Screencasts:  January - June 
May 4 th 
  1.   The worst beard ever? Well, maybe :)
    During this past year you may have noticed that I began to grow a beard, which is something I have never done before. I recognize that for some beards are a fashion statement, but for me it has been a symbol of my journey through the final stage of my doctoral program at MSU. I started growing it when I began writing my doctoral dissertation late last summer and used it as a source of motivation to make forward progress - every time my face itched I made myself write a section on my dissertation before I could scratch it. Kinda silly but it worked! I completed my dissertation on time and successfully defended it in April. Tomorrow I officially graduate from MSU and receive my diploma. I am not sure if I will shave off the beard Friday night or wait until Saturday. What I do know is that a number of people have lovingly demanded that "the beard" be gone by Monday...and I do not plan to disappoint them (or my Mom). :)
  2.  I have attached a press release that will be going out tomorrow that brings attention to a survey we will launch on Monday directly to the employers in Livingston County. We want to hear from them about the skills they need from our High School graduates that seek employment in our region. I am really excited about this survey because to the best of my knowledge it has never been done in this area. We often rely on economic analysts to forecast employer needs but we feel compelled to ask employers directly so we hear each of their voices and can consider changes to our educational programs that will help the success of our students as they enter the workforce.
  3.  Those of you that enjoy the subject of instruction and research will enjoy reading the Hanover report that is attached to this update. I asked for this report to be created through our membership with Hanover Research. This report examines five of the instructional practices noted by John Hattie as being the most influential on student learning as measured by effect size. I think you will see a few of these practices already in place in Livingston County. If you are unfamiliar with the work of John Hattie, please follow this link: 195 Influences and Effect Sizes Related to Student Achievement 
  4.  Michelle Radcliffe, our Director of Secondary Options, has done a wonderful job helping to organize and seek approval for our new Early College programs that we expect to be in place next year for Metals and Health Occupations. There is a large movement within the state to make these programs available to high school students by supplementing the traditional four years of high school with college-level courses and even adding a fifth year that is funded by the State and will completely cover the cost of tuition. The programs that will be in place within Livingston County next year will lead to industry certifications that will provide value in the workplace and lead students directly to jobs. We have negotiated agreements with Mott and Lansing Community College to teach the programs and will offer the courses through the Career & Technical Education Consortium that is operated by the Agency on behalf of our constituent districts. Here are couple links to articles that have recently been in the media:

     •  Michigan Radio - April 17, 2017

     •  Livingston Daily - April 14, 2017

  5.  Staff Recognitions:
I am very proud of the amazing work that our staff at the Agency engage in on a daily basis...and it is wonderful when individual recognitions are made by the people we serve. I am pleased to share with you the following awards that our staff have received over the course of the past month:

Robin Schutz was awarded the Champions for Children Award by the LACASA's Child Abuse Prevention Council. This award is presented annually to an individual in our community who devotes significant time and energy to helping children in Livingston County. Individuals are nominated and then voted on by a panel of parents & community members.

Pam Holloway received a shining star presented by Brighton Board of Ed and Jeff Eisele (Principal at Hilton Elementary). The following was shared about Pam:
 
Pam Holloway is the LESA Program Consultant serving Brighton Area Schools. She has been instrumental in providing highly effective support programs to students at Hilton Elementary school. Pam works in collaboration with the LESA staff, general education and special education teachers to achieve great results. Her ability to honor and respect the people she works with makes her a leader among her peers. Her dedication, experience, kindness and creativity has resulted in effective support programs which makes school a positive experience for our children. She is truly a shining star, and it is with great honor that I present her with this award tonight.

Denise Wood was recognized by the Fowlerville Community Schools Board of Education as the Ancillary Staff Person of the Year!! 

April 6th 
  1.   If you are running short on time and can't listen, please access our strategic planning resources on our website, which include a schedule of meetings and a link to the survey that will be used in connection with our focus group sessions. Here are direct links to each:
    Schedule of Meetings 
    Survey (complete after attending a focus group if possible) 
March 21st 
Pathway Summer Schedule - Summary of Points Discussed. 

