Newsblast - January 2018 Print

2018 MPAAA Truancy Workshop

While we are still ironing out a few details, we are pleased to announce that our 2018 Truancy and Attendance Workshop will be held on Friday, March 23rd, 2018, at Lansing Community College's West campus.

While we still have a few presenters to confirm with, we're delighted to announce that Jeremy Ashcroft with the Federal Bureau of Investigation will be our lead speaker. Special Agent Ashcroft will be discussing Human Trafficking and the signs that truancy officials need to be looking for in our student populations.

We anticipate opening registration for this workshop in the coming week or two, and once it's open, we will be sure to send out additional information.

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New business rules for TSDL

In CEPI's December 20 Announcements newsletter, CEPI published new business rules it plans to incorporate into the 17/18 TSDL collection.  You can review the new rules HERE.

CEPI is still in the process of updating the application, so at the moment, the system is continuing to use the existing rules, and CEPI asks that only course information on migrant students be submitted until they have the new rules in place.  Once the changes have been made, and CEPI opens the application to other types of reporting, expect to additional information in an upcoming issue of their Announcements newsletter.

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Pupil Accounting Boot Camp

We are proud to announce that due to the popularity of our Pupil Accounting Boot Camps we are having another one this winter for those who were unable to attend our summer sessions.  This 3-day boot camp session will give those new to the field a firmer grounding in the basics.

The Camp will be held in Lansing on January 22nd, 23rd, and 24th, at the Michigan Association of School Boards boardroom.  It is intended for those new to pupil accounting, or for those in their first or second year of the job.

Attendees who complete the Boot Camp will have five of the required courses for the Pupil Accounting Specialist completed, and have a great start on their MSBO certification. Each attendee will receive full printouts of all presentations as well as additional references and documentation in a handy reference binder.

To make this session as productive as possible for those attending, we will be limiting enrollment for this course to 35.

Agenda & Speakers:

Day 1 - Pupil Accounting Basics - Kristina Tokar and Barbette Lane will be taking you through the basics of Pupil Accounting.  Terms and acronyms, working with the three populations, and all the forms to use and the documents to gather will be covered in the session. This day will give you credit for 'Intro. To Pupil Accounting 1' and 'Intro. To Pupil Accounting 2' towards your MSBO certification.

Day 2 - CEPI and State Reporting - Rob Dickinson and Kathi Thornton will be going over what CEPI collects, and how you are required to report it.  You will learn what collections you need to submit data to, and time will be spent in the actual applications explaining the inner workings and how to know where you are in the submission process. This day will give you credit for 'Intro. To CEPI' and 'Overview of State Reporting' towards your MSBO certification.

Day 3 - Days and Hours & "The Recipe" - Cindy Farley and Rob Dickinson will spend the morning explaining the days and hours requirements, and how to make sure your buildings meet them including what it will cost if they don't! In the afternoon, they will take you through a calendar-based review of how to complete a count day, from before school starts through the end of the audit. The items that need to be addressed at each step will be covered, along with helpful hints on how to make sure your submission and audit go smoothly. This day gives you credit for the 'Days and Hours' course on your certification track.

Hotel Information:

We have reserved rooms for those wish to stay in the area, at the Springhill Suites on Marketplace Drive. To get the discounted rate, call (517) 627-0002, and ask for MPAAA block during January. You will need to call to get the discounted rate, as it will not be available online.

Cost Information:

The cost of the Boot Camp will be $395 for MPAAA members and $495 for non-members. You can register online with a credit card by clicking HERE, or if a credit card isn't available to you, you can print out the registration form from the above link, and mail it in with a check.

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2018 Winter Workshops

As part of our continuing efforts to support our members, MPAAA is pleased to offer the following workshops this winter:

  • Data Mining - This session will review the educational data tools of the trade. Learn about how and when to use Excel, Access, XML to submit, retrieve and use the educational data available from your Student Information System, MI School Data, other data warehouses and directly from CEPI. Bring your laptop for hands on training in Access and Excel!
  • Educational Data and It’s Uses - See first-hand how state reporting data is used from a variety of instructional and non-instructional perspectives. Included will be a review of the MI School Data website, and discussion of FERPA regulations and data safety
  • Organizational Applications - Learn how student data points are collected and how they are used by both internal and external customers from a Technology Director’s perspective. Some of the topics the program will encompass are the various data points required (e.g., attendance, pupil accounting, discipline, tardy, scheduling, immunization, and Special Education, etc.) and internal and external data submission and reporting requirements. The presentation will also review the attributes required of a comprehensive student management information system including both a centralized and decentralized approach. Quality data and data warehousing will also be discussed.
  • Legislative Primer – Understanding the processes and procedures of pupil accounting requires a basic understanding of school funding, including knowledge of the State School Aid Act, the School Code, and Administrative Rules and how these elements intertwine and provide the cornerstone that drives the content of the Pupil Accounting Manual and the Pupil Auditing manual. School funding essentials will also be covered.

These workshops are all part of the various MSBO certification tracks available to our members, and these represent the most-needed courses. Each session is being offered four times at different locations around the State as well as an online seminar. The cost for MPAAA members is $70 each session and $95 for non-members, all sessions are 1/2-day (3 hour) classes, with classes being offered both AM and PM each day.  The presenter for all the sessions will be Rob Dickinson.

Date Location Session
1/16/18    Kent ISD AM – Data Mining
    PM – Educational Data and Its’s Uses
1/17/18  Kent ISD AM – Organizational Applications
    PM – Legislative Primer
1/19/18 Webinar AM – Data Mining
    PM – Educational Data and It’s Use
1/26/18 Webinar AM – Organizational Applications
    PM – Legislative Primer
1/30/18 Washtenaw ISD AM – Data Mining
    PM – Educational Data and Its’s Uses
2/2/18 Washtenaw ISD AM – Organizational Applications
    PM – Legislative Primer
2/6/18 Char-Em ISD AM – Data Mining
    PM – Educational Data and It’s Uses
2/7/18 Char-Em ISD AM – Organizational Applications
    PM – Legislative Primer
2/12/18 MASB - Lansing AM – Data Mining
    PM – Educational Data and It’s Uses
2/13/18 MASB - Lansing AM – Organizational Applications
    PM – Legislative Primer


For more information or to register online with a credit card click HERE, or if a credit card isn't available to you, you can print out the registration form from the link above, and mail it in with a check.

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