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September 2011

Multiple Mobile Learn Deployments/National Erate USF Form 470

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Mobile Learning/1:1 Learning: STUDENT ENGAGEMENT - State wide, we are seeing multiple Mobile Learn/1:1 Learning deployments which include Westwood Community Schools and Michigan Technical Academy who were awarded the Mobile Learning Pilot Program through the FCC along with Oxford Public Schools, Center Line Public Schools, Berkley Public Schools, Northpoint Academy and others. Device offerings include $199.99 Tablet Computers, $49.99 - $149.99 Netbook and Notebook Computers and No Cost Connection Cards all provided by Sprint. Sprint also offers significant discounts on their monthly data service and quality content filtering options for CIPA compliance.

National Erate 470 Option: SAVE TIME AND MONEY - With less support and time to work through the lengthy Erate process, MiCTA (a Group Purchasing Organization based in Saginaw, MI) allows for Existing and New Members to take advantage of their National Priority 1 Erate USF Form 470. The certified 470, which is valid through 2016, enables program-eligible members to take advantage of exceptionally low multi-year contract pricing on both telecommunications and internet services from Sprint. The MiCTA National Certified P1 470 also allows MiCTA to amend the contracts associated with this 470 over the life of their term assuring that eligible MiCTA members will be able to take advantage of excellent pricing and state of the art technology on all program-eligible services, and eliminates the need for MiCTA members to file their own Form 470 requests. Any program-eligible entity may join MiCTA, even on the last day of the USF filing window, and take advantage of the great savings MiCTA can offer. For more information about MiCTA and USF-eligible services, please “CLICK HERE.”

For questions about the Mobile Learn or the National Erate USF Form 470, Please contact Jeff Muglia at 248-390-0930 or at jeffrey.t.muglia@sprint.com




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MDE releases talking points to help districts explain cut score re-alignment

Survey finds momentum is slow in implementing common core
~Education Week

Duncan is optimistic about the future of education in Detroit
~The Detroit News

Mich. hopes to make online learning more accessible to students
~Detroit Free Press

More schools use online tools to communicate with parents
~ The Detroit News

Report: Federal assistance is needed to make digital learning work
~eSchool News

Mobile-learning initiatives are receiving federal support
~District Administration magazine

The challenges of improving wireless in schools
~T.H.E. Journal

How STEM instruction is getting a boost from technology
~NBC.com/Education Nation blog

Beyond Angry Birds: Mobile apps that help students learn

How digital learning could free teachers
~Education Next

Teaching with technology in a single-computer classroom
~Education Week Teacher

Large districts face challenges implementing school technology
~T.H.E. Journal

Is classroom technology a wise investment?
~The New York Times

How technology can improve classroom management
~Edutopia.org/Nicholas Provenzano's blog

Help Students Use Social Media to Empower, Not Just Connect

The Importance of Digital Citizenship in Social Media

Setting goals for implementing technology this year
~Edutopia.org/Mary Beth Hertz's blog

Many public high schools are introducing iPad programs this fall

~ABC News/The Associated Press

Internet Essentials program connecting students at home

~MASA e-Leader

5 reasons to use YouTube in the classroom

~KQED.org/Mind/Shift blog

6 ways to add technology to the classroom
~Edutopia.org/Adam Bellow's blog

Sites for sharing curriculum materials
~Edutopia.org/Vanessa Vega's blog

Grants offer schools access to online autism curriculum
~T.H.E. Journal

Reaching the Goal: The Applicability and Importance of the Common Core State Standards to College and Career Readiness
~The Education Gadfly


Ed Update
Education Update
Special Issue—Election 2011 


September 2011 EL
Educational Leadership (EL):
Promoting Respectful Schools 

Save the Date for ASCD's Annual Legislative Conference
~ASCD Educator Advocates

ASCD, other groups aim to help teachers implement common standards
~Education Week/Curriculum Matters blog

ASCD leader: A bipartisan commitment to students, education is needed
~Education Week




MDE Memos

Michigan Education Dashboard

Stripping the Varnish
Teachers from across the state requested to be on State Superintendent Mike Flanagan’s Educator Advisory Group this summer.  In this podcast welcoming in a new school year, Mike shares some thoughts and video from that candid conversation. 

