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Office of the Superintendent
Michael F. Rice
The State Superintendent is appointed by the SBE and is its chair and a non-voting member. As the principal executive officer of the Michigan Department of Education (MDE), the Superintendent attends the Governor’s meetings with Department Directors and advises the State Legislature on education policy and funding needs. The Superintendent is responsible for the implementation of bills passed by the State Legislature and policies established by the SBE. The Superintendent is a major spokesperson for education in the state, serves as the primary liaison to the United States Department of Education (USED) and other federal agencies, and provides efficient and effective management of the USED’s considerable state and federal resources.
Diversity Equity and Inclusion
Public and Governmental Affairs
All major legislative initiatives that affect the Revised School Code and legislation relating to education, and Michigan becoming a Top 10 education state, are managed by the Office of Public and Governmental Affairs (OPGA). The Director maintains liaison functions with the State Legislature; facilitates communications on legislative issues with internal and external organizations at the state and national levels; responds to all education constituent issues referred by the legislative offices; and acts as the coordinating office with U.S. Congress and federal agencies on federal legislation. This office participates in all aspects of the development, passage, and implementation of state legislative and regulatory initiatives necessary to carry out the mission of MDE. Recommendations are provided to the SBE and the State Superintendent.
The Office is responsible for overall leadership and implementation of internal and external communications and outreach activities for the Department and the SBE.
Sue C Carnell
Chief Deputy Superintendent
The Chief Deputy Superintendent is responsible for facilitating the state's Top 10 in 10 plan to make Michigan one of the top 10 education states. This responsibility includes ensuring the following:
- Learner centered supports focusing on the way students learn and the skills they develop; the systems that support that learning; and the need for individualized supports are available for each and every learner.
- An effective educator workforce is well prepared and supported in order to build a quality education system.
- Strategic partnerships with a variety of stakeholders who collaborate to support our children and work together to accomplish our goals and vision.
- All aspects of the education infrastructure systems are improved so they are functioning effectively and efficiently to meet the needs of internal and external stakeholders.
This position also assists the State Superintendent by serving as a member of the Superintendent's leadership team.
The mission of the Office of Human Resources is to provide quality, customer-focused services to the Department of Education in support of its staffing, development and human resource management needs which are necessary for achieving the State Board's goal for Michigan education.
The Office of Partnership Districts/School Reform (OPS/SR) is responsible for supporting all districts with low performing schools that have entered into partnership agreements with the state and with their local Intermediate School District and/or local partners. The major areas of the office include:
• Developing supports for Partnership Districts
• Assisting with the development of the Partnership Agreement
• Reducing and/or removing barriers to success for each district/school
• Providing technical assistance when appropriate
• Identifying and connecting new partners with the district/school Partnership District Liaisons provide direct support and technical assistance to their assigned Partnership District.
Strategic Planning and Implementation
Kelly Siciliano Carter
The Office of Strategic Planning and Implementation (OSPI) is charged with strengthening the MDE's systemic infrastructure to ensure the development of an innovative and cohesive state education agency that supports an aligned, coherent education system. Established to install a consistent and efficient "Way of Work", OSPI leads the department's organizational development efforts to systemize processes and procedures to implement MDE's vision, priorities, and cross-office initiatives. Within this work, the office facilitates coordination across MDE initiatives and provides support to MDE leadership and program area specialists to build consensus and move plans, policies, and initiatives forward. OSPI ensures that decisions are made systemically, efforts are well defined, planning is intentional and collaborative, efforts are implemented with fidelity, and that learning from implementation is used for continuous improvement. The work of this office includes: the development of the Multi-Tiered System of Supports and supporting implementation teams within the Transformation Zone; and helping to enhance and increase employee engagement by building a culture of teamwork and collaboration striving toward achieving the Top 10 vision.
Educator, Student, and School Supports Division
The Division of Educator, Student, and School Supports (DESSS) was established to:
• Align and coordinate resources and supports that focus on instruction and needs of the learners
• Improve services to school districts
• Enhance the educator pipeline
The Deputy Superintendent for DESSS provides leadership to the offices of Educational Assessment & Accountability, Partnership Districts/School Reform, Educator Excellence, and Educational Services.
Educational Assessment and Accountability
The Office of Educational Assessment & Accountability (OEAA) is an office within the DESSS. The responsibilities of this office include:
• Developing, administering, and reporting on assessment programs
• Jointly developing and maintaining content standards with OES
• Electronically housing the libraries of content standards developed jointly with OES
• Developing achievement standards (i.e., proficiency standards or cut scores) on the assessment programs for which it is responsible
• Operating the Formative Assessment for Michigan Educators (FAME)
• Program and data management of all OEAA projects
• Management for all the OEAA systems (Secure Site, Item Bank System, etc.)
