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MEA members chosen to facilitate discussions on NEA’s GPS Network

Three MEA members have been chosen to be a part of the inaugural April 2014 class of NEA’s Great Public Schools (GPS) Network Facilitators. Annette Christiansen of Utica, Cassandra Joss of Utica and Shawn Shivnen of Romulus will serve as online community facilitators to promote online discussions on professional development issues.

Clintondale High school ranked ‘awesome’ for its innovation

The Huffington Post compiled a list of 12 schools from across the country that are finding innovative ways of delivering education to students.  Calling it “one of 12 awesome schools that could change the way you think about public education,” Michigan’s Clintondale High School provides more than a typical education by turning itself into a flipped classroom school.

Walled Lake teacher, MEA member named Michigan Teacher of the Year

Melody Arabo, Michigan Teacher of the Year
Melody Arabo, Michigan Teacher of the Year

Melody Arabo, a third grade teacher at Walled Lake’s Keith Elementary School and a member of the Walled Lake Education Association, was named the 2014-15 Michigan Teacher of the Year by State Superintendent Mike Flanagan at an afternoon assembly today. Arabo, a teacher at Keith for 12 years, was chosen from 238 applicants statewide.

LPA gives local leaders needed support, training so locals and members thrive

Strong, active local associations all seem to have one thing in common—well-trained presidents who have the resources, training and time necessary to do the jobs for which there were elected. 

It’s MEAP vs. Smarter Balanced; state aid vs. NCLB waiver

Battle lines are being drawn between state lawmakers and State Superintendent Mike Flanagan over the Michigan Educational Assessment Program (MEAP) tests. Lawmakers want the test to be given next year; Flanagan says it’s not an option.

Tough teacher certification test gets mixed reviews

This month, university students looking to teach in Michigan took a new, more rigorous teacher certification test. It was first administered last October and pass rates fell from 82 percent to 26 percent. All education majors have to take the test to become student teachers.

Plan a Bike to School Day to encourage active transportation, good health

If you’re looking to get involved in a community event that promotes safety and a healthy habit, consider signing up for the National Bike to School Day on Wednesday, May 7. In Michigan, the event is sponsored by the Michigan Fitness Foundation to make communities more walkable and “bikeable.”

Michigan students losing out to other states in reading, math

Michigan students aren’t keeping pace with other states when it comes to showing improvement in areas of reading and math, according to a report by Education Trust-Midwest, a Royal Oak-based education advocacy and research organization. The group used 10 years’ worth of data on the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) given to fourth, eighth and 12th graders.

Protect Children from Unwanted Adult Advertising

Help spread the word; keep children safe while online. Michigan families, especially minors, are becoming inundated with advertisements from alcohol, tobacco, pornography and gambling marketers through different internet and cell phone inboxes. 

NEA’s Cat-a-Van Reading Tour hits Grand Rapids to promote reading

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—Hundreds of local students got some Seuss-style reading inspiration when they were paid a special visit by the famous feline, the Cat in the Hat, as part on NEA’s Read Across America Cat-a-Van Reading Tour. Designed to get kids excited about reading and sponsored by the National Education Association and Delta Dental of Michigan, NEA’s Cat-a-Van Reading Tour hit the road on February 24 and will conclude on March 14.

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