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Planning and Providing Professional Support

The theme for this month's issue is professional development, and there is no time like summer to do just that. The MI Excel team at the Office of K-12 Outreach in Michigan State University has had an action-packed summer offering professional development, hosting five summer institutes for Michigan's Priority and Focus district and school leaders. For educators wishing to further enhance their professional learning, this month's issue offers ideas and resources. Dorinda Carter builds on her last article about enacting multiculturalism in the classroom by addressing how to incorporate it into professional development. Jacquelyn Thompson addresses the challenges and resources around creating a PD agenda around students with IEPs. Diane Jackson discusses the role of coaching in PD, and MI Toolkit is happy to announce a new Book Review feature. We launch the feature with several books that have been provided to Priority and Focus schools through the MI Excel program. These books, carefully selected by MSU's MI Excel leadership team at the Office of K-12 Outreach at Michigan State University, have been selected because they support rapid turnaround for Priority schools and closing achievement gaps in Focus schools. These books will give you a foundation upon which to reflect on your current improvement activities, and consider ways to improve teaching and learning in the future.

Which of these eight books interest you? What are some other books you plan to read this month? We'd love to hear our thoughts on Facebook and Twitter.

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MI Excel Superintendents Institute

July 30–August 1, 2014 | Kellogg Hotel & Conference Center, East Lansing

Equity Traps Part II with Virginia Winters

August 15, 2014 | Detroit, Michigan

Coaching 101 Foundations

August 19–22, 2014 | Detroit, Michigan

Coaching 101 Foundations

September 16–19, 2014 | Detroit, Michigan