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March 2019

The Michigan Department of Education (MDE) School Improvement Support Unit provides technical assistance and support to ASSIST users. For detailed instructions on submitting reports, please see the Resources section of the AdvancED/MDE website. Note that there are tabs for Schools, Districts, Quick Guides and additional information. Please contact our office if you need further assistance.

The 2019 school and district improvement reporting tasks are now assigned in ASSIST™. Lead administrators and Heads of Institutions should have received a memorandum from MDE outlining the reporting requirements for the 2019 reporting cycle

Early Warning Intervention and Monitoring System is a systematic, data-driven, decision-making process that helps educators systematically identify students who are showing signs that they are at risk of dropping out of school, examine the underlying causes of risk and match students’ needs to interventions, and monitor students’ progress and the success of those interventions. Fundamentally, EWIMS is an ongoing cycle of examining data and making decisions regarding support tools and interventions to help students get back on track towards success.

The EWIMS Implementation Guide is a supporting document for Michigan’s schools and districts that are implementing an early warning system (EWS) using the Michigan Data Hub or another early warning tool. The EWIMS is an evidence-based process for identifying and monitoring students who are at risk of dropping out of school. Initially developed by the National High School Center at American Institutes for Research, the College and Career Readiness and Success Center, the MDE, and the Great Lakes Comprehensive Center have customized this guide for Michigan. This guide will help schools and districts establish and implement the EWIMS process in their schools.

For more information, visit the EWIMS website.

Save the Date: November 18-19

The 2019 Michigan Department of Education Fall School Improvement Conference will be held at the Lansing Center on November 18 and 19, 2019. The year’s conference will feature keynote speaker, Michael Fullan, Officers of the Order of Canada, Leadership Director of New Pedagogies for Deep Learning, an international authority on educational reform with a focus on helping children achieve the moral purpose of learning. Fullan’s presentation will revolve around the definition of a highly-functional system, in addition to how to introduce change into a system that will result in a positive impact. Conference breakout sessions and the agenda overview will be forthcoming.

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