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Accountability for Your School: Parents React

Last month we asked you what you thought about the state’s current accountability system, and the plans to enhance it.  This month, we spent time focusing on parents.  How do they view your school’s success and accountability? What do they look for when they select a school and how do they get the information they need to make a decision?

MAPSA recently held two parent empowerment events to both educate parents how they can be involved in the education system and gather their opinions about the current accountability system.  Their feedback mimicked what we have seen in research.  “The most important piece of information to me about picking a school is word of mouth,” one parent told us. “Then I go visit the school and talk to the teachers and principal and get a feel for it,” she said.  “I go by reputation of the school based on other parents I know,” a mother told us. When asked how they tell if their child’s school is successful, the majority of parents based their opinion on their child’s experiences. “I ask my daughter how she feels, and look at how she is learning over time,” another parent said.

Parents were shown the state accountability scorecard, and repeatedly reported that they had never seen them before, didn’t know where to find them and/or didn’t understand their contents.  “What?! I had no idea this existed,” a father mentioned, “this is confusing, just give me the bottom line.”


In addition to “word-of-mouth”, parents learn about and select schools based on a variety of factors that are only tangentially related to your schools.  According to a number of recently conducted studies, parents look for schools that provide the following resources/outcomes :

  • A strong core curriculum in reading and math;
  • An emphasis on science, technology, engineering and math;
  • A strong education in life skills; and
  • Extremely high academic expectations.

What does this tell us about parents as decision makers? First, it means that while school accountability is important for your school, it isn’t at the forefront of a parent’s mind when they pick a school for their child.  This is at least partially due the current complexity of accountability systems.  If the system were easier to understand and incorporated an A- F letter grading system for schools, more parents would be able to decipher a school’s quality.  

When choosing a school, academics are important to parents, but the inputs (curriculum, pedagogy, teaching methodology) are much more important to them than the outputs (test scores, graduation rates).  The outputs become more important as their student’s tenure at a school increases.

What does this mean as a leader in your school? Your relationship with parents will be one of the key driving factors of enrollment at your school.  Your satisfied parents will serve as a better marketing tool than any billboard or newspaper ad.  When you do market to new parents, keep in mind the things that matter the most to them and how you meet those goals at your school.  Kyle Smitley, principal at Detroit Achievement Academy, suggests marketing to parents this way: “Don’t just tell them how you are different, tell them how you are better.”

 

Teacher Evaluations

Teacher Evaluations: Turning Water into Wine.

Water. We need it, it is necessary, vital and….one dimensional. Wine on the other hand? It has depth, complexity and is refined. When I think of teacher evaluations, I bet most people think about them the same way they think about water. You have to do it, it’s a necessary evil. Let’s start thinking about teacher evaluations a little more like wine: with depth, complexity and purpose. Click HERE to view a presentation recently given at the Innovators in Education Conference on how to invoke purpose into your evaluation systems. Cheers and enjoy!




 

Charter School Moratorium Claims & Facts

Representative Sarah Roberts recently responded via email to advocates who are opposed to legislation she has sponsored. She has claimed groups have used “misleading information and fear tactics” to encourage responses. We encourage you to decide for yourself.

CLAIM #1:
Banning new charter schools, the expansion of existing schools, and the creation of new schools does not limit choices for parents and their children.

REALITY:
Banning new charters, the expansion of existing charters, and closing charter schools DOES limit choices for parents and students. There is absolutely no way to disguise this. 


We think the language of the bill speaks for itself:

SEC. 502B. (1) BEGINNING ON THE EFFECTIVE DATE OF THIS SECTION, AN AUTHORIZING BODY SHALL NOT ISSUE A NEW CONTRACT FOR THE ORGANIZATION AND OPERATION OF A NEW PUBLIC SCHOOL ACADEMY UNDER THIS PART, SHALL NOT AMEND OR MODIFY A CONTRACT TO ALLOW A PUBLIC SCHOOL ACADEMY TO ENROLL AN ADDITIONAL AGE OR GRADE RANGE OF PUPILS, AND SHALL NOT AMEND OR MODIFY A CONTRACT TO ALLOW A PUBLIC SCHOOL ACADEMY TO OPERATE THE SAME CONFIGURATION OF AGE OR GRADE LEVELS AT AN ADDITIONAL SITE. A CONTRACT ISSUED, AMENDED, OR MODIFIED IN VIOLATION OF THIS SECTION IS VOID.

As previously explained, there is no such thing as renewing a charter school contract. Existing charter schools create new contracts when their contracts expire, which places them directly in the line of fire of the bill. This could translate into ending all charter schools upon contract expiration. 

Representative Roberts acknowledges that parents know what is best for their children. But if she really believes that, what does she say to those parents that have their children on charter school waiting lists? Are the parents of those thousands of parents uninformed? How about the parents of the 140,000 that currently enroll their children in charter schools? Are you uninformed as well?


CLAIM #2:
Charter schools do not make public how they spend the public’s tax dollars like traditional public schools do.

REALITY:
Charter public schools must comply with the exact same financial transparency requirements as regular public schools. Charter school boards must comply with the Freedom of Information Act and Open Meetings Act, just like regular public schools, and make their policies, agendas and minutes available online. 
 
Charter schools must, and do, provide financial transparency for parents and the public. You can find information about the school’s budget -- how much the school spends on basic instruction, special education, instructional support, administration and more -- on their website. Charters also must post their operating expenditures. You can also find detailed information regarding employee compensation, including that of superintendents, teachers and principals.

The Michigan Department of Education’s Bulletin 1014 also provides insight into charter schools per-pupil revenue and information on spending.

What you won’t find is a good accountability measurement that actually shows parents how well a school is educating kids. We’ve been working for over a year to provide just such a measurement. 


CLAIM #3:
There are no ethics and conflicts of interest standards in place for charter schools, education management organizations, members of charter school boards of directors and authorizing bodies. 

REALITY:
Let’s take a look at current law:

MCL 380.503(6)(k): (k) A requirement that the board of directors of the public school academy shall prohibit specifically identified family relationships between members of the board of directors, individuals who have an ownership interest in or who are officers or employees of an educational management organization involved in the operation of the public school academy, and employees of the public school academy. The contract shall identify the specific prohibited relationships consistent with applicable law.

Maybe Rep. Roberts and the other 46 Democrats should read MCL 380.1203 entitled, “Conflicts of Interest.” The conflicts standards for traditional government assigned schools are far less than those of charter schools.


