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 MDE-EdTech@michigan.gov.
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:
- Assess the risk of stagnant water and potential contaminants
- Thoroughly flush the water system in August
- Refresh drinking and food preparation taps immediately prior to the return of students
- Replace all filter cartridges and maintain water use appliances/devices
- 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.