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Monday Memo is back! Below is quite a bit of information that we've gathered over the past few weeks. Just a heads up that there are several items with upcoming deadlines this month...so if you're interested, be sure to jump on it.

We are so excited to see you in Traverse City this September! That being said, our Fall Conference registration and hotel availability are filling up quickly. Be sure to get your registration in and make your hotel arrangements ASAP.

Lastly, please know that Peter and Athena continue to analyze the details of the budget and are working on answering specific member questions. Please contact masagov@gomasa.org with all your questions.

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!

Last Call for RFPs for MASA Fall Conference – Due This Friday

We’re looking for presenters who will inspire excellence in our public school leaders at our annual Fall Conference. To submit a proposal for a Learning Session, fill out the RFP form no later than 5 p.m. this Friday, July 16, 2021. You will receive a confirmation email once you have successfully submitted your proposal. 

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

Please be sure to include at least three attendee takeaways from your session. Those accepted will be notified between August 6 and August 9, 2021. Learning Sessions will be held on Thursday, September 23.

Income Guidelines for Free and Reduced Priced Meals Announced

Earlier this month, the household income guidelines for free and reduced-price meals and free milk through the National School Lunch, School Breakfast, Special Milk, and Child and Adult Care Food Programs were announced by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The income guidelines are effective from now through June 30, 2022.

Adults, children, or foster children who are recipients of various programs such as Michigan’s Family Independence Program, Food Assistance Program, or Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations, or who are enrolled in Head Start, an at-risk afterschool center, or an emergency shelter automatically qualify for free meals. Households with incomes less than or equal to the following guidelines qualify for free or reduced-price meals or free milk.



For more information, see the full press release available here.

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. 

Bullying Prevention Initiative Grant Second Round

The Family Center for Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs (Family Center) and Children’s Special Health Care Services (CSHCS) are pleased to announce a second round of the small grant opportunity for the 2021-22 fiscal year (10/1/21-9/30/22). Each school district is eligible to apply for up to $10,000 for their program. 
 
Eligible programs need to demonstrate the ability to meet the following objectives:

  • Create of safe cultures for children with special health care needs within school communities.
  • Provide or enhance the school environment for peer support for youth with special health care  needs.
  • Increase social and emotional support in schools for children with special health care needs.
  • Expand anti-bullying efforts for youth with special health care needs. 
Please see the program guidelines for more information about allowable items.

The application deadline is next, Friday July 23, 2021. Please note this is a fillable PDF application that must be submitted via email to JonesK50@michigan.gov.
 
For more information, contact Kate Jones at JonesK50@michigan.gov or 517-335-9060.

$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 13th.

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

MVLRI Study on the Vision of Digital Learning in Michigan

Michigan Virtual Learning Research Institute (MVLRI) is conducting a study to gain a better understanding of how Michigan schools and districts are currently using educational technology to support their instructional goals and how they might be planning to use it in the future. The questionnaire contains 11 questions and should take less than 10 minutes to complete. The responses that you will provide in relation to your school or district will be added to the larger pool of responses collected from schools and districts throughout Michigan. All responses and data will remain confidential.
 
These data will be used to inform the development of our report that will help us understand the different learning models, motivations, catalysts, and barriers that exist for schools and districts in Michigan related to digital learning. The MVLRI research team will use these data to better understand what is working, what is not, where further research is needed, and to identify policy needs that can help school and district personnel overcome barriers. Conclusions from these data as well as recommendations for policy needs will be made freely available in a formal report. Participate in the survey: https://mivu.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_6m3x7GmGZdT3USq.

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, 2021, 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 Information

MEMO #067-21
Public Comment on the Proposed 2021-22 Rural/Micro-District Placement Flexibility

The Michigan Department of Education (MDE) is requesting public comment on the proposed rural/micro-district placement flexibility for staffing. 

https://www.michigan.gov/documents/mde/Rural-Micro_Public_Comment__729803_7.pdf

Summer Preparation of the Drinking Water in School Buildings

Summertime is the perfect time for all schools and child care centers to get water moving to flush out potential contaminants in the system. The Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE) has information concerning the risks of water stagnation and guidance on maintaining the quality of drinking water within your facilities at Michigan.gov/SchoolWater.
 
Five basic steps are needed to ensure healthy drinking water prior to student and staff return:

  1. Assess the risk of stagnant water and potential contaminants
  2. Thoroughly flush the water system in August
  3. Refresh drinking and food preparation taps immediately prior to the return of students
  4. Replace all filter cartridges and maintain water use appliances/devices
  5. Test the water for bacteria, lead, and copper

If you have questions regarding school or child care drinking water safety, please contact Ms. Holly Gohlke, Environmental Quality Specialist, Lead and Copper Unit, Community Water Supply Section, Drinking Water and Environmental Health Division, at 517-220-1904, or by email at GohlkeH@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.
 

School-Located Vaccination Clinics Web Resources Available

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has launched a webpage with guidance for planning and implementing school-located vaccination (SLV) clinics for any routinely recommended vaccine as well as COVID-19 vaccine. The target audiences for this guidance are public and private entities interested in planning and implementing SLV clinics, including staff from state and local public health departments, community health care clinics, school districts, pharmacies, pediatric practices, and health systems.  The site can be found at: Considerations for Planning School-Located Vaccination Clinics | CDC  

Children Matter. You Matter. Learn SEL!

Please participate in a quick summer learning opportunity that helps you and your students! In mid-March, the Michigan Department of Education launched the Children matter. You matter. Learn SEL! campaign. MDE is asking leaders and educators to complete an ‘Introduction to SEL’ online module hosted through Michigan Virtual. The goal is that as many educators as possible (a minimum of one school leader and two to four teachers per building across the state) will complete the module before Labor Day. The course is free, offers SCECHs, and takes about two hours to complete. This program is open to all districts. 

Would you please participate in the training and encourage others to complete the training? So far, over 600 educators have completed the course since the campaign began. Let’s reach our goal by Labor Day! Check to see if your district is on the map. To learn more, visit www.michigan.gov/mde-sel.

"Life is all about balance. You don’t always need to be getting stuff done. Sometimes it’s perfectly okay, and absolutely necessary, to shut down, kick back, and do nothing."

— Lori Deschene
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:
  • 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!

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