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January 2013
Volume 9
Number 1
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INCLUDED IN THIS ISSUE:

We Know the Storms Are Coming!
Affordable Care Act: Learn to Calculate the Employer Share
Collaborative Budgeting Workshop
53rd Annual Michigan School Testing Conference
Big Ideas: This is What We Are Talking About
MDE/AdvancED School Improvement Conference Request for Presentation Proposals
January-February Events...Register Now!
Mark Your Calendar for These Upcoming Events

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With the new year MIEM is offering you a number of special events over the next couple of months that will help you get all you need to know on a number of important issues. These topics range from the Affordable Care Act to collaborative budgeting.

I also want to highlight our certification programs. Is certification one of your goals for this year? MIEM School Administrative Professional Certification (SAPC) or the Michigan School Business Officials (MSBO) certification programs help you grow personally and professionally.

MIEM’s programs allow you to network with peers and talk about challenges and solutions to the many issues you face in your work. Take advantage of great programming that you won’t find anywhere else!

Regards,

Dan Pappas
Executive Director, MIEM
Associate Executive Director, MASA


We Know The Storms Are Coming!

Well, we have to admit that this January is very similar to last year. This month may be one of the mildest on record. We also know this is Michigan and as the saying goes, “if you don’t like the weather, just wait a few minutes.” MIEM’s online learning opportunities give you access to great professional development without facing bad weather and icy roads. Following are a couple of opportunities for you to learn at your own pace and from the comfort of your office.

Cash Management • January 23, 2013
Webinar (online seminar) – Watch at Your Desk
8:45 am-noon • Cost: $75 member/$105 nonmember
This session will develop specifications for the selection of banking and other financial services, teach you how to apply concept of compensating balances, comprehend procedures and legal constraints for cash collection and disbursement, analyze monthly internal transfers and loans, prepare a cash flow analysis, including a fund balance report for the board of education, and identify and deal with fraud and abuse.
R = Business Office Manager, Business Office Specialist, Chief Financial Officer E = for all others

Register now!

Be Direct with RespectFebruary 1-28, 2013
Online Class – work at your own pace.

Instructor: Joyce Weiss, Group Dynamic Specialist Training & Development LLC
Cost: $75 member/$90 nonmember

Express yourself in a concise and respectful manner to become stronger at being direct and truthful. Build mutually beneficial relationships with coworkers. Reclaim productive time by transforming energy-draining employee negativity into positive energy; Problem solve real situations to improve your work environment.

Expectations of the class: Online courses run for four weeks. You are required to report in at least once a week to complete assignments. You are also required to complete a final project before receiving credit for the class.

Register Now!


Affordable Care Act: Learn To Calculate The Employer Share


Webinar • February 6, 2013 • 10:00-11:00 am

The Affordable Care Act is here to stay. Employer shared responsibility, play or pay, 30-hour employee; what does it all mean? This Webinar will focus on what the employer shared responsibility payment provision of the Affordable Care Act means to your district’s budget. Understanding and calculating the employer shared responsibility payment for the 30-hour employee will also be discussed. Some provisions, such as changes to your W-2 reporting and a requirement for providing benefit summaries are already in effect.

Starting in 2014 you will have to offer benefits to all employees who work at least 30 hours a week. Of course it isn’t all straightforward and simple. There are methodologies you must use, and pitfalls you’ll need to avoid to be in compliance.

Learn:

  • Basics of the employer shared responsibility payment provision
  • Options available for determining employee full time status
  • Process to calculate full time status
  • Where to focus your time and energy to assess your potential liability
  • Strategies being used by educational organizations in Michigan to comply with this provision

Speaker: Chadd Hodkinson, SET SEG

Registration fee:

Register online.

Register by fax.

Collaborative Budgeting Workshop

Is Your Budget Working For You? Learn the Collaborative Process of Budgeting.

