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Friday December 22, 2017


Mark Your Calendars!

Nightly in December: Moonbeams For Sweet Dreams at Beaumont Hospital
Dec. 23 - Jan.1st  State Office Closed for Holiday Break

2018 Events
13th - Field Service Training - Ann Arbor
20th - CCRI Training of Trainers at Livonia Franklin
21st- PTA at the Pistons - Cheer our team to victory!

1st - National PTA Reflections Theme Contest

One exceptional theme will be chosen on Feb. 1, 2018 to inspire creativity for the 2019-2020 PTA Reflections program.

3rd - Men's PTA at the Pistons  Join Michigan Men's PTA and cheer for our team a second time!

Again, this is a funded opportunity so you will NOT NEED TO APPLY FOR FUNDING as Michigan PTA already has that available to your site. If your PTA is interested please contact: by January 16, 2018 at 5:00pm

Don't Miss PTA At The Pistons!

Sunday, January 21 or Saturday, February 3

Buy Tickets Here:

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Weekly Newsletter

Michigan’s ESSA Plan Has Been Approved.

After multiple submissions and resubmissions, starting in March of this year, Michigan’s ESSA plan has been approved by the USED.  The Plan was approved  on November 28th and we now start the process of implementation. The ESSA plan involved work from many stakeholders, including Michigan PTA. Brian Whiston, State Superintendent, said: “The plan was designed to do what is best for Michigan and Michigan’s children, based on input from thousands of stakeholders. It was built to tightly align with Michigan’s goals and strategies to become a Top 10 education state in 10 years.” As you will read below, the plan allows for much parental input during the implementation process. Check out the approved state plan here.

State Report Cards

Both ESSA and NCLB require state and local report cards to show how individual schools and districts are performing. As discussed under accountability, NCLB weighted assessments, graduation rates and Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) very heavily in grading schools and districts. ESSA essentially leaves the weighting of accountability factors to the states. States do need to identify their accountability factors and apply them equally across the state. There is no AYP under ESSA. NCLB was the first to establish subgroups for accountability that data would be disaggregated for. These subgroups included the economically disadvantaged, students with disabilities, English language learners and students from major racial or ethnic groups. ESSA has expanded these subgroups to include homeless students, students from military families and foster care students. Michigan is using a transparency dashboard for their report cards and encourages parent and stakeholders to view and comment on the dashboard.  Learn More Here 


School Improvement

Under NCLB, If a school failed to meet Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) in consecutive years, corrective actions would be triggered. These actions escalated annually. ESSA is much less punitive and provides more support for failing schools. There is no AYP under ESSA. States must identify and provide support for the lowest performing 5%  of title I schools, schools graduating less than 67% of students or, schools where subgroups are under performing.

Parental Involvement Opportunities

ESSA offers more opportunities for family engagement and parent involvement. Stakeholders, including parents were meaningfully consulted regarding state ESSA plan development. They are also encouraged to participate in accountability and school improvement plans. Under title I, schools and districts must have a written parent-school compact that parents should be involved in writing. Title I schools must also set aside one percent (1%) of funds for specific family engagement activities. Check with your school on how to become involved in the implementation process.

Celebrate Michigan PTA Turning 100 with a Business Membership!

This Holiday Season, be sure to encourage  your local businesses to support the MI PTA Centennial Celebrations!  The Business will receive a Centennial window cling and a Centennial Certificate.  Support PTA as a Business Member for just $100 to celebrate 100 years of Michigan PTA!  The local Unit / Council receives $25 of the donation and the remaining $75 goes to fund various programs at the state level.

What Is Your Local PTA Unit Planning To Celebrate The Michigan PTA Centennial in 2018?'
The Centennial Toolkit can be downloaded here! 
Send us what you will be doing so we can highlight it on our Updates.

MIPTA Celebrating 100 Years in 2018!

Michigan PTA is celebrating it's Centennial in 2018!  Here's fun fact number 39 from Michigan PTA History:

39. What year did Frances S. Pettengill of Michigan become president of the Congress of Parents and Teachers?

1937. The gravity of the world climate was obvious in Mrs. Pattengill’s President’s Message in 1938:“No child can escape the knowledge that he is facing grave situations, or that the thinking adults about him are greatly concerned about his future.” She chose as her three year theme: “Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness.”  

Michigan PTA State Office Closed
December 23, 2017 to January 1, 2018  Christmas / New Years Office Closed
Office Opens January 2, 2018

Happy Holidays!
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