CLAIM #4:
This bill isn’t about politics. It’s about being good stewards of public tax money.

REALITY:
The truth is there are good, bad and mediocre public (charter and traditional government assigned) schools across the state. The state education budget is over $13 billion; charter schools account for $1 billion. Not one single traditional public school has ever closed due to poor academic performance. 

Singling out charter schools distracts from larger issues in education today. In Michigan, we are currently investing $4.0 billion per year in K-3 education, yet 32% of 3rd graders are not proficient readers, ranking us 40th in the country and last in the Great Lakes. Non-proficient 3rd grade readers are 4 times more likely not to graduate from high school.

Absolutely no discussion has been made by those proposing the moratorium to address the concerns of improving student academic achievement. Instead, their solution has been to second guess parents and reduce or eliminate the options available to them. Their assertion is that parents can’t tell if students are learning unless we have more detailed financial reporting. This is ridiculous! Parents can and do determine these things. Making tough choices for our kids is something we as parents do every single day.

Charter schools are the only public schools where 100% of the parents choose to send their children there for one reason or another. They make a conscious decision to remove their child from the regular government assigned school because they feel the charter school is a better option for them. 

Parents care about academic achievement and their child’s growth. The promise of charter schools was to create an opportunity to improve outcomes for kids, and we have done that. Additionally, the promise was built on three ideals: empower parents with choices, hold schools accountable for academic outcomes, and fund kids equitably. We should be wary when politicians start saying that we need to make charter schools more like regular public schools.  
 

The MAPSA Connection - September 2014

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Your Link to Innovative Ideas & Solutions                                  September 17, 2014
Accountability and Assessment: We Asked, You Answered 

You may have noticed that school accountability is the hottest of topics lately.  Our summer wasn't too warm, but schools are still feeling the heat from lawmakers, parents and news outlets to provide students with the quality education they deserve.  In answer to the public's demand for clear, simple and understandable information on a school's performance, the Michigan Department of Education has implemented an Accountability Scorecard.  The rainbow colored scorecard is intended to provide a snapshot of the quality of a school so that schools can make improvements in instruction and parents can make decisions about enrollment. 


 

But how well is the system really working? Read More 

Additional Resources
3rd Grade Reading Proficiency Jumps 40%
Learn More
Parent Involvement or Parent Engagement?  
"When it comes to a breakfast of ham and eggs, the chicken is involved but the pig is committed."  Learn More




We want to hear from you!
What types of tools are you using to evaluate new students?
Recommended Reading 
Collective Genius: The Art and Practice of Leading Innovation
 


Coming Next Month

October's MAPSA Connection will feature articles on the following topics:
  • The role of teacher observation in developing effective teachers
  • Creating a messaging strategy that reflects your school performance
If you have an idea for a topic or would like to share an innovative idea or solution please email hrisner@charterschools.org.

 

3rd Grade Reading Proficiency

3rd Grade Reading Proficiency Jumps 40%

Sounds impossible right?  A lofty goal at the very least. No.  This is the story of North Star Academy in Marquette, MI.  How did they accomplish this feat?  And, how will they maintain these results after setting the bar so high at 93% proficiency in 3rd grade?  How do other schools serving similar populations of students achieve greater than 90% proficiency routinely?

The answer is in the establishment of a culture of reading.  While these schools offer varying approaches to the delivery of instruction, one thing is the same. Each school has a focus on reading across all curriculum and an intentional approach to intervention.

When asked “What do you attribute to your success in preparing students to be great readers by the 3rd grade", here’s what we were told!

"School stability, both students and teachers, allows us to build on a student’s learning from the previous year and teachers can collaborate vertically to ensure continuity of skill mastery.  Through collaboration, intentional planning, and flexibility in instructional delivery, teachers are able to meet the diverse needs of their classroom and foster academic growth." -Canton Charter Academy, Janelle Magyar

"Our success is due to a strong commitment by teachers and a willingness to change.  Teachers took the lead to do an in-depth analysis to identify areas of need and implemented an effective intervention strategy." -North Star Academy, Karen Anderson

"Our success is due to a continued focus on developing reading skills beginning at the pre-school level.  The performance of students that attend our pre-school program is significantly greater than those who do not." -Mt. Clemens Montessori, Kathy Szachta

"Our reading success is attributed to the hard work of our teachers to continually monitor the progress and differentiate the learning needs of our reading students." -Holly Academy, Julie Kildee

How do begin your culture of reading today! Try these four easy steps!

 

Accountability and Assessment

Accountability and Assessment: We Asked, You Answered

You may have noticed that school accountability is the hottest of topics lately.  Our summer wasn’t too warm, but schools are still feeling the heat from lawmakers, parents and news outlets to provide students with the quality education they deserve.  In answer to the public’s demand for clear, simple and understandable information on a school’s performance, the Michigan Department of Education has implemented an Accountability Scorecard.  The rainbow colored scorecard is intended to provide a snapshot of the quality of a school so that schools can make improvements in instruction and parents can make decisions about enrollment. 

But how well is the system really working?  Does it provide you with the kind of information you need as a member of your school’s leadership team?  Does it jive with what you know about your students and their abilities? Are your results predictable? And can you use them to make improvements in your school?

MAPSA set out to answer these questions in our bi-annual charter school survey.  As you can see, we still have a lot of work to do!

About 60% of survey participants do not feel like the Accountability Scorecard is useful for their school.

Only half of respondents report that the Scorecard is easy to understand.  One respondent said the report was “completely confusing and includes too much information…useless for parents and academics alike.”  Another educator reports “portions of the formulas are difficult to understand; our school uses multiple growth measures which at times…disagree with the scorecard.”

Most alarming, less than 20% of respondents think that the scorecard reflects their actual successes at their schools.  We know that your students often come to your schools grade levels behind their peers, and that a system that measures true academic growth would highlight the work you continue to do.

All of these results add up to a clear path forward.  Michigan needs a comprehensive, easy to understand A-F letter grading system based on proficiency AND growth that parents, teachers, and leaders can use to make the necessary decisions for their students and schools.  In your own words: “It should be clear and easy to understand; it should not take a long time to read and look over.  It needs to be intuitive.” We couldn’t agree more!

With MAPSAs help, Michigan legislators are close to passing a bill to implement a genuine accountability system based on A-F letter grades.  We hope to have a new assessment system to be selected soon, with implementation beginning with a new assessment in the 2015-16 school year.  The system would include the growth components that are so important in showcasing your efforts, and the full accountability system implementation would not happen until there is enough data to adequately measure that growth.  Until then, click here to view MDE’s most recent assessment update.

