Title Downloads Resource Type
Collaborative Newsletter, July 2014
Sep 19, 2014
General Education Leadership Network (GELN)Collaborative Coordination Report
Technology Committee Goals 2014-2015
Sep 19, 2014
Instructional Leadership Committee Goals 2014-2015
Sep 19, 2014
Michigan Public School Partnership

The Michigan Public School Partnership (MPSP) initiative is underway! The group has enlisted Issues Media Group, headed by the company’s co-founder Paul Schutt, to help launch InspirED Michigan, a digital publication that features positive stories of Michigan’s public education and the innovative educators who are dedicated to the success of all students.

The InspirED Michigan Communication Toolkit contains key messages, communication tools and promotion tips to help show the value of public education by encouraging readership of and story contributions to InspirED Michigan.

MPSP’s Mission

The mission of Michigan Public Schools Partnership (MPSP) is to promote the value of public education in Michigan. Community public schools are a key component of our democracy that ensures all students have access to a quality education and a brighter future.

About MPSP

Michigan Public Schools Partnership (MPSP) will provide news, information, data, and resources to school districts, communities, the general public, and the media, confirming that community public schools are successfully nurturing and educating students to be productive Michigan citizens. 

To support MPSP, and become a member/partner, use the linked form below:

Michigan Public School Partnership Form

For more information, please contact Bill Miller at, Christine Beardsley, Jeff Mills at, or Brian Metcalf at

Jul 25, 2014
About and For ISDs
MAISA 51st Annual Summer Conference - files

File and Presentation Archive:

Conference Itinerary (at a glance)

Friday June 20th General Membership Packet

Systemic School Reform Committee Report - Bill Miller and William Mayes

No More Sidelines - Scott Koenigsknecht (link to program's Facebook page)

What's Up with Childhood Obesity? - Dr. Patrick Friedli

Chicken Soup for Stress - Dr. Patrick Friedli

*** For those that had their picture taken with Greg Kelser, please look for those to arrive in your email inbox by July 9th. ***

Jun 28, 2014
About and For ISDsMAISA 51st Annual Summer Conference - June 2014 - Archive
MAISA Instructional Leadership Phone Committee Meeting Minutes June 12, 2014
Jun 20, 2014
Instructional Leadership Committee Goals 2013-2014
Jun 20, 2014
Collaborative Newsletter, May 2014
Jun 3, 2014
General Education Leadership Network (GELN)Collaborative Coordination Report
Joint MAISA/MASA Minutes 5/8/2014
May 14, 2014
MAISA Legislative Committee Minutes 5-8-2014
May 14, 2014
Early Childhood Meeting Minutes 4/17/14
May 8, 2014
Collaborative Newsletter, April 2014
May 3, 2014
General Education Leadership Network (GELN)Collaborative Coordination Report
EpiPens 4 Schools Program

The EpiPen4Schools® program, from Mylan Specialty, offers four (4) FREE EpiPen or EpiPen Jr Auto-Injectors to qualifying public and private kindergarten, elementary, middle and high schools in the U.S. during 2014*.  Requirements to qualify for this offer include having a valid prescription. 

The products are available in the form of two EpiPen 2-Pak® cartons, two EpiPen Jr 2-Pak® cartons or one 2-Pak of each kind. Each EpiPen 2-Pak contains two single auto-injectors, instructions for use and a training device, with no drug product or needle, to become familiar with the administration technique. The expiry of an EpiPen is approximately one (1) year.

Participating in the EpiPens 4 School Program


  1. Go to
  2. Download the order application form and follow the steps to complete your order.  NOTE: Customers placing an order for free product can request one free storage unit per school to store the EpiPen 2-Pak® and/or EpiPen Jr 2-Pak® cartons. 
  3. Fax the completed order form with a copy of a valid prescription or standing order (form available at the above URL), along with the certification form, to BioRidge Pharma, attn: Kristina Paich at 973-718-4328 or scan and email it to
  4. After completing the steps above, BioRidge Pharma will find a pharmacy near your school that is able to fill the prescription and forward a copy of your valid prescription to the pharmacy. All orders will be shipped directly to your school. 


For additional information or if you have any questions, contact Bioridge Pharma Customer Service at 973-845-7600. 

*The decision to offer this program in future years is made annually in the fall by Mylan Specialty.  Check the website ( for updates.

The REMC SAVE Bid Project will gather information from districts, during May 2014, to determine their need to purchase additional EpiPens beyond the EpiPens 4 Schools program.  The Project will move forward to aggregate demand statewide for these devices if the districts indicate substantial need.

