January 2023 MICIP Continuous Communication

MICIP Continuous Communication

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In this issue of MICIP Continuous Communication

This issue of MICIP Continuous Communication includes important information about upcoming professional learning opportunities, Release 2.5.1, MICIP Office Hours, the new MIStrategyBank Coordinator, and more!


MICIP Professional Learning Bites
are bite-sized chunks of professional
learning to help you in each stage of
continuous improvement!

imageMICIP User Group

The next MICIP User Group Conversation will take place on Monday, January 9 from 1:00 – 2:00 pm.  We will engage in a quick review of monitoring fidelity from the November meeting and then focus on monitoring capacity and scale/reach.  Everyone is welcome to join. Connecting information is as follows:

Future meetings for 2023 include the following dates and topics; all conversations take place from 1:00 – 2:00 PM:

  • February 6 – Systems
  • March 6 – Maintenance Goals
  • April 10 – Monitoring Impact
  • May 1 – Participant Choice

You will find the resources and recordings for the entire year at the User Group Dashboard. Specific meeting invitations are sent based on the data in this survey. If you have not completed it, please do so to ensure that you receive the most up-to-date information. You only need to complete the survey once, not for each meeting. 

MICIP PlatformRelease 2.5.1 - MiSchoolData Report

On Friday, January 13, Release 2.5.1 will provide users with access to MISchoolData School Index Report. This report will contain only growth and proficiency data rather than the suite of data that is available on the MISchool Data website

To access this report, you will need to click on the add data tile above the data story section in the MICIP platform, then select K-12th Grade. The screenshot below lists the categories available in K-12th Grade. Click on School Index and select either growth or proficiency report.

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MICIP MonitoringMonitor and Adjust Webinar

The recording of the December 15 Monitor and Adjust webinar is currently being processed and will soon be uploaded to the MICIP website along with the annotated power point. This Q&A document associated with the webinar is based on questions asked.

We will continue to update it as we receive more questions. Look under MICIP, Professional Learning, MICIP Process, Implement, Monitor, Evaluate.

Voices from the Field logoVoices From the Field

At the November MICIP User Group, participants discussed the following:

What have been your successes with implementation of the continuous improvement plan at the school level?

  • Creation of bi-weekly meeting time to support two-way communication
  • PLCs meet monthly
  • MICIP Newsletter is shared with regional LEAs. Offering MICIP University cross-county collaboration with an emphasis on equity
  • Lots of team support
  • Alignment of district strategic plan to the district improvement plan to the building improvement plans
  • Shifting to a systems approach has been extremely helpful
  • The flexibility of the MICIP platform helps with addressing individual building needs
  • Drop-in opportunities for supports with writing plans
  • Providing opportunity for feedback as plans are being written

MICIP Collaboration SeriesProfessional Learning

MDE is again offering a four-part MICIP Collaboration Series allowing participants to engage with colleagues across the state as well as with their own district teams in the MICIP process.

The series is intended to address the variation in readiness and capacity for districts across the state to engage in continuous improvement work. It also attempts to value the work districts have put into MICIP over the past several years. The series provides choices for where to onboard with the learning and provides opportunities for district teams to learn and collaborate around their own MICIP plans.  

The intended audience for the series is district and school leaders responsible for continuous improvement.  This is inclusive of district and building administrators, teacher leaders, or other school staff. District readiness will dictate which sessions may be most appropriate.

The series will take place on alternate Wednesdays from 8:30—11:30 am using the zoom platform.  

 Dates and focus areas are as follows: 

  1. Session 1 – February 1, 2023 – Continuous Improvement 101 - This is a condensed version of the previous collaboration series where participants build understanding of the current state of their own MICIP plans and have collaboration time to discuss areas of strength and improvement with their systems, processes, and plans. This session is primarily focused on those new to MICIP; however, everyone is welcome to attend.
  2. Session 2 – February 15, 2023 – Strategies and Activities - The first two hours will focus on strategies and activities while the final optional hour will focus on MICIP and the ’23-’24 Consolidated Application.
  3. Session 3 – March 1, 2023 – Monitoring and Adjusting – There will be two options based on readiness – an introductory level as well as a session for those that already have a good handle on the mechanics.
  4. Session 4 – March 15, 2023 – Two Flexible Options – Teamwork time or topical breakouts based on participant feedback from sessions 1-3.

