MI ISD Connection
January 2018
Welcome ISD superintendents, administrators, technology directors, educators, and other educational professionals!

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Have you registered for the MASA Midwinter Conference on January 24th-25th, 2018? This year's keynote speaker is Dr. Nell Duke who will be presenting, "Leading for Early Literacy" .

While you are there, check out:
Early Literacy in Michigan: Creating HOPE and Collective Impact for Every Child, Every Family, and Every Educator from 10:30-11:45 am on January 25th in the Prairies 6 room.
Early Warning Dashboards, Intervention Catalog, MiLearn, and Other New Applications of the Michigan DataHub with speaker, Don Dailey of the Michigan DataHub at 3:15-4:30 pm on January 25th in the Prairies 6 room.
Literacy Essentials - Is your ISD "All In" with Literacy?
On November 9th, 2017, a team of superintendents from the Michigan Association of Intermediate School Administrators (MAISA) and the General Education Leadership Network (GELN) met to discuss the state’s focus on literacy leadership and the ISD commitment to raise literacy achievement for all students.

Inspired and challenged by Dr. Nell Duke, lead researcher on the Early Literacy Essential Practices , ISD leaders developed collective commitments:

  • “All In” implementation plans and ISD Board resolutions
  • Communication of Literacy Essentials and professional learning for all educators
  • Every educator has a copy of all Essentials
  • Promote use of modules for professional learning
  • Regularly include Literacy Essentials on agendas
  • Common agenda and message for all levels (superintendents, curriculum leaders, principals)
  • Coaching and data topics included on agendas
  • Support, both politically and with a financial match, continued expansion of statewide coaching with Tier 1 professional development
  • Support expansion of classroom libraries.

Across the state, ISDs have been signing on to the commitment. For example, the Alpena-Montmorency-Alcona ESA Board of Education passed a resolution in support of the Literacy Essentials Collaboration; to read more about their journey, see this article in The Alpena News . With the 4th grade literacy rates in the state dropping from 28th in the nation in 2013 to 41st in 2015, NOW is the time for us to focus on literacy. Are you "All In"?

Let us know what your ISD's "All In" story is, email tcleary@gomasa.org.
Mi Open Book Project
The use of Open Educational Resources (OERs) is growing in Michigan - and for good reason. These resources can be anything from videos to full textbooks to multimedia tools. And there are several projects running that have been designed by educators and can feature specialized content. These projects provide high quality resources to staff and students while saving districts money.

Nowhere are the advantages of using OERs more clearly seen than in the Mi Open Book Project . This K-12 series of digital textbooks have saved school districts in Michigan over $25 million, a huge number that is growing. The savings comes from using a digital textbook versus purchasing a printed version. The use of free OERs allow districts to continue investing in technology to deliver this, and other, digital content to their students.  The Mi Open Book Project provides teachers with free, customizable, up-to-date material that was created by Michigan educators for Michigan educators.

The Mi Open Book Project was created under the Technology Readiness Infrastructure Grant (TRIG) where a group of master teachers collaborated and created digital textbooks over topics like: Kindergarten Myself and Others , 3rd Grade Michigan Studies , High School Civics , and many more . Teachers will have access to related materials through the GIANTS, PASST, and C3 Teachers projects. These resources will stay in the public domain and continue to receive updates. And it is all free.

Don’t wait! For more information or to start downloading visit: http://textbooks.wmisd.org
Register  now for REMC's Virtual Course offered from February - April 2018. Sessions include Social Media, Google Apps, Intro to OERs, and more!
Last chance to sign up for EduPaths' MOOC - 26 FREE SCECHs in 6 weeks. It starts on Monday, January 29th and runs through March 19. Click here for more information!
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