• Responding to assessment and accountability report and state analysis requests
The Office of Educator Excellence (OEE) and the MDE support the educational achievement of all Michigan youth, Pre-K through 12th grade, by ensuring that all professional school personnel complete quality preparation and professional development programs which meet standards established by the Michigan Legislature and the SBE.
Additionally, the office is responsible for creating, implementing, and administering programs to develop and maintain Michigan’s educator workforce. These programs help ensure that Michigan’s educators have the tools, training, and supports to deliver effective instruction and leadership for all Michigan students, and receive recognition for service.
The Office of Educational Supports (OES) is an office within the DESSS. OES provides support to local education agencies and PSAs to develop and implement programs and services funded with supplementary Federal or State funds to accelerate student achievement through continuous school improvement. The Office helps Michigan public schools use more than $1 billion annually to accelerate student achievement and close achievement gaps for the most at-risk students. OES supports MDE policy development on a range of issues including research-based strategies to support learning, supports for school turnaround, the closure of achievements gaps, coordination, and tools for instructional techniques to increase learning.
Systems Evaluation and Technology
The Office of Systems, Evaluation, and Technology (OSET) works collaboratively with internal and external stakeholders in the areas of systems coordination, integration, and improvement; evaluation, data analyses, and data-driven decision making; and educational technology and infrastructure. The three focus areas of the Office of Systems, Evaluation, and Technology play important roles in supporting and implementing each of the goals within Michigan's Top 10 in 10 Strategic Plan, as well as assisting in the monitoring and evaluation of Michigan's progress towards becoming a top 10 education state.
Finance and Operations Division
The Deputy Superintendent for Finance and Operations serves as the Department’s Chief Financial Officer, Emergency Management Coordinator and interagency liaison. In addition, the Deputy coordinates facility issues with the Department of Technology, Management and Budget (DTMB) and oversees teacher tenure and the administrative rules process. This Deputy provides leadership to the following offices: Office of Health and Nutrition Services (OHNS), Office of Financial Management (OFM), Library of Michigan (LM), and Office of Administrative Law (OAL)
Administrative Law Director
The Office of Administrative Law is responsible for appeals filed with the State Tenure Commission in teacher tenure matters and appeals filed with the Superintendent of Public Instruction (SPI) in property transfer cases, teacher certification matters, pupil accounting audits, certification penalty appeals, and other complaint and compliance matters. OAL refers MDE cases to the Michigan Administrative Hearings System (MAHS) for hearings where appropriate and prepares draft decisions for the State Tenure Commission and the Superintendent of Public Instruction following action by MAHS. OAL maintains a database of decisions in its NXT electronic system, provides review conferences in pupil accounting and certification penalty appeals, advises the SPI in appeals of FOIA denials and MDE's FOIA coordinator in other FOIA matters, acts as the department's litigation coordinator, processes subpoenas and lawsuits received by MDE, administers the interdepartmental agreement with MAHS, and is responsible for MDE's rulemaking activities and annual regulatory plan.
The Office of Financial Management facilitates the development of the annual agency budget and provides oversight of Department budgets. The office is responsible for all accounting and purchasing activities for the Department. This includes disbursing, recording and reporting grants; collecting revenue; developing and securing federally approved indirect cost rates; and procuring supplies and equipment.
Health & Nutrition Services
The Office of Health and Nutrition Services is the state administering agency for federal food programs such as National School Lunch and Breakfast Programs, Child and Adult Care Food Program, and commodity programs such as USDA Foods for Schools, The Emergency Food Assistance Program, and the Commodity Supplemental Food Program. In addition, the office provides training and technical assistance for school health and safety initiatives such as school climate and culture, health and physical education, HIV and sex education, mental health, school nursing, school safety, and bullying prevention.
Library of Michigan
The Michigan Legislature created The Library of Michigan to guarantee the people of this State and their government one perpetual institution to collect and preserve Michigan publications, conduct reference and research and support libraries statewide.
Since 1828, during Michigan's territorial days, the Library of Michigan has served state government and the people of Michigan much as the Library of Congress works at the federal level. The Library's early task was to collect, compile and store Michigan territorial laws and other important documents that formed the basis for Michigan government today. The library's responsibility has expanded to include a fine collection of Michigan state government publications as well as important journals, books and other materials.
P20 System and Student Transitions
The Deputy Superintendent for the P-20 System and Student Transitions Division provides leadership and supervision for the division, which was established to align high-quality early childhood to post-secondary attainment activities within the department. This division includes the Office of Great Start, created by Executive Order 2011-8, which is comprised of the Offices of Early Childhood Development and Family Education, Preschool and Out-of-School Time Learning, Child Development and Care, and Head Start State Collaboration. The division also includes the Office of Career and Technical Education and the Office of Special Education (which oversees the Michigan School for the Deaf, the Low Incidence Outreach program, and Camp Tuhsmeheta).
