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Administrator Elected to Lead Statewide Educators Group

Assistant Superintendent Mike Burde has been named president-elect of the Michigan Association of State and Federal Program Specialists, an organization to help local school districts optimize their use of state and federal funds. Burde will serve for three school years: 2017-18 as president-elect; 2018-19 as president; and 2019-20 as past president. He has served on the group’s board since 2010.

“Providing training and resources to educational leaders about the effective use of state and federal grants is vital to ensure all Michigan students receive an educational experience that prepares them for life after graduation,” Burde said in a prepared statement. “With continual fluctuations in general funding, we must continue to work collaboratively to use grant resources. I feel privileged to be a part of the team at MAS/FPS, which is dedicated to the success of each and every student in the state of Michigan.”

Burde also was one of 100 education innovators selected to attend the National Summit on K-12 Competency-Based Education, held in Denver June 21-23. In the second such summit held since 2011, Burde and other participants tackled issues such as meeting students where they are, equity and policy. He joined representatives from organizations such as the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the Nellie Mae Education Foundation and Chief State School Officers.

Burde has been integrally involved in Kenowa’s Journey to Excellence, a competency-based curriculum that moves students through lessons based on how well they learn content, not time spent on the subject.

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