Great Lakes East Comprehensive Center

Michigan Annual Plan of Work

2010–11 State Goals

Overview of Planned Work

The Great Lakes East technical assistance plan for Year 6 will focus on completing and institutionalizing the structures, plans, tools, systems, and processes needed by MDE to fully support school improvement at the district, school, and classroom levels for all students. Focus will continue to be on strengthening cross-office teams to increase communication, efficiency, and coherence across the department and maximize leveraging opportunities.

During Year 6, Great Lakes East will continue to work with MDE to ensure coherence in the high school work and increase collaboration between MDE offices, ISDs, and key stakeholders. The goal is to ensure that everyone is working together toward increasing and supporting academic achievement of all students, especially student subgroups. Through the cross-office high school team, effort will continue on leveraging the various high school activities and initiatives across MDE as well as completing the development of the “Michigan Framework for Reimagining High Schools” and disseminating the framework across the state. In addition, Great Lakes East will provide technical assistance to MDE to develop and disseminate strategies and interventions to address the achievement gaps and to increase the academic achievement of high school students across the state, with an emphasis on struggling learners. The alternative education goal from Year 5 will be integrated into the high school redesign goal to ensure that all high school redesign efforts will be aligned and coherent. Great Lakes East will provide technical assistance to coordinate the development of a five-year strategic plan for high school improvement and continue to support the Superintendent’s office and key partners with dropout prevention.

Great Lakes East will continue to work with the Office of Education Improvement and Innovation to redesign and improve the statewide system of support. Effort will be placed on ensuring that all the components are aligned and coherent to create and integrate into the overall picture a statewide system of support for districts with schools in corrective action.

The ELL student population will continue to receive special attention. Great Lakes East is working with MDE to improve statewide capacity to address the needs of Michigan’s ELL students through expanding the work of the MDE cross-office ELL core team. Great Lakes East will continue the implementation of the refined and expanded ELL strategic plan. The plan will focus on developing a uniform statewide approach to high-quality ELL program development information and on supporting the further development of ELL preservice and inservice programs.

The role of response to intervention (RTI) in assisting districts and the integration into the state’s technical assistance process and system of support also will be explored, and a state plan for supporting RTI, including finalizing an RTI framework and guidance documents, will be implemented. Great Lakes East will facilitate an MDE cross-office RTI team to lead the implementation of the plan.

In addition, through its work with the Office of Professional Preparation Services in Year 6, Great Lakes East will support Michigan’s effort to promote practices for improving overall teacher quality. It will work with MDE to strengthen the state’s professional development infrastructure and focus on other strategies within the state Professional Learning Strategic Plan. Year 6 work will include the support needed to scale up the individual professional development plan across the state, as well as completion of the “Michigan Framework for Excellence in Teacher Preparation” and the “Teacher Preparation, Certification, and Professional Learning Continuum.” The overarching goal is to effectively address MDE’s responsibilities for ensuring that all students have highly effective teachers.

As a new technical assistance goal in Year 6, under the direction of MDE Deputy Superintendent and Chief Academic Officer Sally Vaughn, Ph.D., the work of the professional development cross-office team will engage key stakeholders, including professional associations and teachers unions, in refining MDE’s professional development policy and creating a coherent professional development system in the state.

At the request of MDE, Great Lakes East also will be providing assistance to MDE and its Literacy Stakeholder Group to create a statewide literacy plan. The overall goal of the plan is to create a coordinated, comprehensive state infrastructure to increase high literacy achievement for all Michigan students. The plan will guide and inform MDE’s literacy-related activities and initiatives in support of local districts and will be completed by December 2010.

Proposed SEA Technical Assistance Goals

Teacher Quality

Goal 1: State Individual Professional Development Plans
To increase teacher quality by identifying and implementing a process for educators to use for individual professional development plans that support the state’s school improvement process

Scope of Services. With a focus on implementation of Michigan’s Professional Learning Strategic Plan, Great Lakes East will continue to conduct and cofacilitate regular face-to-face meetings and teleconferences with MDE’s Professional Learning team. The team engages a
diverse stakeholder group, including representatives from unions, professional associations, ISDs, and LEAs, in guiding the development of a plan for rollout of the individual professional development plan, an essential component of the state Professional Learning Strategic Plan. Linkages will be made between the individual professional development plan and Michigan’s School Improvement Framework.

