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1st Year Hires and Their Mentors

Hello to all our First Year Hires and their mentors!
 
Our final mentor/mentee meeting is fast approaching next week.  You will have a choice of attendance dates:  
Wednesday, May 3 or Thursday, May 4.  
 
To allow for a more interactive session, we have scheduled the Board Room at the Administrative Service Center (ASC) for this meeting.  The time will remain the same 4:10-5:25
 
To ensure that we have an accurate list of staff signed up for this session, please REGISTER at the following link (even if you signed up back in October because attendance guidelines were revised based on the group recommendations):   https://moodle.dearbornschools.org/mod/choice/view.php?id=97864
 
Be sure to bring the following items with you to the work session:
  • “Beginning Teacher Annual PD Record” (See this link for additional copies –> pink professional development form)
  • List of all PD dates with their titles/descriptions
  • Mentor/Mentee Topic Checklist (you should have kept track of your meetings)
  • laptop or Chromebook if possible (additional Chromebooks will be available if needed)
  • any questions or concerns you still might have from your first year of teaching 🤔
Look forward to seeing you all!

MDE Proposed Accountability System-Last Chance to add your input

Greetings District Staff,

Here is your last chance to comment on the ESSA plan which has been built to enact key components of the State’s strategic plan.

Here is a summary of the major components of the new accountability plan.

ESSA Proposed Plan Summary

Public comment will be accepted on the draft plan through Thursday, March 16, 2017 at 5:00 p.m. Send your comments on the proposed plan to MDE-ESSA@Michigan.gov

For the state detailed plan, click on the following link:

Thanks You,

Fatme Faraj

Reminder to ALL First and Second Year Teachers and their Mentors

Greetings Year 1 & 2 Teachers and Mentors!
It’s almost time for our second Mentor-Mentee meeting of the year. During this session, 1st and 2nd year teachers and their mentors will be participating in a collaborative activity using a teacher preparation article. We will also spend the second part of the meeting clarifying requirements and answering questions on any topic of your choice.
For this meeting, you will have the option to attend in-person OR to participate online. You and your mentor/mentee may select one of the following 3 settings to participate in this session (please select the same option as your mentor/mentee):
  • Log in to iLearn and complete this course (click the link to get started) by Feb. 9 at 5:25
  • Attend a session at MBCC on Feb. 8 from 4:10-5:25
  • Attend a session at MBCC on Feb. 9 from 4:10-5:25
Got questions about the second Mentor-Mentee Meeting? We’d love to hear from you! Reply to this email or visit the School Improvement Blog for more contact information.

Mentor/Mentee Yr. 1 & Yr. 2 Only

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Greetings Year 1 & 2 Teachers and Mentors!
 
It’s almost time for our second Mentor-Mentee meeting of the year. During this session, 1st and 2nd year teachers and their mentors will be participating in a collaborative activity using a teacher preparation article. We will also spend the second part of the meeting clarifying requirements and answering questions on any topic of your choice.
For this meeting, you will have the option to attend in-person OR to participate online. You and your mentor/mentee may select one of the following 3 settings to participate in this session (please select the same option as your mentor/mentee):
  • Log in to iLearn and complete this course (click the link to get started) by Feb. 9 at 5:25
  • Attend a session at MBCC on Feb. 8 from 4:10-5:25
  • Attend a session at MBCC on Feb. 9 from 4:10-5:25
Got questions about the second Mentor-Mentee Meeting? We’d love to hear from you! Reply to this email or visit the School Improvement Blog for more contact information.
 
 
Dearborn Teacher University Team
Dearborn Public Schools | Students First: Inspire, Educate, Celebrate.

MDE-Second-round Feedback on Michigan’s plan to implement (ESSA)

Greetings Dearborn Community,

Please share with all stakeholders including staff, parents, and community.

Members of the education community, along with the general public, are invited to offer feedback to the draft recommendations by workgroups charged with drafting Michigan’s plan to implement the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). A set of four feedback options has been posted and will remain open through Monday, January 23, 2017.

OPTIONAL:  To learn more about Michigan’s ESSA planning, process and priorities, consider viewing an 18-minute video presentation by Deputy Superintendent Venessa Keesler before taking this survey.

To take the survey, click on one of the following options.  Option one should take about 5 minutes unless you chose to view the 18 minute video.

Option 1—Open Public Feedback Survey

Individuals who did not attend a forum and do not wish to view the videos can participate in a more streamlined survey. As in the detailed surveys above, participants will be able to provide feedback on all five Action Team recommendations, but answers will not require knowledge of the details provided through the Forums.

Option 2—Comment portal

Option 3—Email inquiries or ideas directly to MDE-ESSA@michigan.gov

Thank you,
Fatme Faraj
Director, School Improvement/Leadership Coaching
Dearborn Schools
https://schoolimprovement.dearbornschools.org/

New Professional Staff Development

Greetings,

Over 50 new teachers attended professional development provided by the director of special education department, Ms. Michelle Dejaeger to learn about how to select, administer and evaluate use of accommodations for instruction and assessment of students with disabilities.

Other topics included MTSS process, SE areas of eligibility and accommodation categories. Here is the powerpoint:

Supporting Students with Disabilities

 

New Professional Staff PD

Hello,
Our next New Teacher PD session is scheduled for this Wednesday, December 21 at the Michael Berry Career Center (MBCC) from 4:10-5:25.
 
The topic will be Special Education Accommodations and Categories.
 
Please be sure to sign up for the session in iLearn in the Dearborn Teacher University course. 
If you have trouble signing up, please contact Bob Harrison.
Looking forward to seeing you all on Wednesday!
Stay warm,
DTU Team

Updates on Mentor/Mentee Responsibilities

Forms!! Who completes them and where to submit?

There have been several questions regarding the roles/responsibilities for our mentor teachers and their mentees in regards to forms and meeting times. Forms will not be uploaded into ilearn.  Please refer to page 9 of the Dearborn Teacher University Handbook for clarifications and revisions.    https://docs.google.com/document/d/1enOHHi4D9xwcQ1c3OiRlA4FFH-Lyw3CVkO2usCXE4IE/edit?usp=sharing

Updates include:

  • clarification on where and when forms need to be submitted
  • documentation responsibilities