Michigan EpiPen Legislation Overview

Beginning with the 2014-2015 school year a school board is required to:


  1. Develop and implement policies concerning epi-pens, to be consistent with Michigan Department of Education revised medication administration guidelines (to be released).
  2. Provide for at least two (2) epi-pens to be kept in each school building.
  3. Ensure that each school building has employees trained in the appropriate use and administration of an epi-pen.  (A school with an instructional and administrative staff of 10 or more must have at least 2 employees who have been trained.  A school with less than 10 such staff is required to have at least 1 trained person.)


Under the new law, a school employee who is trained in the administration of an epi-pen may administer an epi-pen, on school grounds, to an individual who is believed to be suffering an anaphylactic reaction.  Most significantly, this now includes persons who have not previously been diagnosed with a food allergy.  A trained school employee who administers an epi-pen is immune from civil and criminal liability, as are the school district and school board.

The Legislature has recognized that there are financial implications for a school district in meeting its responsibilities under the new law.  In order to recover its costs, a school district is required to first attempt to obtain funding from other undefined sources, including private sources.  If the school district is unable to obtain this alternative funding for all or part of its costs, reimbursement is to be made by the Michigan Department of Education.

This information was compiled by the REMC Association of Michigan (REMCAM) and the Michigan Association of Intermediate School Administrators (MAISA).

Apr 2, 2014
Save the Date! Strategies for Engaging Community-based Organizations

Friday, May 9, 2014

DoubleTree by Hilton, Bay City-Riverfront

Strategies for Engaging Community-based Organizations

This convening will provide attendees with strategies for collaborating with local partners to both meet the needs of children and families and the legislative requirement that ISDs must distribute 30 percent of GSRP slots to community-based organizations.  Attendees should include: ISD Early Childhood Contacts, Head Start Directors, Resource Center Directors, and Great Start Collaborative Directors, and other interested parties.  Please note that there is no formal team requirement.  

More Details to Follow!

Presented by The Head Start State Collaboration Office, in partnership with the Michigan Head Start Association and the Michigan Association of Intermediate School Administrators

Apr 2, 2014
MAISA Instructional Leadership Phone Committee Meeting Minutes March 18, 2014
Mar 26, 2014
MAISA Collaboration Project Acommplishments: 3-20-14 Quarterly
Mar 26, 2014
General Education Leadership Network (GELN)Collaborative Coordination Report
Early Childhood Meeting Minutes 2/20/2014
Mar 17, 2014
Collaborative Newsletter, February 2014
Mar 5, 2014
General Education Leadership Network (GELN)Collaborative Coordination Report

Lansing – The Regional Educational Media Center Association of Michigan (REMCAM) andMichigan Virtual University signed a multi-year agreement to collaborate on targeted projects. The two organizations formed a strategic alliance to explore greater alignment and coordination with new and existing projects to support Michigan schools as they expand their use of online and blended learning solutions. 

One of the goals of the collaboration is to explore the benefits of a joint campaign to promote online and blended learning professional development programs offered by MVU and REMCAM. The partnership will also examine the development of a statewide certificate program in online and blended learning for Michigan educators. In addition, the partners will conduct joint research on different learning management system (LMS) tools to evaluate their functionality and features and publish a report to support decision making by Michigan schools. 

A key goal of the partnership is to leverage the technology expertise and capacity of both partners to help Michigan school districts innovate so they can address persistent educational challenges,” said Bob Frost, President of the REMC Association and Director of REMC 10. “We are excited about the partnership with MVU and look forward to doing more to help schools succeed.”

The two organizations will also work together to disseminate information to school districts aimed at clarifying current rules and regulations related to online and blended learning options. Targeted project discussions will begin in January and a detailed plan of action will be developed for each collaborative project, including timelines, necessary resources and metrics for success.

“The agreement comes at an important time as changes in state policy allow unprecedented statewide student access to online learning options,” said Jamey Fitzpatrick, President & CEO ofMVU. “The shift in educational policy has created a new demand for professional development services and consulting support for schools. I believe our partnership with the REMC Association of Michigan will help to expand the capacity of Michigan schools to support digital learning environments.”

Sue Schwartz, Executive Director of REMCAM said “the REMC Association of Michigan and MVUare committed to quality educational solutions that leverage online and blended instructional models that are delivered by innovative educators. We need to do everything possible to expand the skills of Michigan educators to teach in new learning environments that are free of traditional time and location barriers.”

