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School Improvement News from MDE

School Year 2020-2021:
• The MICIP Platform will replace the ASSIST platform as the technical solution
to implement the mindset and processes of MICIP.
• Training on the platform will begin in Fall 2020, with the official launch of the
platform occurring at the Fall Continuous Improvement Conference (formerly
known as the School Improvement Conference) in October 2020.
• As schools and districts begin planning for the 2021-2022 school year, they
will do it using the MICIP mindset and processes and will use the MICIP
platform to assess needs, create plans, and identify funding sources.

MDE Rolls out Phase II of Online Parent Dashboard for School Transparency

Additional programs about schools are now available to parents on the Parent Dashboard for School Transparency.

In addition to last year’s phase I release that included state assessment performance and progress, students with on-track attendance, English learner progress, graduation and dropout rates, and advanced coursework,  Phase II was released today and is now available under  the “School Services and Offerings” also referred to as “Points of Pride.”  This feature allows schools to self-report information on some selected programs and services that set them apart from other schools.

School district-reported Points of Pride may include availability of Advanced Placement; Career Technical Education (CTE); International Baccalaureate; music; and student mentorship programs, as well as clubs, school-sponsored sports, and world languages.

The tool also can compare a school’s performance with the average performance of other similar Michigan schools, including charter schools.

You can look up individual schools using this link:

Parent Dashboard for School Transparency


School Improvement News

School and District Improvement Plan Documentation Submission the 2018-2019 School Year for the 2019-2020 School Year:

The Michigan Department of Education (MDE) is working toward an enhanced whole child model of needs assessment and planning; however, for this year in
partnership with AdvancED, the MDE will continue to keep the ASSIST web-based open for submission of District Improvement Plans (DIPs), School
Improvement Plans (SIPs), and other documents associated with DIPs and SIPs for 2018-2019 school year.
All schools in Michigan will be assigned the Improvement Plan Assurance and choose school improvement plan option as directed by their districts.
Districts will complete Goals and Plans in ASSIST as they did in 2017-2018.
All districts and schools will be assigned the Program Evaluation Tool.


The redesign we talked about for the last few months is not taking place during the current 18-19 school Year.

Thank you,


Dearborn Teacher University Training Focuses on Special Education Services

This past week our Year One Professional Staff  received professional development in the area of Special Education. Participants spent time learning about the various acronyms and labels utilized in the department and how students are identified for potential services. In addition, the various models of intervention services offered through the MTSS process were introduced.  Our presenters also explored a variety of co-teaching models and how they benefit our students. The leadership team from the Special Education Department, Mike Esseily, Courtney Pletzke, Rola Bazzi-Gates, Nicole West and Kim Ray did a wonderful job working with our new professional staff.

The presentation from this session is available on the Dearborn Teacher University tab under “PD Presentations.”

As a reminder, be sure to register for our next Dearborn Teacher University PD on April 17, 2018 from 4:10-5:25 p.m.. The topic will be Co-Teaching.

The link for registration is available here: DTU – Year One Co-Teaching

We hope you have a wonderful spring break with your families and friends! See you all in April!



Michigan Department of Education to introduce new school-rating system (Index)

Greetings Everyone,

Detroit Free Press published an article on the release of the new rating system.

See highlights belows:

The Michigan Department of Education is set to issue a new way of rating schools soon — one that gives them credit for student proficiency and improvement, as well as other factors that have nothing to do with test performance.

State Superintendent Brian Whiston said the new system, called an index, will be released to schools in about a week and will be public in about a month.

Schools will receive an index score that will range from 0 to 100, with 100 being the highest. Those with an index score of below 30 will be targeted for improvement, Whiston said during a break in Tuesday’s meeting of the State Board of Education.

Here’s how the index score will be determined:

  • 34% based on improvement on state exams
  • 29% based on the number of students proficient on state exams
  • 14% on other factors such as availability of art, music, library and physical education programs
  • 10% based on graduation rates
  • 10% based on the proficiency of English language learners on a state exam
  • 3% based on how many students are tested

See full article here:


Good Afternoon,
A parent dashboard was created by the Michigan Department of Education for parents and other stakeholders wanting to know more about public schools down to the building level.

This tool replaces the color-coding system of green, lime, yellow, orange, red, and purple in the previous accountability Scorecards. The Michigan Department of Education (MDE) has developed a set of communication tools to help schools and districts discuss and share the new Dashboard with parents and the community.

The dashboard is now available to the public on MI School Data ( ParentDashboard) and can be accessed on any computer or mobile device.
Fatme Faraj
Director- School Improvement/Leadership Coaching
Dearborn Public Schools | Students First: Inspire, Educate, Celebrate.

New Teacher Reception


This is a reminder that the human resources department is inviting all new teachers to a reception prior to the board meeting on Monday, October 9 at 6:30 PM. Over 160 teachers were hired this year. Principals, please encourage your new hire teachers to attend and administrators are also welcome.

We are excited to welcome our new teachers to the school district.

Thank you,

Fatme Faraj

Newly Hired Professional Staff/ Attendance Bonus

News you may have missed!

From the HR Department Blog on June 12, 2017.

Employee Merit/ Attendance Bonus Pay for 2017-18 School year

 The Dearborn School Board will be providing an attendance incentive and merit pay bonus for all employees who have been employed from July 1, 2017 through June 14, 2018. Please be aware that this extra incentive money is a positive program that the district has created in order to reward employees who save the district money through reduction in paid substitutes and who demonstrate a commitment to the students by maintaining excellent attendance. This money is above and beyond any contract compensation rates. All union heads were consulted and were provided with an opportunity to give input regarding this incentive program.

 For 2017-18, the maximum bonus available will double to $1,200.  The time of measurement will expand to encourage attendance for 12 month employees through the summer months.  The district is allowing the use of up to 2 personal business days and 1 funeral day that will not be counted against the incentive.  Employees hired during the school year will be eligible for the incentive but at a reduced rate to account for their partial year employment.

Click here to view 2017-18 Attendance Incentive-Salaried Employees Document

Click here to view 2017-18 Attendance Incentive-Hourly Employees

Mentor/Mentee News

Greetings Teachers,

I hope you are all off to a great start of the new school year. Please refer to the link: Mentor/Mentee Roles and Responsibilities

section of the Dearborn Teacher University handbook to learn about mentor/mentee roles and responsibilities until we see you at our first meeting.  Meeting dates:

If you have any questions before then, you can reach us by email.

Thank you,

Fatme Faraj