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Lead Forward

E2T2 Digital Professional Learning Communities Final Report Presentation80.97 KB
Lead Forward Final Report414.69 KB
Lead Forward Action Areas37 KB
E2T2 Council Report38.5 KB
Lead Forward Workshop Fall 2009717.75 KB
2012-13 Lead Forward Council Retreat232.47 KB
Council Retreat 2012 LF Results.docx40.1 KB
Why Public Schools.pdf115.23 KB
MASA Lead Forward Executive Summary and Action Steps.pdf348.57 KB
Lead Forward Council Presentation - 4/22/2013156.74 KB
LEAD%20Forward%20Draft%20New%20Format2.pptx155.01 KB
GrowthValue Added Models Handout2.15 MB

MASA Council Lead Forward Project: Shaping a Compelling Vision

Starting in 2009, MASA's Council set upon a mission to shape a vision for K-12 education in Michigan that responds to the needs of schools and students preparing for success in today's environment and tomorrow's future. Since then, MASA has accomplished many of the action goals the Council established to improve education for Michigan's 1.6 million students.

In 2013, the MASA Executive Board renewed its commitment to this work, forming the Systemic School Reform Committee to study and recommend steps toward "a more logical and effective system to deliver the best possible education to all Michigan students, regardless of their zip code."

(See below for other materials that support our collective efforts.)

Related notes and reports

Executive Board/Council Retreat Resources

An ounce of action is worth a ton of theory.
-Friedrich Engels

In order to insure informed and thoughtful conversations, please:

  • Read/view ALL items marked with 
  • Read/view AT LEAST 2 others as time and interest allow.


America’s Perfect Storm: Three Forces Changing Our Nation’s Future
(ETS, January 2007)  

Talking About Their Generations
(School Administrator, September 2005) 

The Learning Environment in the 21st Century
(AACE/IJET, Vol. 6, No.3, 2000)

Phi Delta Kappan
November 2005; Volume 87, Number 3

This issue contains a number of high quality articles to help educators rethink education. Members can read the articles online at www.pdkintl.org/kappan/k_v87/k0511toc.htm.

Others can click on individual PDFs below.

Video Clips

A Vision of Students Today
(Created by students in Michael Wesch’s class at Kansas StateUniversity. Dr. Wesch is a cultural anthropologist and media ecologist.)

Did You Know 2.0
Many have seen this video first created in 2006, but this has been updated and enhanced as of last year.  Even though it is a year old, it is still powerful.

Simon Sinek: How Great Leaders Inspire Action
Simon Sinek's TedTalk that focuses on inspirational leadership, and asking the question "why?" 

Audio Clips (Audio Journal archives)

NOTE:You will need your Audio Journal username and password to access this material. If you have questions, help is available at the site or by contacting James Cisek at audioed@audioed.com or 847.298.0511.

Ian Jukes: Digital Kids
October, 2007 (includes both audio interview and downloadable resources)

Daniel Pink: A Whole New Mind
March, 2007 (includes both audio interview and downloadable resources)

Other resources:

Tough Choices, Tough Times report
National Center on Education and the Economy, December 2006

A Broader, Bolder Approach to Education
Economic Policy Institute task force, June 2008


If you can recommend other good sources to post for our ongoing MASA Council dialogs, please forward to jharder@gomasa.org and indicate that you are sending the source for our Council work. A few sentences describing the content would help others select the sources that most interest them or most inform the conversations they want to have. 

We will build this space for our Council work adding Themes and Topic Headings as the work progresses and becomes more focused on specific issues throughout the upcoming year. 

Thank You for taking the time to access these resources to insure a quality experience as we begin to undertake focused dialog about issues of common concern.

The only person who is educated is the one who has learned how to learn... and change.

-Carl Rogers