March 2018
The Michigan Association of Intermediate School Administrators is working hard to support and facilitate the collaboration of the unique and evolving work of Michigan’s intermediate school districts (ISDs) and the communities they serve. Recently, the MAISA Board acted to support MiSuite, a fully web based HR, finance and payroll system created by Michigan schools for Michigan schools.

MiSuite was created by an ISD web development team and guided by school business officials. This team is currently supporting 44 school districts serving 55,000 students, with 21 more districts and another 55,000 students coming on board this summer. This regional solution is quickly becoming a statewide collaborative project that any ISD can provide to their local districts.

As ISDs lead the project forward, a statewide development team will continually be improving the product and a statewide advisory will be determining additional feature development. By working together as school technology leaders and school business leaders, we can truly achieve more for Michigan schools.

When you evaluate your ISD's future plans for HR, finance and payroll systems, please keep this solution in mind. If you would like to learn more about this high quality, cost effective and collaboratively developed system, please contact Dave Cairy at MAISA at dcairy@gomasa.org or visit www.misuite.org for more information.

MAISA is excited to share the MDE Top 10 in 10 Education Roadshows which will be taking place at ISDs across the state. This year MDE will be partnering with the Michigan Department of Technology, Management and Budget and the Michigan Career Pathways Alliance in furtherance of developing creative opportunities for students to learn in new and exciting ways. The focus is on understanding and leveraging:

  • Flexibility in the Michigan Merit Curriculum
  • First steps in design and delivery of exciting, impactful learning opportunities
  • Connecting students to more career and post-secondary options
  • Career Pathway Alliance

Each event will include demonstrations, conversations, and networking with peers and MDE policy experts. Locations and dates are below.

  • March 26, 2018 - Berrien County RESA
  • April 16, 2018 - Wayne RESA
  • April 18, 2018 - Jackson County ISD
  • April 20, 2018 - Eastern Upper Peninsula ISD
  • April 27, 2018 - Kent County ISD

Please contact Rashell Bowerman if you have questions. Rashell can be reached at bowermanr1@michigan.gov.

More information can be found on the Top 10 in 10 Roadshow page.
REMC's 2018 Best Practices Apple Academy
If your ISD or school uses Apple devices, you’ll want to make sure to apply for the 2018 Best Practices Apple Academy! This 3-day interactive session led by Apple Professional Learning Specialists will leave you energized, knowledgeable and ready to train others. This unique opportunity is FREE! Applicants must have earned their 8 Apple Teacher badges, however, there’s still time; visit their website to complete these minimal requirements. Upon completion of the Academy, participants will earn the specialized, “Apple Education Trainer” logo. Email apls@apple.com for more information or check out the flyer
Register now for REMC's Virtual Courses for April and June 2018. Sessions include Social Media, Google Apps, Intro to OERs, and more!
The Michigan State Board of Education meeting on March 14th, 2018 featured a presentation from MAISA and the GELN Literacy Essentials team. View the video here.
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