Due to the rising infection rates in Michigan and out of an abundance of caution, the Board of MPAAA has decided to make our Spring Conference fully virtual. All those who have already registered have been apprised, and Grand Traverse has already canceled and refunded any reservations made on the Association's rooming block.
Our virtual conference will be somewhat like our fall conference, with recorded sessions you will be able to watch at your leisure. However, we wanted to make the Q & A aspect of the usual spring conference as possible as we can in the new format. On Wednesday, May 5th, we will hold 3 sessions as real-time webinars to allow for questions for the speakers. While details are still being finalized, we intend to have our Legislative Update session, the Legal Issues session with Lisa Swem, and the State Agency panel all held as real-time events. We will also record them for inclusion in the conference library for those unable to join us on the 5th.
We have also extended the early-bird discount of $50 for the conference's entire registration time, so no matter when you register, $345 is all a member will pay to register.
As the conference details are finalized, we will keep the information updated on our conference registration page, which you can reach HERE. You can register or learn up-to-the-moment information there. We will send out the conference link to all registered attendees at the end of April.
On March 11th, MDE published the 2020/21 Pupil Accounting Manual (PAM) and the Pupil Membership Auditing Manual (PMAM). Although these manuals have been changed from last year, the changes are relatively minimal as most of the changes due to the pandemic have already been shared in other formats.
MPAAA is pleased to announce that the Association's Salary Survey has been published for the 2021 year. Due to declining response rates, the regional information that had previously been published has not been included this year, as the low response rate would cause individual information to be more likely to be divulged. The survey for 2021 and all older years can be accessed by all MPAAA members by clicking HERE.
Thank you to all who responded to the survey, and we hope you will find it to be of use!
On Thursday, March 11th, MDE announced that due to recent Auditor General findings, and in conjunction with Michigan's Attorney General, it was determined the ALL students should have their course completion data collected in the Teacher Student Data Link (TSDL) collection, beginning with the 2020/21 collection. You can read the announcement HERE.
The collection, which will also be the first where SCED codes have been updated, will open in early May and currently has a certification deadline of July 30, 2021. For more information on the collection, you can link to CEPI's TSDL information page HERE.