8:00AM - 9:00AM

9:00AM - 9:15AM

  • Wendy Zdeb, MASSP & Sheila Alles, Chief Deputy Superintendent

9:15AM - 10:45AM
MMC Overview: History & What It Is Now - The Michigan Department of Education Deputy Superintendents

  • Kyle Guerrant - Deputy Superintendent, Finance and Operations
  • Dr. Venessa Keesler - Deputy Superintendent, Educator, Student, and School Supports
  • Dr. Scott Koenigsknecht - Deputy Superintendent, P-20 System and Student Transitions

Will provide information on a wide range of topics related to the Michigan Merit Curriculum and will specifically address allowable flexibility in the following areas:

  • IEPs
  • Personal Curriculum
  • CTE
  • EDPs
  • Staffing

10:45AM - 11:00AM
Break and Passing

11:00AM - 12:15PM
Breakout Sessions

Attendees will have the opportunity to rotate between Q & A sessions with MDE staff in 20-minute intervals or to attend one of two options for an extended breakout session. 

The MDE Q & A sessions are intended to provide a smaller venue for asking questions.  A recorder will be in each room capturing all questions which will be compiled for a Q & A document following the conference. 

MASSP staff will help to direct attendees to breakout rooms to balance numbers.  Once in a Q & A session we ask that you rotate in order: 1,2,3 or 2,3,1 or 3,1,2 at the conclusion of each 20-minute session.




Breakout Room 1: IEPs & Personal Curriculum
[Scott Koenigsknect and Rashell Bowerman]

Breakout Room 2: CTE & EDPS
[Sheila Alles, Brian Pyles & Celena Mills]

Breakout Room 3: Staffing & Pupil Accounting
[Kyle Guerrant, Venessa Keesler, Leah Breen, Brian Ciloski & Jessica Beagle]

***Extended Breakout Options***

Breakout Room 4: Creative Uses of Online Learning for MMC Requirements
[Mike Dahlinger and Thomas Soria from Michigan Virtual along with Jody McKean, Principal, DeWitt High School and Paul Hungerford, Superindent and Principal, Fulton Schools]
How can you fit all the Michigan Merit Curriculum requirements into a master schedule and still provide individualized pathways for each student? Come hear our panel of counselors and principals discuss creative ways you can leverage online instruction to ensure all of your students meet MMC requirements. Whether your school has 2,000 students or 100 students, online options offer students flexibility in which courses they take to meet these requirements.

Breakout Room 5: MMC Integration into the CTE Curriculum
[Mark Pogliano - Principal and CEPD 37 CTE Administrator, Jackson Area Career Center and Kyle Fiebig Principal and CEPD 21 Administrator, Muskegon Area Career Tech Center]
Since the inception of the Michigan Merit Curriculum, CTE centers have developed a number of ways to successfully integrate required Math and ELA content standards. There are multiple options and pathways for schools and students to successfully learn the standards in an applied format. Presenters Mark Pogliano and Kyle Fiebig will share integration examples from tech centers, consortiums and local district CTE programs as well as answering questions from attendees who may be looking for ways to embed required core standards into existing courses.

12:15PM - 1:00PM

1:00PM - 2:30PM
MMC...What It Could Be

  • Dr. Michael F. Rice, State Superintendent

Facilitated MMC Table Dialogue and Feedback Gathering

After a day of learning about allowable flexibility in the MMC the Michigan Department of Education would like to get feedback from those in attendance about the MMC.  Are changes needed? What should remain in place?  Facilitated discussion and feedback structures will allow those in attendance to share thoughts on improvements that could be made to the MMC to best support the needs of students and to help all children to have a path toward success post-secondary.

2:30PM - 3:30PM
Share Out, Closing Thoughts & Wrap Up

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