School/University Partnership Office Updates

April 2022 - Newsletter

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To promote accessible quality education that empowers all participants.


As the link between our educational stakeholders and their opportunities for success, we aspire to authorize quality Public School Academies.


At the School/University Partnership Office (SUPO), we believe that access to quality education is empowerment for all. A quality education welcomes all, fosters creativity, and entitles learners to grow into their most authentic selves. As every difference is an asset, education should always be a celebration of diverse views and people. This purpose is our guide and commitment to our education stakeholders. SUPO will always build a bigger table to ensure everyone has a seat at it because together we are better.

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Outstanding PSA Employees will be honored in Frankenmuth

On May 6, 2022 all school leaders will have the opportunity to present awards to their SUPO PSA employee of the year. Leaders and employees will be treated to a luncheon at the Bavarian Inn in Frankenmuth, Michigan.
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Outstanding Public School Academy Employee Award

Each school leader/board will select an employee that has demonstrated outstanding service in one or more of the following categories:

Collaboration and innovation with school/community partners/stakeholders

Support of student achievement

Continuous improvement of organizational initiatives /programming

Due April 11, 2022 by 5:00pm.


PSA Spotlight Oakland International Academy

Employee Honors - Mrs. Delgado Bermudez

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Pontiac Academy for Excellence recognizes their very own Mrs. Maria Delgado Bermudez for being honored at the International Women's Month Celebration at the Ruth Peterson Senior Center last week. She was recognized for all of her years of service working in the community with seniors and children. Awesome job!!
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PSA Coach of the Month - Lynnette Thomas

My name is Lynnette Thomas and I am a 5th year student at Saginaw Valley State University. I will be graduating in May 2022 with a major in Bachelor of Arts and a minor in General Business. For my future endeavors, I will be returning to Detroit for employment and career opportunities. As I continue to build up my resume prior to my graduation, my goal is to focus on internships, job opportunities, and travel as a professional photographer. Whether it’s travel photography, or sessions in a photography studio - I will continue to strive to do what I love: taking photos.

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Pontiac Academy for Excellence Shout-outs!

Thank you to the Boys Varsity Basketball Team and Girls Cheerleading Squad for your dedication this season. Pontiac Academy for Excellence would like to congratulates their Varsity Boys Basketball Team and Girls Cheerleading Squad for making it to district competition. Excellent job!
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Using the Winter NWEA Assessment data, Mrs. Burris rocks her Literature Circle!

Future Teachers

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  • First and last name: Melissa Murphy
  • PSA you graduated from: Merritt Academy
  • Current Major and Minor: Elementary Education (Pk-3, 3-6)
  • Year in PSA program: 3rd
  • Future hopes and dreams: First Grade Teacher
  • Estimated year of graduation: May 2023
  • Why you want to be a teacher? Teaching is not just a job, it is a calling. I have known since I was a little girl that I was called to teach. Teaching is more than just educating math, science, ELA, and social studies, it is providing a safe space for students to grow and prosper. Throughout my academic career, I have been fortunate to have phenomenal teachers and other academic, professional, and personal support, which have inspired me to follow in their footsteps.
  • How the PSA scholarship program benefited you? As a student, it made the transition from high school to college seamless. Mentor coaches & specialists support and encourage you through academic and personal endeavors. As a PSA mentor coach, it has given me opportunities that I wouldn’t have had elsewhere and prepared me for the workforce by supporting students, mentoring them, and being a catalyst in their education.
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First and last name: Jazmine Jones

PSA you graduated from: Pontiac Academy for Excellence

Current Major and Minor: Early Childhood Education and Lower Elementary

Year in PSA program: Fourth-year

Future hopes and dreams: My future hopes and dream are to be the best teacher I can be by caring, encouraging, and being there for my students.

Estimated year of graduation: May 2023

Why do you want to be a teacher? I want to be a teacher because it has always been my dream to be a teacher. I always wanted to impact students and encourage them to be the best versions of themselves, as well as to be successful. Also, I want children to know that learning can be fun and that creativity is welcomed in my classroom.

