Elementary Principals' Newsletter
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."
Articles to Share with Staff about Student Engagement:
Spring 2016-Testing Schedule Update
MDE Link to all Things M-STEP
Update from Office of Assessment & Accountability
- September 24 http://www.michigan.gov/documents/mde/Spotlight_9-24-15_500931_7.pdf
- September 17: 2015-16 AER Requirements,
- September 10: New Assessment Inventory Group; M-STEP Admin Survey Results
- September 3: Preparing for Spring 2016; DAS Conference Handouts; KEA, WIDA
- August 27: KEA Tasks and Tools, Student/Parent Survey Info; SAT, WIDA Website
- August 20: News on 2016 M-STEP & MME, KEA Pre-ID
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 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 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