Thank you for your participation in our annual survey.  Your voices have been heard, and we are working hard to create a system that is comprehensive, practical and easy to use for educators and parents alike.

 

The MAPSA Connection - August 2014




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Your Link to Innovative Ideas & Solutions                                          August 20, 2014
Featured Article
Lead Nurturing - It's a lot like dating 
Written by Dr. Rick Newberry and appeared in his Enrollment Catalyst blog 
Think about it.

You just talked to a prospective parent on the phone or via email for the first time. The conversation went well and the parent seemed interested in your school.

You have just captured a new lead for your school.

Now what? Read More 
Additional Resources
Leadership Takes Schools from  
Good to Great
Learn More
A Recipe for Successfully Engaging Parents Learn More
We want to hear from you!
What articles, books, etc. have revolutionized your thinking as a leader?
Recommended Reading 
No Struggle, No Progress: A Warrior's Life from Black Power to Education Reform
 
Coming Next Month

September's MAPSA Connection will feature articles on the following topics:
  • 3rd Grade Reading
  • Parent Engagement
  • Accountability: Assessment
If you have an idea for a topic or would like to share an innovative idea or solution please email hrisner@charterschools.org.

 

The MAPSA Connection - April 2014

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In This Issue
Marketplace Spotlight
Hertz Furniture offers added incentives, savings and services to MAPSA Members! 
 
Did you know as one of MAPSA's Cooperative Providers, Hertz Furniture has exclusive opportunities available to MAPSA members? Start taking advantage of the following benefits today:
  • Savings of up to 70%
  • Dedicated client Relationship Manager
  • Up to 90-day payment terms with approved credit
  • Complimentary design services

Click here for additional information about these opportunities or contact Bea Singer at 888-546-5685 x1135.

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April 2, 2014
In this time of "March Madness", it's all about the team! As individuals, we watch and admire our favorite teams as they advance to the next round, and we build a deeper connection to players on the team with each game, highlight or story.

 

The simple definition of a "team" is a group of individuals coming together to achieve a common goal. At MAPSA, we expand on that definition to include the expectation that everyone in the organization takes responsibility for achieving that common goal! We know, that you too - an extension of the MAPSA team - take pride in the team culture you build in your school. And, we want to help that culture thrive!

 

Our team has been actively exploring our role in helping you recruit high-quality educators for your team. In our exploration, we have determined that while it is not our role to screen or define who will fit and thrive within your culture, we can play a vital role in attracting more high-quality educators to choose a career at a charter school as a first choice, allowing you the opportunity to choose the best team, with each individual member taking responsibility for academic success.

 

We look to accomplish this goal in the following ways:

  • Implementation of a social media and public relations strategy around the empowerment that comes with teaching within a charter school;
  • Alignment of teacher "choice" to our school "choice" website at www.choicesineducation.com, allowing teachers, just as parents do, to view your school profile and understand your school culture at a glance;
  • Connecting our members to researched best practice models of the highest-performing schools across the nation; and
  • Supporting the recruitment and screening of candidates through our OpenHire system, attracting thousands of candidates each year and saving MAPSA members time and money. 

While more information and resources will be coming soon, you can start establishing the foundation for future team members by completing your school profile for www.choicesineducation.com by clicking here. Also, if you do not currently have an account for OpenHire, please contact me today at cembry@charterschools.org to take advantage of this complimentary member service. And, finally, watch the MAPSA Connection for more resources to be coming soon.

 

Wishing you success in your "March Madness" this spring!

 

Sincerely,

 

Candace Embry

Membership Coordinator

Best Practice of the Month: 
Finding the Right Fit

Many talented teachers recognize that the perfect fit for them can be found at a charter school. Listen to these teachers talk about the benefits of working at a charter school.

 

Video by MAPSA Vice President of Communications, Buddy Moorehouse
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The MAPSA Connection - March 2014


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In This Issue
MAPSA Member Spotlight
School Spotlight: Detroit Achievement Academy

Struggling for ways to market your school? Let your students tell the story. Watch what happens when a student from Detroit Achievement Academy is asked, "Tell me about your school."
Detroit Achievement Academy: What Makes My School Special?
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Video by MAPSA Vice President of Communications, Buddy Moorehouse
Charter Enrollment Continues to Grow
New figures from the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools show that 9.3 percent of all students in Michigan are now enrolled in charter schools- about 141,000 total students (up from 130,000 last year). See the full story here.
A Look at East Arbor Charter Academy
A video in last month's MAPSA Connection on East Arbor Charter Academy in Ypsilanti had the incorrect name of the school. Here's the correct video- and the correct name of the school: East Arbor Charter Academy!
 
Video by MAPSA Vice President of Communications, Buddy Moorehouse
Importance of Physical Activity in Schools
Are you interested in learning about the critical role recess and physical activity play in schools? Join Playworks and the Detroit Lions for an educational forum on April 1, 2014 from 8:30am-12:00pm at Ford Field. This is a free event, but you must register before March 25th.
 
Click here for more information on the forum and how to register.
4th Annual My Green School Art Contest!
The contest offers students in grades K-5 the opportunity to use artwork to demonstrate how their school is or could become more green. All entries are due March 31, 2014. Click here for more information.
Building Healthy Communities Program
Apply to participate in a program that fights childhood obesity by surrounding children and families with healthy eating and physical activity. Applications are due by March 14, 2014. Click here for more information.
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March 5, 2014
Dear Angi,

So much of what of what we accomplish depends on what we expect to. In 2013, the Wallace Foundation published the second edition of the Wallace Perspective and in it presented five key practices from their research that effective school leaders do well:

  1. Shaping a vision of academic success for all students, one based on high standards;
  2. Creating a climate hospitable to education in order that safety, a cooperative spirit, and other foundations of fruitful interaction prevail;
  3. Cultivating leadership in others so that teachers and other adults assume their part in realizing the school vision;
  4. Improving instruction to enable teachers to teach at their best and students to learn at their utmost; and
  5. Managing people, data and processes to foster school improvement.

It should be of no surprise to anyone that number one on the Wallace Foundation's list pertains to an area of leadership that requires vision, high standards for self and others, clear and consistent communication, and a willingness to push the limits.

 
"Although they say it in different ways, researchers who have examined education leadership agree that effective principals are responsible for establishing a schoolwide vision of commitment to high standards and the success of all students."
 
