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Michigan Administrators’ Ultimate Guide to Planning for the 2018–19 School Year

Michigan Administrators’ Ultimate Guide to Planning for the 2018–19 School Year

Summertime is here, but district and school administrators continue to work  hard planning for the 2018–19 school year. To support you in this process (and save you a bit of time to enjoy the rest of your summer!), we’ve assembled a curated list of our best resources aligned to goals outlined by the Michigan ESSA plan.

Boost Michigan Standards Mastery and M-STEP Achievement

Michigan is placing significant emphasis on both proficiency and growth to ensure that students are making progress toward the skills needed to perform successfully on the M-STEP and beyond. Utilize the following guides to take a fresh approach to your instructional programs or streamline your current practices.

Frequent, standards-based formative assessments are a critical piece of effective data-driven instruction. Our formative assessment workbook provides a framework for implementing formative assessments throughout the lesson cycle. Its planning forms and data-tracking worksheets can be used across multiple subjects and grade levels.

Michigan has put forth a plan that emphasizes career readiness beginning in the earliest grades. And, a strong foundation in literacy is key to that future success. This workbook evaluates the many facets of structuring an effective, research-based reading and language arts block and helps you select the appropriate technology tools to support your approach.  


Bring the best parts of online learning and traditional instruction together in a blended learning program. Blended learning programs come in many forms and enable scalable personalized learning. Use this workbook to get your district’s or school's blended learning program started.

Address Achievement Gaps and Support English Language Learners and Special Education Students

With long-term goals of achieving “Top 10 Education State in 10 Years,” Michigan is showing its commitment to closing achievement gaps by working toward increasing proficiency and growth statewide. The following resources provide strategies for meeting the needs of special student populations.

Use this worksheet to plan programs to address the needs of special populations of students.

Personalized learning allows educators to meet the varying needs of all learners, improving learning outcomes. This workbook takes the guesswork out of personalized learning by providing a step-by-step plan from development to implementation.

This collection of blog posts addresses topics like back-to-school strategies to support ELLs, ways to prepare ELLs for high-stakes assessments, and more. 

This collection of blog posts addresses topics like dyslexia, ways to navigate IEP meetings, ADHD, and trends in special education.

Support Graduation Rates

Michigan has set ambitious standards for graduation expectations with a long-term goal of achieving a 94.44% graduation rate by the 2024–25 school year. Make sure that your school has a credit recovery program in place so that all students who fall behind can catch up and graduate on time. 

Our credit recovery worksheet will show you how to set up a new program or enhance your current credit recovery offering.

Ensure College and Career Readiness

The transition between secondary education into the workforce is a pivotal one, and Michigan’s Office of Career and Technical Education urges schools to provide students with opportunities to explore career clusters and earn college credit. The following resources will help you open the door to several options in support of this initiative.

CTE programs have been shown to increase engagement and improve outcomes for enrolled students. Use our CTE workbook to plan a new program, or utilize it as a guide to augment your current one.

Online curriculum can open up a world of college- and career-focused courses to students that their schools may not otherwise be able to offer, including Advanced Placement®, CTE, SAT®, ACT®, and WorkKeys® assessment preparation. Our online curriculum guide discusses several different ways that online curriculum can be used, and it even includes a worksheet to guide the process of identifying a provider that meets your needs.

A virtual implementation may help your school or district offer more flexible and expansive course options to serve populations in need. Use this workbook to evaluate if a virtual implementation is the best option for your school and get guidance on developing a program and selecting a digital provider.

Looking for online programs to help your school or district improve outcomes for all students? Check out Edmentum's suite of K–12 evidence-based assessments and digital curriculum, and see why over 8,000 districts in the nation partner with us.

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