Mar 20

District Provided Professional Development

Teachers:

Please be advised that on May 18th, 2012, the state legislature adopted new rules that govern teacher certificates.  Teachers renewing their Professional Education Certificates or their Occupational Education Certificates may now use the professional development provided by the school districts.  To assist those that take advantage of this method the district can produce professional development records going back to the 2010-2011 school year.  This is important to note when requesting a teacher certification renewal using this newly approved method.  We cannot produce records from anytime before the 2010-2011 school year.  You can only count PD days that you were physically in attendance.

If the PD was done at the building level then the signature on the form must come from the building administrator that supervised the PD.  That building supervisor must be able to produce a sign-in sheet of the teacher’s attendance for purposes of future audits.

Click Here for more information regarding District Provided Professional Development (DPPD)

Click Here for the DPPD form

Mar 05

Sequestration

Below is a message from the Michigan Department of Education in regards to the now imposed sequestration.

Good afternoon,
Local school districts are wondering what the impact of the federal sequestration will mean to their federal funding revenues.  Various sources project the impact on education to be 4.8% to 5.4% in federal program reductions.  The fact is, at this time, the Michigan Department of Education has not received definitive information on the ultimate reductions of federal funding at the state and district levels.
Once the United States Department of Education provides information to the states that include the sequester reductions at the program level for the 2013-2014 school year, the Michigan Department of Education will provide reasonable estimates to local districts as soon as possible.
Respectfully,
Martin Ackley, Director
Office of Public and Governmental Affairs
Michigan Department of Education