April 2024 MICIP Continuous Communication

MICIP Continuous Communication

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SpringIn this Issue of MICIP Continuous Communication

Happy Spring! This issue of MICIP Continuous Communication includes important information about the fall Continuous Improvement Conference, shares several insights from the field in thinking about the Continuous Improvement process and how to Live Into Continuous Improvement, provides a link to the Statewide Field Team, and more!


The header in the MICIP platform now reads ASSESS – PLAN – IMPLEMENT – REPORT rather than beginning with DISCOVER. The dropdown under ASSESS will still include Data Story and Root Cause.

MICIP Platform Image

This change keeps the vocabulary in the MICIP platform consistent with the wording of the cycle.

MDE 2024 Continuous Improvement Conference

The MDE 2024 Continuous Improvement Conference will take place on November 21, 2024, at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Lansing under the theme:

Living Into Continuous Improvement: Off the Shelf and Into the Classroom

Information about the conference agenda, RFPs for presenters, and conference registration will be available in the May Continuous Communication.

Professional Learning logoMICIP Professional Learning

The next MICIP User Group will take place from 9:00 – 10:00 am on Wednesday, April 17.

No registration is required. The meeting can be accessed at the link in the line above.

Materials from the User Group can be found at this link: MICIP User Group Conversation Dashboard.

 The final Collaboration Series of this school year will meet from 9:00 – 11:00 am on Wednesday, May 8

All materials from the Series can be found on the MICIP Collaboration Series dashboard. Anyone is welcome to access the materials whether or not you are attending.

You can register at the MICIP Collaboration Series registration link.

Voices from the FieldMICIP Reflections

Consultants, managers and directors from the Offices of Educational Supports and Partnership Districts recently spent a day reviewing the MICIP mindset, process, and platform, and how they might more effectively and consistently support districts and schools.  At the end of the day they were asked to design bumper stickers that reflected some key takeaways.  Bumpers stickers included the following messages:

  • Consistency of Service
  • If…Then…So That… (referring to the format of the Challenge Statement)
  • Focusing on the Process will mean a Higher Quality Plan
  • Focus on the Why!
  • Got RAR! (referring to the Resource Allocation Review)
  • Honk 4 Continuous Improvement
  • Living into the Process will bring about the Results of the Plan 

Living Into Continuous ImprovementLiving Into Continuous Improvement

At the September meeting of the Michigan Continuous Improvement Facilitators Network (MCIFN), attendees were asked to answer the question

“What does it look and sound like to live into continuous improvement?”

As part of our Living Into Continuous Improvement theme for this year, we will be sharing these responses in Continuous Communication throughout this academic year. Some of the responses included the following:

  • Curiosity and questioning
  • Building shared understandings
  • Efficacy in making changes within the system; growth mindset.
  • Discussion around progress monitoring based on outcomes related to goals in order to adjust activities
  • Multiple stakeholders involved in examining, planning, data, progress, etc.
  • Sounds like collaboration, listening to ideas, prioritizing.

Statewide Field Team NewsletterStatewide Field Team Newsletter

The Statewide Field Team March Newsletter focus is on Understanding Context. Here’s the link: March Newsletter - Understanding Context .

Need Assistance? Explore MICIP Resources!

Have questions or need assistance with MICIP? Check out our support options!

  • MiServiceDesk: for technical support and quick assistance,
    • Users requesting support for the first time will be required to sign up for an account and can then submit a ticket or chat live with the MiServiceDesk
    • Returning users will be able to monitor the status of existing tickets and/or create new tickets
  • The MICIP Platform Guide provides step-by-step instructions, FAQs, and troubleshooting tips regarding the MICIP Platform
  • The MICIP Process Guide helps users navigate the MICIP Process.
  • The MICIP Website contains many tools and resources to support the use of MICIP.

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 Previous issues of MICIP Continuous Communication are available on the MICIP web page.