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October 2018

ASSIST users can revise and modify their respective goals at any time. This component of ASSIST is dynamic and supports the continuous improvement process by allowing schools and school systems to reuse the goals to construct various plans as needed, as well as track the implementation of goals and plans while allowing for the ongoing modification and addition of goals based on new data and information.

School Improvement Support Unit (SIS)

The Michigan Department of Education (MDE) School Improvement Support Unit provides technical assistance and support for 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.

Fall Conferences Information

Save the date for the AdvancED Michigan Fall Conference, Dream Big, scheduled for October 11. The conference will be held at the Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi, Michigan. The conference will highlight three strands of the continuous improvement journey, with sessions designed to support institutions beginning their journey, those well into their journey and a third strand for those leading the journey. Click here for AdvancED Michigan Fall Conference details and registration. We hope to see you there! 

The Michigan Department of Education Fall 2018 School Improvement Conference
Continuously Improving to Support Learning and Learners, is scheduled for November 19 – 20 at the Lansing Center in Lansing, Michigan. 

During the first day of the conference, featured topics include:

  • Continuous Improvement Theory of Change
  • Comprehensive Needs Assessment
  • Systems
  • Consolidated Application 

The second day of the conference includes two half-day sessions.

Session 1

An essential component of high-quality differentiated instruction is understanding the needs of each student. Using formative assessment as part of a balanced assessment system is one of the keys to that understanding. This understanding is critical for all students, especially disadvantaged students. Keynote Speaker LeAnn Nickelsen, M.Ed. continues this theme from previous years as she addresses how formative assessment can change a classroom, grade level, or an entire school and district!  

Session 2 

What are the components of a high-quality system? What is meant by systemic thinking? What is necessary to move from isolated thinking to systemic thinking? Participants will dig deeper into this topic in a facilitated session featuring testimonials from schools and districts who are successfully implementing systemic thinking.

Click here for conference details and registration.

Please note that a new login appears when accessing the ASSIST platform on the AdvancED website. Users will need to click on the ASSIST link to access the MDE assigned reporting tasks.

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