Thursday, December 06, 2018

Alumnus Jeffrey Austin selected for statewide Innovative Educator Corps


The Michigan Department of Education is celebrating the first-round selection of educators to be part of the new, statewide Innovative Educator Corps (IEC). Among them is alumnus Jeffrey Austin (AM '13), who works at the Skyline Writing Center in Ann Arbor Public Schools.

The Innovative Educator Corps (IEC), authorized under the Marshall Plan for Talent (Public Act 227 of 2018), is a new recognition program for Michigan teachers who employ an innovative educational program, methodology, or strategy to help prepare their students for future career success in high-demand fields.

“To continue building Michigan to become a Top 10 education state in 10 years, we need to take innovative and effective teaching practices and share them with every teacher in the state,” Interim State Superintendent Sheila Alles said.

“Teachers play a key role in preparing Michigan’s students for successful futures and developing innovative ways to deliver instruction ignites a passion in students to learn and be innovative themselves,” Alles added.

IEC members will receive a $5,000 stipend as recognition for their innovative instruction, and also be provided an additional $5,000 to be used in partnership with an Intermediate School District to expand, replicate, and share innovative practices.

Applicants were nominated by peers, students, parents, community members, and school district administrators. Educators were required to document pupil academic achievement and successful implementation of innovative instructional methodology in preparing pupils for 21st century careers, and exemplify the passion, energy, and professionalism of the teaching profession.

For more information on the Innovative Educator Corps, visit the MDE Recognition Programs Page.

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