February 14, 2013 • 8:45 am-4:00 pm • MELG Building • Lansing, MI 48917

How do you get everyone’s buy-in to create a meaningful budget? Many districts prepare budgets in the business office and then wonder why other departments do not put the same emphasis on budget in the daily operation of the school district. Learn how to bring all administrators and stakeholders together to share in the budgeting process, development, and monitoring. We will also cover best practices of budget development, identifying trends, and looking for signs before trouble begins. Bring your budgets and get your questions answered. Teams of superintendent, business official, and a board of education member are encouraged to attend to learn the collaborative process of budgeting from seasoned practitioners with decades of experience in school business.

Registration fee: $145 for MIEM Members • $205 for nonmembers
Registration fee includes breaks and lunch.

This program will qualify for 6 hours elective credit in the MSBO Certification Program and 6 hours for SCECHs. (Pending approval)

Agenda.

Register online.

Register by fax.
53rd Annual Michigan School Testing Conference 2013


Tuesday, February 19-Thursday, February 21, 2013
Location: Kensington Court Hotel, Ann Arbor

Pre-conference Workshops Tuesday, February 19, 2013:

9:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m. All Day Workshops

Workshop A: Designing Quality Classroom Assessments
Karen Bailey, Consultant

Workshop B: Planning & Implementing the Assessment & Instructional Shifts in the Common Core
Kristine Gullen, Ph.D., Oakland Schools and Amber Hall, Grand Blanc Community Schools

9:30 a.m.-12:45 p.m. Morning Workshop
Workshop C: A Workshop for New - and Almost New–District and School Assessment Coordinators
Jim Griffiths, Gayle DeJong, and Kate Cermak, MDE

1:15 p.m.-4:30 p.m. Afternoon Workshop
Workshop D: New BAA Secure Site
David Judd and Tina Foote, MDE

Wednesday, February 20, 2013:

Morning Keynote: Derek Briggs, University of Colorado

Luncheon Keynote: Donald E. Heller, Dean, College of Education, MSU

Also Clinic sessions such as:

  • The Nuts and Bolts of the Educator Evaluation System
  • Update on USED, Washington, DC and Other Things
  • Building Assessment Literacy for All
  • MI-Access Update

Thursday, February 21, 2013:

Morning Keynote: Deborah Ball, University of Michigan

Also clinic sessions such as:

  • Growth has Grown Up: Next Generation Growth Models
  • Technology-Enhanced Online Assessments
  • Arts Education & Assessment
  • MEAP- Now and Forever - or Not?

Register online.

Conference brochure & registration form.


Big Ideas: This Is What We Are Talking About


Tuesday, March 26, 2013 • 8:30 am-3:30 pm • The Lexington Hotel, Lansing

Innovation and Efficiency - are they the same thing? Do they run on the same educational rails? Can education in Michigan afford to be innovative if the innovation is not, also, efficient?

MIEM is pleased to present the 1st Annual BIG IDEAS Conference. We will investigate what it takes for a “new idea” to become “status quo.” Every “status quo” was at one time someone’s “new idea.” Learn about what local and intermediate school districts in Michigan are doing and what Big Ideas they have implemented.

Three ideas will be explored in depth:

  1. Creating a College
  2. Plan for and Use Technology in the Classroom – with Teacher Buy In
  3. Provide Relevant Secondary Options for Students

Implementing BIG IDEAS can only be done if there is buy-in and a change in culture. This program will also cover FIVE (5) practical ways to implement change. This workshop is designed to provide you a full package for bringing innovation to your district and staff. Coming as a team is strongly recommended.

The 1st Annual BIG IDEAS Conference is designed to give you both the theory and the practical examples of innovative change. Attend this conference to discover the theory that actually empowers new ideas despite the educational culture of tradition. Bring your BIG IDEA in your traditional, status quo culture.

MDE/AdvancED School Improvement Conference Request for Presentation Proposals

April 17-18, 2013 • Lansing Center, Lansing

Showcase your school improvement successes by presenting at the MDE/AdvancED Michigan Spring School Improvement Conference!

