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Nice Kids Can Be Mean, Too

February 9, 2015

Michigan Teacher of the Year Melody Arabo discusses how even the brightest, nicest kids can show bullying behavior. But with a slight change in language, children are more willing to accept their behavior and take responsibility for it. ...

Topic: Community, MTOY, Teaching

Keep Your Packages Safe

December 10, 2014

If you don’t want to sit at work or on vacation worrying if your packages will be there when you get home, here are a few steps you can take. ...

Topic: Safety, Community

OU Leadership Celebration Honors Pinos

November 17, 2014

Since 2006, John and Marie Pino, owners of the Pino Insurance Agency, have honored John’s father with a scholarship in his name at the Oakland University School of Education and Human Services, and now Oakland University (OU) is honoring the Pinos and several other donors at its Leadership Celebration.

Topic: Community, Insurance

Let's Get Connected

November 5, 2014

Twitter was new for me last year. I opened a personal account years ago, but just didn’t see what all the buzz was about. Once my district started encouraging teachers to build their PLN’s, I reluctantly created a professional account. I was a little skeptical that it would be more of a distraction and less of a genuine resource, but I’m officially convinced otherwise. ...

Topic: Community, MTOY, Teaching, Social Media

Melody Arabo: Michigan Teacher of the Year

September 15, 2014

Melody Arabo was selected as the Michigan Teacher of the Year (MTOY) for the 2014-2015 school year. Meemic partners with the Michigan Department of Education in the MTOY program, so we were able to get in touch with Melody for an exclusive interview. Below is the full account of our exchange: ...

Topic: Community, MTOY, Teaching

Over 60 Years of Trust

September 8, 2014

Teaching runs in the Anderson Family. Gene Anderson is a retired assistant principal and adjunct professor. Wife Joyce, whose grandmother was an elementary school teacher, is a retired kindergarten teacher. The second generation of Andersons includes their three children, each of whom became educators. Generation three counts five educators. And, for over six decades, the couple and members of their extended family have trusted Meemic for protection. 

Topic: Home, Auto, Community, Teaching, Insurance

Fortune Cookies for (New) Teachers

March 7, 2014

As another spring is upon us, even though it may not look like spring outside everywhere now, we can look forward to college graduation season soon. That means the next class of graduating educators will enter the profession and soon begin work in classrooms. ...

Topic: Community, MTOY, Teaching, Education

Three Ways Teachers Are Learning From Other Teachers in 2014

January 28, 2014

As technology has evolved to the level of mobile computing and web-based apps, the popularity of educational technology has soared. Demands for workshops on apps, interactive whiteboards, and mobile devices has never been greater; however, the classic model of professional development for teachers has not been able to keep up.

Topic: Community, MTOY, Teaching, Social Media

The Most Important Issue Facing Our Schools

December 20, 2013

Major issues facing public education range from the policy level to classroom practice. Achievement disparities, graduation rates, poverty, standardized education reform, changes in public school funding, online education, teacher evaluations, equal access to quality schools, teacher quality and retention all impact the profession.  Improving student achievement is not possible unless we retain, support and develop quality teachers.

Topic: Community, MTOY, Teaching

Overcoming the 'Ferris Bueller' Stereotype of Teaching

October 20, 2013

Michigan teachers are among the finest in the nation, but the media attention given to public education recently has been far from flattering. The public does not view our teachers in a positive light. From Proposal 2’s Freedom-to-Work last fall to failing school districts and emergency managers, it sure can look to the public like teachers are not living up to public expectations.

Topic: Community, MTOY, Teaching

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