Career Technical Education
The Michigan Department of Education - Office of Career and Technical Education (MDE-OCTE) works closely with regional career and technical education (CTE) administrators to provide support and technical assistance to implement and improve current operating CTE programs, as well as to support the development of new CTE programs.
Michigan's CTE system provides learners with access to equitable, high-quality secondary and postsecondary CTE Programs aligned to rigorous academic and technical standards, and career ready practices. The CTE system:
- Encompasses multiple career pathway entry and exit options, including progressively intensive work-based learning, and leadership opportunities, culminating in a postsecondary recognized credential;
- Cultivates multi-stakeholder collaboration with business, industry, labor, and community partners, to develop in-demand, credential driven, robust career pathways;
- Supports strong alignment and partnership between K-12 educators, employers, community colleges and higher education institutions and;
- Prepares the existing and emerging workforce to result in educated, skilled, informed, and responsible residents.
MDE-OCTE also oversees Michigan's Early Middle Colleges (EMC), an MDE approved five-year program of study. EMCs allow pupils to earn a high school diploma and one of the following: 60 transferable college credits, an associate degree, a professional certification, the Michigan Early Middle College Association (MEMCA) technical certificate, or the right to participate in a registered apprenticeship.
Child Development & Care
The Office of Child Development and Care supports low-income working families by providing access to affordable, high quality early care and afterschool programs. To achieve this end, the office supports numerous efforts designed to assess and improve the level of quality across the spectrum of Michigan's early learning and care settings.
This office administers Michigan's federal Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) dollars and through these funds support:
The Child Development and Care (CDC) Program, the state's child care subsidy program.
Quality improvement initiatives for early learning and development programs and unlicensed/license-exempt subsidized providers coordinated through the Early Childhood Investment Program.
Licensure and monitoring of licensed and registered early learning and development programs.
T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® Scholarships to individuals working in the early childhood field
Early Childhood Development and Family Education
Early Childhood Development and Family Education (ECDFE) provides information, consultation, and resources to families, educators, and communities concerned with the progress and development of our youngest learners and their families. ECDFE manages federal and state grant programs and consults with parenting and family support programs, family literacy programs, infant/toddler services, early intervention and system-focused development. Major programs managed by ECDFE include Part C of I.D.E.A. (aka Early On®), the 32p Early Childhood Grant, Home Visiting, Early Literacy-Family Engagement and Preschool Development Grant – Birth to Five.
Head Start State Collaboration
The Head Start-State Collaboration Office (HSSCO) is charged with facilitating and enhancing coordination and collaboration between Head Start agencies and other state and local entities serving low-income children from birth to age five and their families. The HSSCO is responsible for assisting in the building of early childhood systems, including access to comprehensive services; encouraging widespread collaboration with appropriate programs and services; and, facilitating the involvement of Head Start in policy and planning efforts that affect the Head Start target population and other low-income families.
Preschool & Out-of-School Time Learning
The Office of Preschool and Out-of-School Time Learning (P&OSTL) provides information, consultation, and resources to families, educators, and communities concerned with the progress and development of children, youth and their families so that they will be prepared to succeed in school and in life. P&OSTL manages federal and state grant programs and consults with preschool/prekindergarten programs, preschool special education programs and services, transition into K-3 primary grades, and out-of-school time programs (i.e., before- and after-school, summers, vacations, and weekends) for K-12 students. Major programs include: Great Start Readiness Program, Early Childhood Special Education (IDEA, Part B, Section 619), and 21st Century Community Learning Centers.
The function of the Office of Special Education (OSE) is the general supervision, administration, and funding of special education programs and services for children and youth with disabilities ages 3-21. A free appropriate public education (FAPE) is provided to eligible children according to federal statute and regulations, state statute, administrative rules, and department procedures.
The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) established two separate age segments for students with special needs. Part B refers to special education services for students ages 3 through 21. Part C refers to early intervention services for infants and toddlers with disabilities from birth to age 3.
Michigan special education services extend from birth through 25 (beyond the federal requirement of 21). Therefore, Michigan's special education services and programs serve eligible students ages birth through 25.
The OSE is tasked with implementing and monitoring Part B improvement plans. The Office of Great Start (OGS), in conjunction with the OSE, manages Part C services through its Early On® program. Some infants and toddlers may be eligible for special education services.
The OSE is made up of four units, administration, program finance, program accountability, and performance reporting, and is also responsible for the Low Incidence Outreach program as well as the Michigan School for the Deaf.