NEWS FROM THE CENTER

  1. Center Develops CMU Connections Committee to Gather Feedback from Schools

    As part of the CMU family, the Center and CMU-authorized schools have direct connections to the tremendous resources available through CMU. In an effort to explore additional connections that can be made between CMU and schools, the Center developed the CMU Connections Committee this year.
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  2. Six New Schools Join CMU Family in 2018-19 School Year

    The Center is excited to welcome six new schools to the CMU family this fall. The schools are Cole Academy East, Distinctive College Prep – Redford, Flex High School of Michigan, Lakeside Charter School, Michigan Educational Choice Center and Pembroke Academy.
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  3. Staff Spotlight – Jason Sarsfield

    As deputy director at the Center, Jason is responsible for providing leadership, operating direction and coordination throughout the functional units of the Center. In this role, he leads the Charter Accountability unit and the Performance Data Center. He also focuses on the Center’s evaluation systems.
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  4. Governor Signs School Aid Budget

    The state School Aid budget was recently signed by Governor Snyder and totals $14,765,468,800 for this upcoming fiscal year. Schools will see per-pupil increases between $120 and $240 depending on the district. This raises the minimum per-pupil grant to $7,871 and the basic level to $8,409.
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  5. Center Seeking Board Training and Development Coordinator

    The Governor John Engler Center for Charter Schools at Central Michigan University is a leader in transforming public education. We envision a diverse and dynamic public education marketplace that fosters academic excellence for all children. We are an innovative, results-oriented organization that values and empowers passionate professionals that are committed to quality and accountability. We are currently hiring for a board training and development coordinator that would be based in our Mt. Pleasant office.
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  6. Center Seeking Strategic Leader for Deputy Director Role

    The Governor John Engler Center for Charter Schools at Central Michigan University is a leader in transforming public education. We envision a diverse and dynamic public education marketplace that fosters academic excellence for all children. We are an innovative, results-oriented organization that values and empowers passionate professionals that are committed to quality and accountability. We are currently hiring for a deputy director that would be based in our Mt. Pleasant office.
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  7. Family Spotlight: Williams Family from NexTech High School of Lansing

    Siblings Rachel and Benjamin Williams both made the choice to attend NexTech High School of Lansing (NexTech) and during their time at the school, they have truly left their mark. Rachel, who graduated two years ago received a full-tuition scholarship to Adrian College. When asked about the blended learning model at her high school she shared, “I was really excited about the idea of being able to have more control over the progression of my school work; I could work at my own pace but still rely on teachers to help me when I needed more explanation.” During her time at NexTech, she developed a prom event for the school. It was a great success and NexTech still utilizes the plans she put in place for their prom event.
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  8. March is Reading Month

    National Reading Month is coming up in March. This is a great opportunity to invite local legislators and other community leaders to visit your school to participate in reading activities with your students. National Reading Month provides an ideal opportunity to showcase your school and its accomplishments.
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  9. FlexTech High School – Novi Shares Insights on Education with Visitors from Kazakhstan

    Recently, FlexTech High School-Novi hosted leaders from a school in Kazakhstan for a discussion on project-based learning and the great opportunities the school provides to its students. Students participated in the panel discussion to share why they feel this educational model is an innovative way to approach learning.
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  10. Students Participate in STEAM Challenge

    Students from West Michigan Academy of Environmental Science participating in Steam Challenge

    Recently, 42 students from West Michigan Academy of Environmental Science (WMAES) participated in the first of three events in a Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math Challenge along with two other schools. Hosted at WMAES, the first event asked students to be creative and collaborate while they practiced measuring and recording data. The year will culminate in the students traveling to the Rogue River to test their final devices as they release salmon as part of the Michigan Department of Natural Resources’ Salmon in the Classroom program.
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