Based on the field test conducted during Year 5, the team will analyze feedback, collected and interpreted by the American Institutes for Research (AIR), in collaboration with the stakeholder group. Based on these data, final revisions will be made to all components of the individual professional development plan and a final electronic version will be created. The team then will draft a plan to be used by the Office of Professional Preparation to introduce the individual professional development plan to districts statewide. As part of the statewide rollout, Great Lakes East will conduct ongoing literature reviews to identify effective professional learning strategies to support effective teacher use of individual professional development plans and will design professional development for teachers, mentors, and principals to support the statewide rollout.

Goal 2: State Teacher Preparation System Revision
To improve coordination and alignment of teacher preparation to the current teacher workforce and provide available research to inform teacher preparation and teacher preparation policy based on recommendations of the Teacher Preparation Redesign Task Force

Scope of Services. A team from Great Lakes East, MDE, and key partners will finalize the design of a “Framework for Excellence in Teacher Preparation” by further analyzing the review data from examining standards documents (e.g., standards for teacher preparation institutions, Professional Standards for Michigan Teachers, standards for every subject area of teacher preparation, Certification Standards for Elementary Teachers). The team will work with MDE to revise the framework based on input from the State Board of Education’s Post Secondary Commission on Teaching and will submit it to the State Board of Education for approval. In conjunction with the framework, Great Lakes East will continue to provide assistance to MDE in refining the “Teacher Preparation, Certification, and Professional Learning Continuum.” The continuum will describe the system of requirements for teacher candidates, preparation institutions, and employing school districts along the continuum of a teacher’s career from preservice through induction and into the ongoing professional development of a teacher. The framework and continuum reflect both recent Michigan legislation and Race to the Top priorities


Goal 3: Professional Development System and Policy Revision
To refine policy to support a coherent and consistent system for high quality professional learning at the state and district levels and develop guidelines to support implementation of the professional development policy.


Scope of Services. MDE’s professional development cross-office team consisting of office directors and one or two staff members from the respective offices will work to increase teacher quality. The team aims to develop a cross-department understanding of professional learning and to design a system that supports and leverages the use of effective professional learning. It also seeks to align and implement MDE policies, partnerships, and structures to support effective professional development. As part of the immediate scope of work, Great Lakes East will assist MDE to revise current policy on professional development to reflect the new National Staff Development Council standards and draft a rubric that MDE could use when evaluating grant applications. Drafting a general professional development guide for the field also will be included. The group will develop guidelines to support implementation of the revised professional development policy. These tools will be shared with the team and an expanded stakeholder group in the fall of 2010 and then presented to the State Board of Education and later to the field. The revised professional development policy will be adopted by the State Board of Education in early 2011.

 

High School

Goal 1: High School Redesign
To build the capacity of MDE and key stakeholders in the state to support all students in order to meet the state’s rigorous high school graduation standards (Michigan Merit Curriculum), with particular attention to the academic achievement of student subgroups.
 

Scope of Services. Great Lakes East and MDE will continue to facilitate the high school core team and work closely with MDE’s newly formed high school unit in order to support state efforts to increase the coherence of the technical assistance work to raise academic achievement in Michigan’s high schools and to ensure that students come to high school prepared to meet high academic standards and are college and career ready upon graduation. MDE has requested technical assistance to develop a five-year strategic plan for high school improvement. Great Lakes East and the National High School Center will work facilitate this work. Other collaborators in this work include Regional Educational Laboratory (REL) Midwest, and MDE’s offices of Education Improvement and Innovation, Special Education and Early Intervention Services, Professional Preparation, and Career and Technical Education. The team also has additional representation from ISDs and professional associations, including the Michigan Association of Secondary School Principals, MAISA, and Michigan School Counselors. In Year 6, Great Lakes East will work with MDE’s high school unit to coordinate the high school redesign work across the department and with ISDs, LEAs, IHEs, and professional organizations. Systems to build capacity across agencies will be refined in order to share information, skills, and services.

