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Good morning!

As you know, the governor announced that beginning tomorrow, June 22, capacity in both indoor and outdoor settings will increase to 100% and the state will no longer require face masks. Some other orders are also being rescinded. We've been getting a lot of questions about what this means for districts. MASA will be sure to share the promised updated school-related guidance as soon as it is released.

For the past three years, I have been serving on the State Fire Safety Board, which, among other things, assists in development of fire safety rules covering the construction, operation and maintenance of schools. (Click here to learn more about the Board.) My term on the Board is complete next month, but the state would like to continue to have an education leader in the group. If you are interested in filling the seat and serving as an educator voice on Michigan's Fire Safety Board, please contact to Chelsey Martinez and she will get you the necessary information.

Lastly, please don't forget to renew your MASA membership for 2021-22. We sent renewal information by email a few weeks ago. Can't find the email or need help? Please contact Danielle Bach and she will be able to take care of you!

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

Dr. Tina Kerr
Executive Director, MASA

Now Accepting RFPs for Fall Conference Presentations

Has your district/organization had an intense focus on student and staff wellness during the pandemic? Do have experience attracting and retaining top talent? How is your team using CARES funding in the new school year? These are just a few examples of topics we plan to cover at the 2021 Fall Conference this September. We’re looking for forward-thinking presenters who will inspire excellence in our public school leaders at this annual event.

Submit a proposal and you may be selected to speak at MASA's conference, September 22-24, 2021, at the Grand Traverse Resort in Traverse City.

Proposals will be accepted based on their connection to the conference theme: “From Surviving to Thriving: Operationalizing Michigan’s Blueprint for Student Recovery.”

Sessions should focus on:

• Student and staff wellness
• Academics
• School climate
• Family and community engagement
• Postsecondary education
• Adequate, equitable funding
• Consistent funding
• Attracting and retaining top talent
• Innovation in teaching & learning
• Universal Pre-K

The strongest proposals are those that involve an MASA member and/or practitioners from a district or ISD/RESA. Learning Sessions will be held on Thursday, September 23. Please include at least three attendee takeaways from your session.

To submit a proposal for a Learning Session, fill out the RFP form and submit it no later than 5 p.m. on Friday, July 16, 2021. You will receive a confirmation email once you have successfully submitted your proposal. Those accepted will be notified between August 6 and August 9, 2021.

MASA Part of National ADE&I Implementation Webinar This Wednesday

MASA's Dr. Sarena Shivers and Dr. Brian Davis will be panelists on a national webinar, "Presenting the Value of ADE&I Conversations to Your Board," this Wednesday, June 23, from 1-2 p.m. The free, virtual event is hosted by our partners at ThoughtExchange and will focus on supporting districts in implementing ADE&I policies and understanding the business case to be made when it comes to reporting back to the board (in terms of budget, student attrition, and more). Click here to learn more and reserve your seat for the free session.

One Week Left to Get 20% ThoughtExchange Discount 

You've probably noticed that MASA has integrated the use of ThoughtExchange into much of our work as it allows for critical community conversations to take place often in a very short amount of time, both synchronously and asynchronously. It helps tackle big issues and thoughts in a way that helps find common ground and shared consensus, all the while making sure every voice is heard, not just the loudest in the room.

We continually hear from members about how to access the tool for their district work. We've taken that feedback to our partners at ThoughtExchange and the good news is they're offering a discounted opportunity for MASA members! Available through June 30, MASA member districts or ISDs who sign-on for a one-year contract with ThoughtExchange will receive a 20% discount off of the annual subscription fee. Learn more about this discount opportunity.

MDE Memos and Information

MEMO #061-21

AASA Virtual SEL 2021-22 Cohort Summit

As national co-chair of the American Association of School Administrators (AASA) Social Emotional Learning (SEL) cohort, I am inviting you to attend and/or send members of your district team to the AASA virtual SEL summit on July 20 and 21. I also invite you to participate in this cohort for the 2021-2022 school year.


Reminder: Educational Entity Master Deferred Transactions

If your district plans on opening/closing a school or changing grade configurations next school year, these changes can be updated in EEM now as deferred transactions. A deferred transaction means the EEM will be updated with an effective date of July 1, which can help ensure accuracy for pre-identification of assessment materials and school selection for Title I grants.

Please refer to the Updating EEM for Current and Upcoming School Year memo for further information, including detailed instructions on submitting deferred transactions.

Reminder: Water System Webinar

On June 22 from 9-10am, the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes & Energy (EGLE) will be hosting a webinar for school administrators and facilities staff regarding water system flushing, specifically focused on drinking water bubblers and fountains. EGLE will provide guidance on how to flush stagnant water and contaminants over the summer and how local and intermediate school districts and public school academies can develop a drinking water management and flushing plan specific to their school buildings.

Register for the webinar. For those who are unable to attend the webinar, please know it will be recorded and posted on the EGLE School Drinking Water Program website

Reminder: Section 98a - Extended COVID-19 Learning Plan Reporting Reminders

As required in MCL 388.1698a(4), districts providing instruction under an extended COVID-19 learning plan shall create a report no later than the last day of school that includes the progress made in meeting the educational goals described in subsection (1) [of MCL 388.1698a] that the district expected would be achieved by the end of the school year. Districts must also ensure that the report can be accessed through the transparency reporting link located on the district’s website. 

Reminder: MDE Launches 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.

"Success is not final, failure is not fatal:
it is the courage to continue that counts."

— Winston Churchill
The following are upcoming learning opportunities that you might want to consider attending. Click the links below to register:
  • School ADvance New Administrator Training and Refresher – July 9 (virtual)
  • School ADvance Board Training Part 2 – July 20 (virtual)
  • 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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