March 25, 2021 MICIP Continuous Communication

MICIP Continuous Communication

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In this issue of MICIP Continuous Communication

Happy Spring – Let’s Take a BreakSpring

This issue of MICIP Continuous Communication provides a few seeds for when you begin to think of planning for continuous improvement, whether you are a veteran MICIP user or just beginning.

We recognize it is a challenging year. Educators are working with Michigan’s 1.5 million students to respond to the ever-changing landscape brought on by the pandemic. During these next few weeks, we traditionally take a break as Spring is upon us. It is a time for renewal, a time to reset, and a time to prepare for new growth.

In the meantime, we will take a break, giving us all time to pause and prepare for the opportunities that lie ahead. MICIP Continuous Communication will resume on April 22, 2022.

MICIP LogoJust Getting Started With MICIP?

Eventually all district continuous improvement plans will be in MICIP. However, as part of the transition, this year districts are required to create a minimum of one plan based on challenges or opportunities for growth identified in its data related to academics, non-academics, systems, or a combination of factors.

There are many resources to help a district get started. Consider starting with the MICIP Professional Learning page

Mindset LogoIf you have never engaged with MICIP, you might view the MICIP Overview and Mindset video. This same page has resources regarding the Whole Child component of the mindset. 


MICIP ProcessIf you are familiar with the Mindset, consider using the MICIP Process Guide to take a step-by-step approach through the process. A companion to the guide is the Professional Learning Bites., a series of one-page documents designed to provide deeper knowledge on the process.  There are also other supports in the MICIP Process section of the Professional Learning page. 


MICIP PlatformUnder Platform is a series of three videos on the MICIP Process in the Platform showing how to implement the process in the platform. The MICIP platform is intended to be a simple, intuitive application that helps a district build plans and its Consolidated Application in NexSys, the new grant management system.

The Consolidated Application and NexSys are being integrated to reduce redundancy and save time and should be available in May.

MICIP Resources
And don’t forget to visit the MICIP Resources page to access a number of resources to support your MICIP work.

If you have questions, the MICIP website now has a support section designed to lead a district to the correct resource based on question or need.

Professional LearningMICIP Professional Learning Opportunity

MDE will be sponsoring a four-part MICIP Collaborative Walkthrough and Work Session Series.  The series will be led by Dave Hundt, Continuous Improvement/Federal and State Programs Consultant at Muskegon Area Intermediate School District.  For the past several months, Dave has been leading a very successful Open Forum series with attendees from across the state.  This series is modeled after those sessions.  The primary intended audience is district and school leaders responsible for continuous improvement, including district and building administrators, teacher leaders or other school staff involved in continuous improvement; however, anyone is welcome to attend.  We hope that those who register will participate in all sessions.

Participants will engage in an interactive, collaborative walkthrough of the continuous improvement process using the MICIP platform.  Attendees are welcome to join with a team and bring their own data or join individually and collaborate with peers across the state on a practice dataset.  This will be a hands-on experience with the process, so participants should already be familiar with the mindset shifts required for successful continuous improvement. 

Each session will consist of a two-hour block from 8:30 – 10:30 am followed by an additional optional hour from 10:30 – 11:30 am with a special topic for those who wish to participate.  Cost is free to participants; SCECHs will be offered.  Registration is required and will be handled through the Muskegon Area Intermediate School District.  All sessions will be recorded and shared.  Dates and topics are as follows:

  • Session 1 – Tuesday, April 13 - How to approach MICIP based on District/Team Readiness; Discover Data.  Optional session – Getting Connected; Assigning Roles
  • Session 2 – Wednesday, April 28 – Analyze Data, Root Cause Analysis, Manage Goals, Define Impact Measures.  Optional session – Using MICIP at the ISD Level (ISD Programs and Schools)
  • Session 3 – Wednesday, May 12 – Select and Manage Strategies/MiStrategyBank, Identifying Activities.  Optional session – Consolidated Application/NexSys
  • Session 4 – Wednesday, May 26 – Funding, Implementation/Monitoring/Adjusting, Evaluation.  Optional session – Reporting

Here are two videos to help participants decide if they would like to participate and to provide readiness guidance if they are planning to participate as a team.

To register please click on link:

Participants will be notified of the virtual connection information by automated email from the registration system prior to the event.

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