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Michigan Institute for Educational Management
January 2014
Volume 10
Number 1

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INCLUDED IN THIS ISSUE:

Michigan School Improvement Facilitators Network
Certification Classes On Site and At Your Desk
Annual Michigan School Testing Conference 2014
Celebrating Excellence in Customer Service
Achieving SAPC Certification
2nd Annual Blue Stockings Conference: Women Leaders Learning With and From Each Other
January-February Events...Register Now!
Mark Your Calendar for These Upcoming Events

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Start the New Year Right

It has been quite a wild weather ride over the past couple of weeks – from ice storms to over a foot of snow for many. One shining light on the horizon is that every day brings more daylight, a sign that means spring is on the way.

We 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.

Be sure to look through this month’s MIEM Connection and take the opportunity to learn at your own pace and from the comfort of your office.

Regards,

Dan Pappas
Executive Director, MIEM
Associate Executive Director, MASA


Michigan School Improvement Facilitators Network

Start: 1/21/2014 8:30 am (Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. with program starting promptly at 9:00 a.m.)
End: 1/22/2014 3:30 pm

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:

January 21-22, 2014 at Lansing Community College West (M-TEC)
Agendas.
8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. each day
January 21 – High Impact SI: Data Driven Decision Making
January 22 – MDE Updates

March 18-19, 2014 at Lansing Community College West (M-TEC)
8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. each day
March 19 – High Impact SI: Regional Models
March 20 – 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.

  • Jan. 21-22, 2014 (reservations must be made by 12/21/13)
  • 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.


Certification Classes On Site and At Your Desk
"R" is required and "E" is elective for MSBO Certification or SAPC Certification tracks listed.

Environmental Health & Safety: 8:45 am-Noon
Utilities and Energy Efficiency: 12:45 pm-4:00 pm
January 28, 2014 • MELG Building, Lansing

  • Environmental Health & Safety
    Presenter: Scott Staber, arch environmental group, inc.
    Major state and federal regulations will be presented and how they blend with each other and their impact on facilities.
    R=Facilities Director E=all others
  • Utilities and Energy Efficiency
    Presenters: Jeff Clark, MISEC and Emile Lauzzana, Detroit Public Schools
    Overview of the gas and electric utilities, including: services provided and deregulation; discussion of energy conservation options; and a method of financing.
    R= Facilities Director E=all others

January 31, 2014
Transportation for the Business Manager • 8:45 am-noon
Webinar (online seminar) – Watch at Your Desk
Presenter: Lori Richardson, Oakland Schools The basic structure and function of a transportation department, equipment supply and purchase, and laws related to transportation.
R=Chief Financial Officer E=all others

February 3-28, 2014
Be Direct with Respect

Online Course–LearnPort
Presenter: Joyce Weiss, Employee Performance/Group Dynamics Specialist
Log in for 1 hour per week - your choice of time
Cost: $75 member/$105 nonmember
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. This online course runs 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.)
E= all tracks

February 4, 2014
Student Services Software Applications in Education
• 8:45 am – noon
Webinar (online seminar) – Watch at Your Desk
Presenter: Kristi Martin, Macomb ISD
Learn what student data points are collected and how they are used by both internal and external customers from a Technology Director’s perspective. Some of the topics the program will encompass are the various data points required (e.g., attendance, pupil accounting, discipline, tardy, scheduling, immunization, special education, etc.), and internal and external data submission and reporting requirements. The webinar includes a review of the attributes required of a comprehensive student management information system including both a centralized and decentralized approach. Quality data and data warehousing will also be discussed.
R=School Technology Management E=all others

February 13, 2014
Food Service for the Business Manager
• 8:45 am – noon
Webinar (online seminar) – Watch at Your Desk
Presenter: Paul Baumgartner, Grand Rapids Public Schools
The basic structure and function of a food services program, food safety issues, vending and contracting for food services, and cooperative ventures will be presented.
R=Chief Financial Officer E=all others

The cost for all certification classes is $75 for members/$105 for nonmembers.

Register at gomiem.org.


Annual Michigan School Testing Conference 2014

Tuesday, February 18-Thursday, February 20, 2014
$25 discounted rate ends 2/3/14!

