DashBoard, Nov. 13, 2019

MASB’s Delegate Assembly was held on Friday, Nov. 8, before MASB’s Annual Leadership Conference at the Grand Traverse Resort & Spa in Acme. Voting delegates from more than 150 districts in 44 counties attended along with many nonvoting members.

Collaboration, high energy, a commitment to Michigan students and some snow; these are the core themes (and weather recap!) I’m taking away from this year’s MASB Annual Leadership Conference in northern Michigan, Nov. 8 – 11. This event serves as a great annual reminder of the important role school board members have across the state.

Local governments face a tough climate these days. Customs of courtesy have faded and people are often both passionate and rude about their issues. If you are a mayor or presiding officer of a public body, it is critical that you control disorder in your chambers.

The State Board of Education spent a significant amount of its Nov. 12, 2019 meeting reviewing the recommended cut scores for the roll-out of the A-F grading system that was passed by the Legislature during the December 2018 lame duck session.

How can a school district garner monetary support for unique student programs like conflict resolution through peer mediation courses or special literacy instruction for students with severe disabilities that fall outside of the normal educational classes?

DashBoard, Nov. 27, 2019

Programming, coding, HTML, user interface, UX, software, the cloud—this is a very small sampling of the terms used when discussing computer science. Although nowhere near the scale it is today, it was even part of the curriculum when I was in elementary school in the 1980s (although what I remember most was playing Pong and Oregon Trail!). It’s amazing to fathom how much technology has advanced in the last 10 years let alone 30+.

As the Legislature begins shifting its focus away from the drug-out budget process, an important piece of education reform is beginning to gain momentum. The Michigan Merit Curriculum, created in 2006 and designed to increase rigor by raising graduation requirements, has long been a controversial measure. Since its creation, there have been multiple attempts to tweak and update the curriculum to allow students more flexibility in taking the courses that are most important to them. Now, there is legislation pending before the Senate Education and Career Readiness Committee that would completely rewrite the law.

The nomination process for the six open seats on the MASB Board of Directors is now underway. This is a great opportunity to take your board service to the next stage by serving at the state level.

By the UDIM Nutrition Team

Many administrators would agree that nutrition can impact student learning in the classroom. Learn a few quick, easy strategies on how adding milk to a student’s meal can have a huge impact.*

Why Milk?
Milk is nutrient rich containing nine essential nutrients your body needs to get from food: calcium, phosphorus, protein, vitamins A, D, B5 and B12, riboflavin and niacin.

VIP Focus articles are company-sponsored advertisements and do not necessarily reflect the views or positions of MASB. It’s intended to provide Very Important Partners with a space to share information of value to you and your district.