REMCAM is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization established in 1969. Its members are the directors of the 28 local regional educational media centers (REMCs) operated through the intermediate school district structure. To learn more, visit,

About MVU
Michigan Virtual University® is a private, nonprofit Michigan corporation established by the State of Michigan in 1998 to serve as a champion for online learning. It is the parent organization of the Michigan Virtual School®, Michigan LearnPort®, and Michigan Virtual Learning Research Institute™.

via January 14, 2014 post at

Feb 27, 2014

The purpose of this position paper is to inform decision makers and shape policy regarding state standardized assessment in Michigan.


The MAISA General Education Leadership Network strongly recommends adoption of the Smarter Balanced Assessment as our statewide measure of student achievement in mathematics and English language arts.


Fully Aligned with the Common Core State Standards
The first and most important reason for our recommendation is that the Smarter Balanced Assessment is fully aligned with the Common Core State Standards in mathematics and English language arts. Alignment between what is taught and what is tested is a fundamental principle of best-practice curriculum, instruction and assessment. It is a simple principle. The assessment should measure the extent to which students have mastered the state standards that they have been expected to learn. Each test item a student encounters should be aligned to one or more standards. A student should never be tested on content that does not fully align to the standards. It is not sufficient to have partial alignment between the standards being taught and the standards being tested. This principle is paramount in statewide high-stakes assessment where results lead to serious consequences for schools and individuals. For example, poor results on state standardized assessments can lead to students being retained, closure of schools and teachers being inappropriately evaluated. High-stakes such as these require full alignment between the state standards and the state test at every tested grade level. The test being created by the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium is fully aligned to the standards. In fact, the Smarter Balanced Assessment was designed for the sole purpose of measuring student achievement with respect to the Michigan adopted Common Core State Standards and has utilized no other set of standards in the development of test questions.


Quality Assessment
The second reason we urge statewide implementation of the Smarter Balanced Assessment is that the technical qualities of the assessment exceed any of the other options. A few of the most important technical qualities include:

• Computer adaptive rather than computer based or paper based: The Smarter Balanced Assessment has the capability to adjust the difficulty of test questions based on individual student responses. As students answer test questions correctly, questions become more challenging. As students answer test questions incorrectly, questions become less complex. In this way, the Smarter Balanced Assessment will provide a customized and developmentally appropriate assessment for all students. Additionally, computer adaptive tests generate data reports that identify the individual learning level of each student, whether they are behind grade level or advanced. Therefore, computer adaptive assessments provide a more customized and meaningful testing experience for students while also providing educators, parents, students and other stakeholders with a more complete understanding regarding the specific learning level of each student. 

• A comprehensive assessment resource rather than a one-time end-of-year test: In addition to a single high stakes end-of-year test, the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium will provide optional Common Core aligned interim assessments for classroom use. These interim assessments will be used by educators throughout the school year to check for student understanding and monitor progress as they prepare for the final end-of-year high stakes test. In other words, Smarter Balanced provides students and educators fully aligned opportunities to practice and address student progress before the final endof-year assessment.

• Criterion referenced rather than norm referenced: The Smarter Balanced Assessment measures student achievement with respect to Common Core State Standards (criterion) rather than measuring student achievement in a comparative manner with other student test results (norm). The primary purpose of our state standardized assessment is to measure student achievement with respect to state standards and therefore must be a criterion referenced test. Michigan Retains Ownership and Control Another important factor in our recommendation of the Smarter Balanced Assessment is that it is imperative that Michigan citizens and educators retain a great degree of control over our statewide assessment. From the beginning of the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium, Michigan educators have played a leading role in development and continue to influence test content, design, scoring, administration, reporting and technical quality. Most importantly, under the contract with the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium Michigan retains ownership and control of our own student achievement data and its analysis. College Entrance Exam for 11th Grade Finally, the MAISA General Education Leadership Network acknowledges the importance of a quality college entrance examination for students in the eleventh grade as well as an assessment aligned to Michigan state standards. Therefore, we recommend that the state continue to offer a college entrance examination for eleventh grade students in addition to Smarter Balanced.

Feb 27, 2014
About and For ISDs

The Michigan Association of Intermediate School Administrators has joined a new collaborative campaign to send more state dollars directly to pupil foundation grants.

Read the Collaboration’s Letter to the Legislature

Feb 27, 2014
About and For ISDs
GELN Assessment Statement - February 2014
Feb 14, 2014
Career and College Readiness Standards ProjectMAISA Position Paper
Collaborative Newsletter, January 2014
Feb 10, 2014
General Education Leadership Network (GELN)Collaborative Coordination Report
Standards, Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment White Paper
Feb 10, 2014
Career and College Readiness Standards Project
General Membership Minutes, October 31 - November 1, 2013
Jan 29, 2014
About and For ISDs