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Good morning!

It's hard to believe it's already the last week of July...where has the summer gone!? Like you, we're starting to shift our focus back-to-school and gear up for the MASA Fall conference. The agenda is now available on the website and Learning Sessions will be announced soon. We hope you're planning to join us Sept. 22-24 in Traverse City for a great conference! Conference seats and hotel rooms are filling up fast so be sure to make your arrangements ASAP.

As always, take care and let us know how MASA can help!

Dr. Tina Kerr
Executive Director, MASA
Join us Sept. 22-24 in Traverse City!
Register Now!

Special Education Teacher Tuition Reimbursement Grant Opportunity 

In response to the ongoing and intense need to provide appropriately certified and endorsed teachers for students with disabilities, the Michigan Department of Education Office of Special Education is offering a Special Education Teacher Tuition Reimbursement Grant opportunity. Districts eligible to apply for the Special Education Teacher Tuition Reimbursement Grant must have a 60 percent or higher Free and Reduced-Meals population, based on the fall 2019 data. Visit the grant information website for a list of eligible districts and other resources. 

Staffing Permits Now Available for 2021-22 

Michigan schools may now begin applying for staffing flexibilities for educators. These staffing flexibilities include permits, Special Education Approvals, and the Annual Career Authorization. Educators cannot apply for these permits for themselves and they are issued to the employing school district.  

For more information on permits, please visit: http://bit.ly/2JwDeht

Michigan Learning Channel Summer Program

The Michigan Learning Channel (MLC) is offering an 8-week program that will keep kids engaged in learning over the summer. This summer program has everything students need to continue building their brains and learning key concepts that will help them succeed in school. From preschool to 6th grade children can sing and play, learn fun lessons taught by Michigan teachers, or engage in short videos with hands-on lessons. Visit MLC online to view all shows, learn about events, and download the free activity guide. 

$7 Billion in Emergency Connectivity Funding Available for Schools

ICYMI: The federal government is releasing $7 billion in Emergency Connectivity Funding for computing devices, hot spots, and internet service which will help solve the digital divide for millions of American students and families. 

  • The funding was announced just as schools closed (the busiest time of the year). 
  • Funding is administered through the E-rate program, however they changed the rules and now suddenly all schools qualify
Funds could go unused if schools and libraries don’t apply during summer vacation. Deadline is August 13.

For more information, visit: https://www.fcc.gov/emergency-connectivity-fund.

Early Learning Research Participants Needed 

MASA member and fellow Superintendent, Edward Manuszak, is conducting national research around early learning. He has developed a resource that is now being shared by the AASA and Standard for Success called the Early Learning Program Assessment Tool© or ELPAT© for short. The tool allows for school district leaders with minimal background in early childhood education to take a systemic look at their early learning programs (from birth through age eight) and share what areas could use improvement, refinement or celebration. If you're interested in being a part of the study, follow the three steps below.

  1. Watch this five minute instructional video: https://youtu.be/B_Cmg2zY1ro
  2. Complete the ELPAT© Survey: https://redcap.emich.edu/redcap/surveys/?s=PLPRR8YPJD
  3. Complete the Leadership Survey: https://redcap.emich.edu/redcap/surveys/?s=EPDWNKNLHW

(NOTE: To participate, you must complete these tasks in the order they have been presented above. Since this is approved IRB research from Eastern Michigan University, there is a Consent Form within each survey, which you will need to agree to participate.)

The deadline to participate in the study is Friday, July 30 at midnight. Each participant who successfully completes both surveys by the deadline will receive an invitation to a webinar that provides an explanation of the results, as well as follow-up for your district's ECE preparedness.

Don't be left out of this can't miss way to understand and improve your knowledge of the early childhood education programs that your district offers your students, staff, and families! If you have any questions about the study, please contact emanusza@emich.edu.

MDE Memos and Reminders

MEMO #068-21
New Title IX Resource from U.S. Department of Education

The U.S. Department of Education’s (USED) Office for Civil Rights released the following new resource related to Title IX of the education amendments of 1972: Questions and Answers on the Title IX Regulations on Sexual Harassment (July 2021) and a related appendix.

http://www.michigan.gov/documents/mde/Title_IX_Resource_USED_730936_7.pdf

 

Title IV, Implementing Effective Use of Technology Grant

Two important areas that provide equitable access to learners are implementing computer science standards and using open educational resources (OER). Critical thinking and problem solving skills are the foundations of computer science and can be integrated into all core academic areas. OERs are open license and allow teachers to change and improve resources without worry of copyright or fair use violations, making them “better than free.” 

MDE is offering a competitive grant open to all local education agencies (LEAs) in Michigan, which includes both traditional public school districts and public school academies. Awardees may receive up to $20,000 for the implementation of computer science standards and up to $14,000 for the implementation of OERs. The grant is expected to be available in late July or early August. An Intent to Apply form for this grant is open now and can be found here. For more information, please refer to the Title IV Grant Overview document. Questions can be emailed to MDE-EdTech@michigan.gov.


MDE's Welcome Back Proud Michigan Educators Campaign

The Welcome Back Proud Michigan Educators campaign helps educators with expired credentials return to teaching by reducing or eliminating professional learning recertification requirements. The campaign recognizes these educators' experience and preparation while providing an opportunity for immediate employment. Districts interested in receiving contact information for educators that express interest in employment through the Welcome Back PME campaign should complete this contact information request form.

Districts are also encouraged to post the campaign logo on their employment webpage as a participation indicator to applicants. Please visit the Welcome Back Proud Michigan Educators web site for FAQ and more program information: Welcome Back Proud Michigan Educators website.

"Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work."

— Thomas A. Edison
Episode 2 Now Available!
Listen in to hear from Craig Carmoney, Kevin Polston, and Brandy Johnson about the creation of the MI Blueprint, how education leaders can operationalize these recommendations, and ultimately, how we can go from surviving to thriving in a post-pandemic education landscape.
The following are upcoming learning opportunities that you might want to consider attending. Click the links below to register:
  • New Supts Leadership Academy: Session 1 – Aug. 12 (virtual)
     
  • School ADvance New Administrator Training and Refresher – Aug. 13 (virtual)
     
  • School ADvance Board Training Part 2 – Aug. 17 (virtual)
     
  • New Supts Leadership Academy: Governance and Board Relations Sept. 21 (Traverse City)
     
  • MASA Fall Conference Sept. 22-24 (Traverse City)
     


We planned ahead, so you can too! MASA's 2021-22
professional development schedule is now available!

Download the PDF  |  Checkout our line-up online
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