Association Partnerships / April 2017
Focus Areas: High Quality Student Evaluations, Program Evaluation, Skilled Staff, Specially Designed Instruction (SDI)
Type: Open Committee
Next Commmittee Meeting: May 31, 2017 @ 3:00pm
Committe meets via Conference Call/Adobe Connect
Next Steps: The AP Committee has completed initial steps as laid out in a committee action plan approved by the BOD in 2016:
- Identified emerging organizational (MAASE) messages and work aligned to the four focus areas.
- MAASE BOD approved templates for a one-page overview and organizational PPT to support consistent communication (available on MAASE website)
The AP committee has scanned MAASE committee/COP/Workgroups and identified current work aligned to one of the four focus areas.
AP Committee members surveyed/interviewed the leaders in each area of MAASE work for content that may be of value to organizations outside of MAASE.
MCEC / April 2017
Type: Board Appointed
Upcoming workshops of interest to administrators- and a great way to involve general education administrators in our work:
Leading Special Education at the School Site
Presenter: David F. Bateman, Ph.D.
(Two Workshop dates):
May 18, 2017: Bay de Noc College, Escanaba 8:30-3:30
May 19, 2017: Lansing Community College-West, 9:00-3:45
School administrators are expected to be experts on everything, including providing high quality special education services to children who come to school with learning, mental, social, emotional, and/or physical disabilities. Get the information you need to be an effective leader from David Bateman, Ph.D., author of A Principal’s Guide to Special Education.
This full day workshop will include in-depth discussions around special education law and regulations, eligibility processes and decisions, discipline and school-wide behavior programs, and accountability and data-informed decision-making. Join your colleagues as Dr. Batemen steers you through the maze of issues in your daily work related to educating children with disabilities.
CEC members: $179; Non members: $229 (includes lunch and a copy of A Principal’s Guide to Special Education, a $42.95 value)
SCECHs and SW CEs applied for.
Click here for further information and registration- Lansing.
Click here for further information and registration- Escanaba.
ISD Collaborative (CoP) / April 2017
Focus Areas: Program Evaluation, Skilled Staff, Specially Designed Instruction (SDI)
Type: Open Committee
Region 4 is hosting the Michigan ISD Representatives for Compliance and Technical Assistance Conference at the Courtyard Marriott in Detroit on May 10-12. The focus of the conference this year is on collaboration and includes guest speakers such as Chris Collins of Wayne Sate, Randy Liepa Superintendent of Wayne RESA and includes breakout sessions with topics including “Implementing Seclusion and Restraint”, “Establishing Effective Resource Programs” and “Adaptive Skills for Effective Technical Assistance Consultation.
The MDE-OSE and the EOTTA are working to revamp the B12 data formula. We participated in a cross collaboration with the Early Childhood CoP and a representative from the EOTTA joined us to discuss the proposed changes, answer questions about the changes and to solicit feedback regarding the changes.
This group discussed the recent B13 webinar that was held on April 3.
- During the webinar one of the presenters reported that if multiple community agencies are identified then multiple consent to invites are required. This issue was clarified later in the webinar and it was clearly stated that if an IEP system will allow for multiple communities agencies to populate on 1 consent form, then that is acceptable.
- the OSE will be looking more deeply at the alignment between post-secondary goals and the course of study. A student who wants to be a nurse should not be on a certificate of completion track, that is a misalignment.
- The OSE would like to see the entire IEP uploaded for verification. It was shared that if compliance could not be found in the obvious location, then they would look at other areas of the IEP for it, if the whole IEP is available. Otherwise, they will simply issue non-compliance.
- Like last year, if a district is non-compliance in the same area then they will not be issued a CAP, as it will be an UNC.
Center Programs and graduation rates have been a hot topic. There are 2 types of graduation rates, 1) MISchoolData which is purely an operating district rate and 2) the accountability scorecard which is a resident district rate. MISchoolData the public reporting portal and so the media report what they see on this site, which may be lower for districts who operate center programs.
Seclusion and Restraint: Teri Chapman reported that 4-6 cross representatives will meet in May and will be the writers of the Seclusion and Restraint guidelines. Local District S&R Policies must be completed by start of SY2017-18 along with a mandatory training, which includes substitute teachers.