We have been using a great new resource at our MICIP Open Forums - the Roadmap to MICIP for District Teams, created by thee Northern Michigan Learning Consortium. The MICIP Team has also created a training site. More information on the Training Site can be found on the Getting Started with MICIP page and on the November Update below.
We had a great start to our MICIP Biweekly Open Forums - 3 down and 3 to go! The purpose of the forum is to get in and explore the MICIP system. I work through a specific area of MICIP at each session. Participants are welcome to watch and engage in conversation, or get into the training site and try it for themselves. Full video archives and other information is available here.No registration necessary, just join the Zoom at the appointed time (same Zoom link for the whole series). Remaining Dates and Times:
Please see the AER Page on this website for most up-to-date information.
There was some talk over the years about MICIP meeting all the federal requirements for Title I Plans, but this was not able to be accomplished at this time. MDE OES has released information on documents that must be maintained by all Title I schools. These look similar to the diagnostics that used to be in Assist, but are significantly shorter and have fewer narratives to complete.
MICIP Training Site is now OPEN
The MICIP Team has created a training site and training manual for schools, districts, and ISDs to use. The purpose of the training site is to get in and try out the various features and tools in MICIP so that we're prepared to use the system when it goes live in January. I recommend reaching out to your ISD and/or participating in other trainings on MICIP to fully understand the mindset and process behind MICIP. Two such opportunities are highlighted below.Here is some important information from the MICIP Team:
31a and Count Period: Important Reminder
As a reminder, 31a funding is based off of the district Free and Reduced Price lunch count. It is important for districts to be correctly documenting this in the SIS and reporting to MSDS during the count period. Many districts are providing free meals to all students right now, but please make sure your district continues to identify students for F/R lunch or you will see a substantial reduction in your 31a allocation next year.A second note on 31a. The identification criteria appear to be the same this year. Count period is a great time to get your kids identified. What about state testing data? Per MDE OES, it is permissible to use the most current testing data for identification, which is the 2018/2019 state assessment.
Extended Continuity of Learning Plans
A page for E-COL Plans has been build with the most up to date information. SB 927 introduced a variety of changes to PA 149 (Extended COVID-19 Learning Plans). There are now additional reporting requirements for Reconfirmation Meetings and a new requirement to publish training on virtual content to teachers, parents, and students.
The MI Integrated Continuous Improvement Proces (MICIP) development continues on schedule. The final testing phase was completed in September, and Testing Partners will get early access to the MICIP Platform starting this month. MDE anticipates a statewide rollout in January. We will all use the MICIP process to complete our continuous improvement (formerly school and district improvement). Check out the GETTING STARTED with MICIP page.
While we're waiting for the statewide rollout, it is important for your organization to get connected to MiDataHub. Districts must be connected to the Data Hub to use MICIP. MICIP will also interact with NEXUS, the platform that is replacing MEGS+. In other words, you will not be able to complete your consolidated application in 2021 unless you are connected to the Data Hub. I suggest getting connected earlier rather than later to work out any issues.
Virtual Title I Parent Meeting Toolkit
Many schools are not able to complete their normal Title I Parent Meeting this year due to restrictions on large gatherings, not allowing parents into the building, or running 100% remote programs. The following resources will help you meet the requirements for the Title I Parent Meeting, including sharing about Title I and soliciting input on required documents.
Instructions/links to all docs and surveys: Virtual Parent Meeting Toolkit
Also, a MDE OES published: family engagement during COVID-19.
The March Regional School Improvement and State and Federal Programs Communication is now available.
AER Data NOW Available on MI School Data
Preview the AER data between Dec 5-12, 2019 and update your cover letter by downloading a new template found on the AER Support Page. The new cover letter is very similar to last year and should be fairly simple to update. Labels such as CSI and TSI have not changed yet. Districts and schools must post the cover letter and Combined Report between December 13 - January 31. See the AER Support Page for additional resources and guidance.
MERA Fall Conference in Frankenmuth
Updates to existing support pages have been made for the MERA conference and one NEW support page has been created as follows:
The November issue of Regional Monthly Communication is now available. Be sure to subscribe to get the newsletter delivered to your inbox each month.
Exciting news! There is no longer a provision for redirection of funds based upon assessment results in the budget. However, the intent and purpose of 31a funds remain the same. We still have the same criteria for identification of students, and schools must continue to code students in all collections. Although no redirection of funds are required, proficiency targets are still present at grades 3, 8 and 11 and should still be a target for improvement efforts.
Spending on professional learning has increased to 7 1/2 % and may be utilized in the following manner:
If you are anxious to be part of the Continuous Improvement revolution, don't forget to register for the MDE Fall Conference for Continuous Improvement on November 18th and 19th at the Lansing Center in Lansing, Michigan.
Anyone who leads or is part of school improvement efforts will NOT want to miss this important conference. New expectations about continuous improvement processes and resources, application of the Whole Child model and its influence on how to integrate this important information into the continuous improvement cycle, and other critical content will be addressed. This is NOT one to miss. Join us for shared learning and deepening understanding.