"In a school, that begins with a principal's spelling out "high standards and rigorous learning goals," Vanderbilt University researchers assert with underlined emphasis. Specifically, they say, "The research literature over the last quarter century has consistently supported the notion that having high expectations for all, including clear and public standards, is one key to closing the achievement gap between advantaged and less advantaged students and for raising the overall achievement of all students."
 
Andrew C. Porter, Joseph Murphy, Ellen Goldring, Stephen N. Elliott, Morgan S. Polikoff and Henry May, Vanderbilt Assessment of Leadership in Education: Technical Manual, Version 1.0, Vanderbilt University, 2008, 13.
 
2013, The Wallace Foundation Perspective The School Principal As Leader: Guiding Schools to Better Teaching and Learning

We all want what's best for kids and have big dreams for their lives. Defining their path to success, regardless of disadvantage, is the work of effective school leaders. He or she is the lead advocate for each and every student's emotional and academic development. They own it. Their vision for success and ability to articulate those expectations, coupled with a dogged persistence for the improvement and excellence of student work, is the fuel that drives the educational engine.

 

Sincerely, 

 

Chris Thompson

VP School Initiatives, MAPSA

Best Practice of the Month: Building Leadership from Within

Vision doesn't become reality without a shared understanding and commitment. Focusing on the quality of student work helps to foster enthusiasm and bring detail to the reality - brutal (as Jim Collins in Good to Great would say) or otherwise. Having teachers regularly present student product for peer feedback is a great way to build that common understanding. It also creates an environment that allows developmental levels to be explored and limits on expectations challenged. Build the leadership from within by having teachers create and nurture the process. Students benefit when teachers grow.

Lansing Connection
Right now, Lansing lawmakers are determining how much funding students will receive next year. Over the past 20 years, they have worked to close the funding gap and have yet to accomplish this. At their current pace, it will likely take another 20 years. That is unacceptable! All children deserve to be funded fairly and equitably.


Click here to learn more and send an email to your lawmaker telling them it's time to close the opportunity gap for Michigan's children.
New School Development: Volunteers Needed
The Public School Academies Unit (PSAU) at the Michigan Department of Education is currently seeking applications for the Charter School Program Planning Grant. The due date for completed applications is March 5, 2014. To prepare for the anticipated response and large numbers of applications expected, the PSAU is actively seeking volunteer peer reviewers to read, score, and make recommendations for funding of applications submitted which propose planning activities and related expenditures to develop new charter schools. A required consensus review meeting of volunteer readers/reviewers is scheduled to occur on Thursday, March 27, 2014 in downtown Lansing. 

If you are interested in participating in this planned peer review of applications or have additional questions please contact Kim Sidel at 517-373-3345 or MDEPSAGrant@michigan.gov.
 
Marketplace Spotlight
Procurement Resources are now available at MAPSA's Virtual Marketplace.
 
Did you know MAPSA's improved Virtual Marketplace has great tools to assist you in finding a quality provider for your school? Not only can you submit a request for a proposal directly through the website, but tips and tools in creating your scope of work are also available. Find out how to build an effective rubric, and learn about procurement policies that work.
 
In addition, the Virtual Marketplace also provides the following benefits:
  • The opportunity for providers to share resources with you, including best practices, tutorials, or other materials educating you on how their product or service may be a good fit for your school. Just visit a Provider's profile to access any resources they have made available to you.
  • A more advanced rating system and ability to read feedback from your colleagues on the experiences they have had with a certain provider.
  • An expanded search function, making it easier for schools to find exactly what they are looking for.

We hope that you will utilize this invaluable tool for finding the product, service or provider that best meets the needs of your school. Visit the Virtual Marketplace today!

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The MAPSA Connection - February 2014


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In This Issue
MAPSA Member Spotlight
School Spotlight: East Arbor Charter Academy

What can you do to boost and retain your enrollment? Keep your parents happy! When you listen to these parents from East Arbor Charter Academy, you'll see that the little things you do can go a long way toward making that happen.

Video by MAPSA Vice President of Communications, Buddy Moorehouse
Fighting for Equity
Funding equity will be a major focus for MAPSA this spring. UPrep Science and Math Superintendent Margaret Trimer-Hartley laid out the issues quite well in this Detroit News op-ed.
National School Choice Week
MAPSA President Dan Quisenberry was among the panelists at this event, as the state and country celebrated National School Choice Week.
Buick Achievers Scholarship Program
High school seniors or current college undergraduates interested in pursuing a career in the automotive or related industries can apply to win up to $25,000 per year. The deadline for applying is February 28, 2014. Click here for more information.
New School Development Funding Opportunities
Below are key dates for new school development:
Click here for more information on funding opportunities.
Are Your Children Safe While Online?
The Michigan Child Protection Registry is a free do-not-contact service for Michigan's families and schools to stop advertisements from reaching e-mails, mobile phones and instant messenger IDs. You can find more information and sign up at www.ProtectMIChild.com.
4th Annual My Green School Art Contest!
The contest offers students in grades K-5 the opportunity to use artwork to demonstrate how their school is or could become more green. All entries are due March 31, 2014. Click here for more information.
Building Healthy Communities Program
Apply to participate in a program that fights childhood obesity by surrounding children and families with healthy eating and physical activity. Applications are due by March 14, 2014. Click here for more information.
Find out more about MAPSA's Cooperative Providers in our Virtual Marketplace by clicking on the logos below:


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February 5, 2014

Which of the following appeals more to you? Which vehicle description is going to make you say, "I want to know more"?

 

THE EXPRESSION OF INSPIRATION

This is the All-New 2015 Chrysler 200. Our 

next-generation midsize sedan is 

designed, engineered and built to compete with the very best vehicles in the industry.

 

2013 Chrysler 200 - Limited

3.6L Engine, N/A Transmission

Exterior: Billet Silver Metallic

Interior: Leather-Trim Bucket Seats

Stock Number: C919

 

Are you telling your school's story as the "Expression of Inspiration" or the "Limited"? Without a well-crafted message that tells the story of innovation and achievement in your school you will find yourselves with consumers not taking a second look.

 

I love to read a good story and one that starts with something to hook me in will inspire me to continue reading and learn more. Now don't get me wrong, I do want details (the data and stats), but it's after I am hooked that I am ready to read that in the more. Quite often we find the same situation with parents looking for schools. They want to know how your school is achieving, but first you must get their attention. MAPSA wants to help you tell your story!

