- 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
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
Director, School Improvement/Leadership Coaching
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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:
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
- clarification on where and when forms need to be submitted
- documentation responsibilities
Thirty-one new professional staff attended an orientation session this evening at MBCC.
Today’s session was a short version of the August orientation. Click on the link to access the resources we discussed in the meeting.
If you have attended the meeting, a feedback survey will be sent to you shortly.
As always, feel free to ask any questions or for any help. If we don’t know, we will certainly attempt to find out.
For those who are interested in learning about ESSA, below is a summary of MDE updates.
Please excuse the lengthy post. This is the first communication about ESSA.
ESSA was signed by President Obama on Dec. 10, 2015, to replace the former federal education act commonly known as No Child Left Behind, which was enacted in 2001.
ESSA is the latest reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965.
ESSA allows states to develop their own educational system based on evidence, while still ensuring that they set high standards for education.
Michigan’s ESSA action teams have been meeting since early June seeking feedback on topics such as transparency in reporting, school accountability and educator support.
There’s a focus on empowering state and local decision makers that maybe wasn’t there with NCLB
MDE is utilizing ESSA as an opportunity to focus on state Superintendent Brian Whiston’s plan to move Michigan from a being a bottom-third performing state in the nation to become a top 10 education state in 10 years.
According to the final ESSA regulations released by the U.S. Department of Education, ESSA maintains the NCLB expectation that there will be accountability and action to effect positive change in the nation’s lowest-performing schools, where groups of students are not making progress, and where graduation rates are low over extended periods of time.
States may design their own report cards that include key information such as student achievement, graduation rates, and other critical indicators of school quality, climate and safety.
One possible outcome of Michigan’s ESSA implementation is that schools will receive letter grades ranging from A through F.
Schools that receive a D or an F grade would warrant MDE intervention if the plan is implemented.
State Deputy Superintendent Keesler said MDE will use ESSA as a catalyst to focus on educator supports as well as a viable partnership model — which involves working with independent school districts, education preparation organizations, foundations and other departments.
“Basically a partnership model is just working with districts in partnership with the ISDs, education prep organizations, foundations, other departments to craft across the whole spectrum of the whole child needs for students in the district, and to craft solutions that really get into that support,” Keesler said.
MDE is to have Michigan’s plan written by Jan. 1.
Click on the link to learn more about Michigan’s ESSA Timeline.
What’s Happening Now
ESSA Feedback Forums are taking place around the state during the month of December. The feedback gathered at these forums and through online surveys will inform Michigan’s final ESSA plan, which will guide how Michigan leverages federal funding to make Michigan a Top 10 education state in the next 10 years
Educators also have the opportunity to correspond with the MDE electronically to have their input. In the meantime, feedback on the current work is welcomed. Please email ESSA-related comments or questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
An ESSA public feedback survey is under development and will be released soon.
School districts in Wayne County have placed a proposal on the November 8th ballot to provide added funding for our schools. It is the “Regional Enhancement Millage Proposal.”
If approved by the entire county, the 2 mil proposal will generate approximately $6.2 million from Dearborn but the District will receive $7.8 million in additional funding for our schools. Money would go to local schools starting this year and the millage expires after six years.