September 11, 2018
2018 MEMSPA Annual Conference | December 5-7, 2018
What is your TRUE NORTH as a School Leader?
Dr. Pamela R Rosa and Molly Funk, Ed.S.
When John Hattie, Professor of Education and Director of the Melbourne Education Visible Learning Research Institute at the University of Melbourne, Australia asked over 3000 school leaders what skills they thought they needed to improve, six features arose…how to handle accountability, how to “keep getting better”, how to cope with personal challenges such as “wearing many hats,” how to be an “effective” administrator, and how to better use the infrastructure in their school (J. Smith & R. Smith, 2015, pp. vii). What was surprising to Hattie and the Visible Learning researchers was that there was almost NO reference to enhancing instructional impact or building collective efficacy among staff to deeply know and grow their instructional impact in regards to student learning.   

Lexia and MEMSPA Working Together to Bring Middle School Pilot Demonstration Sites
Paul Liabenow, MEMSPA Executive Director
Dear MEMSPA Members and Middle School Leaders,

As you well know MEMSPA is focused on improving curriculum and instruction as it relates to literacy. We continue to identify research – evidence-based practices that will lead to improved student achievement. As part of that effort we have partnered with Lexia to provide several one year fully funded literacy pilots for MEMSPA member middle schools. Lexia Learning, A Rosetta Stone Company, is one of the best-known and most highly respected reading-technology companies in the world. Founded more than 30 years ago with private funding and grants from the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, Lexia products are now used by more than 2.6 million students. Lexia’s ongoing commitment to peer-reviewed efficacy research and gold-standard outcome studies are at the center of our pedagogical approach.

The Michigan Department of Education to Offer Student Growth Workshops
The Michigan Department of Education’s Office of Educator Excellence is excited to announce an upcoming workshop opportunity for district and building leadership teams to collaboratively develop district plans for measuring student growth for educator evaluations. These collaborative teams will develop a framework using MDE guidance and work-products for measuring student growth for educator evaluations through the implementation of student learning objectives. The workshop will be held on September 26 th and 27 th at the Lansing Radisson.  Registration Link

Seize this opportunity to bring FREE nutrition and physical activity resources to your building!
All public, charter or private nonprofit school in Michigan serving any grade levels, K-12, are invited to apply for the Building Healthy Communities: Step Up for School Wellness Program by September 30, 2018.
Participating schools will be provided with training, equipment, materials and other resources to implement and sustain environmental change, student activities and knowledge and skills-building that encourage healthy eating and physical activity. This program offers a flexible structure that allows schools to select the resources that meet their needs. Each resource has a school coach to assist with implementation and new schools will receive $1,000 to complete Michigan’s Healthy School Action Tools (HSAT).
Resources available for 2018-2019:
  • Classroom Physical Activity Breaks (GoNoodle Plus)
  • Active Recess (Recess Cart, equipment and activity cards)
  • Quality Physical Education (Exemplary Physical Education Curriculum™, equipment and training)
  • Walk-n-Run Fun (Sparky Lap and Time Tracker, toe tokens, lace links and training)
  • Healthy Out-of-School Time (Come Out and Play Curriculum, CATCH Curriculum and training)
  • Healthy Smoothies (Commercial grade smoothie blender, recipes and $250 for taste tests)
  • Smarter Lunchrooms (Classrooms lessons and $1,000 for cafeteria changes)
  • Healthy Parties and Celebrations (Loads of recipes, snacks and ideas and $500 for taste tests)
  • Nutrition Education (Michigan Model for Health™ Curriculum, resources and training)
Partner Spotlight
Curriculum Associates cordially invites you to the Michigan i-Ready User Summit on Wednesday, October 24, 2018 from 8:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. at The Westin Southfield Detroit on 1500 Town Center in Southfield, MI 48075. A detailed agenda will be sent closer to the date. We would also invite you to complete the Request for Presenter application to be considered for a session during this event.

Please join us for this unique professional development opportunity. Gather with colleagues and experts to enhance your understanding of i-Ready's Diagnostic and Instruction tools. This summit will provide opportunities to learn from peers and gain new strategies to maximize instruction and support student growth.

Jeff Tompkins | Education Sales Consultant | Michigan Curriculum