Great Lakes East will continue providing technical assistance to MDE as it supports the state’s LEAs—especially those with large populations of student subgroups and those that are in corrective action for failure to meet the adequate yearly progress (AYP) measure—to ensure that all students in the state meet graduation requirements. Continuing through Year 6, Great Lakes East will assist MDE in developing and disseminating a “Michigan Framework for Reimagining High Schools” to provide guidance for high school redesign in order to increase academic achievement, and to build the capacity of districts and schools to ensure that all students are college and career ready.

Technical assistance will be provided to the core team and MDE High School Unit to develop and provide opportunities to share research-based best practices as well as to gather information from ISDs, districts, and schools regarding challenges they face and the support they need to meet the requirements of the Michigan Merit Curriculum and to implement the “Michigan Framework for Reimagining High Schools.” In addition, a high school core team subcommittee will review data to identify schools and collect information on promising and emerging practices across the state to support the statewide system of support Emerging Practices committee. Great Lakes East also will provide assistance to the MDE team working on the High School Dropout Challenge.

The alternative education goal, which continued through Year 5, will be integrated into the overall high school redesign work for Year 6 in order to ensure that improvement efforts prepare all students to meet the rigorous Michigan Merit Curriculum requirements and be college and career ready upon graduation. Great Lakes East will continue technical assistance to help MDE build statewide capacity to accurately assess the improvement needs of the state’s alternative high schools and programs and to develop solutions to address those needs to increase student achievement with a focus on subgroups not making AYP. Great Lakes East and MDE team members will meet with an Alternative Education Focus Group that consists of MDE staff and LEA representatives from across the state. Barriers to increased student achievement in alternative high schools and programs will be identified, and the team will work with stakeholders to develop solutions to address those needs. The team will continue to work with MDE, stakeholders, and policymakers to identify state policies that may create barriers for alternative education student success and to craft proposals to reduce policy impediments. In addition, Great Lakes East will work with MDE to identify and disseminate information and supports needed to increase student achievement in alternative high schools. Great Lakes East will work with its subcontractors, RELs, the Center on Instruction, and the National High School Center to provide research about best instructional practices to use with struggling learners as well as research about alternative education models from across the country. The team will work to develop a statewide system of professional development for alternative educators designed to promote increased student achievement.

Statewide System of Support

Goal 1: Michigan’s Statewide System of Support
To address MDE’s NCLB responsibilities to provide an effective system of support for districts and schools in the improvement process, especially those in corrective action.

Scope of Services. During the past several years, MDE and ISDs have spearheaded assistance strategies to help districts and schools that do not make AYP. Since Year 3 of its technical assistance, Great Lakes East has been working with MDE in exploring the impact of these strategies. During Year 6, Great Lakes East will continue to collaborate with MDE in strengthening and building MDE’s capacity to provide effective services as part of its statewide system of support. Some of the strategies will include building systems, structures, processes, networks, and partnerships in support of schools in corrective action. Specifically, Great Lakes East will support MDE’s Office of Education Improvement and Innovation in designing an aligned and coherent process to strengthen and improve Michigan’s statewide system of support.

Great Lakes East will continue to cofacilitate meetings and teleconferences with a statewide system of support team consisting of representatives from the various components of the system. With assistance from the Center on Innovation & Improvement, current research on statewide systems of support and other states’ designs and processes for improving their statewide systems of support will be identified and studied as part of Michigan’s participation in the Pacesetter Academy.

Goal 2: Response to Intervention (RTI)
To help MDE develop an RTI initiative that will identify priority state issues, needs, and action plans to build a strong infrastructure of support for implementation of RTI in Michigan.

Scope of Services. Great Lakes East will continue to support MDE and its partners in the design and implementation of a statewide RTI initiative in Michigan’s schools. Throughout Year 6, Great Lakes East will assist MDE in convening the RTI core team and designing and facilitating monthly face-to-face core team meetings. The team will work to refine and finalize the Michigan RTI Critical Features Framework that includes RTI essential elements, definition, principles, and examples. The team also will build an RTI website that will organize guidance materials, tools, and other resources to support RTI implementation by LEAs. In addition, Great Lakes East will assist the RTI core team to review and determine how RTI practices might be more fully integrated into current state initiatives, especially the state’s School Improvement Process and the tools provided by MDE to LEAs in support of school improvement.