Location: Kensington Court Hotel, Ann Arbor

Pre-conference Workshops Tuesday, February 18, 2014:

8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. All Day Workshops

Workshop A: Assessing to the Core
Karen Bailey, Consultant

Workshop B: It’s a Balancing Act in Assessing Student Learning
Carol Commodore, Leadership, Learning and Assessment

8:30 a.m.-11:45 p.m. Morning Workshop Workshop C: What are we missing? Thoughts on Diagnostic Assessment for Content Area Literacy
Darin Stockdill, Oakland Schools

1:00 p.m.-4:15 p.m. Afternoon Workshop Workshop D: Using Assessment Literacy Standards to Produce a More Assessment-Literate School and Community
Judith Backes, Consultant
Pat Farrell, Presidents Council-State Universities of Michigan
Pat McNeill, Michigan ASCD. Kathy Dewsbury-White, Michigan Assessment Consortium
Ellen Vorenkamp, Wayne RESA

Wednesday, February 19, 2014:

Morning Keynote: Steve Lazer, Educational Testing Service

Luncheon Keynote: Joseph Martineau, Deputy Superintendent of Accountability Services at the Michigan Department of Education

Also Clinic sessions such as:

  • Assessment Literacy: A Necessary Foundation in the State of Michigan
  • Accountability Update: Scorecards and Top to Bottom
  • Michigan Interim Assessments in English Language Arts and Mathematics for Grades K-2
  • Automated Essay Scoring Using LightSide

Thursday, February 20, 2014:

Morning Keynote: Brian Reiser, Northwestern University

Also clinic sessions such as:

  • The SMARTER Balanced Pilot Tests: Lessons Learned from the Schools
  • Innovative Technology Enhanced Assessments for Michigan
  • The New Look of MEAP in an On-Line World
  • Kindergarten Entry Assessment


Register online.

Brochure & registration form.


Celebrating Excellence in Customer Service

Photo at right: MIEM Executive Director Dan Pappas, Crystal Award Winner Cathy Krawczyk, New Haven Community Schools, Superintendent Keith Wunderlich and John Hagel of SET SEG.

2013 was MIEM’s 12th year honoring the achievements of the professional support staff in school districts throughout Michigan. We know that the most successful schools include dedicated professionals serving in all positions in a district.

The Crystal Awards, sponsored by SET SEG, acknowledges the dedication and efforts of those professionals. The “Customer Service” Award recognizes outstanding service to internal and external customers, which might include teachers, administrators, parents, or other groups or individuals.

2013 ’s Crystal Award Winner is Cathy Krawczyk. She is the Administrative Assistant at New Haven Community Schools. Nominating Cathy is Superintendent Keith Wunderlich. According to her nominator, Cathy wears “many hats” from administrative assistant to contract expert to Board of Education Secretary to Human Resources Specialist. She truly is a one-stop shop for New Haven Community Schools.

As New Haven Community School’s customer service representative (just another one of those hats), Cathy was crucial in the development of Customer Service Talking Points. This tool was created and is shared with the entire staff to ensure that all employees have the same positive message to share with parents and community members.

Superintendent Wunderlich writes that Cathy does an excellent job no matter which hat she is wearing. Her focus is always on customer service and “promoting excellence in teaching and learning”. Cathy is the person who helps to give a monthly dose of positive information recognizing students and staff as well as providing the information parents and the community need to know about the good things going on in public education.


Achieving SAPC Certification

Congratulations to the following MIEM School Administrative Professional Certification Program Achievers. We in education are thankful for all of you that support the work we do to help students achieve all that they can. They were recognized at the Support Staff Conference for Administrative Professionals in November.

Ginger Blakeman . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Michigan Center Schools
Madelyn Boyd. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Petoskey Public Schools
Cynthia Carroll. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Bloomfield Hills Schools
Val Clementz. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Belding Area Schools
Susan Davis. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Warren Woods Public Schools
Linda Graham. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . East Grand Rapids Public Schools
Tomiko Fisher . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Genesee ISD
Anna Kanitz
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Tecumseh Public Schools
Cindy Lusk. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Michigan Center Schools
Janelle Miller. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Hillsdale ISD
Joy Moll. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Goodrich Area Schools
Dianna Prediger. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Inland Lakes Schools
Melissa Sangster. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Joy Preparatory Academy
Linda Wegrzyn. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Michigan Center Schools
Andrea Wheeler . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Sand Creek Community Schools
Terri Wheeler . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Washtenaw ISD
Sandra Williams . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Monroe Public Schools
Jennifer Wilson. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Dundee Community Schools
Melissa Zienert. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Monroe Public Schools
Kendra Zink. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Bedford Public Schools


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

Join us March 20-21, 2014 at the Marriott Ann Arbor Ypsilanti at Eagle Crest.