Presentations should emphasize hands-on, practical information that is directly related to improving student achievement. We are excited to have the opportunity to highlight sessions that emphasize the utilization of technology to enhance student-centered learning.

If your school has experience with addressing the theme of “The Student Voice…Are We Listening?” we invite you to share your experiences with others by submitting a Request for Proposal by February 18, 2013.


January-February Events...Register Now!


Cash Management–Webinar

January 23, 2013; 8:45 am-noon
Location: At Your Desk
This session will develop specifications for the selection of banking and other financial services, teach you how to apply concept of compensating balances, comprehend procedures and legal constraints for cash collection and disbursement, analyze monthly internal transfers and loans, prepare a cash flow analysis, including a fund balance report for the board of education, and identify and deal with fraud and abuse.

Be Direct With Respect–Online Class

February 1-28, 2013
Express yourself in a concise and respectful manner to become stronger at being direct and truthful. Build mutually beneficial relationships with co-workers. Reclaim productive time by transforming energy-draining employee negativity into positive energy; problem solve real situations to improve your work environment. Expectations of the class: Online courses run for four weeks. You are required to report in at least once a week to complete assignments. You are also required to complete a final project before receiving credit for the class.

Affordable Care Act: Learn To Calculate The Employer Share–Webinar
February 6, 2013; 10:00-11:00 am
Location: At Your Desk
The Affordable Care Act is here to stay. Employer shared responsibility, play or pay, 30-hour employee; what does it all mean? Focus on what the employer shared responsibility payment provision of the Affordable Care Act means to your district’s budget. Understanding and calculating the employer shared responsibility payment for the 30-hour employee will also be discussed. Some provisions, such as changes to your W-2 reporting and a requirement for providing benefit summaries are already in effect.

Introduction To Facilities Management

February 12, 2013; 8:45 am-noon
Location: MELG Building, Lansing
This session is a three hours of an overview of educational facilities operation with a focus on several key areas. This class discusses the role of the Facilities Manager in the educational community and the impact of facilities in general on the learning and work environment. An outline of the legal and regulatory responsibilities will also be discussed. After lunch the session will continue into Operations Management which includes the role of the Transportation Director in the educational community and the impact of these combined duties in general in the learning and work environment. Any legal and regulatory responsibilities with Transportation will also be discussed.

Introduction To Operations Management
February 12, 2013; 8:45 am-4:00 pm
Location: MELG Building, Lansing
An overview of educational operations with a focus on several key areas. This class discusses the role of the Facilities Manager and the Transportation Director in the educational community and the impact of these combined duties in general in the learning and work environment. An outline of the legal and regulatory responsibilities will also be discussed.

Collaborative Budgeting
February 14, 2013; 8:45 am-4:00 pm
Location: MELG Building, Lansing
How do you get everyone’s buy-in to create a meaningful budget? Many districts prepare budgets in the business office and then wonder why other departments do not put the same emphasis on the budget in the daily operation of the school district. Learn how to bring all administrators and stakeholders together to share in the budgeting process, development, and monitoring. We will also cover best practices of budget development, identifying trends, and looking for signs before trouble begins. Bring your budgets to get your questions answered. Teams of superintendent, business official, and a board of education member are encouraged to attend to learn the collaborative process of budgeting from seasoned practitioners with decades of experience in school business.

Michigan School Testing Conference
February 19-21, 2013
Location: Kensington Court Hotel, Ann Arbor


Mark Your Calendar for These Upcoming Events

Women as Leaders: Learning With and From Each Other
March 7-8, 2013
Location: Inn at St. Johns, Plymouth

Common Core: Leading The Change

March 19, 2013
Location: Macomb ISD, Clinton Township
More information

Common Core: Leading The Change
March 21, 2013
Location: Kent ISD, Grand Rapids
More information



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