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Michigan Institute for Educational Management
February 2014
Volume 10
Number 2

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INCLUDED IN THIS ISSUE:

Michigan School Improvement Facilitators Network
2nd Annual Blue Stockings Conference: Women Leaders Learning With and From Each Other
Learn at Your Desk
The Leader in You - Online Class
February-March Events...Register Now!
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Leadership: Learn the Skills That Will Help You Lead

Perhaps the word leadership is over used. It means something different to many of us. What I do know is that leadership comes naturally for many people and is also a learned skill.

MIEM is offering two outstanding programs in March addressing leadership. The Blue Stockings conference focuses on helping women become more knowledgeable about their unique leadership qualities. Team Leadership addresses the need to match leadership styles with the culture of your school district.

Don’t miss out on these opportunities to improve, adjust and develop your leadership skills. Regards,

Dan Pappas
Executive Director, MIEM
Associate Executive Director, MASA


Michigan School Improvement Facilitators Network


Location: LCC West, Lansing

The Michigan School Improvement Facilitators Network (MSIFN) provides a venue for ISD-level facilitators to meet quarterly for the purposes of:

  • Engaging in professional development related to School Improvement
  • Receiving updates from the Michigan Department of Education regarding State Initiatives, Legislative Issues, State Resources for School Improvement
  • Networking and sharing resources to improve the quality of services that are provided to local schools and districts for School Improvement

Participants become aware of a variety of Professional Development opportunities throughout the state and meet valuable contact people as they network with others who have similar professional goals.

The day includes meals and materials.

Series dates & locations:

March 18-19, 2014 at Lansing Community College West (M-TEC)
8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. each day
March 18 – High Impact SI: Regional Models
March 19 – MDE Updates

June 18, 19 & 20, 2014 at Great Wolf Lodge, Traverse City
June 18 (12:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.) – MDE Updates
June 19 (8:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m.) and June 20 (8:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.) – High
Impact SI: Effective Instructional Practices

Lodging Information:
Springhill Suites Lansing, 111 South Market Place Boulevard, Lansing, MI 48917, (517) 627-0002. The rate is $75.00 (government. rate) plus any applicable taxes and fees. The name of the block is Michigan School Improvement Facilitators Network. This begins with the evening prior to the start date. To guarantee this rate, please note reservations be made by dates listed below.

  • March 18-19, 2014 (reservations must be made by 2/18/14)

Great Wolf Lodge, 3575 N. US 31 South, Traverse City, MI 49684 (866) 954-9653. The rate is $75/single, $100/double/triple/quad. The block of rooms is under MI Institute of Educational Management, using reservation # 1406MIEM.

  • June 18-20, 2014 (reservations must be made by 5/17/14)

Register by fax. • Register online.



2nd Annual Blue Stockings Conference: Women Leaders Learning With and From Each Other


A Unique Learning & Engagement Opportunity.

Women have emerged professionally as leaders and change agents and, in doing so, have brought with them new paradigms of leadership, relationships and learning. Designed to provide an experience in which women become more knowledgeable about their contributions and adept at leveraging their unique leadership qualities, this conclave addresses the careful balance between the art and science of leadership - incorporating both 'hard' and 'soft' skills - that successful women leaders embrace.

When: Thursday, March 20 from 4:30 - 9:00 PM & Friday, March 21 from 8:00 AM- 4:00 PM

Where: Marriott Ann Arbor Ypsilanti at Eagle Crest | Call 1.877.757.7133 or 1.800.228.9290 by February 18, 2014 to get the special rate of $99. Please reference Blue Stockings.

Registration: $199 - includes learning materials, evening reception, breakfast and lunch; Additional fee of $40 for one-on-one coaching

Click here to download the full conference brochure.

Join us as we learn, laugh and get to know one another.


Learn at Your Desk


We know that furry, weather forecaster Punxsutawney Phil said that we would have six more weeks of winter. You can almost count on that in Michigan – so take advantage of this webinar and learn in the comfort of your own office.

Security Disaster/Recovery-Webinar • February 20, 2014 - 8:45 am-noon
This two part course will first provide an overview of security best practices at the network, server and workstation levels. The security practices covered can be applied to all types of network architectures including Windows, Novell and Linux. The second section will provide information on creating and implementing a disaster recovery plan for your district.

Financial Analysis-Webinar
February 24, 2014 - 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Facilities directors learn ideas and terminology that can help you analyze and communicate issues in their operations from a cost perspective. We will cover life cycle costing concepts, but we’ll also look at facilities benchmarks, energy management, marketing and reporting on the facilities department. Presenter: Scott Little, MSBO

REP and HQT - Get Your Questions Answered-Webinar • February 26, 2014 - 8:45 am-noon
Location: At Your Desk
Learn various aspects of the Registry of Educational Personnel (REP) data submission process from obtaining access to final submission steps. We will cover topics such as: how to obtain a MEIS account; how to obtain access to the REP; where to find help and resource information; provide information about highly qualified status and educator effectiveness; how to report contracted employees and non-instructional staff members; and how to improve data quality.

