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September 2013
Volume 9
Number 9

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INCLUDED IN THIS ISSUE:

Learn How Image, Customer Service and Effective Communication Market Your School
2nd Annual Michigan Project Lead The Way (PLTW) / Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Conference Registration Now Available
Fall MDE School Improvement Conference Request for Proposal Submissions
MDE School Improvement Pre-Conference For ISDs
The 15th Annual Facilities/Operations Director Conference
Facilities. Building. Foundations.

27th Annual Support Staff Conference for Administrative Professionals
2nd Annual Blue Stockings Conference: Women Leaders Learning With and From Each Other
October Events...Register Now!
Mark Your Calendar for These Upcoming Events

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The MIEM Crystal Award recognizes and celebrates the outstanding performance, achievements, and contributions of individuals who work in support staff positions within Michigan school districts. Our Crystal Awards recognizes three categories:

  • Outstanding Customer Service to internal and external customers, including: students, teachers, administrators, parents, other groups or individuals.
  • Outstanding Student Services assistance to students through mentoring, leadership, student organizations, or advisement that extends beyond the bounds of normal job responsibilities.
  • Best Practices initiated and successfully established new methods, practices, or plans that have saved the school district money, time, or staff. This may include innovative and efficient solutions to problems.

Download the nomination form.

Please nominate someone today and let us all share in your success.

Dan Pappas
Executive Director, MIEM
Associate Executive Director, MASA

Learn How Image, Customer Service and Effective Communication Market Your School

There’s still time to sign up for Marketing Your School – the online learning opportunity that allows you to work at your own pace and around your current work schedule. This year’s class will start Tuesday, Oct. 1 and run through Wednesday, October 31. You may still register for the class through Friday, Oct. 4.

This four-week class helps you understand what marketing is and how image, customer service, and effective communication all fit into the concept of marketing your school and your role in creating the best image you can create for your school.

Weekly marketing themes include:

  • Week 1: What is Marketing? What marketing is and isn’t. What is branding?
  • Week 2: Who is Your Audience? What is communication? Learn about communication styles.
  • Week 3: Consistency, Alignment and Branding: What is professionalism? How does this translate into marketing your school?
  • Week 4: Customer Service as a Marketing Tool: What is customer service and how does it apply to you? What is an ambassador?

This class is required for MIEM's SAPC certification.

Register Online.


2nd Annual Michigan Project Lead The Way (PLTW) / Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Conference Registration Now Available

November 4, 2013 • Kellogg Center, East Lansing

Register online.

Register by fax.

Keynote Speaker Information.

Conference Matrix.

General Motors Corporation, a longtime supporter of education has committed a minimum of $900,000 to support Project Lead The Way programs in Michigan.

Project Lead The Way (PLTW) is the nation's leading non-profit provider of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) curricula for middle and high schools throughout the United States. Unlike traditional math and science courses, PLTW’s engineering and biomedical sciences curricula brings together the application of math and science principles in a real world context, helping students develop strong critical thinking and problem solving skills that will prepare them for college and careers.

Michigan high schools may apply for a grant in the amount of $35,000 over three years to offset the costs of implementing the high school PLTW Engineering Career Pathway program. The awards will be distributed over three years: year 1- $10,000, year 2- $15,000, year 3- $10,000.

The successful applicant must have an administrator attend the Second Annual Michigan PLTW/STEM Conference on November 4, 2013 at the Kellogg Center in Lansing to learn more about the PLTW program and the application process. Additional consideration will be given to applicants that send a counselor and/or teacher in addition to the required administrator.

Applications can be found and completed online at http://grants.pltw.org/ after Sunday, September 1, 2013.

If you are in need of overnight accommodations, please contact the Kellogg Center 517-432-4000 and book your room by October 4, 2013 to get the conference rate. Ask for the PLTW/STEM Conference block of rooms.


Fall MDE School Improvement Conference Request for Proposal Submissions

The deadline is fast approaching to submit your request for proposal!

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 Program Evaluation, more specifically Implement, Monitor Progress, Evaluate, and Adjust.

Submit your presentation proposal by September 30, 2013.


MDE School Improvement Pre-Conference For ISDs


October 7, 2013 • MELG Building, Lansing

This workshop is free of charge to All ISD, RESA and Educational Organization Representatives.This workshop will be video conferenced to some Upper Peninsula ISDs.

The Purpose of this day is to preview with ISD/RESAs the tools and initiatives being rolled out at the Fall School Improvement Conference on November 18 & 19, 2013. The theme of the conference is School Improvement: Taking it to the next Level. Implement, Monitor Progress, Evaluate and Adjust.

Register online.


The 15th Annual Facilities/Operations Director Conference
Facilities. Building. Foundations.


October 6-8, 2013 • Crystal Mountain Resort • Thompsonville, MI

The 15th Annual Facilities/Operations Director Conference is now open for registration. This is a unique conference offering more school facilities topics than anywhere else. Get up to date information on school maintenance’s impact on special education, alternative energy, successful contracting and much more! Check out the workshops being offered and see for yourself how many valuable topics are addressed in a short amount of time at this conference. Detailed information and registration materials, including the Crystal Mountain lodging registration form, are available at gomiem.org.

