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MAC in a Moment

November 13, 2019
As a nonpartisan and nonprofit organization, the MAC works collaboratively to promote sound policy, which paves the way for assessment best practice to flourish.

Policy and practice
We know that policy influences practice, and sound policy paves the way for best practice to flourish. That's why the MAC advocates at the state and national levels for effective policies to influence best practice. We help educators and others understand and use best practice through our professional learning opportunities. 

We encourage you to explore the Policy and Practice section of our website. There you can learn what we believe about key focus areas, how the MAC contributes to better policy and practice, and who informs our work in each area. You'll also find quick links to resources related to each topic. 

MERA Conference 
Speaking of policy, this year's Michigan Educational Research Association (MERA) fall conference will focus on The Impact of Principles/Policies/Funding on Education. The three often guide how districts make decisions that, ultimately, affect how students learn in their respective classroom environments. Therefore, it is essential that educational stakeholders are well informed of the potential outcomes resulting from decisions based on principles, policies and funding. 

The conference takes place November 25-26 in Frankenmuth and features a rich line-up of speakers. Register soon! 

Opportunities for arts educators
We know arts teachers dig deeply into their own pockets for arts supplies and materials. MAC wants to help, while also encouraging the use of Michigan Arts Education Instruction and Assessment (MAEIA) Model Assessments and learning more about MAEIA assessment users. 

MAEIA is offering an opportunity for arts educators to win a $100 Visa Card. To qualify, arts educators need to commit to using at least one MAEIA assessment in their classroom this school year, then complete the online entry form to tell us which assessment they are using, when, and why. We also ask that they participate in a short, end-of-semester survey to tell us about their experience using the MAEIA assessment. 

The deadline to enter the first of two raffle drawings is November 30, so spread the word to arts educators you know. (A second drawing will happen in May 2020.)

Effective Grading Practices
with Ken O-Connor
November 22, 2019
There's still room for you at our first Assessment Learning Network (ALN) event for this year. It promises an enlightening program addressing the positive challenges and current tensions associated with grading and the impact to students and their learning. The session will be supported by practitioner examples and insights from Arthur Chiaravalli.

Register today!
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