Are you wondering what the "new" Blue Stockings are?

Just as their predecessors provided spirited, intellectual conversation and connections in the mid-18th century, today's Blue Stockings will gather again March 20-21, 2014 to continue learning together. Join us for our 2nd annual unique experience of learning with and from each other. Aspiring and experienced women leaders are encouraged to contribute to, and benefit from, this one of a kind gathering.

Registration is limited to the first 200 attendees at https://www.miemeseries.org/source/Events/Event.cfm?EVENT=14_BS

Overnight accommodations are available with the Marriott Ann Arbor Ypsilanti at Eagle Crest by calling 1.877.757.7133 or 1.800.228.9290 by February 18, 2014 to get the special rate of $99. Please reference Blue Stockings.

Detailed Agenda Coming Soon!!!


January-February Events...Register Now!


Environmental Health & Safety
January 28, 2014; 8:45 am-noon
Location: MELG Building, Lansing
Major state and federal regulations will be presented and how they blend with each other and their impact on facilities.
R=Facilities Director E=all others

Utilities And Energy Efficiency
January 28, 2014; 12:45-4:00 pm
Location: MELG Building, Lansing
Overview of the gas and electric utilities, including: services provided and deregulation; discussion of energy conservation options; and a method of financing.
R= Facilities Director E=all others

Transportation For The Business Manager – Webinar
January 31, 2014; 8:45 am-noon
Location: At Your Desk
The basic structure and function of a transportation department, equipment supply and purchase, and laws related to transportation.
R=Chief Financial Officer E=all others

Be Direct With Respect – Online Class
February 3-28, 2014
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.

Student Services Software Applications In Education – Webinar
February 4, 2014; 8:45 am-noon
Location: At Your Desk
Learn what student data points are collected and how both internal and external customers use them. Topics to be covered include various data points required (e.g. attendance, pupil accounting, discipline, tardies, scheduling, immunization, special education, etc.) and internal and external data submission and reporting requirements as well as quality data and data warehousing. Attributes required of a comprehensive student management information system including a centralized and decentralized approach will also be reviewed.
R=School Technology Management E=all others

Common Core: It's All About Quality

February 5, 2014; 9:00 am-3:00 pm
Location: Wexford-Missaukee CTC, Cadillac
It’s all about quality learning and instruction. Strengthening teacher instruction and student ownership of learning is essential in order to meet the rigor of the Common Core State Standards. In this workshop, participants will gain tools and processes which will support and strengthen Common Core State Standards implementation.

Implementing Effective Professional Learning Level 3
February 10, 2014; 8:00 am-3:45 pm
Location: MELG Building, Lansing
Participants in this session will have the opportunity to share current practices and learn from others about techniques that are resulting in increases in student achievement and positive shifts in culture. They will discuss and practice courageous conversations techniques, map current support systems in their classrooms and schools that are proving effective, trouble shoot with others, and discover multiple ways to increase the effectiveness of their teams.

Standards-Based Grading And Formative Assessment

February 11, 2014; 7:45 am-3:30 pm
Location: Dansville Schools
Participants will learn how to change grading and assessment practices from the traditional methods to standards-based grading with a balanced approach to assessment. Participants will learn WHY this approach is worth considering as well as the basics in HOW to create clear learning targets aligned to the Common Core Standards, how to create a balanced assessment system, how to use tracking and self-assessment in the classroom and a different approach to grading practices. Participants will be able to interact with teachers, students and administrators in exploring each of these areas.

Food Service For The Business Manager – Webinar
February 13, 2014; 8:45 am-noon
Location: At Your Desk
The basic structure and function of a food services program, food safety issues, vending and contracting for food services, and cooperative ventures will be presented.
R=Chief Financial Officer E=all others

Michigan School Testing Conference
February 18-20, 2014
Location: Kensington Court Hotel, Ann Arbor

Technology In Education
February 18, 2014; 8:45 am-4:00 pm
Location: MELG Building, Lansing
This class is a basic overview of technology in schools. It is recommended as one of the first classes in the program. It covers the following topics: Makeup of the technology team, managing technology in the classroom, training, working with consultants and vendors, business office technology, cost of ownership and outsourcing your technology services.
R=School Technology Management E=all others


Mark Your Calendar for These Upcoming Events


Working Through Conflict in School-level Teams
February 24, 2014
Location: MELG Building, Lansing

REP and HQT: Get Your Questions Answered – Webinar
February 26, 2014
Location: At Your Desk

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



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