 

In the spring of 2013 MAPSA launched ChoicesInEducation.com, a site dedicated to empowering parents to make a choice for their child and become engaged in their education. One of the features of the site includes a listing of all the charter schools in the state. Through a radio and digital ad campaign (see sample video below), in less than a year the site has had nearly 10,000 visits. Parents are coming to our site to look at your school.

 

The question is, are you telling your story in the most appealing way to encourage parents to take the next step? We have included below an interview with some parents who made a choice for their child. We're hoping you can use this as a best practice for telling your story to help you build the best profile for ChoicesInEducation.com. I invite you to take a look at your profile and ask yourself if parents are going to say, "I want to know more!" 

 

Follow ChoicesInEd on Twitter. Like ChoicesInEducation on Facebook

 

Sincerely, 

 

Breanna Cope

 

Advocacy Coordinator, MAPSA
Best Practice of the Month: Tips for Increasing Enrollment

Recently, MAPSA spoke with charter school parents at Marvin L. Winans Academy in Detroit and Conner Creek Academy East

in Roseville about why they chose their school. They offered some great insight into the most important features you should be highlighting about your school to increase the number of families who seek your school out. Below are some highlights from our interviews. Click here to read more!

 

"What people talked about was true. My children are special needs and they support they get is beyond words."

 

"The interaction I experienced with my sons' teachers right away was very pleasing. I was able to email them and got responses right away. They shared my same concerns for my children; knowing we're on the same page with regard to their successes is very important."

 

"Test scores! What I see happening in the classroom does not reflect the scores students have. My kids work hard and are pushed to do work, but test scores for the school don't show that."

 

"I would describe Conner Creek Academy East as a school that takes pride in the educational success of the student."

Lansing Connection
2014-15 Budget Presentation

Governor Snyder presented his Fiscal Year 2014-15 budget today. The school aid budget overall increases funding for K-12 education by $322 million over last year's appropriation. The proposal increases the per-pupil foundation allowance by $111 for schools funded at the minimum and school districts at the maximum will receive $83 more per-pupil. The charter school maximum will be $7,278. Members should consult the Member Confidential for more detailed information on the budget.

 

State Testing Update

The legislature continues to take testimony on the various assessments that could be used instead of the MEAP next year. While the MDE maintains that Smarter Balance is the appropriate replacement, the legislature is continuing hearings on a number of options.

 

Defining Educator Evaluations

Finally, the House Education Committee began hearings on a set of bills to further define educator evaluations. While the goals of the legislation, to provide high quality educator evaluations across the state are laudable, MAPSA has serious concerns about the prescription in the bills.

Marketplace Spotlight

Have You Visited MAPSA's Improved Virtual Marketplace?

Last month we launched our improved Virtual Marketplace, providing you with a useful tool to connect you to quality resources. If you are looking to partner with a business, or are looking for a product or service to use in your school, the Virtual Marketplace has the tools necessary to assist you.

 

Some of the new features include:

  • The ability to send out Request for Proposals (RFP's) to providers directly from the site. It will also include tips for you to use in creating the scope of work, and other procurement resources.
  • The opportunity for MAPSA Providers to share resources with you, including best practices, tutorials, or other materials educating you on how their product or service may be a good fit for your school. Just visit their profile to access any resources they have made available to you.
  • A more advanced rating system and ability to read feedback from your colleagues on the experiences they have had with a certain provider.
  • An expanded search function, making it easier for schools to find exactly what they are looking for.

This resource is an invaluable tool for you to use when looking for most any product or service. Visit the Virtual Marketplace today!

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The MAPSA Connection - January 2014

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In This Issue
MAPSA Member Spotlight
School Spotlight: FlexTech High School

A student at FlexTech High School in Brighton earned credits in geometry, business math and more when he built a coffee bar for the school. Find out how FlexTech uses project-based learning to engage and educate.
Video by MAPSA Vice President of Communications, Buddy Moorehouse
Celebrating the 20th Anniversary of Michigan's Charter School Law!

January 14th marked the 20th anniversary of Michigan's charter school law. See what state and national leaders had to say about this historic event by clicking here.

Raise the Bar in 2014
Civic Entertainment Group along with Lifetime Television are offering the opportunity to participate in the Gabby Douglas Raise the Bar Pledge for a chance to win $10,000 for your school! Click here for more information.
National School Choice Week
National School Choice Week is coming up Jan. 26-Feb. 1. If your school is holding an event or doing anything to mark the occasion, we'd love to share your photos via Facebook and Twitter. Send your photos to bmoorehouse@charterschools.org.
COSEBOC School Awards
COSEBOC will be rewarding several schools for their proven track record of effective preK-6 education of its male students of color. The award-winning schools will receive a $10,000 grant, as well as participation at the COSEBOC Gathering of Leaders and in a national public education campaign. The deadline for applying is January 20, 2014. 
 
Click here for more information.
New School Development Funding Opportunities
Below are key dates for new school development:
  • January 21- Walton Startup Grant Due
  • March 5 - MDE Planning & Implementation Grant Due
  • March 19 & 20 - Walton Startup Grant Interviews
Click here for more information on funding opportunities.
Student Scholarships
The North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) offers several scholarships to high school students including the Courageous Persuaders Video Competition. The deadline for submitting is February 12, 2014.
 
For more information, please contact Sandy Herp at sherp@dada.org.
January 15, 2014

Happy New Year! One of the things I enjoy most in my role at MAPSA is playing connector. This could entail connecting school leaders to one another to share best practices or this could be connecting a school with a MAPSA Provider of a particular good or service. This is why I am so excited about the launch of our improved Marketplace website. The Marketplace is a perfect way to play connector virtually!

 

Another piece of what I do that I absolutely love is the ability to provide schools with resources. At MAPSA we do this in many ways, but our most recent addition can be found within the Virtual Marketplace. We have added new tools for you to use when it comes to procurement, as well as given MAPSA Providers the opportunity to offer you resources within their online profiles. What we can do for you with the Virtual Marketplace has only just begun. MAPSA plans to keep expanding and adding even more resources as the site continues to grow.

 

The reviews and the star ratings area of the site are completely driven by schools. This is such an important piece, and I know your colleagues would love to hear feedback on your experiences. Please make sure to add reviews for any MAPSA Providers you have had relationships with right away. Your participation will make the Marketplace even more dynamic!

 

Please let me know if I can help play connector either virtually or in-person. I would love to assist you in any way I can!
 
