[MI BPA 2017-2018] Tuesday Tipster #4

NOTE: Items marked (S) apply to the secondary (high school) division only; (PS) applies to the postsecondary division only. Items titled in italics is a message from the state executive council. ** Indicates new items for this week.

September 22, 2017:
Conference registration must be submitted online (no refunds allowed; all submitted registrations are binding and payment must be submitted for the number of registered people)
October 2, 2017: Conference registration payment deadline for all registrations submitted via fax, mail, or online
October 2, 2017: Fall Leadership Conference-Lansing, MI (S)
October 10, 2017: Region 5 Advisors Fall Videoconference (S)

Last week’s Tuesday Tipster is available online at www.michiganbpa.org/tuesday-tipster-20172018/2017/09/12. Information in that message that is not listed below includes:
--Jon Smith Named Director of Member Services & Events
--Middle Level Begins Its Third Year
--New Chapter Registration
--FLC Registration Deadline Is Drawing Near

By Mckenna Magda, Vice-President of Members

We hope your chapters are starting off to a great start. I am happy to portray some exciting news about chapter visits.

One of the goals of the 2017-2018 State Executive Council is to increase the membership and participation in BPA. One way we hope to accomplish this goal is by visiting school across Michigan. When visiting, we will talk about why BPA is so amazing and all the great things that can be accomplished. We will encourage students to apply for the Torch Awards Program and take the merit scholar test during the state leadership conference. We will show where these resources can be found on our website and the different qualifications for these.

We want to do as many visits as we can before the final membership registration deadline, which is December 1. We want each member in BPA to encounter amazing experiences just as the current state officers have. By getting students involved with BPA, and informing them more of what BPA means we hope students will enjoy their time with BPA as much as our council does.

If you are interested in having a state officer visit your chapter, please contact info@michiganbpa.org.

A new chapter advisor orientation will be held in conjunction with the MBEA Annual Convention. The orientation will take place on Thursday, November 9, 2017 in Frankenmuth, MI. All new chapter advisors and second year chapter advisors are encouraged to register for the MBEA Annual Convention in order to attend this session. When the convention registration is open, we will send an e-mail notification. Mark your calendars to attend!

All Secondary Division chapters in the Lower Peninsula must be registered for the fall conference on or before this Friday, September 22, 2017. Remember advisors and at least two students from each chapter must attend the conference. Visitwww.michiganbpa.org/flc-registration for details.

From Patty Cantu, Michigan Director of Office of Career & Technical Education

The Michigan Department of Education, Office of Career and Technical Education (OCTE), is accepting nominations for the 2018 Excellence in Practice Awards, to be presented at the 2018 Michigan Career Education Conference on January 29, 2018, at the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel in Grand Rapids.

This year, we are pleased to announce that there are two categories of awards. The Career and Technical Education Outstanding Program Excellence in Practice Award recognizes a successful, exemplary, state-approved, career and technical education (CTE) program that demonstrates outstanding outcomes, produces measurable results, and leads to documented success in employment or postsecondary education/training.

The Career and College Readiness Initiative Excellence in Practice Award recognizes outstanding practices, programs, or services that demonstrate exemplary support of career/college planning for students (that include their interests, abilities, and skills), promotion of high academic expectations, and linking secondary course taking (including CTE) to preparation for postsecondary education and careers.

If you are interested, please contact Muhammed Sadek at sadekm@michigan.gov for the nomination application.

From Patty Cantu, Michigan Director of Office of Career & Technical Education

The Michigan Department of Education is seeking nominations for students who demonstrate ability and accomplishment in Career and Technical Education (CTE). All U.S. Presidential Scholars will be selected by the Commission on Presidential Scholars, if selected by the commission as a Presidential Scholar, the student will receive a Presidential Scholars Medallion and be invited to Washington, D.C. in June 2018.

During the 2017 U.S. Presidential Scholars General component student nomination process, 67 students were named semifinalists, and 21 students were named U.S. Presidential Scholars. There were 208 students nominated as CTE candidates; 152 became semifinalists, and 20 were named as U.S. Presidential Scholars in CTE.  For the second year in a row a Michigan student received recognition as a U.S. Presidential Scholar, at Springport High School in their Agriscience Program. The first year, a student from Coldwater High School was awarded.

We encourage all CTE Teachers, High School Counselors, and Administrators to use the attached suggested CTE criteria as provided by the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program to recommend students who are currently enrolled or have completed a CTE Program during high school, in any state-approved CTE program.

The full memo announcement and all the material you need to assist you in completing the application process is available online atwww.michiganbpa.org/documents.

The search has begun for the 2018-19 Michigan Teacher of the Year.

The Michigan Department of Education (MDE) is asking educators, administrators, students, and parents to help it find the next Michigan Teacher of the Year (MTOY). The Michigan Teacher of the Year program, sponsored by the Meemic Foundation, recognizes outstanding educational leaders across Michigan for their work to elevate the teaching profession.

Michigan Teachers of the Year have been recognized since 1952. This Michigan honor is part of the preeminent state- and nationally-recognized teacher recognition program in states across the country.

“Great teachers are found in every school in our state,” said State Superintendent Brian Whiston. “The Michigan Teacher of the Year program has honored outstanding Michigan educators for decades and is the one enduring tribute to this important profession.”

MDE’s online nomination form is open until Friday, October 20 at 11:59 p.m., for people to nominate a teacher or teachers whom they feel are exceptional educators and have made substantial contributions to their profession. The link to the online nomination form is:  https://mde.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_1CcCSQsc0ua8DT7.

“As an organization founded by a group of Detroit-area teachers, it’s truly in our DNA to support education – every day, in every way!” said Pam Harlin, director of the Meemic Foundation. “Meemic is driven to actively give back and support inspiring recognition programs like MTOY that provides a platform for thought-provoking conversations, and action, on enriching education standards throughout this state. Through Meemic’s 10-plus years of partnership with MTOY, we have seen each Michigan Teacher of the Year provide needed focus on the current needs and future growth of Michigan teachers from the classrooms, to their local communities and regions.”

When selected for this honor, the 2018-2019 MTOY will be the spokesperson for all Michigan teachers. This includes participating in monthly State Board of Education meetings and traveling to state and national events involving Teachers of the Year from states across the country. The MTOY will remain a full-time employee of their district during their year of service.

Michigan’s drive to become a Top 10 education state in 10 years has as one of its goals to: “Develop, support, and sustain a high-quality, prepared and collaboration education workforce.” The philosophy and work of the Michigan Teacher of the Year program aligns with that Goal 3 of the state’s Top 10 in 10 initiative.

Maurice S. Henderson