Today (Sunday, March 31) is the last day to edit your proposal before the rating period begins.
Proposal rating and discussion begins tomorrow, Monday, April 1 and will continue until 11:59 on Monday, April 8. During the proposal rating period, all editing of proposals must stop so that everyone is rating and discussing the same proposals. (Exception: Students at Innovation Academy and GearUp Academy may continue to work on their proposals until they are complete.) You will be allowed to edit your proposals again after the rating period is over, so if you have ideas for changes or additions, please hold onto them and make the changes after April 8.
The platform will consist of as many as eight proposals, including the five highest-rated proposals (assuming each has a minimum of 15 ratings and meets basic criteria of completeness, quality and appropriateness), plus as many as three other high-quality proposals to be chosen by the topic coordinators and faculty. The goal is to include the best proposals regardless of topic area; there may be more than one proposal from a given topic area, while other areas may not be represented in the platform.
Please see this screencast about how to rate proposals, which comes down to giving each a score on a scale from 1 to 10. Please note that in order to maximize the impact of your ratings, you should give a "1" to the proposal(s) that you think least worthy of being in the platform (even if it has some merit), a "10" to the proposal(s) you think most worthy (even if it’s not perfect), and then spread out the others in between. Use the criteria listed at the end of this announcement as a basis for your ratings. You may change your rating for any proposal at any time, up until the deadline of 11:59pm on Monday, April 8.
Please be sure that each of your ratings is properly recorded. The rating slider can be a little touchy, so after moving it the first time, if you do not see a small message under the slider saying "Your vote:...", try moving the slider again.
It's crucial that you not only express your preferences, but that you discuss the relative merits of the various proposals, and advocate for the ones you think should be in the platform. A new “Platform Discussion” group has been started for this discussion. Please start new discussion threads at will.
Please rate every proposal in the Caucus that is complete, and also comment on various proposals and/or participate actively in the Platform Discussion group, specifically discussing the pros and cons of at least five different proposals. (Proposals in each topic area can be found easily if you click the “proposals” tab in the group window.) In this connection, please note that the online participation requirement remains in effect through April 8th.
Please consider these criteria when rating proposals.
Is each part of the proposal completed in a high-quality way?
How well does the proposal demonstrate a solid understanding of the core issue and the “problem behind the problem”?
To what extent does the proposal contain high-quality supporting evidence and background information?
How relevant is the proposal to the needs of students of different ages and backgrounds in different parts of Michigan?
To what extent do the consultations add important information and non-obvious perspectives?
To what extent is there credible articulation of counter-arguments and challenges to potential adoption and implementation of the proposed solution?
To what extent does the proposed solution contain specificity and detail that shows how it could actually be implemented and paid for?
To what extent does the proposal demonstrate creativity and passion for the issue?