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Angi Beland

Angi Beland directs the program development and financial operations for Innovators in Education. Angi's focus is not only on the sustainability and adherence to best practices in budget management but also in identifying program and grant opportunities schools. Angi gained valuable expertise in building sustainability models and maximizing return on investment while working for other non-profit organizations. Angi also has the keen ability to maximize opportunities when faced with limited resources. Angi holds a Master's of Business Administration from Northwood University.

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Implementing Change in the Workplace

Posted by Angi Beland on Apr 18, 2017 5:00:00 AM

There is no denial that today’s state of education requires a sense of urgency to discover practices that will yield significant and meaningful outcomes. By it’s nature, the state of urgency tends to force the application of multiple quick fix solutions. These solutions produce fast results, but typically are not sustainable by human or financial capacity, thus promoting an ongoing cycle of change comparable to riding a stationary bike in hopes of reaching a destination but merely racking up miles, not distance. Not surprising, this approach often leads to burnout and frustration. And more than that, it has left employees with a bitter taste about change, forcing them to build walls of resistance to even positive change in the workplace.

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Best Teaching Jobs in Michigan

Posted by Angi Beland on Mar 15, 2017 6:24:19 PM

Thank you for choosing to be a teacher! The best teachers have such a gift for reaching kids in just the right way, literally changing the lives of many by just believing in them. You didn’t choose to be a teacher because you thought it would be easy. You didn’t choose to be a teacher because you thought you would make a lot of money. And, most likely, you didn’t even choose to be a teacher. Instead you simply followed your calling. And, now, it’s your choice as to where you share your gift.

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Topics: Teaching and Learning, New Teachers

Michigan’s ESSA Plan Significantly Impacts Educators

Posted by Angi Beland on Mar 14, 2017 6:55:00 PM

The Michigan Department of Education has opened up the final opportunity for stakeholders to submit feedback on Michigan’s ESSA Plan. The challenge however is that the plan consists of 153 single spaced pages of important information. It’s no casual read to determine how exactly the plan will impact you, yet you as the main stakeholder to be impacted have the most valuable voice to be heard.

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Topics: Assessment, Accountability, ESSA

Building on Ideas: School Competition & Innovation

Posted by Angi Beland on Jan 19, 2017 11:29:00 AM

An organization built around the idea of inspiring young people to be science and technology leaders, FIRST, offers students an amazing learning opportunity. But, it also offers a valuable lesson on the pathway to successful innovation far beyond science and technology.

The foundation of FIRST is a concept called Gracious Professionalism. It’s an ideal that suggests fierce competition and mutual gains are not separate notions. FIRST also teaches kids Coopertition®, defined as displaying unqualified kindness and respect in the face of fierce competition. Coopertition means competing always, but assisting and enabling others when you can, leading to unprecedented innovation.

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Topics: Vision, Branding, Leadership

Alternative Teacher Certification in Michigan

Posted by Angi Beland on Jan 13, 2017 10:31:15 AM

As the shortage of talent continues to hit schools hard, both for leadership and teachers, it may be time for schools to begin thinking about how Michigan’s approved alternative routes to certification can help to overcome this obstacle.

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Topics: Teaching and Learning, Teacher Certification

Experiential Learning for School Leaders: A Trip to the Windy City

Posted by Angi Beland on Dec 15, 2016 2:54:56 PM

Over the last 6 years, MAPSA, Michigan’s charter school association has implemented a teacher incentive fund grant titled the Teacher Excellence & Academic Milestones for Students (TEAMS) project. In partnership with Innovators in Education, MAPSA has coordinated a number of experiential learning trips across the nation to for Detroit school leaders to visit some of the top performing and truly innovative charter schools that are beating the odds. The latest trip was to the windy city to tour some of the top schools in Chicago.

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Topics: Vision, Culture, Leadership

Is School Turnaround Possible?

Posted by Angi Beland on Nov 10, 2016 5:00:00 AM

In 2008, the Michigan Wolverines finished the season 3-9.  Short of a spike in 2011, the program teetered around five hundred for years, showing anything but consistency in performance.  In 2014, the team finished with a record of 5-7 overall and 3-5 in the Big Ten, cementing a low point in the program.

In 2008, the Washington Huskies finished with a record of 0-12.  This was followed by years of seeking out winning records by only a game with signs that the tipping point was coming, but still finishing with a 7-6 record in 2015.

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Topics: Vision, Culture, Leadership

Measuring Student Growth – Can One Size Can Fit All?

Posted by Angi Beland on Nov 9, 2016 11:11:02 PM

The new ESSA guidelines solidified student growth as part of measuring school performance.  As Michigan looks to determine the perfect assessment to accomplish this, the value of this growth measure still provokes some debate.

Is there a one size fits all growth measure that reflects the performance of schools serving students at all levels?  Simply put.  Yes.  But only if we are willing to look at how we measure growth differently.

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Topics: Leadership, Assessment

Michigan Teacher Certificate Renewal Updates

Posted by Angi Beland on Sep 1, 2016 8:59:02 PM

Teacher certification in Michigan just got some upgrades. Public Act 173 of 2015, the new educator evaluation law links Michigan teacher certificate renewal and progression to evaluation data for the most recent five-year period. So, how does this new law and change impact teachers?

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Topics: Teacher Evaluation, Teacher Certification

Create a Vision That Uniquely Drives Your School

Posted by Angi Beland on Mar 23, 2016 1:25:06 PM
A search of a handful of school websites will quickly reveal an evident pattern of vision statements focused on college or career readiness and lifelong learning. Is it true that the exact same thing drives all schools or has this become a cliché in education? Visioning should be anything but cliché. Effective visioning is unique to your culture. It’s meaningful to the entire community of students, parents, teachers and leaders. It creates an image of what you as a school believe in. It creates emotion and passion. It drives you to achieve beyond your expectations.

Creating a vision that truly defines your school can be challenging and time consuming. But, it’s an investment of immeasurable return. Try these practice tips to see a glimpse of the possibilities.
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Topics: Vision, Culture

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