How the PSA scholarship program benefited you? The PSA scholarship program benefited me in so many different ways through multiple jobs and volunteering opportunities. PSA helped me financially with my tuition and household expenses (cleaning supplies). This program also helped me meet new people, get involved on campus, and encourage me to keep pushing forward even when the road ahead looks bumpy.

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First and last name: Shunterria Rosebar

PSA your graduated from: Chandler Park Academy class of 2017

Current Major and Minor: Elementary Education |English Language Arts Minor: Communication

Year in PSA program: 5th year

Future hopes and dreams: I hope to teach at Chandler Park Academy while obtaining my master's degree.

Estimated year of graduation: Winter 2023

Why you want to be a teacher? I want to be a teacher because I believe that there is so much a child could learn in the classroom beyond curriculum. Students learn from watching those around them. I want to impact the lives of my future students. Representation matters, I can relate to students at many different levels because of my upbringing and experiences. Also, throughout my life my biggest supporters have been past teachers. They have motivated me on many different levels in my life. I cannot wait to share the same experiences with my students.

How the PSA scholarship program benefited you?

The PSA scholarship program benefited me by believing in me when I did not believe in myself. The program provided me with opportunities to learn and grow. Throughout my 5 years at SVSU, there was never a problem I faced alone. I also gained a lifelong mentor from the program.

Special Spring Appreciation Gift

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The SUPO team understands that April can a unique month for students and staff. Returning from Spring Break and launching into a multitude of assessments that often impact the normal schedule can be a challenge. With that in mind, 30 virtual field trip scholarships will be granted to the first teachers that apply. Teachers in grades K-5 will be able to select from 30 classes that will be delivered virtually to their classroom. They will receive a teacher Toolkit that includes pre and post test, learning objectives, ELA opportunities, writing prompts and post lesson activities including outdoor exploration. Each interactive lesson is 30 minutes. The $85 class cost will be covered by the School/University Partnership Office.

Experience Hartley in a virtual setting from the comfort of your classroom! With a Hartley educator as the guide, students participate in interactive lessons that connect them to environmental science and the natural world in their community. Virtual lessons are designed to allow students to explore and learn about specific topics in a fun, engaging manner. Each lesson integrates science, literacy, and social and emotional learning throughout the virtual experience.

As a four-time recipient of the Pinnacle Award, Hartley is on the cutting edge of creating engaging, remote lesson plans. First awarded in 2012, and again as recently as 2019, Hartley continues to be recognized by the Center for Interactive Learning and Collaboration (CILC) for outstanding ratings on program evaluations by educators and activity directors for interactive virtual programming.

Click the link below to see the classes and how to register.

Once you have selected the class you would like, complete the form below.

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Fall 2022 - Educator Scholarships

If you would like to recieve a 50% tution scholarship to earn your graduate degree from SVSU (from the comfort of your home) see the link below. A limited number of scholarship awards will be provided to qualified candidates that plan on working at their current academies for the next 3 to 5 years.

Amazing Opportunities

Interim Teaching Certificates & Alternative Routes

Interim teaching certificates are granted to teachers who are completing an Alternative Route to Certification pathway. These teachers have a degree and have completed their Michigan Test for Teacher Certification (MTTC) test in their area of endorsement. They can serve as teacher of record when placed in classrooms aligned to their areas of endorsement. You can find out more about interim teaching certificate and Michigan Alternative Routes to Teacher Certification in this MDE memo from March 2021.

Student Loan Forgiveness

In the last year, the United States Department of Education has discharged nearly $5 billion dollars to 70,000 borrowers through the revamped Public Service Loan Forgiveness.

Visit to learn more.

Registration is Now Open for May Job Fair

The next Education Workforce Job Fair is scheduled for May 11 at Lansing Community College West. This job fair is hosted by the Michigan Department of Education (MDE), in cooperation with the Department of Labor and Opportunity (LEO), to connect job seekers to those hiring teachers, substitute teachers, bus drivers, custodians, paraprofessionals, secretaries, administrators, and other education-related positions.