Register now.
The Leader in You - Online Class

April 1-30, 2014 • Log in for 1 hour per week - Your choice of time

For today’s administrative professional, the pressures to take on increased responsibilities are greater than ever, and often require the use of leadership skills. In this workshop, you will learn about various leadership styles; the characteristics of your own leadership style; how to observe and understand individual differences in people; how to set the tone for a productive workplace; the importance of being a good role model; decision-making skills; how to look at your work and life goals and find a way to maintain balance; the importance of ethics; and how to be recognized as both a doer and a thinker.

Required: SAPC Certification

Expectations of the class: This online course runs for four weeks. You are required to listen to weekly mini-lectures done on your own time and at your own pace. Activities are done to prepare for a final project. The final project will be based on a relevant issue you are presently dealing with. The final project and weekly discussion questions, that are shared with others and the instructor, are the only requirements to receive credit for the course.

Register online.


February-March Events...Register Now!


Security Disaster/Recovery-Webinar
February 20, 2014; 8:45 am-noon
Location: At Your Desk
This two part course will first provide an overview of security best practices at the network, server and workstation levels. The security practices covered can be applied to all types of network architectures including Windows, Novell and Linux. The second section will provide information on creating and implementing a disaster recovery plan for your district.

Financial Analysis-Webinar
February 24, 2014; 1:00-4:00 pm
Location: At Your Desk
The focus of this class is primarily to provide facilities directors with ideas and terminology that can help them analyze and communicate issues in their operations from a cost perspective. We will cover life cycle costing concepts, but we’ll also look at facilities benchmarks, energy management, marketing and reporting on the facilities department.

REP and HQT - Get Your Questions Answered-Webinar
February 26, 2014; 8:45 am-noon
Location: At Your Desk
Learn various aspects of the Registry of Educational Personnel (REP) data submission process from obtaining access to final submission steps. We will cover topics such as: how to obtain a MEIS account; how to obtain access to the REP; where to find help and resource information; provide information about highly qualified status and educator effectiveness; how to report contracted employees and non-instructional staff members; and how to improve data quality.

Team Leadership
March 4, 2014; 8:45 am-noon
Location: MELG Building, Lansing
Learn how to match your leadership style with the culture of your organization. Matching leadership style to the cultural landscape will allow you to increase you productivity, decrease communication problems and strengthen your conflict management skills.

Improve Productivity: Learn How To Look At Work Overload
March 4, 2014; 12:45-4:00 pm
Location: MELG Building, Lansing
How do you determine what to toss overboard and what to hold onto in regard to your work load? In this session we will look at the current state of educational leadership and look at “strategic abandonment” principles. You will leave the session with an understanding of the need for strategic abandonment but the technique and play-by-play to make it happen. Bring your work load, leave with a way to lighten it and improve your productivity.

The Future of Learning is Now: Supporting Online and Blended Learning in Michigan Schools

March 10, 2014; 8:30 am-3:45 pm
Location: MELG Building, Lansing
Through the lens of leadership in curriculum, instruction and assessment, participants will explore key considerations and resources for online and blended learning, including: future of learning direction and models; practical reasons for expanding traditional instruction to include online and blended environments; national trends and partnerships; resources to support school leaders.

Technology For Operational Management
March 11, 2014; 8:45 am-4:00 pm
Location: MELG Building, Lansing
Demonstration of different options for computerization of the facility management functions, including: work order systems, utility tracking, preventive maintenance, space usage, and inventory and transportation management functions, including: routing, preventive maintenance, and purchasing of buses.

Labor Relations/Employment Law
March 19, 2014; 8:45 am-4:00 pm
Location: MELG Building, Lansing
Understand the major state and federal employment laws that apply to public schools. Includes: collective bargaining, wage and hour, discrimination, COBRA, Family Medical Leave Act, and federal and state retirement issues.


Mark Your Calendar for These Upcoming Events


Carol Commodore - The Role of Assessment in Unit Design and Delivery
May 15, June 26-27 & November 11, 2014
Location: MELG Building, Lansing

ASCD Authors Series: Bryan Goodwin
May 21, 2014
Location: Grand Ledge Public Schools Admin Building, Grand Ledge

MiELA Network Institutes
June 23-26, 2014
Location: Lansing Center, Radisson Hotel and Cooley Law School



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