1.    If you don't work in or want to know about the LESA Pathway summer schedule you don't need to read any further. :) 
  2.    The annual calendar for qualifying center based programs will be 200 days, beginning July 1st of every year. We intend to operate with this same calendar in future years as well. 
  3.

 
 
The length of the day will be the same for both the students and the staff on each of the days. The number of days in the summer will increase from 15 to 20. The combination of which will increase student instructional time during the summer by 75%! 
  4.  Input was received from staff and parents about the calendar. A copy of my letter to parents is attached. 
  5.



 
Assignments for the summer of 2017 will be posted/bid as noted in the LIPSA and AFSCME Agreements. There is already language in the LIPSA Agreement regarding how assignments for the summer of 2018 will be made, but I intend to ask LIPSA to re-consider the language in the current Agreement to make it less restrictive. We will negotiate a new AFSCME Agreement this spring that will begin on July 1st that will govern how assignments for the summer of 2018 will be made. 
March 20th
  1.
Project Unify (0:30)  
  2.  21st Century Education Commission Report (keep in mind that the students entering our schools now will likely see the 22nd Century!) (1:45) 
  3.  Lacey's Love Dog Biscuits - 2017 Education Excellence Award Recipient! (3:45) 
  4.  Emergency Team Training at the Agency's Main Campus (5:45) 
  5.  Extra Board Meetings - March 22nd (Strategic Planning) & March 29th (Budget) (6:50)    
March 7th
  1.  Excited about spring!   
      First day of spring - Monday, March 20th 
      Daylight Savings Time - Sunday, March 12th at 2am 
  2.  Parent Meetings at Pathway (0:55) 
  3.  Board/Superintendent Goals (1:32) 
       Strategic Planning - June
    Adult Literacy - June 
    Alternative Education - November 
4.  School Calendar & Opening Day for 2017-2018 (3:30) 
  Tentative date for opening day: August 28, 2017 (My apology - I used the 26th in my update and that is incorrect) 
  Pre-Labor Day Start Waiver (Please listen to remarks regarding this.) 
  5.  MASB Education Excellence Award (5:25) 
      Lacey's Love Dog Biscuit Company 
February 8th 
  1.  Summer Payroll Dates Reminder: The last paycheck of 2016-17 is June 16th and the first paycheck of 2017-2018 is July 7th, which is a 3-week period of time. 
  2.  Jane Burke Memorial - Planning Committee  Google Doc Signup 
  3.  Agency Garage Sale - Next Week! 
 
As we prepare to demolish the wood buildings on our main campus there are some surplus items (desks, chairs, file cabinets, white boards, etc.) that will be for sale. We have not set prices on items but will instead be considering offers. We hope to see everything find a new home so I anticipate our staff operating the sale will be motivated to accept your offers :)The sale will occur next week beginning Tuesday the 14th and will end on Thursday the 16th between the hours of 6:30am and 2pm as well as between 4pm and 6:30pm. Everything purchased must be picked up by Friday the 17th. 
  4.  DeVos Statement Released to Media on February 8th: 
    From my viewpoint, the schools in Livingston County provide an outstanding educational experience for all students regardless of their abilities or background. The administrators, teachers, and support staff across the county are highly qualified and dedicated educators who work hard every day to best meet the needs of all students. Although there are a variety of opinions being circulated regarding the recent appointment of Betsy DeVos as the new Secretary of Education, the county superintendents and I remain focused on supporting our schools and the needs of our students. We are excited that the new administration and Secretary of Education have stated they support more local control in regards to education, which will allow us to better tailor instruction and curriculum to meet the needs of each student. Our efforts to advocate for equal educational opportunity with our local, state and federal government will undoubtedly continue. 

Signed, 
R. Michael Hubert, Superintendent
Livingston Educational Service Agency   
January 18th 
  1.  AdvancED