Sincerely,

 

Heather Risner

Director of Member Services, MAPSA

Best Practice of the Month: Gain Access to Quality Resources with MAPSA's Improved Virtual Marketplace

We have been working with MAPSA's Providers to ensure this updated website is a useful tool that grants schools access to quality resources. If you are looking to partner with a business, or are looking for a product or service to use in your school, the Virtual Marketplace has the tools necessary to assist you.

 

Some of the new features include:

  • The ability to send out Request for Proposals (RFP's) to providers directly from the site. It also includes tips for you to use in creating the scope of work.
  • The opportunity for MAPSA Providers to share resources with you, including best practices, tutorials, or other materials educating you on how their product or service may be a good fit for your school. Just visit their profile to access any resources they have made available to you.
  • A more advanced rating system and ability to read feedback from your colleagues on the experiences they have had with a certain provider.
  • An expanded search function, making it easier for schools to find exactly what they are looking for.

This resource is an invaluable tool for you to use when looking for most any product or service. We are very excited to start the New Year off by launching this new resource for you, and hope you take advantage of all it provides.

 

Lansing Connection
The legislature will be in full swing this week. Letter Grading and 3rd Grade Reading remain a high priority in the House. The Governor will be giving his annual State of the State address on January 16th, and that is usually a good place to look for clues on what his budget presentation will include when he gives that in early February. Additionally, the legislature has started looking at what the new State Assessment will be; what appears to be a new ad hoc committee started meeting on the issue today.
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The MAPSA Connection - December 2013

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In This Issue
MAPSA Member Spotlight
School Spotlight: West Michigan Academy of Environmental Science

The West Michigan Academy of Environmental Science in Grand Rapids opened in 1994 as one of the state's original charter schools. True to its name, the school weaves the environment into every aspect of its curriculum. Watch this video to see how they use the outdoors to teach everything from math to ELA.
 

Video by MAPSA Vice President of Communications, Buddy Moorehouse
New School Development Funding Opportunities
Below are several important new school development dates approaching:
  • January 21 - Walton Startup Grant Due
  • March 5 - MDE Planning & Implementation Grant Due
  • March 19 & 20 - Walton Startup Grant Interviews

Click here for more information on funding opportunities.

Backstage Pass
Northpointe Academy's Beasts of the Beat were a huge hit at this year's MAPSA Conference. Check out this backstage look at the group's performance here.
In the News!
The ROTC program at Chandler Park Academy in Harper Woods was featured recently on TV20 in Detroit. See the report here.
Thanksgiving Day Parade
Did you catch the Thanksgiving Day parade in Detroit? One of the best floats was designed by a charter school student. See the story here.
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December 4, 2013

Thank you for being an involved leader in improving education. Our aim at MAPSA is to make those improvements through the best means possible: choice and innovation. That combination can be unstoppable, with your help, in positively impacting children and enabling them to pursue their dreams while being happy and healthy, and potentially change the world.

 

I have been recently added to the MAPSA team to assist with outreach, and to empower those who share our passion to continue spreading the word of choice and innovation through all forms possible, including social media.

 

Social media has become part of the fabric of modern society. From sports teams to live voting reality shows to celebrities, it has spread like wild fire being integrated into our daily lives.

 

It isn't just about entertainment, though. Facebook and Twitter have become great tools used to influence the media, elected officials, and inform citizens. It is even being used in classrooms across the country in innovative ways to engage students. (See: Once blocked, Twitter and other social media become classroom tools.)

 

Those against more choices in education are and have been engaged and influential. Together, I feel we can empower each other to be better advocates. If we are going to improve education so more kids have access to quality schools, we need to be engaged on all platforms.

 

I invite you to get started by following MAPSA on Twitter and Facebook. There we can keep each other up-to-date on the important and current issues at hand and share stories about how choice improves lives and opportunities. I also encourage you to follow MAPSA's President Dan Quisenberry and Alicia Urbain, Vice President of Legal and Governmental Affairs, for even more information as they attend committee hearings and state board meetings.

 

Let's continue planting the seeds of choice and improve lives in the process.


Greg George

Advocacy Coordinator, MAPSA

Best Practice of the Month:
Finding the Chocolate in Math
For years, educators have been fighting the urge to "put chocolate on math." At this year's Michigan Charter School Conference, speaker Constance Steinkuehler addressed this perfectly, saying, "Instead of trying to put chocolate on math, we need to ask, 'What about math is chocolate?' " As we ponder those words of wisdom, here's a story to inspire you, written by Chris Thompson, MAPSA, Vice President of School Initiatives.
Conference Connection
Survey Winners Announced!

Thank you to everyone that provided feedback on the 16th Annual Michigan Charter School Conference by completing our survey.

 

We are pleased to announce the winners of our survey contest. The following names were drawn at random from the attendees that completed the survey, and each will be the recipient of a $500 Visa gift card:

  • Yulonda Moore of Hope Academy
  • Bilaal Paker of Frontier International Academy
  • Chris Bail of Lincoln-King Academy

Congratulations to the winners and thank you for your input, as it helps us to make valuable decisions about next year's event!

 

If you have additional feedback about the conference, please don't hesitate to contact us by emailing conference@charterschools.org.

 
Check out the Conference Photo Booth Photo Gallery!

Whether you and your colleagues were able to stop by the MAPSA photo booth in the exhibit hall or not, you will enjoy viewing the images that were captured at the booth!

 

Click here to catch a glimpse of the smiles that were shared at the conference!

Lansing Connection
A-F Letter Grading & 3rd Grade Reading Retention Bills
The House Education Committee voted on and passed the A-F Letter Grading Bill (HB 5112) and the 3rd Grade Reading Retention Bill (HB 5111 and HB 5144) today. These will now move to the House Floor and may still go through some changes; we are hopeful that the content from these bills will provide meaningful information to parents.

Criminal History Record Information Policy Changes
The Michigan State Police recently sent a letter to all schools notifying them to some policy changes in the Criminal History Record Information for team members employed by third party contractors. This is the result of an FBI audit. The requirements are mostly federal, but MAPSA is working with MSP to get more information on how this change in policy will affect charter schools. However, please know that schools should start to work to comply with the changes and transfer records back to the schools if they were previously kept off site. For more information, please click here, and stay tuned to MAPSA for more information.

