Overview

We are in the middle of an intense moment for our state, country and our world.

Educational institutions are struggling to address the challenges of the national emergency caused by COVID-19. We're all adapting to a new normal, while implementing new ways to facilitate, monitor and assess learning. To support building administrators in advancing learning through educational leadership, MASSP hosts weekly Leader2Leader sessions. Leader to Leader is a facilitated professional learning network for school leaders to connect, collaborate, and share during the suspension of face-to-face instruction caused by the COVID-19 Pandemic. The weekly Zoom Leader2Leader meetings take place from 1-2 pm each Thursday during the suspension of face-to-face instruction.  Participants register for each webinar individually and are approved for SCECH's based on their participation in the webinar.  Zoom tracks the duration of each individual's presence in webinar down to the minute.

March 19: School Doors are Closed. Now What?

During Round 1 of L2L Bob Kefgen and Colin Ripmaster provided a legislative update specific to COVID-19 and anticipated implications for schools during the suspension of face-to-face instruction.  Participants then joined virtual breakout sessions specific to: continuity of learning, low tech options and teacher, employee, and student mental health.

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March 26 Accessibility, Accountability and FAPE

During Round 2 of L2L attorneys from Lusk Albertson address issues and frequently asked questions related to distance / e-learning, FAPE, and accessibility. Participants then shift into one of four concurrent break-out sessions developed in response to our member survey.  During the breakout session, MASSP staff shared practical ideas, tools and strategies specific to leading collaborative meetings in a virtual world, tech tools for staying connected, and continuum of practice and considerations during the suspension of face-to-face instruction.

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April 2: Continuity of Learning Plans What ~ Why ~ How

Round 3 of Leader2Leader focused on the role of building administrators in leading stakeholders during the extended school closure. The following topics framed each chunk of the webinar: Continuity of Learning Plans, Communication and Leadership, Reasonable and Appropriate Learning Opportunities, Prioritization of Time, Tasks, and Well-being.


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April 9: Breaking Down and Responding to Gov Whitmer's EO

Round 4 of Leader2Leader focused on frequently asked questions related to EO 2020-35, including grades and credits, admissions/scholarships/NCAA eligibility, Budget and Labor Issues, End of Year Activities / Commencement, and Thinking Forward

 
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April 23: Rites-of-Passage Creating Moments during COVID-19

Round 5 begins with a general session specific to planning end-of-year activities and backup options given EO to Stay Home / Stay Safe. The session includes modeling of one possible timeline for loosening social distancing restrictions using the criteria in the White House’s “Open Up America“ plan, alongside state /local infection rate projections. In addition, recommendations were provided for use of a continuum-based approach to planning based on updated EO guidance for person-to-person contact, local capacity, priorities of stakeholders, and what might be reasonable and appropriate in one’s local community. Breakout sessions explored What / How / Why That Way. 

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April 30: Continuity of Learning - Lessons Learned

Round 6 is a facilitated panel discussion in which practicing principals share their thinking regarding the opportunities, challenges, and lessons learned from initial implementation of their district Continuity of Learning Plans, Panelist respond to the following prompts: How have you approached continuity of learning during the suspension of face-to-face instruction? Why that way? What’s working and how do you know? How are you monitoring/planning to monitor implementation?  What challenges/struggles have you encountered? What might need rethinking/adapting and how do you know? What are some lessons learned that might inform approaches to curriculum, instruction, and assessment in the 2020-21 school year? 

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May 7: Implications of COVID-19 on School Funding

Round 7 explores the economic impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on state revenue, and potential implications for a district's budgets.   To help school leaders begin planning for the economic impact on local district budgets, Bob Kefgen, MASSP's Director of Government Relations, will moderate a panel discussion featuring school funding experts from the State Budget Office. Bethany Wicksall, the State Budget Office Director of Legislative and External Affairs, and Beth Bullion, the Director of the Office of Education within the State Budget Office will review the projected impact on COVID-19 on state tax revenue generally and school funding in particular and answer participant questions about what the current crisis might mean for school funding this year and next.

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May 14: Trusted Voices

Round 8 features a panel of counselors and teachers share what they are experiencing under the current conditions and what they think should happen moving forward. Focus questions include: What do you appreciate/value regarding your schools approach to remote learning? What challenges/obstacles does remote learning create for you and/or your dept/team? Students? Families? What do you believe needs further rethinking/reframing/refining? What would you appreciate or need moving forward?

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May 20: Fall College Board PSAT/SAT Testing

PSAT/SAT Testing may not be something that principals even want to think about with all the pressing issues at hand...and that is understandable.  This being said, the Governor’s Executive Order ensures students in grades 9-12 will be provided a free PSAT/SAT test in the fall and MDE recently provided the testing schedule options.  There are many moving parts to consider as you plan for fall testing and you don’t want to wait until August or September to develop a plan.  Ted Gardella from the College Board will help to unpack the information provided in MDE’s Spotlight testing article and answer your questions.  Following Ted’s presentation, MASSP’s Executive Director Wendy Zdeb along with Steve Carlson (Principal at Sandusky Jr/Sr High School) and Erin Carlson (Teacher at Sandusky Jr/Sr High School) will share their thoughts on setting up a testing calendar and preparing students and staff.

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May 21: Highs and Lows of Remote Learning

Round 9 features a panel of students who share their experience with remote learning and under the current conditions and what they think should happen moving forward. Focus questions include: What did you appreciate/value regarding your school's approach to remote learning? What challenges/obstacles did remote learning create for you and/or your family? What do you believe needs further rethinking/reframing/refining? What would you appreciate or need moving forward?

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May 28: Kim Marshall and the Marshall Memo

Round 10 features Kim Marshall from the nationally-known Marshall Memo joining the MASSP Leader2Leader webinar to showcase relevant resources related to teaching and learning during the COVID-19 pandemic.  Kim will walk participants through the new version of the Marshall Memo which includes dividing the articles into four groups: (a) understanding the pandemic, (b) the human side of online teaching, (c) pedagogical issues with online teaching, and (d) planning for school reopening.


 
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June 4: Public Policy and Our Crystal Ball (COMING SOON)

Round 11 features a panel of Superintendents who share their assessment and reflections related to remote learning, and what they think should happen moving forward. Focus questions include: What did you appreciate/value regarding your schools approach to remote learning? What challenges/obstacles did remote learning create for you and/or your family? What do you believe needs further rethinking/reframing/refining? What would you appreciate or need moving forward?

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June 11: Future of Secondary Ed: Here's What ~ So What ~ Now What? (COMING SOON)

Round 12 features a panel of thought leaders sharing their thinking about the medium and long-term implications of COVID-19 on the 2020-21 school year, including student activities (Marching Band, Sports, Clubs, Back to School Events, etc.), school calendar (DPPD, Start Date, Hours/Days, Contingency Days, etc.), approach (e.g., Split Schedules, Blended Learning, Remote Learning, etc.), and balancing politics, tradition & stakeholder expectations with local capacity and the health/safety of those in attendance.

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