Crystal Mountain reservations may be made utilizing the reservation form or by booking online at http://www.crystalmountain.com/grouplodging utilizing group code 45K68P by September 5, 2013. Reservations received after this date will be taken on a space-available basis.


27th Annual Support Staff Conference for Administrative Professionals


SAPC Certification Day November 20, 2013
Full Conference November 21-22, 2013
Amway Grand Plaza Hotel • Grand Rapids

Register online.

Conference brochure & registration form.

As we have said many times before, one of the reasons the MIEM Support Staff Conference for Administrative Professionals is such a success is the planning and organization of the conference by the school office professionals serving on the planning committee. The planning committee is essential to the quality of this annual conference as well as the outstanding contributions from the presenters, most of whom volunteer to share their expertise.

As you look at the conference brochure, take note of the presenters from firms, associations, districts, and the state that are sharing their knowledge and provide top-notch professional development:

  • Business Communications
  • Crisis Management/Safety Issues
  • Customer Service
  • Data & Record Keeping
  • School Law for the Building Level Secretary
  • School Law for the Central Office Secretary
  • The Business of Schools: What They Do & How They Do It
  • Time Management & Productivity
  • Using MUNIS – Tips & Tricks
  • LinkedIn – How to get the most out of this tool
  • Google Drive, Calendar and Forms
  • Disaster & Violence Readiness
  • Early Childhood
  • Stress Reduction

And much more…


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 only $99 and can be made directly with the hotel by calling (800) 627-7468.
October Events...Register Now!



Marketing Your School – Online Class
October 1-31, 2013
Location: At Your Desk
Learn the importance of being an ambassador for your school district on or off the job; the importance of keeping the community up-to-date with the school district’s goals and challenges; techniques and factors that are considered by public relations specialists when marketing a school to their community; the various forms of communication that can be used to deliver information to the school community; and the appropriate and practical ways to use the different avenues of communication. Expectations of the class: 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. 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.

15th Annual Facilities/Operations Director Conference & Expo

October 6-8, 2013
Location: Crystal Mountain Resort, Thompsonville
Get up to date information on school maintenance’s impact on special education, alternative energy, successful contracting and much more! Check out the workshops being offered and see for yourself how many valuable topics are addressed in a short amount of time at this conference.


MDE School Improvement Pre-Conference For ISDs

October 7, 2013; 9:00 am-3:30 pm
Location: MELG Building, Lansing
The Purpose of this day is to preview with ISD/RESAs the tools and initiatives being rolled out at the Fall School Improvement Conference on November 18 & 19, 2013. The theme of the conference is School Improvement: Taking it to the next Level. Implement, Monitor Progress, Evaluate and Adjust.

School ADvance Initial Training
October 8-9, 2013; 10:00 am-4:00 pm
Location: MELG Building, Lansing
Michigan Districts are shaping new systems and paradigms for performance evaluation. The School ADvance system provides a framework for districts to insure that their performance review systems reflect best practices that will stimulate learning and improvement.

Michigan School Improvement Facilitators Network
October 15-16, 2013
Location: Lansing Community College 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.

Instructional Program Evaluation
October 16, 2013; 8:45 am-noon
Location: MELG Building, Lansing
This session will help the business manager understand the components of instructional programs within the school district; learn how to develop procedures for evaluating and reporting the cost effectiveness of a program; analyze economics; use evaluation data toward changes to the instructional program; and allocate resources to improve programs.

Bonding/Borrowing/Investing
October 16, 2013; 12:45-4:00 pm
Location: MELG Building, Lansing
Legal and practical issues relating to how school districts bond, borrow, and invest funds, including an overview of cash flow analysis, arbitrage, and general borrowing and investing options.

Leading Learning: Focusing on Results and What Really Matters

October 16 & November 12, 2013; 8:30 am-3:45 pm
Location: Washtenaw ISD, Ann Arbor
This two-day session will unpack and connect to John Hattie’s findings outlined in the book Visible Learning to identify which practices/ strategies will yield the largest gains in student learning. Knowing what strategies and practices are most effective for improving student outcomes is critical for prioritizing efforts and resources (staff time, finances, etc.). This series will also pro vide administrators with multiple activities that can be used with staff to deepen their knowledge in what constitutes high quality instruction.

Common Core: It’s All about Quality Learning & Instruction

October 18, 2013; 9:00 am-3:00 pm
Location: Wexford-Missaukee CTC
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.



Mark Your Calendar for These Upcoming Events


Michigan ASCD Curriculum Leaders Institute Cohort 7
5 sessions
Location: MELG Building, Lansing

Michigan ASCD Experienced Instructional Leaders Series
4 sessions
Location: MELG Building, Lansing

Learning Leaders for the 21st Century Series

3 sessions
Location: MELG Building, Lansing

2nd Annual Michigan Project Lead The Way (PLTW) / Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Conference
November 4, 2013
Location: Kellogg Center, East Lansing

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

Implementing Effective Professional Learning Teams – Level 3
February 10, 2014
Location: MELG Building, Lansing



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