Course Offerings

Curriculum, Instruction & Alignment - 30 SCECHs
The objective of this course is to develop the knowledge, skills, personal dispositions and performance competencies that pertain to administrative leadership and school improvement. These research-based standards require the development of instructional leaders who understand how to effectively apply evidence-based school leadership practices to support the implementation and refinement of a guaranteed and viable curriculum within their organizational systems. Participants will be prepared to create a plan of implementation, monitoring, support, and evaluation that will lead to the vertical and horizontal alignment of their educational institution.

School Improvement & Alignment - 30 SCECHs
It seems that continuous improvement has often become a task and can be viewed as somewhat of a buzzword in education. Likewise, continuous improvement does not always mean that a school or district is actually executing, the plan in a systematic or systemic way. Continuous improvement also requires schools to have the on-staff knowledge, skills, and the shared ownership needed to improve achievement and sustain improvement over a sustained period of time. This course will guide participants through an authentic improvement process that is focused on teaching and learning. Instructional content will build an understanding of the critical components of each of the stages of school improvement; Gather, Study, Plan and Do. The required activities will guide participants through a process that will help to ensure effective implementation of any activity and/or strategy by providing a laser focus on implementation, support, and monitoring and evaluating of the agreed upon improvement practices.

Observation & Feedback - 30 SCECHs
Throughout this 6-week course, we will explore both state requirements and best practices in the areas of observation, supervision, and evaluation. We will be reading content related to formative feedback, will be engaging with feedback structures, will engage in an authentic case-study, and will work together to refine our skillsets in the area of supporting teachers with their instructional growth. This course is focused on skill refinement, will require interaction, and reflection.

School Culture: Creating an Inclusive Environment for All Learners - 30 SCECHs
This course focuses on examining the diversity of students and staff within a school community.  Diversity is explored as the range of groups represented by staff, students, families and the community, which includes, but is not limited to, race/ethnicity, culture, language, gender, and sexual orientation. Secondly, participants explore the impact of culture (individual and shared attitudes, beliefs and values) on teaching and learning within a school, and research-based practices to address the achievement of all students.  

School Law 101: What Principals Must Know - 27 SCEHCs
The current culture of litigation against schools has changed leadership.  This course explores Michigan Common Law (MCL) and state statutes related to the administration of schools, including student rights and responsibilities, and school safety/operations management.  Participants learn how to search and interpret law, analyze potential impact and application on board policies, and develop administrative guidelines for implementation.

School Safety: Best Practices - 27 SCECHs
This course deepens participants understanding of the societal issues that impact student safety and well-being, socio-emotional development and academic learning, as well as the importance of safe and orderly school environments that are conducive to learning for all students. Participants explore proactive, school-wide approaches and classroom best practices for developing a safe, caring and productive learning community that embraces the diversity of staff, students, and community. School safety and security, bullying and harassment, violence prevention and crisis planning and intervention are addressed.

Understanding Human Behavior through Restorative Practices (Self-Paced) - 3 SCECHs
This online course introduces participants to the social science of human behavior and how to use this understanding to build and repair relationships in a school through restorative practices, which integrates best practices from a variety of disciplines and fields, including education, psychology, social work, criminology, sociology, organizational development, and leadership.

Foundations of Restorative Practices & Circles (Self-Paced) - 5 SCECHs
Participants in this course will learn practical strategies to build strong, healthy relationships with students, families, employees, and colleagues. Real life scenarios and experiences bring you to a deeper understanding of the fundamental unifying premise of restorative practices—that people are happier, more cooperative and productive and more and more likely to make positive changes in their lives when those in positions of authority do things with them rather than to them or for them. Through video and digital re-enactments, participants will identify reliable methods for using circles to build community, establish norms and address behavior and relationships which is useful in any setting from education and other human services to organizational management.

Project Gameplan: Keeping Compliant Scenarios (Self-Paced) - 6 SCECHs
As part of MASSP's Digital Learning Network, these self-facilitated courses will provide learners with the opportunity to review and understand important laws put in place to protect students and the school community. Topics to be covered include: Mandatory Reporting, Zero-Tolerance, and Anti-Bullying. In the course modules, learners will review basic laws and requirements, as well as how to interpret those requirements in a school building when working with students and staff. These modules provide a variety of learning activities including scenario games, quizzes, case studies, reflect & respond questions, as well as document and video reviews. Learners will also be able to compare and contrast their current building and district policies to the current laws.

Emergency Use of Seclusion and Restraint Awareness Training - By Request
State statute provides a uniform policy regarding the use of seclusion and restraint to promote the care, safety, welfare and security of the school community and the dignity of each pupil. This law requires awareness training for all school personnel who have regular contact with pupils.  MASSP provides both a 14 min (mp4) and 30 min (mp4) recorded screencast that is MDE-approved for awareness training. Accompanying these plug-and-play resources is a one-page handout with key details.