Job-seekers and district registration is open. Find more information about Education Workforce Job Fairs at:

LETRS Training Grant Opportunity for Pre-K to Grade 3 Educators

The Michigan Department of Education (MDE) is sharing a professional learning opportunity from section 35a(10) for Language Essentials for Teachers of Reading and Spelling (LETRS) training grant. This grant is included in section 35a of the state school aid act enacted under Public Act 48 of 2021. This training grant supports the second guiding principle and the second goal of Michigan’s Top 10 Strategic Education Plan. Educators will explore the science of reading and experience deep learning around language acquisition and evidence-based reading instruction to accelerate learning outcomes.

All PreK-Grade 3 educators are encouraged to register. Priority will be given to PreK–1 teachers. Don’t miss this free opportunity! Registration for Cohort 3 opened January 29. The deadline to apply is August 5 (unless all available spots are filled before that date) with a start date in September 2022. For more information, including the frequently asked questions (FAQs) document and the informational webinar recording, please visit the Lexia Learning Michigan LETRS website. If you have questions, please send an email to

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Free for all participants

Multi-Tiered System of Supports:


Interested in learning more about what a Multi-Tiered System of Supports is, what the benefits are of implementing an MTSS framework, and how to get started with MTSS in your school or district? This overview session supports individuals exploring an MTSS framework by building background knowledge and identifying actionable next steps.

Training Details

May 16, 2022

9:00- 11:00 a.m.

Live Zoom Session


Stephanie Dyer

Who Should Attend

  • Teachers
  • Coaches
  • Administrators

Registration Details


April 25, 2022, or upon meeting session capacity, whichever occurs first.

Event Contact

Sarah Moss

If you have never registered for an event in our online registration system you will need to first create a user account.

Create an Account

Once you have created a user account, or if you already have one, you may register for the training event.

Register Here

Upon successful registration, you will receive a confirmation email containing important event information. Please read it carefully. If you do not receive a registration confirmation, please email the Event Contact

Event Cancellation: MiMTSS TA Center may cancel any training that does not have at least 10 people registered. In this case, we would refund the registration fee, if any, to the participant or his/her employer.

Special Education Updates & Resources

Summary of Some Available Resources and Important Information

State Special Education Updates and Links:

  • State: MDE/Office of Special Education - You can contact the MDE/OSE with questions at or via the information line at 888- 320-8384.

o New MDE Guidance released by by MDE/OSE on Friday, February 11, 2022, on the MDE OSE Spotlight web page:

· Due Process Complaints: Includes a flow chart that outlines the steps involved when a due process complaint is filed by a parent.

· Due Process Complaint Filed by District: Includes a flow chart that outlines the steps involved when a due process complaint is filed by a district.

· Child Find: Guidance specific to child find requirements under the Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA) and the Michigan Administrative Rules for Special Education (MARSE).

· Transition Planning for Students with Disabilities: Guidance that outlines transition requirements, components of transition planning, and a list of community agencies and other transition resources.

Federal: OSEP (from the OSEP's February 2022 Update):

This letter provides educators and parents with information about the new CDC recommendations and how these recommendations’ impact children with disabilities. The letter includes information on leveraging the child’s individualized education program or Section 504 process to “…ensure schools have protections in place to protect in-person learning; continuing use of layered prevention strategies to keep school communities safe; and ensuring students receive education and services in the least restrictive environment.

For additional COVID-19 resources relating to Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and OSERS, please go to Program Information: FAQs and Responses — Special Education & Rehabilitative Services page. You can also find more COVID-19 resources on ED's Disability Rights and COVID-19 Resources for Schools, Students, and Families pages.