Goal 3: English Language Learners
To implement an ELL program strategic plan that will identify priority state issues, needs, and action plans. This five-year plan will build a strong infrastructure of support for all Michigan ELLs and their teachers.

Scope of Services. In Michigan, 7.8 percent of total K–12 students are ELL (Editorial Projects in Education, 2009), with the highest concentrations in urban centers and areas with large migrant and refugee communities. Only about half of ELLs scored proficient or above in state mathematics and reading assessments in 2007, lagging significantly behind their non-ELL peers (Editorial Projects in Education, 2009).

Based on the five-year ELL strategic plan finalized and adopted during Year 3 and updated and extended in Year 5, implementation of a strong infrastructure of support for all Michigan ELL students and their teachers will continue to take place during Year 6. Great Lakes East will continue to work with the cross-office ELL core team and the statewide ELL Advisory Committee to provide technical assistance as the updated ELL strategic plan is put into action. Technical assistance will focus on program administration, assessment and standards integration, and preservice and inservice ELL professional development. At least four ELL Advisory Committee follow-up meetings will be conducted to guide the implementation of the ELL strategic plan in Year 6.

After being vacant for over three years, the ELL consultant position at MDE was filled in late August 2010 by Shereen Tabrizi, a long-time member of the statewide ELL Advisory Committee. Great Lakes East will be working intensively with her to both support her leadership and to build MDE ELL capacity.

MDE is developing an enhanced technical assistance structure to create effective, quality programs that support ELL academic growth in English language proficiency and academic content. Great Lakes East will codesign and cofacilitate meetings and provide targeted support to assist MDE in addressing implementation and refinement of the state’s ELL programs. It also will assist MDE in the development of a statewide structure that clarifies and synthesizes MDE’s position on how local districts respond to the needs of ELLs based on current state and federal legislation.

MDE’s ELL core team, formed in Year 4 and made up of directors and staff from all offices of MDE, will continue to meet six times a year. Great Lakes East will codesign and cofacilitate the team’s meetings to address the integration of ELL needs and resources throughout MDE, focusing on leveraging and expanding cross-departmental initiatives and coordination. In an effort to expand statewide ELL capacity, support will be provided to develop MDE’s capacity to better serve ELL students in mainstream classes.

In addition, one goal for Year 6 is to institutionalize regional ELL professional development teams to provide Sheltered Instruction Observation Protocol (SIOP) trainers and technical assistance across the state in order to improve the achievement of ELLs. The ISD system will provide the primary structure for the teams. ISDs will provide the professional development sites for regional trainings and provide recruitment and ongoing SIOP training for regional schools’ mainstream staff. In order to accomplish this goal, MDE will partner with Great Lakes East to do the following:

  • Develop state ELL leaders’ capacity (primarily located in ISDs) to provide high-quality and systematic SIOP professional development to teachers of ELLs.
  • Assist state ELL leaders (from ISDs) in the development of professional development plans that meet the particular needs of each of their regions.
  • Provide technical assistance to state ELL leaders and SIOP regional trainers, and integrate follow-up support to teachers working with ELLs in their regions.
  • Assist MDE in the development of a long-term plan for SIOP implementation and sustainability.

Further, Great Lakes East and MDE will continue to refine a statewide ELL preservice and inservice plan that is consistent with the state Professional Learning Strategic Plan. Great Lakes East will help identify best practices to enhance ELLs’ acquisition of English language skills and academic achievement in the content areas through effective teaching and learning. Great Lakes East plans to identify and model research-based teaching and learning strategies that work best to meet the needs of the state’s ELL population. To help build the state infrastructure in professional development, Great Lakes East will assist MDE in refining and building the role of the ISDs and professional associations to support field-based teacher learning.

Michigan Technical Assistance Work Plan for 2010-11 ( Adobe® Reader® PDF 138 KB) (2010–11)

 

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2008–09 State Goals

2007–08 State Goals

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2005–06 State Goals

 

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