Participants are welcome to attend the sessions that best fit their readiness and context. The ability to be present at every session is not a requirement for participation.

SCECHs will be offered based on attendance.   Series registration can be completed at this link: MICIP 2023 Collaboration Series Registration.

clipboardMICIP Office Hours

To support MICIP implementation, Terry Nugent, MICIP Lead, and Ben Boerkoel, MICIP Lead for Professional Learning, will be offering MICIP Office Hours on four consecutive Thursdays from 9:30 – 10:30 am

The first 5-10 minutes of each session will be an overview of a specific MICIP topic; the rest of the hour will be an open-ended opportunity to ask questions on any MICIP topic.

Session dates and initial topics are as follows:

  • Thursday, January 12 – MICIP 101
  • Thursday, January 19 – Assess Needs
  • Thursday, January 26 – Plan
  • Thursday, February 2 – Monitor and Adjust

Connection information is the same for each session and is as follows:

Professional LearningUpcoming MICIP Professional Learning

MICIP: A Systems Approach

2:00 – 3:00 pm, Wednesday, January 25. Especially since districts are being urged to consider systems goals for former ASSIST goals as part of MICIP 2022-2023 Plan requirements, this is a timely topic for both ISDs and districts.

The presentation will be recorded, and the recording and power point will eventually be available on the MICIP website. There already is a Professional Learning Bite on the MICIP web site that addresses this topic at A Systems Approach.

Connection information is as follows:

MICIP for Districts and Schools Identified for Additional Supports

10:00 – 11:00 am, Thursday, February 9 and 2:00 – 3:00 pm, Wednesday, February 15.  This presentation will help districts and schools understand how to use MICIP to meet the requirements for this identification.  The sessions are identical and will be recorded. This same information will be shared with MDE and ISD personnel supporting these districts and schools at the Collaborative Partner meeting on Wednesday, February 8. More information regarding the Collaborative Partner meeting will be coming soon.

Connection information for both sessions is the same:

MICIP Limited Maintenance Goals

10:00 – 11:00 am, Friday, February 24. More about this topic will be shared in the February Continuous Communication. For now, please save the date. Appropriate for ISDs and districts.

Connection information is as follows:

Statewide Field TeamStatewide Field Team

The Statewide Field Team is excited to share the December Newsletter: Implementation of Practices, to support the implementation of systems, processes, routines, and strategies for continuous improvement.

Tonya Harrison headshotMIStrategyBank Hires New Coordinator

MAISA is excited to announce that we have hired Tonya Harrison as the MIStrategyBank Coordinator. 

Tonya has served as the Assistant Superintendent of Instructional Services for the Mecosta-Osceola Intermediate School District (MOISD) for the past seven years. Her role at MOISD includes K12 and early childhood instructional programming, professional development, and leadership. Before her time at MOISD Tonya spent 18 years at Reed City Area Public Schools as a Teacher, Principal, and Director of Curriculum and Assessment.

In addition to her experience at the local and ISD level, Tonya is actively involved in a wide range of regional and statewide professional organizations (below). All of these groups, as is Tonya, are focused on improving teaching and learning and supporting best practices in the classroom.

  • MAISA Statewide Professional Networks
    • Early Childhood Administrators Network (ECAN)
    • General Education Leadership Network (GELN)
    • Michigan Collaboration Hub (MiCH)
  • Regional Networks
    • Northern Michigan Learning Consortium (NLMC)
    • Reading Now Network (RNN)
    • Ferris State University Teacher Education Council
  • State and National Organizations
    • Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD)
    • Learning Forward
    • Michigan Elementary and Middle School Principals Association (MEMSPA)
    • Michigan Association of Secondary School Principals

In this new role, Tonya will be responsible for the daily operations and strategic planning for the MIStrategyBank System, specifically focusing on early literacy strategies. This will include working with MDE, and other curation groups to ensure that MIStrategyBank is populated with robust Strategies that are based in research to support districts in their improvement planning (MICIP and MiProMISingPracticeExchange), classroom implementation (MiRead, MiEWIMS, etc) to support effective teaching and learning.

Tonya starts part-time on January 3rd and full-time on July 1st so she can assist the MOIS as they transition leadership in her current role.

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