys, feedback opportunities, focus groups, and other activities convened by the MDE; and
- Act as ambassadors of the #proudMIeducator campaign.
Michigan Teacher Leadership Advisory Council activities will be held outside of school hours to minimize disruption to teaching and learning. Members will be paid a $500 honorarium for the 2017-18 school year.
Teachers may apply at www.michigan.gov/proudmieducator through Friday, June 16 at 5 p.m. Membership is open to all Michigan teachers, with a competitive preference to those with experience or interest in teacher leadership positions. Members will be announced in July.
Michigan is one of 18 states receiving a total of $95,000 in grant funding from the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) to foster national engagement with educators around ESSA.
“Educator input is essential in any policy decision impacting the classroom,” said Chris Minnich, Executive Director of CCSSO. “State chiefs know that educators are working hard every day to deliver a high-quality education to kids and that teachers have invaluable perspective on putting policy into practice.”
The Michigan ESSA plan is being reviewed by USED staff. ESSA law provides the U.S. Secretary of Education 120 days to review and approve state plans. To read Michigan’s ESSA Plan, and an Overview of the plan, go to www.michigan.gov/ESSA.