Presentation on New Cut Scores on the Michigan Educational Assessment Program (MEAP) and Michigan Merit Examination (MME) to be Consistent with Career and College Readiness (Assessment and Accountability – Joseph Martineau)  

Tougher MEAP test rules OK'd
~Detroit News




What will schools look like in the near future?
~The Hechinger Report

Is Google+ a better social media alternative for teachers?
~Edutopia.org/Audrey Watters' blog

Why some states cannot match teacher-student data
~Education Week

More universities are creating virtual high-school programs
U.S. News & World Report/High School Notes blog

Poll reveals mixed public support for technology use in schools
~Education Week/Digital Education blog

Why it is important to modernize schools
~The Washington Post/The Answer Sheet blog

Digital tool helps teachers manage students' behavior
~KQED.org/Mind/Shift blog

Teacher finds innovative uses for mobile tech in science classes
~T.H.E. Journal

More students with special needs are using iPads in school

How can high-tech concepts be used in low-tech schools?
~KQED.org/Mind/Shift blog

Some Canadian schools lift ban on handheld devices
~The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

Helping students conduct better Google searches
~KQED.org/Mind/Shift blog

Why students should be encouraged to ask questions
~Harvard Education Letter

K-5 iPad Apps for Remembering, Understanding, Applying, and More

Why students should be allowed to make mistakes
~Edutopia.org/Alina Tugend's blog

How schools can go from a factory model to one that inspires learning

Integrating a Multi-Tier System of Supports in schools
~District Administration magazine

Ten Tips for Teaching Critical Thinking

7 Things You Need to Know About a School (Before You Enroll Your Kid)

8 new digital tools for education
~KQED.org/Mind/Shift blog

Back to School: How Parent Involvement Affects Student Achievement
~MASA e-Leader



Mich. considers raising proficiency standards for state tests
~The Detroit News

Mich. lawmakers propose parent-trigger law
~Detroit Free Press

Senate Republican introduce “Parent Empowerment Reform” Package
~MASA Legislative Update

Budget cuts, reforms bring changes to Mich. schools
~Detroit Free Press

Mich. proposal seeks to privatize public-school teaching jobs

~The Huffington Post

Committee OKs Union Dues Paycheck Deduction Bill
~ Gongwer News Service

Detroit schools in line for $348 million under jobs plan
~Detroit Free Press

Senate leader wants right to work for teachers

~Chicago Tribune/Associated Press

Superintendents, teachers union urge caution on bold education reform package
~Grand Rapids Press

House panel takes swipe at teachers union
~Detroit News

How tougher Mich. standards are affecting students with special needs

~Battle Creek Enquirer

http://www.educationnews.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/03/whole-child-logo-150x91.pngState wants kids' weight data
~Detroit News


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Obama advocates for school facilities spending
~Education Week/Politics K-12 blog

Duncan supports peer-review over traditional teacher evaluations
~The Blade (Toledo, Ohio)

K-12 education funding is on the agenda as Congress returns to work
~Education Week

Federal guidelines issued on services for young children with disabilities
~Education Week

President Calls for Billions to Save Educator Jobs and Modernize Schools
~ASCD Educator Advocates

House Considers First ESEA Reauthorization Bill
~ASCD Educator Advocates

Federal Officials Loosen Special Education Spending Rules
~ASCD Educators Advocates

More Common Standards in the Works
~ASCD Educators Advocates

Obama promotes federal spending for school facilities

~Education Week/Politics K-12 blog

With Bipartisan Support, Law on Expansion of Charter Schools Passes the House
~New York Times



Part of the Michigan ASCD Curriculum Leaders Institute, the Michigan ASCD Experienced Instructional Leaders Series is a four-part professional development series for seasoned curriculum leaders.  The series will provide a forum for curriculum leaders to gather together and dialogue about current issues in the curriculum field, as well as provide each participant with the most current, effective and relevant practices and tools available.

Location: MELG Building, Lansing 

Presenters: Nancy Colflesh, Consultant, Colflesh & Associates; Debbie McFalone, Consultant, McFalone Consulting

Time: All sessions will run from 8:30 a.m. until 3:45 p.m., light breakfast and lunch included. 

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conversationIntentional Conversations Workshops

November 3, 2011 at the MELG Building, Lansing
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February 29, 2012 at COP ESD
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Michigan Bullying Prevention Summit

September 30, 2011 - 8:30am

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"Effective School Improvement Practices to Create an Atmosphere of Change"

November 28-29, 2011
Lansing Center Lansing, MI

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Leadership Coaching for High Performance

Oakland Schools, Waterford Michigan Oct. 25 & 26 and Nov. 17 & 18, 2011 Sam - 4pm

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Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for Mathematics And ELA

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AdvancED Michigan Conference: November 8-9, 2011 at the Lansing Center 

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MDE School Improvement Conference
November 28-29, 2011 • Lansing Center, Lansing

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