Council for Academic Leadership

CAL Meeting of Feb. 27, 2015

The Council of Academic Leadership (CAL), which was re-established in May of 2011, has quickly become an integral part of the Metropolitan Bureau of School Studies by providing a strong forum for the sharing of instructional programs and practices among member school districts. CAL is comprised primarily of curriculum and instruction leaders from the three Metropolitan Detroit counties, but also includes members from outstate school districts, Wayne State and Oakland Universities.

The Council of Academic Leadership serves as a clearinghouse for current instructional practices of member districts while also identifying needed in-service activities not currently offered through other agencies. The  Council,  recognizing  that  new educational practices being investigated for consideration and possible implementation face  the constraints of a tight budget, assists member districts by showcasing presentations from only those educational leaders who have demonstrated success and have presented topics that are relevant, innovative, but most of all economically feasible to replicate.

CAL meets monthly to share common curriculum/assessment concerns and to seek ideas and solutions to benefit all students within our member districts. Each meeting begins with a guest presenter or a panel discussion of a relevant educational topic. Meetings regularly include presentations from K-12 teachers and university faculty that focus on innovative instructional practices and the use of technology in the classroom. These interactive presentations include active and spirited dialogue among CAL members and guests. CAL meetings conclude with a round robin sharing on each member district’s current status update as it relates to instruction and curriculum. The meetings are open to curriculum, instruction and technology leaders from member districts.

The Council also keeps current with political and legal issues impacting instruction and curriculum matters by inviting national, state and local instructional leaders who are knowledgeable  and actively involved in those areas that impact our member districts.

Finally, The Council of Academic Leadership serves at the pleasure of its member Metro Bureau Districts and, as a result, will reflect only those ideas, values and practices that are in their best interests.



November 17, 2017
Third Grade Reading Law Interpretation presentation by Mari Treece of Wayne RESA and Stephen Best, Director of Strategic Planning and Implementation at the MDE.

Planning for 3rd Grade Literacy Success in the Context of the 3rd Grade Reading LawPDF Document
Q&A from the 3rd Grade Reading Law PresentationPDF Document

March 24, 2017
Addressing the Needs of LGBRQ Students:  A Review of Issues Impacting School Safety & Academic Success Powerpoint Documentpresentation by Kim Phillips-Knope, Safe & Supportive Schools Consultant, Michigan Department of Education

Gender Communication Plan PDF Document

January 27, 2017
K-12 Technology IntregrationPowerpoint Document
Presentation by Kris Young, Director of Technology, Troy School District

November 15, 2016
Part I
Every Student Succeeds Act/State Plan
Office of Field Services - MAS/FPS Regional Presentation Powerpoint Document

Link to MDE-OFS web page,1607,7-140-6530_30334_51051---,00.html
Under Tools and Resources:

  • 2016-17 Consolidated Application Important Information.  First section refers to Homeless then everything you wanted to know about working with PNPs. The very last section is about the District Improvement Plan – our review protocol.
  • OFS District Monthly Activity Organizer
  • Technical Assistance for Working with Private Nonprofit Schools

Presentation by Margarita Frommert, Education Consultant, Michigan Deparment of Education, Office of Field Services.

Part II
Understanding 3rd Grade Reading - PA 306 of 2016 Powerpoint Document
MI-MAISA Summary HB 4822 Third Grade Reading PDF Document

This is the link to the MDE Early Literacy page, click on Early Literacy Grants at the bottom of the page to get information about various grants and resources.,4615,7-140-28753_74161---,00.html

Presentation by Joan Lessen-Firestone, Ph.D., Director, Early Childhood, District and School Services,Oakland Schools

October 28, 2016
SAT Update PDF Document
Sarah Thaler of the College Board

September 23, 2016
Oakland Community College/Walled Lake College Readiness Program Presentation Powerpoint Document
Dr. Carolyn Brown, Walled Lake Consolidated Schools

February 26, 2016

Google Classroom Integration - Elida Harris, Jennifer MacDonald and Karen Geldner – Van Dyke Public Schools
     Google Pilot 2016 Presentation Google Slide

Blending BYOD with District Devices - Carlos Lopez, Director of Curriculum,        Instruction and Assessment and Elson Liu, Director of Integrated Technology Systems, Plymouth-Canton Community Schools  
     BYOD Presentation Google Slide

January 22, 2016
Sarah Thaler, Director of Michigan SAT Implementation, shared information about the new SAT.
SAT update for Council of Academic LeadershipPDF Document

Jennifer Banks, Secondary Mathematics Professional Development Facilitator, Southfield Public Schools, shared information regarding how Southfield Public Schools is incorporating the Khan Academy.
Incorporating Khan Academy into the Classroom ExperiencePowerpoint Document
UHSA Khan Academy Monitoring Guide - Phase Two (November)Word Document

April 29, 2016
Mr. Sam Sinicropi, MDE Consultant for Curriculum, gave a presentation on “Using Student Learning Objectives to Demonstrate Student Growth in the Teacher Evaluation Process.” 

Student learning objectives (SLOs) are one way to measure individual teachers’ contributions to their students’ learning growth. The SLO process is a “participatory method of setting measurable goals, or objectives, based on the specific assignment or class, such as the students taught, the subject matter taught, the baseline performance of the students, and the measurable gain in student performance during the course of instruction.” This method is an alternative to the more generally used value-added modeling with standardized test scores, which may not be available or appropriate for all teachers and subjects.

Presentation Handouts
Student Learning Objectives:  One Element of the Educator Effectivness Progam Powerpoint Document
ISD Training Grant - FAQ PDF Document
ISD Regional Staffing Grant - FAQ PDF Document
SLO Template Checklist PDF Document
SLO Template Word Document
Measuring Student Growth: An Introduction to SLO Word Document
The Implementation of SLO - Recommendations for Decision Makers Handbook Word Document