Michigan Education Update


  • Leadership changes at MI department of education

    June 30, 2015 by

    State Superintendent, Mike Flanagan, Retires Today, Mike Flanagan will leave the Michigan Department of Education one last time as Superintendent of Public Instruction. After ten years in the position, he is retiring. During his tenure, Michigan adopted the Michigan Merit Curriculum for high school students, began providing all 11th…


  • Driving improvement for Michigan students

    June 23, 2015 by

    Together, driving improvement for Michigan students Dear Friends, Just over one month ago, we embarked on a new initiative – called Michigan Achieves – to make our great state a leader in public education once again. Understanding that our children and our collective future deserve and demand better, we identified best practices…


  • Detroit charter aims to be best in the nation & powering improvement through best practices‏

    June 16, 2015 by

    Powering improvement through best practices Great teachers can improve the lives of their students long after they graduate. That’s why effective teaching and school leaders for every Michigan student is a pillar of Michigan Achieves, a campaign to make Michigan a top ten education state. “A teacher’s…


  • To become a leader, Michigan must learn‏

    June 9, 2015 by

    No need to experiment: Michigan can learn from leading states Michigan can take a page from the playbook of other states when implementing a system for educator evaluation and support, according to Sarah Lenhoff, director of policy and research, andJason Mancini, director of government affairs at The Education Trust-Midwest.…


  • Michigan leaders call for education improvement

    June 2, 2015 by

    Call for Education Improvement Loud and Clear Just a week following the launch of Michigan Achieves – our campaign to put Michigan on the path to becoming a top ten education state – leaders from across the state are calling for key education improvements. At the annual Mackinac Policy Conference last week…


  • Wanting the Most for Our Kids

    May 26, 2015 by

    From the Executive Director: Wanting the Most for Our Kids This month has been a festive one at my house. My daughter Solana turned three, and we hosted her first big birthday party — complete with a piñata, lots of family and friends, and dancing to kids…


  • It’s time that Michigan Achieves. A new report from Ed Trust-Midwest.

    May 19, 2015 by

    Ed Trust-Midwest launches new initiative to make Michigan a top ten education state for all students A new campaign launched today by The Education Trust-Midwest – called Michigan Achieves – lays out a clear path to turn around our flailing education system and transform Michigan into a top ten…


  • Raising Student Achievement in West Michigan‏

    May 12, 2015 by

    Ed Trust-Midwest and Steelcase Working to Raise Student Achievement The Steelcase Foundation and The Education Trust-Midwest are working together alongside educators in Kent County to close achievement gaps through a new initiative. The Kent Learning and Innovation Network will develop a network of peer support and collaboration among…


  • Strengthening Michigan Schools

    May 5, 2015 by

    Michigan: Make Every Week Teacher Appreciation Week! This week marks Teacher Appreciation Week, a time to honor and thank the professionals who lend their passion and skills to educating our children. We recognize the enormous impact that teachers have on students every day, and that teaching quality is the most…


  • Livonia admin. on classroom success; Reading is the gateway to learning

    April 28, 2015 by

    Michigan: Critical Need for Early Literacy Being able to read is key to being able to learn. By the end of third grade, students transition from learning to read, to reading to learn. That is why investing in ways to improve early literacy in Michigan is so critical. This…


  • Higher Standards Unlock Classroom Creativity

    April 27, 2015 by

    By Matt Moll Over the past few years, Michigan has moved to higher learning expectation for students. These standards are more rigorous and challenging for students and teachers alike. This rigor is important for making sure that every student is working towards graduating from high school ready for career…


  • Michigan Stepping Up: Key investments and better tests

    April 21, 2015 by

    State Budget: Mixed Signs for Students There are mixed signs from the Michigan legislature around support for strategies to advance education in the state. Investments around early literacy programs and educator evaluation, support and training are key to improving learning, and are needed by Michigan students. So far, the…


  • Michigan to Washington: ALL Kids Matter!

    April 14, 2015 by

    Standing Up to Washington – Accountability Matters If your child isn’t getting a great education, you don’t just shrug your shoulders. America shouldn’t either. Last week, lawmakers in Washington proposed a compromise for the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA – also known as…


  • Spring Tests Begin

    April 13, 2015 by

    This week, students across our state began taking Michigan’s new assessment – the Michigan Student Test of Educational Progress (M-STEP). Replacing the outdated MEAP test, M-STEP represents a different kind of assessment for our students and teachers, including: Years of investments and testing are paying off and…


  • Support for Early Literacy, Teacher Evaluations

    April 7, 2015 by

    Support for Early Literacy, Teacher Evaluations There was good news for supporters of better schools for Michigan’s students in the legislature last week. School aid appropriations subcommittees approved budgets for the next fiscal year that include increased funding for early literacy programs and support for teacher evaluations, feedback and…


  • Coalition: Road to excellence begins in Detroit

    March 31, 2015 by

    Coalition for the Future of Detroit Schoolchildren Releases Recommendations The road to excellence for Michigan’s troubled schools begins in Detroit, according to the much anticipated report from the Coalition for the Future of Detroit Schoolchildren released March 30. The coalition was assembled late last year as “an independent, diverse…


  • Whiston: MI’s next state superintendent

    March 24, 2015 by

    Brian Whiston named Michigan’s next superintendent Brian Whiston, superintendent of Dearborn Public Schools since 2008, was selected as Michigan’s next superintendent of public instruction by the state Board of Education last week. The current state superintendent, Mike Flanagan, will retire at the end of June. “We hope…


  • Investing in Strategies that Work

    March 17, 2015 by

    Targeted Investments in Strategies that Work Over the past decade, Michigan has fallen behind in key student performance measures, as other states have made tremendous progress. Recent achievement results from around the country, however, provide many lessons on the policies and targeted investments that work. The most significant in-…


  • Michigan Students Need Strong Leadership

    March 10, 2015 by

    Michigan’s public education system is in a fragile place. Today our students are trailing the country in many important learning indicators, such as third grade reading. The next state superintendent of education should play a critical role in turning that around. In an interview with WDET this week…


  • GVSU gets high mark in our ‘Accountability for All’ report

    March 3, 2015 by

    Grand Valley gets high mark in our ‘Accountability for All’ report One of the goals of our recent report, “Accountability for All,” was to celebrate the good work being done by many charter school authorizers in Michigan, institutions like Grand Valley State University (GVSU). ​GVSU, which authorized its first…