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The MAPSA Connection - November 2013

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In This Issue
MAPSA Member Spotlight
School Spotlight: West Michigan Aviation Academy's Students Take Flight

One of the schools featured at this year's MAPSA Conference was the West Michigan Aviation Academy in Grand Rapids. The school performed an exciting indoor air show at the conference, and as you'll see in this video, WMAA has turned out to be the perfect academic fit for one particular student, Josh Nienhaus.
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Video by MAPSA Vice President of Communications, Buddy Moorehouse
National Broadcast!
Kyle Smitley, the co-founder of the Detroit Achievement Academy, got a chance to tell her school's story on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show." You can watch the segment here.
Conference Survey
If you attended the 16th Annual Michigan Charter School Conference and didn't have the opportunity to complete our event survey, we want to hear from you! Please click here and take a few minutes to give us your feedback.
Charter Champions

Be inspired! Watch our Charter Champions video, highlighting some of the amazing accomplishments of charter school students from around the state!

 

 

Video by MAPSA Vice President of Communications, Buddy Moorehouse
New School Development Funding Opportunities
Below are several important new school development dates approaching:
  • January 21- Walton Startup Grant Due
  • March 5 - MDE Planning & Implementation Grant Due
  • March 19 & 20 - Walton Startup Grant Interviews
Click here for more information on funding opportunities.
We Want Your Feedback!
Student Scholarships
The North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) offers several scholarships to high school students:
deadline is November 22, 2013.
 
deadline is February 12, 2014.
 
For more information, please contact Sandy Herp at sherp@dada.org.
New Detroit Board 
Fellowship Program
Are you seeking qualified board candidates for your Detroit school? The Detroit Board Fellowship Program is a new initiative in partnership with Excellent Schools Detroit and Detroit Parent Network that provides a realistic overview of what it means to serve on a charter school board. For more information, please contact: Brooke Franklin at bfrankli@detroitchamber.com or call 313-596-0365.
Michigan K-12 Schools Grant
Michigan Youth Arts is now offering grants to help fund arts and culture related field trips for Michigan K-12 schools. Click here for more information.
November 13, 2013

There are few things that make me happier than opening up a newspaper, turning on the TV, or visiting a news site and seeing a great story about one of Michigan's charter schools. One of the valuable services we provide at MAPSA is aggressively spreading the word about all the wonderful things happening in your schools - whether it's your students, your administrators or your innovative approach to education. We also promote positive stories about charter schools in general.
 

Positive stories are great because they don't just lift that particular school - they end up being a good thing for all charter schools. The more that parents read and hear about the innovative and quality education that can be found at a charter school, the more likely they'll be to explore educational options for their own child.

 

At MAPSA, we'll continue to promote good news about Michigan's charter schools - and we encourage all of you to do the same. If there's anything we can do to help you spread the word, please let us know!

 

Buddy Moorehouse

Vice President of Communications, MAPSA

Best Practice of the Month:
Establish a Relationship With the Local Media

The first step to getting good publicity for your school? Establishing a good relationship with the local media. Rather than sending out a mass press release to trumpet your school's good news, send a personal e-mail or make a call to the education reporter of the local newspaper. Most newspapers have a reporter dedicated to the education beat, and that's the person who needs to become your new best friend! Since you want to have an ongoing relationship with this reporter, invite him or her to your school and make sure they know you by name. These folks are always looking for good stories to fill their pages, so if you're the school they know the best, you're the school they'll be calling. Personal relationships are the key in most areas of life, and it's certainly the case when it comes to getting good P.R. for your school. You'll find more tips for getting great publicity here. 

 

-Buddy Moorehouse, MAPSA, Vice President of Communications

Conference Connection
Empowering Educators to be Leaders
Another successful MAPSA Conference took place on November 4 & 5 at Cobo Center in Detroit. From engaging featured presentations to incredible networking opportunities, everyone who attended was able to take away tools and resources to implement in their schools. Relive some of the brightest moments from the 16th Annual Michigan Charter School Conference (or see what you missed) by watching our highlights video below!
The 2013 Michigan Charter School Conference
The 2013 Michigan Charter School Conference

SAVE THE DATE: Mark your calendars for the 2014 MAPSA Conference - Tuesday, November 4 & 

Wednesday, November 5.

  

2013 Michigan Charter School Awards

Congratulations to our award winners & finalists, which were recognized on November 5, 2013 at Cobo Center.

 

2013 Michigan Charter School Administrator of the Year Finalists

  • Raymond Alvarado - Covenant House Academy Southwest
  • Fred Borowski - Taylor International Academy
  • Amanda Dickens - Forest Academy
  • Shawn Leonard - East Arbor Charter Academy, Winner
  • Karen Smith - Conner Creek Academy East

 

Click here to learn more about the Administrator of the Year Finalists!

2013 Michigan Charter School Teacher of the Year Finalists

  • Kristen Allen - Conner Creek Academy East
  • Mary Dyer - Michigan Collegiate Middle School & High School, Winner
  • Adam Krebsbach - West Michigan Academy of Environmental Science
  • Jennifer Nichols - Trillium Academy
  • Kurt Steiner - Grand River Preparatory High School

 

Click here to learn more about the Teacher of the Year Finalists!
 
Marketplace Spotlight
Nearly 100 MAPSA Providers exhibited in the Event Marketplace at the 16th Annual Michigan Charter School Conference.
To find out more about the Providers that attended the conference, click here.

To learn about the quality products and services offered to the charter school community by all of MAPSA's Providers, visit our Virtual Marketplace by clicking here.

Thank you to all of the 16th Annual Michigan Charter School Conference Sponsors! Please click here for a complete listing.
Lansing Connection
The Michigan legislature has been very busy during the fall session. The House Education Committee has been taking testimony on a package of bills on school accountability.
HB 4154 will repeal accreditation
HB 5111 will require third graders to be reading at a third grade level before advancing to 4th grade, and
HB 5112 will require the MDE to issue letter grades to each school building in the State of Michigan.
 
HB 5111 will have a companion bill that will round out the interventions necessary to implement this type of requirement and this bill will go through reiterations. 
 
HB 5112 issues grades based on proficiency and growth. While the test isn't known yet, and we won't have impact data for a while, it is important to get a framework in place before the MDE is working on their next waiver. The metrics would replace the achievement gap with growth of the bottom 30% of students. This would replace the color system and the top to bottom list. There would also be consequences tied to failing schools (defined as schools with an F grade AND in the lowest 5% of schools for growth). 
 
