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There are a lot of training opportunities, grant applications, and survey opportunities below. Most of them have upcoming deadlines so be sure to check the dates!

Our Fall Conference registration and hotel availability are filling up quickly. Be sure to get your registration in and make your hotel arrangements at Grand Traverse Resort 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!
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Mandatory Resubmission of Summer Programming Application

ICYMI, MDE released a memo last Tuesday detailing the reopening of applications for summer school programs.
The approval of the supplemental budget bill for FY2020-21 (PA 47) allowed for a reopening of the application process for this summer programming including Innovative Practices. Additionally, there were changes to summer school program requirements. Those specific changes: 

  • programs have been expanded to grades K-12; 
  • the in-person requirement has been removed; and 
  • the geographic residency requirement for students has been removed. 
  • The eight-week minimum requirement for programs is unchanged. 

All districts are required to resubmit the 23b and 23c summer programming application, regardless of whether or not you have changes to submit. If you are a district that did not meet the prior deadline, this is your last chance to apply.  
The deadline for your resubmission is this Friday, July 23.  Budgets are expected to be available in MEGS+ by August 1. 

CORE SVIPP Suicide Prevention Training Opportunities

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services has asked that we share the following information regarding two free trainings on suicide prevention. The trainings are intended for anyone who works directly with families – including educators, teachers, and home-visitors – all are welcome as long as they are in Michigan.
LivingWorks Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) is a two-day, in-person, workshop featuring powerful audiovisuals, discussion, and simulations that teach attendees to recognize signs of suicide, provide skilled intervention, and develop a safety plan to keep someone alive. Two knowledgeable, supportive trainers will guide you through the course, ensuring your comfort and safety. ASIST is being offered, in-person, on July 26-27 in Lansing. There is no cost for this training and there is space for 30 attendees. Please see the ASIST flyer for more details. Registration closes July 22.
Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) teaches you to identify, understand, and respond to signs of mental illness and substance use disorders. Attendees will learn skills to reach out and provide initial support to someone who may be developing a mental health or substance use problem and help connect them to appropriate care. Two MHFA workshops are being offered, virtually, on July 22 and July 30There is no cost for these trainings and there is space for 15 attendees per course. Please see the the MFHA flyer for more details.

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 this Friday July 23. Please note this is a fillable PDF application that must be submitted via email to
For more information, contact Kate Jones at 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 13.

For more information, visit:

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:

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:
  2. Complete the ELPAT© Survey:
  3. Complete the Leadership Survey:

(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

MDE Memos and Information

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

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
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

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

"Remember the difference between a boss and a leader;
a boss says 'Go!' a leader says 'Let's go!'"

— E.M. Kelly
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!

Download the PDF  |  Checkout our line-up online
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