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New Professional Staff Orientation

Greetings,

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.

New Professional Staff Orientation At a Glance

Thank you,

DTU Team

Every Student Succeeds Act News and State Implementation of the Law

Greetings,

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 mde-essa@michigan.gov.

    An ESSA public feedback survey is under development and will be released soon.

     

 

Wayne County Regional Enhancement Education Millage Proposal

 

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. 

Read moreWayne County Regional Enhancement Education Millage Proposal

Wayne County Regional Enhancement Education Millage Proposal

 

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. 

Read moreWayne County Regional Enhancement Education Millage Proposal

Mentor SCECH Forms

Dearborn Mentors,

All mentor SCECH forms will be turned in to Salwa Dakroub at ASC in room 14 after the first semester ends. Be sure to have the application signed by your building principal. You will be required to fill out a new application for second semester.  No forms will be accepted before completing your requirements (end of first semester). Please see Dearborn Teacher University Handbook for additional mentoring requirements. If you have misplaced you SCECH Form, you can print it here.

Thank you!

More opportunities for PD (Optional)

Greetings,

Please see below a list of professional development opportunities from the assessment department that qualify for new teacher professional development hours:

Be sure to record these on the pink sheet that was distributed during the mentor/mentee meeting and enter in evoucher at the end of the year.

Below are the upcoming sessions:

  • Elementary Teachers – Creating Assessments in Illuminate – October 25th 4-5pm ASC Room 25
  • Elementary Teachers – Understanding NWEA Reports – October 26th 4-5pm ASC Room 25
  • Middle School Teachers – Creating Assessments in Illuminate – November 1st 3:30-4:30pm ASC Room 25
  • Middle School Teachers – Understanding NWEA Reports – November 2nd 3:30-4:30 ASC Room 25
  • High School Teachers – Creating Assessments in Illuminate – November 9th 3-4pm ASC Room 25
  • High School Teachers – Analyzing Assessment Data In Illuminate – November 10th 3-4pm ASC Room 25
To sign up Register Here
Thank you!

Notice for AOL Email Accounts

Dear Parents,

If you are an AOL email user, please be aware that you may not receive email notifications due to AOL policies. We are working to resolve this issue with AOL.

Thank you for your patience while we work with AOL to make sure you get classroom notifications from your teacher.

Sincerely,

Technology Department