November 2018
Phi Delta Kappa
The State of Michigan Chapter of Phi Delta Kappa (PDK) is working with Phi Delta Kappa International to offer a one-year complimentary PDK membership to Educators in your district. We wanted to make you aware of this opportunity.

A one year complimentary membership to both Phi Delta Kappa International and the Michigan Chapter of PDK includes:
  • 8 online issues of the prestigious Kappan magazine (published since 1915)
  • Full access to the 50th annual PDK Poll of the Public's Attitude Toward the Public Schools
  • Networking opportunities with thousands of educators (local, national, international)
  • A first look at new professional development resources (such as research briefs)
  • Scholarship opportunities

New Collaborative Staff
New MiSuite Project Manager
Please help us in welcoming our newly hired Project Manager for the MiSuite project, Nancy Swanson, Ed.D.
Nancy has previously worked at Monroe County ISD, Comstock Public Schools, and as a consultant at Mt. Morris Consolidated Schools. Nancy is also a member of the Michigan School Business Officials (MSBO).

We are excited to have her join our team.

You can contact Nancy at or
visit MiSuite at
New Assistant Sen Project Manager
Matt Stark joined our team last August as the Assistant Project Manager along side current Project Manager, Dave Childs. Matt has previously been the Technical Services Manager at Genesee ISD.

Matt has been a great addition to the team as he collaborates with MAISA, the MDE, Michigan Education Technology Leaders (METL), and more.
Matt is a great resource if you have any questions about MISEN.
You can contact Matt at .
In Case You Missed It
MASA, MASB, MAISA: Fixing the roads at the expense of the classroom is wrong for Michigan
Proposal to eliminate sales tax on gas would be devastating to education
LANSING—According to multiple news outlets, incoming House Speaker Lee Chatfield (R-Levering), plans to propose the elimination of the sales tax on gasoline, which will result in a cut to schools of at least $700 million. Education leaders from the Michigan Association of Superintendents and Administrators (MASA), the Michigan Association of Intermediate School Administrators (MAISA) and the Michigan Association of School Boards (MASB) agree that there needs to be a comprehensive infrastructure plan, however it shouldn’t come in the form of massive cuts to Michigan’s schools.

This proposal isn’t entirely new and in 2014 the nonpartisan House Fiscal Agency estimated that this proposal would result in a $725 million reduction in School Aid Fund dollars—or nearly $475 per pupil. This type of cut would be devastating to districts who are just now starting to recover from cuts in 2011. According to the Michigan League for Public Policy, recent increases to per-pupil funding, when adjusted for inflation, leave schools well below funding levels of 2012. Michigan schools can hardly absorb another three quarters of a billion dollar cut.

“We must stop looking to fix all of Michigan’s issues on the backs of schools and students,” said Don Wotruba, MASB Executive Director. “We cannot continue to take dollars away from the classroom, especially while the Legislature is asking more and more from our schools.”
Nearly 75 percent of the money raised through the sales tax on gas is earmarked for schools. This new proposal would eliminate that—forcing drastic cuts to public education.

“We agree that roads and infrastructure are a priority for Michigan, but those priorities must be accomplished along side the education of Michigan’s children, not at the expense of,” said Chris Wigent, Executive Director of the Michigan Association of Superintendents and Administrators. “Public education must be a priority for the next legislature and Governor if we are to be an educational leader and implement the reforms prescribed in the School Finance Research Collaborative.”

MASB, MASA, MAISA all support a comprehensive roads and infrastructure plan, but it cannot be at the expense of public education. Good roads will be worth little if our school system is so bad no one wants to be in Michigan, let alone use the roads.

“We understand that our buses, students, and parents rely on Michigan roads to get students to school,” said Dr. William Miller, Executive Director of the Michigan Association of Intermediate School Administrators. “But if good roads lead students to chronically underfunded schools the next generation of drivers will only be using the roads to leave Michigan.”

Pre-K Literacy Essentials
Train the Trainer Grant
MAISA is partnering with the Michigan Department of Education and Clinton Country RESA to host a train the trainers event around the Essential instructional Practices in Early Literacy - Prekindergarten .

These training's are being held at 3 sites around the state; Kalamazoo, Mt. Pleasant, and Ann Arbor. Each site has 4 days of training to prepare "trainers" for their opportunity to teach professional development to educators in their area based around the Essential Instructional Practices in Early Literacy - Prekindergarten .

This grant was funded by the U.S. Department of Education.

To get your educators connected to a Prekindergarten trainer, please contact Taylor Hoag at

* Photo credit: Mellissa Wilson, Wayne RESA
Spread the Word houses free, online, teacher continuing education courses that are based around MAISA's Early Literacy Task Force Essential Instructional Practices in Pre-k to 5th grade.

EduPaths MOOC 2018-19
"Massive Open Online Course"
  • January 28 through March 22, 2019
  • Up to 26 free SCECHs

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