School Leaders:

  • New MDE webpage ( – This new website was launched on March 18, 2022 and includes new easy-to-navigate and search options! “The content from the previous website will be migrated over to the new website. Click on the “Services” dropdown menu at the top of the page to access MDE content by program. Visit for more detail.”
  • MDE - Education Workforce Job Fairs ( – This job fair is for all traditional school (LEAs, ISDs, PSAs), staffing agencies and job seekers). Dates:
    • May 11 – Lansing (campus of Lansing Community College West)
    • June 7 – Virtual
    • August 11 – Livonia (campus of Schoolcraft College). Pease follow the link located in the header for more specific information.
  • Summer Learning Toolkit (MASA) – This resource was developed by MASA and includes best practices and resources designed to help districts develop, promote and sustain high-quality summer learning programs in Michigan. The content includes an introduction, vision for summer learning, key elements of quality summer programs, standards for quality, outreach strategies and use of funding streams. You are encouraged to review this resource as you plan for summer learning opportunities for students.
  • Free Summer learning programs are offered by the Michigan Learning Channel for Schools and Families – a way to keep kids active and engaged in learning.
  • Fit as a Family: Classroom fitness program expands to living rooms and Parks - Home Physical Fitness series – In partnership with the Michigan Learning Channel, the University of Michigan has released a video and article about expanding home physical fitness
  • Reminder: Registry of Educational Personnel End of Year Data Request (MDE Memorandum dated March 24, 2022). MDE has asked schools to closely examine their end-of-year Registry of Educational Personnel (REP) submission to “ensure accurate reporting of substitute teachers, funded position status (including special education teachers and support staff) and employment status” You can access guidance for report on the REP webpage.
  • [Read%20by%20Grade%20Three%20Testing%20and%20Communication]Michigan’s Read by Three Testing and Communication (MDE Memorandum #023-22)
    “Michigan’s Read by Grade Three (RBG3) law (MCL 380.1280f) requires that the results of this year’s Michigan Student Test of Educational Progress (M-STEP) be used to identify students who are eligible for retention.”
  • Critical Shortage List for Employment of Retirees (MDE Memo # 2022– 26). The compiled list of critical shortage areas or disciplines for employment of retirees. Critical Shortage Disciplines for the Employment of Retirees – list.
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Free and Low Cost Professional Learning Options

Looking for new professional learning opportunities? Check out the Free and Low Cost Professional Learning Options document for some current offerings.

Integrating Social Emotional Learning (SEL)




4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.


  • K-5 Teachers
  • 6-8 Teachers
  • 9-12 Teachers
  • School Leaders
  • Specials Teachers
  • Special Education Teachers
  • Support Staff

PE Track(s)

  • Values
  • Teaching and Learning


Our Creating and Supporting a Trauma Informed School and Classroom series will equip participants to create and support the implementation of trauma informed practices in their own school settings. Participation in all eight sessions is strongly encouraged.

Session 6: Integrating Social Emotional Learning (SEL)

  • Participants will develop an understanding of why engagement in SEL may be more difficult for students with trauma histories
  • Participants will list and briefly describe the five key SEL competencies and why they are important
  • Participants will reflect on how to integrate each of the SEL competencies into their own grade levels and content areas

Additional Series Session(s)

3/29: Minimizing Shame in the School Setting
4/19: Supporting Emotional Regulation
4/26: Compassion Fatigue and Self-Care


Allison Nelson, MPA
SEL Registration

Integrated Social Emotional Learning

Implicit Bias and Inclusive Practices Series - Session 1




4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.


  • K-5 Teachers
  • 6-8 Teachers
  • 9-12 Teachers
  • School Leaders
  • Specials Teachers
  • Special Education Teachers
  • Support Staff

PE Track(s)

  • Values


The Implicit Bias and Inclusive Practices Series will promote critical thought and introspection while sustaining an inviting space for conversations on relevant diversity and inclusion topics. This presentation series will be designed to focus on helping participants develop an awareness of their own implicit biases and moving towards strategies to counteract those biases, develop action plans to create common goals in their workspaces, and find practical ways to maintain and sustain inclusive workplace cultures. Through activities, small group discussions, and large group sharing, participants will learn how to define and identify bias, gain tools and strategies to counter their own biases, and build diverse, inclusive workplaces. Our framework shifts away from blame, shame and guilt to an empowered sense of collective responsibility that embraces conscious approaches to justice and fairness for all.

Additional Series Session(s)

4/25: Implicit Bias and Inclusive Practices Series - Session 2


Gloria Lara and Susan Doughty, Lakeshore Ethnic Diversity Alliance

Newsletter Updates

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