Elementary Principals' Newsletter

September 2015

What is your (1) Thing?

"If everything is important than nothing is." This is an adage that helps to explain the importance of setting your top thing. In the book, The Advantage, by Patrick Lencioni, he says that.."after all, something has to be the top priority even if there are many priorities." When there is a top priority (a rally cry)--and everyone knows it--then silos within an organization seldom exist, and the chance for success dramatically increases. It may not be something you create, but something you detect. "Every organization, if it wants to create a sense of alignment and focus, must have a single top priority within a given period of time."

New Teacher Network Starts!

Invite your New Teachers to these Sessions!


October 1st 4:30-6:30

December 9th 4:30-6:30

March 16th 4:30-6:30

Activity to Try with your staff:

1. Show the Steve Harvey Video

2. What stood out for you from the video?

3. Describe a time that their "lid" was taken off for them

4. Discuss ways that we remove lids and create lids for students in your school


Spring 2016-Testing Schedule Update

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M-Step

MDE Link to all Things M-STEP


SPOTLIGHT

Update from Office of Assessment & Accountability

MDE Update and Assessment Updates for September:


KEA: (Kindergarten Entry Assessment) Discussion is occurring at state meetings with the intent to require KEA next year. More to come--nothing is final--we will be tracking this effort.


K-2 Interim Assessment: MDE will field-test during the Spring of 2016. School and district volunteers are needed for item writing.


ASSIST website:

ASSIST is going to be transitioning to an LMS called e-Prove next fall. More to come and we will support with training.




Michigan Science and Social Studies Standards Proposed to State Board of Education


Michigan Science and Social Studies Standards were proposed to the State Board of Education by the Michigan Department of Education at their August 11, 2015 meeting. The standards, along with supporting information, may be viewed online and will be presented in informational sessions at several locations throughout the state. Public comments will be shared with the State Board of Education at their meeting on October 13, along with the request for a vote to adopt.


General Informational Sessions

  • Traverse City, Traverse Bay Area ISD, September 21, 5-8 PM
  • Flint, Genesee ISD, September 28, 5-8 PM
  • Lansing, Michigan Historical Center, September 30, 5-8 PM

Michigan Science Standards Webpage

The proposed Michigan Science Standards can be viewed on the Michigan Department of Education Science Page. Additional references and supporting materials will also be available at this site as they are released, www.michigan.gov/science


Michigan Social Studies Standards Webpage

The proposed Michigan Social Studies Standards can be viewed on the Michigan Department of Education Social Studies Page. Additional references and supporting materials will also be available at this site as they are released, www.michigan.gov/socialstudies

Assessment Links and Updates

Learning Opportunities for Administrators & Teachers

WE'VE MOVED!

Our Professional Learning Catalog has moved to a new place! Check out our new location here.
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All Year: Content Area Leadership

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