June 2024 MICIP Continuous Communication

MICIP Continuous Communication

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SummerIn this Final Issue of Continuous Communication for the 2023-2024 Program Year

This is the last issue of the MICIP Continuous Communication for the 2023-2024 school year.

Thanks to everyone who read the MICIP Continuous Communication this year as well as those who passed it along to others and offered suggestions. There will not be a July issue but look for another edition on August 1.

Have a fun and relaxing summer!

This issue of MICIP Continuous Communication includes:

  • MiPHY Closing Date
  • 2024 Continuous Improvement Conference
  • MICIP Collaboration Series
  • New MICIP Resources and Manuals
  • and much more!


MICIP ResourcesUpdated MICIP Manuals

The MICIP training manual has been updated to reflect some changes on the platform. The first highlight is existing users can use their own username and password. This eliminates having another set of login credentials. 

The next update is the taskbar a clear MICIP Training Environment in a beige banner tops each page. Finally, the updated training environment allows users to “play” in the sandbox and create different plans and strategies without worrying about making errors, it also helps for troubleshooting problems your district users may encounter.

The MICIP Platform manual has been updated to match the changes reflected in the training manual.


MICIP 3.1 Platform Update

The Michigan Integrated Continuous Improvement Process (MICIP) platform is constantly evolving and improving function and performance.

Below contains:

  • Date and time of the new release: This is important information because it is best for the district to log out of the MICIP while changes are being made. There is a possibility for disruption of your experience, but no serious consequences if you were in the platform during the release.
  • The enhancements and fixes: This information will include those high-level changes that will enhance your experience or fix “bugs” that have caused a disruption of quality performance.


  • The MICIP Platform will allow access to plans by specific MDE consultants for a specific period of time to support districts in fulfilling federal and state requirements as part of the continuous improvement process.
  • The addition of a dropdown box to search for strategies in the MI Strategy Bank by curator.
  • The addition of a dropdown box to search for strategies in the MI Strategy Bank by supporting district or ISD.


  • MiSchoolData objects will now show in a trend chart instead of a snapshot model for easier use.

Training Tips

  • Remember a troubleshooting tip if you are having a struggle in your existing browser, try a different browser.
  • Remember do not click the check box to the left of an interim or end target unless you have completely finished that target.
  • If you need help, contact the Service Desk to create a ticket miServiceDesk

If you have any questions or just need some help, please contact Dot Blackwell, MICIP Lead, at blackwelld1@michigan.gov.

Together we can succeed!

MiPHY Closing Date

The 2024 MiPHY survey cycle is wrapping up and buildings have through June 7th to survey students.

Once a building has completed surveying, they can close the survey in the Michigan School Health Survey System and start generating reports.

MiPHY will open again in September of the 2025-2026 school year.

MDE 2024 Continuous Improvement Conference – RFPs due June 30

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

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



The keynote speaker for the conference will be Mr. Matt Vriesman, the current Michigan History Teacher of the Year and the National History Teacher of the Year from East Kentwood High School in Kentwood, Michigan who will be speaking on Empowering Students Through Truth that ResonatesHe will also be presenting a breakout session.

The conference planning committee is now soliciting Request for Proposals (RFPs) for conference breakout presentations. Those wishing to submit RFPs are asked to consider the following:

  • For many years, district and school improvement plans were the outcome of an annual exercise resulting in documents that were put on the shelf and not seen until a year later when the exercise was repeated.
  • Using the new continuous improvement process, districts and schools are developing integrated plans that identify the work they should be doing on a daily basis to improve student outcomes. 
  • Conference presenters are asked to address the question, “What culture, structure, practice or supports enables taking the continuous improvement plan off the shelf and into the classroom?”
  • This document contains ideas and questions that presentations could address regarding this key question. Districts and school practitioners are especially encouraged to submit RFPs to share their stories of success and challenge.

RFPs are due June 30.

Information about the conference agenda and registration for both in-person and virtual attendance is available on the MASA website MDE Fall 2024 Continuous Improvement Conference | Michigan Association of Superintendents & Administrators (gomasa.org)MDE personnel wishing to attend should contact their supervisor.

MICIP Professional LearningMICIP Collaboration Series and User Group

Both the MICIP Collaboration Series and the MICIP User Group have concluded their offerings for the year. Materials from the Series can be found on the MICIP Collaboration Series dashboard while those from the User Group are on the MICIP User Group Dashboard 

A special Thank You to Dave Hundt, Mike Fine, Hilda Irani, and Frank Holes for their facilitation of these opportunities over the past four years.

While details for next year are still being finalized, tentative plans call for the Collaboration Series to start up again in October with a MICIP 101 session followed by sessions in January, February, and March for users at all levels that will feature a variety of practitioners.

There will also be opportunities for MICIP 101-level users to meet separately in January and in the spring as a follow-up to the October session to address their particular needs. 

Rather than meeting alternately with the Collaboration Series or meeting everyone month, the User Group will likely meet once in the fall, once in the winter, and once in the spring for an hour of general conversation. 

Our goal is to have dates and other details finalized by the next Continuous Communication in August.

ResourcesNew MICIP Resources

The MICIP Coaching Guide for Implement, Monitor, and Adjust is now available to everyone who supports these processes in all districts and schools.

The Guide includes sections on preparation for implementation and for monitoring as well as a series of reflective questions for monitoring and adjusting the continuous improvement plan as well as for monitoring the entire continuous improvement process. We invite all MICIP users to check if the Guide might also be useful to them as well.

The MICIP Resources page now includes resources from the MiMTSS Technical Assistance Center, including information on general supports from the Center itself as well as those specifically intended to support MICIP.  The latter includes:

Living into Continuous Improvement logoLiving 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?”

Some of the responses included the following:

  • Long-range (2-5 year) strategic goals
  • Consistent systems
  • Time set aside
  • Giving Grace
  • Shared voice

This concludes our series of responses to the Living Into Continuous Improvement theme.

SWFT logoStatewide Field Team Newsletter

Here is the link to the May Statewide Field Team Newsletter: Effective Facilitation and Communication.

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