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Decades of research tells us that Michigan’s economic future and cultural vitality depends on the quality of our educational system, from pre-K through college, and recent achievement results from around the country provide hope and many lessons for Michigan to take to heart.

Statewide educational improvement is possible – and within our grasp. By making a sustained, comprehensive commitment and investment in the levers we know work, Michigan can get back on track.

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  • Leveraging the Power of Data for Strategic Learning and Improvement

    A recently released report by The Education Trust-Midwest leveraged the power of comparative state assessment data to provide fresh insight on Michigan’s early…

  • Bridge Michigan Opinion | Let’s get strategic in improving third-grade reading in Michigan

    Like so many of you, I’m a native Michigander who grew up proud of what I believe are shared Michigan values: a hard work ethic, a passion for the Great Lakes,…

  • Mich. Ed. Roundup – March 13

    Focused Efforts in West Michigan Improving Student AchievementA focused effort to improve student achievement in high-poverty public schools in Michigan has sh…

  • How Am I Making History? I’m Teaching the Students Who Will Be Written About in History Books

    Last August at a cookout, my dad pulled me aside and said, “Sis, will you just teach English this year? Can you commit to that?” I chuckled, gave him a sly gri…

  • Detroit News Opinion | Has education in Michigan hit bottom?

    For the first time in state history, Michigan public schools are able to compare their performance in some subjects to nearly a dozen other states across the c…

  • Open Your Eyes

    I was asked to share my thoughts on how I'm making history.  Specifically, I was asked to share a story/perspective I spoke about with a group of educators and…

  • Making Change and Closing Gaps

    February is Black History Month — an annual celebration of the contributions and achievements of black Americans and a time to recognize the central role Afric…

  • Mich. Ed. Roundup – Feb. 13

    Ensuring Honesty and Transparency in School RatingsA new system for reporting, transparency and accountability for schools was proposed in the Michigan House o…

  • Testimony on House Bill 5526 (2018) – School Accountability

    Thank you for the opportunity to testify today in support of House Bill 5526, an important and long-overdue measure for ensuring that parents and community lea…

  • Mich. Ed. Roundup – Feb 5

    In the Absence of ColorBelow is an excerpt from a February 5, 2018 blog post by Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning’s Instructional Coach, Dr. Tambr…

  • Mich. Ed. Roundup – Jan 30

    Governor Calls for Accountability, Better Funding and Transparency in Final State of the StateLast week, in his final State of the State address, Governor Rick…

  • Mich. Ed. Update – Jan 23

    Amazon Announcement Highlights Need for Educational TransformationThe following is from a January 22 blog post by Amber Arellano. Please click here for the ful…

  • Mich. Ed. Roundup – January 9

    New School Data Display Goes LiveMichigan parents will get their first glimpse of a new way to view school data, as the state launches data dashboards for each…

  • Mich. Ed. Roundup – November 28

    November is Native American Heritage MonthSince 1990, American presidents have proclaimed each November as Native American Heritage Month to recognize “the sig…

  • Mich. Ed. Roundup – November 21

    Ensuring that Every Michigan Student has Access to a High-Quality Education Click image to view video from the Education Trust-MidwestTake Action! Oppose Test …

  • Mich. Ed. Roundup – November 14

    Take Action! Oppose Test ChangesOver the past few weeks, hundreds of letters have been sent to State Superintendent Brian Whiston and Governor Rick Snyder, opp…

  • Mich. Ed. Roundup – November 7

    Take Action! Oppose Test ChangesThe Michigan Department of Education recently announced significant changes to the end-of-year assessment, the M-STEP, marking …

  • Mich. Ed. Roundup – October 18

    Top Educator Talent Key for Student and School SuccessThe single greatest in-school predictor of student success is the quality of teaching and learning. This …

  • Mich. Ed. Roundup – October 10

    MI Voters Support Greater Improvement in State's SchoolsMichigan voters strongly support greater improvement in the state’s schools, according to a survey cond…

  • Mich. Ed. Roundup – October 3

    Equitable access to strong teachers critical for underserved studentsBlack, Latino and Native students, and students from low-income families, are less likely …