The House is expected to vote on these bills before the end of the year.
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MAPSA Weekly Update - Final Edition

August 28, 2013

Good Things Happening in Our Schools:

Grand Rapids Ellington Academy of Arts and Technology Holds a Star-Studded Back-to-School Rally
The Grand Rapids Ellington Academy of Arts and Technology welcomed staff and students back in a big way on Aug. 17 – with a performance by the R&B boy group Mindless Behavior at the school's "Back to School Rally."

"This is actually our 15th year holding the rally and to be able to bring one of the top R&B groups in the country right now to be a part of it is just amazing," said Marvin Sapp, a pastor and gospel singer who founded the charter school. "I wanted to do something different for our community and set a fire under our young people.''

Last fall, Sapp opened his performing and fine arts school, the Grand Rapids Ellington Academy of Arts & Technology, located at 600 Burton St. SE. The charter school is expanding this fall from sixth through eighth grade to pre-kindergarten through ninth grade. The plan is to add a grade each year through 12th grade.

The Grand Rapids Ellington Academy of Arts and Technology is authorized by Lake Superior State University.

For the complete story, click here.

This is the Final Edition of the Weekly Update; Look for the Exciting New MAPSA Connection Publication Next Week!
You’re looking at a historic publication – the final edition of the Weekly Update. But don’t worry – you’ll continue to get all the news and information you need from MAPSA, in an even better format!

After reviewing the needs of our members and other stakeholders, MAPSA decided to launch an exciting new publication – the MAPSA Connection. The first edition will be hitting your inbox next Wednesday, Sept. 4, and we can’t wait for you to get your first look at it.

You’ll receive the MAPSA Connection on the first Wednesday of every month, and it’ll be an online publication filled with best practices; news about charter schools that are doing exciting and innovative things; the latest information and updates on MAPSA’s events (including the 16th Annual Michigan Charter School Conference, coming up Nov. 4-5); legislative updates that affect charter schools; information about our Marketplace Providers; videos, polls, links to valuable resources – and much more.

The new publication will also be available on our website (charterschools.org), as well as on our Facebook and Twitter pages.

So, farewell to the Weekly Update!

Recognize an Educator - Submit your Nomination for the 2013 Michigan Charter School Teacher or Admin of the Year
Don't forget to nominate a charter school educator for 2013 Charter School Administrator or Teacher of the Year. The deadline to submit your nomination is September 1, 2013. Nominating a teacher or administrator is easy - simply tell us in 1,000 words or less, why you feel your nominee should be the 2013 Charter School Teacher of the Year or the 2013 Charter School Administrator of the Year. Click here to submit your nomination!

Remember to save the date for The 16th Annual Michigan Charter School Conference (November 4 & 5) - Registration will open on September 1, 2013! Click here for speaker bios and more information

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MAPSA Weekly Update - August 21, 2013

August 21, 2013

Good Things Happening in Our Schools:

UPrep Science and Math Elementary Starts School Year in a Beautifully Renovated Building
Detroit’s UPrep Science and Math – which has been operating a successful middle and high school for several years – expanded its offerings this year by opening the new UPrep Science and Math Elementary School. The new school held its first day of classes on Monday.

UPSM Elementary is located in one of the most historic school buildings in Detroit – the former Miller High School (former Detroit Mayor Coleman Young was among the graduates of the school). After undergoing an extensive spring and summer of renovation, the new school opened to students this week.

Expanding on the “STEM” concept, UPSM Elementary will feature a “STEAM” curriculum – Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math, serving students in grades K-5. UPSM Elementary is sharing the building with Detroit’s renowned Mosaic Youth Theatre.

UPrep Science and Math Elementary is authorized by Grand Valley State University and managed by Detroit 90/90.


Students settle in on the first day of classes this week at UPrep Science and Math Elementary in Detroit.

Please submit any announcements, news or event information for MAPSA's "Good Things Happening in Our Schools" feature to Buddy Moorehouse at bmoorehouse@charterschools.org.

Only Two Editions of the Weekly Update Remaining - Look for our New Publication, The MAPSA Connection
MAPSA has decided to say farewell to The Weekly Update publication and we would like to inform you that this will be your second-to-last edition. But don't worry, we are not saying goodbye indefinitely. We are very excited to announce that we will be launching our new publication, The MAPSA Connection, in September!

This new publication will contain information about what is happening in the education and charter community, as well as at MAPSA. We will be sharing best practices, school success stories, quality school initiatives, and all of the important dates and events that you look to MAPSA to keep you informed of.

The MAPSA Connection will be an electronic publication that arrives in your inbox monthly. It is our goal to make this new publication one that truly meets your needs as readers and we want your feedback! Each issue will feature a poll or survey, and it is important to us that you take a quick moment to share your voice.

We look forward to communicating with you in this new format! If you have any questions, as always, please give us a call at 517-374-9167 or email mapsa@charterschools.org.

Save the Date: The MAPSA Conference - November 4 & 5, 2013
Registration for the The 16th Annual Michigan Charter School Conference will open on September 1, 2013. It is our vision that the conference will help to empower educators to be leaders. Through collaboration with peers, exposure to new opportunities in innovative sessions, motivation and inspiration from keynotes and speakers, connection to quality resources that assist schools; attendees will expand their ability to impact all of Michigan’s children.

We are very excited that we will be featuring 5 speakers and general sessions at this year's event. Similar to “Ted Talks,” we are bringing in 5 experts to discuss hard-hitting and relevant topics in education. Pedro Noguera, Stefanie Rome, Constance Steinkuehler, Mike Lipkin, and Kim Bearden will be presenting during our 2-day event.

Click here for bios and more information.

Don't forget to nominate a charter school educator for 2013 Charter School Administrator or Teacher of the Year. The deadline to submit your nomination is September 1, 2013! Click here to submit your nomination!


Euro Challenge Provides Free Lesson in European Economics for Grades 9-10
History is currently being made in the Euro area, and a free program for grades 9-10 allows students to learn about it. The program - called Euro Challenge - gives students the chance to explore the economic and other issues facing the Euro area, propose solutions, and compete against other teams from across the United States. Student teams select and research one from a range of challenge issues such as the debt crisis in Greece, the challenges to growth in Italy, or the aging population in countries like Germany and present their findings during regional competitions in March. The top teams then compete in the national finals at the Federal Reserve Bank of NY in April. Winning teams earn monetary awards and a trip to Washington, D.C.
 
Now in its eighth year, this great program will help students build analytical, critical thinking, problem solving, communications and team building skills, all relevant to the Common Core.
 
To register, click here or contact Chelsea Ziobro at 212-421-2700 or cziobro@wise-ny.org for more information.

 

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