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MAPSA Weekly Update - October 17, 2012
October 17, 2012

Good Things Happening in Our Schools:

Academy of International Studies Holds Ribbon-Cutting
The Academy of International Studies in Hamtramck – one of the 31 new charter schools in Michigan this year – held its official ribbon-cutting ceremony on Tuesday. Several student groups performed at the event, and the keynote address was given by Cindy Schumacher, Executive Director of the Governor John Engler Center for Charter Schools at Central Michigan University, which is authorizing the school.

The new principal of the school, which serves a culturally diverse student body in grades K-5, is Robert Davis. The school is managed by the Hanley Harper Group.

Shown here, a group of first-graders performs during the ribbon cutting ceremony.

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.

Less Than Three Weeks Away! Register Now for 15th Annual Michigan Charter School Conference!
Register now! You don’t want to miss the 15th Annual Michigan Charter School Conference, two action-packed days filled with breakout sessions, more than 150 exhibitors, student performances, two keynote speakers and so much more!

Sign up by Monday, Oct. 22, and don’t miss your chance to connect with more than 2,000 charter school educators from around the state. Click here to register now!

Get Ready for Common Core! MAPSA Sponsors Four-Day Workshops
Is your school ready for Common Core Standards? You will be – if you attend MAPSA’s four-day Common Core Essentials Workshop. Registration is taking place now for the sessions, which take place in December, February and March.

Limited space is available, so you’ll want to sign up as soon as possible. This is the premiere Common Core Standards workshop being offered in Michigan, and it’s available only through MAPSA. In just four days, you’ll learn everything you need to know to help your school be prepared to implement the Common Core Standards.

The sessions are being presented by Cynthia Millinger, CEO and founder of Charter School Essentials. A leading expert on the Common Core State Standards and the national PARCC and Smarter Balanced assessments, Millinger has used Common Core Essentials to help many charter schools and founding groups in Washington, D.C., New York, Georgia and New Jersey develop and implement authentic Common Core-based curricula.

Cynthia will be presenting a seminar at the Michigan Charter School Conference called “Make the Move to Common Core Standards.”

For more information or to sign up for the Common Core Essentials Workshop, click here.

Help Available to Meet New MUSIC Insurance Requirements
As of July 1, the new MUSIC insurance requirements have been implemented for charter schools across Michigan. The General Agency office is busy providing documentation to the authorizers to assure that compliance is met. If you have any questions, feel free to contact General Agency at 800-589-6982 or stop by their booth at the Michigan Charter School Conference.

Upcoming Events
Don't miss out on newly added upcoming professional development opportunities and other exciting events! Please click on the event listing for additional information, or to view all of MAPSA's current events please click here.

October 26 – Webinar: You Empower Students; Honeywell Empowers Buildings
2:00 p.m.
Join Honeywell for a webinar to learn how they can help you make infrastructure improvements that improve the learning environment, and increase the operational and energy efficiency of your facilities. Plus they can design your project to drive savings. The end result is a self-funded project that enables you to put money back into programs that raise student achievement and improve the school environment. It’s a great way to show the community that you’re putting money into programs with tangible benefits focused on the success of your students.

November 5-6 – 15th Annual Michigan Charter School Conference
Cobo Hall - Detroit, MI
Click here to register today!

November 14 – Webinar: Boosting Employee Benefits
4:00 p.m.

Need a benefit boost? Great American Financial Resources can help!

MAPSA members - please let us know if you will be hosting an event that may be of interest to other charter school educators, parents or students by emailing the event, date, time, location and description to bmoorehouse@charterschools.org. We will be happy to feature it on our events calendar!

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