Middle School Principals

January News and Updates

Using Data to Improve Learning, Stay on Target and Keep Focused!

Midyear Check-Up!

Are you wondering why look at data midyear? Great question! Looking at your student, building, teacher data midyear can be like a doctor's check up. Where are you? Where do you want to be? What are you doing to get there?

1. Are you keeping track of progress towards your school improvement goals? What are ways that you are measuring your goals? Good time to take a quick check to make sure your staff remain focused on the activities and strategies that are school wide.

2. Are students keeping track of their own progress? Have them keep track of spelling, tests, quizzes, completion, progress towards learning targets, etc...

3. Are you meeting with your teachers who need to have a Midyear Progress Meeting? Reviewing their IDP to see how things are coming along is another example of looking at the data mid year. Is what they are doing working? Do goals/support need to be adjusted?

4. Are you tracking progress for students that are struggling? Using your MTSS plan--how are those interventions going? Using the strategies presented by Jodie Kruse, have a data day to review how things are going. Better to find out midyear than wait and find out there is not enough time.

5. Finding pesky behaviors trending from students and/or staff? Get it identified and come up with a plan to nip it. Behaviors, if left unchecked (in both adults and students) and cause bigger problems down the road.

6. January is a good time to review your goals What did you want to accomplish for the year? Personally and professionally? How are you making progress? What do you need to stop, start and continue?

MI School Data Links

MiSchoolData Website:


MiSchoolData Training Evaluation:


January Professional Development Ideas

Try these quick activities and topics to kick-start your new year!

1. 30 minutes: Use the MASSP team-builder from the January checklist with your staff

2. 45 minutes: Here's What? Now What? So What? Data Protocol

2. 60 minutes: Defining and Describing Student Engagement 4-square

Check out our Winter PD Catalog!

Grab some coffee or hot cocoa and review the many professional learning opportunities available here.

Don't Miss These Upcoming Events!


Rick Wormeli

Monday, May 19th, 8:30am

Gateway Center

Flint, MI

Watch for an early-bird registration special in January!

Rick Wormeli continues the discussion on effective grading practices, addressing the benefits and challenges of change.

Adaptive Schools Training

Tuesday, April 1st, 8am

GISD Davis Center

Mark Your Calendars Now!

Four full days: April 1, April 28, August 5 and 6

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