Finally! The high school science resources we’ve waited 6 years for!

OpenSciEd and its partner organization, the Michigan Mathematics and Science Leadership Network (MMSLN), aim to build an equitable foundation for K12 science education by ensuring that all teachers have access to high-quality, research-based professional learning and resources designed for the NGSS. Extending their success at the middle school level, they are seeking teachers to take part in the field test of high school science resources. The completed resources will ensure students have access to all high school NGSS standards in three courses; Biology, Chemistry, and Physics, with the Earth science standards integrated throughout. Please see the HS OpenSciEd Scope and Sequence document to learn more. Design specifications for the three courses will ensure cohesiveness, consistency, and growth throughout students’ high school science experience.

The OpenSciEd High School Development Consortium, including; the University of Colorado Boulder, BSCS, the Charles A. Dana Center, and the NextGen Science Storylines Team at Northwestern University, are continuing the development process to ensure these materials are effective in the classroom. The MMSLN will support their work by leveraging the experience of its professional learning facilitators to prepare teachers to field test these materials in several states throughout the country. Professional learning for field test teachers will be virtual, and begin this summer, lasting for two school years. The cost for the year, which includes approximately 8 days of PL and kit materials, is $2200/teacher (without teacher stipends). We hope districts will commit for the entire project lasting from July 2021 through spring 2023.

I would love to talk more with you about this if you think there are schools/teachers in your region who would be interested. We have held successful information sessions too (video recording), let me know if you would like to schedule one.

Please feel free to reach out to Mary Starr with any additional questions, starrm@mimathandscience.org

Job Posting: Math/Science Instructional Coach, Walled Lake

RESPONSIBILITIES

• Coordination of Math and Science curriculum and instruction

• Works as part of an instructional team to develop vision and leadership for K-12 teaching and learning

• Reviews and recommends appropriate curricular and instructional materials, instructional strategies and new programs

• Maintains knowledge of current local, state, and national trends in the field of education

• Is knowledgeable about instructional technology and current trends in digital curriculum and pedagogy

Instructional Coach.pdf

MI Sci PLN Meeting in Review

It’s unanimous, last week’s MI Sci PLN meeting was fantastic!

Thank you to all of the great presenters!

The meeting began with a Council of State Science Supervisors (CSSS) Overview/Synopsis from Mary Starr, MMSLN ED. This included a link to a showcase of presentation videos on Equity, Justice, and Anti-Racism in Elementary Science and Engineering Panel Discussion from the National Academies.

One of the videos, Inclusion, Curriculum, and Anti-Racism by Felicia Moore Mensah, was selected to ground our elementary science advocacy efforts, followed by a deeper dive into elementary science data to respond to the question, “How we can we advocate for ALL elementary students to have equitable access to an amazing science education?”

Our collaborative efforts were followed by a presentation of research on Designing School Systems to Support NGSS, by a team from UM including, Don Peurach, Anna Foster, and Angela Lyle. Ideas were discussed for supporting our work in elementary science advocacy within districts throughout the state to respond to this question, “How can we get schools to support the transformation to NGSS in a systemic way?”

The meeting concluded with a presentation from MSU – CREATE for STEM’s Joe Krajcik and Sue Codere. They shared their long awaited ML-PBL elementary science research findings to respond to the common question, “Does teaching elementary science take necessary time from important things like, reading and social emotional learning? What if teachers are provided high quality resources and professional learning, would it make a difference?”

Check out the agenda, loaded with links, to all of the great presentations.

Here are the updates for all of the projects taking place throughout the state.

This is a video of the meeting and presentations.

Register to attend the last MI Sci PLN meeting this school year, Monday, June 7. We will continue our exploration of research and presentations to help us advocate as a community for equitable access to a high-quality science for all elementary students.

Establishing Instructional Routines: Upcoming IM Professional Learning

IM K-5 Math Establishing Instructional Routines
Have you heard? The IM K-5 Math Establishing Instructional Routines professional learning session just went live across the United States this past week! Teachers considered, “What is an instructional routine? Which routines are used in the curriculum? Why are they used in the curriculum?” as they experienced a few together.
As the initial feedback pours in, MMSLN is thrilled to be offer the session to Michigan educators this month!

“The energy the session creates with teachers is marvelous!”

If you haven’t already, register for this and the K-5 Pilot Curriculcum Overview to learn more about the IM curriculum.

IM K-5 Math

  • K-5 Establishing Instructional Routines, April 22
  • K-5 Pilot Curriculum Overview, April 28

And, if you’re feeling a little left out, don’t worry, we’ve got some amazing professional learning for 6-12 teachers, coaches, and administrators this month.

IM 6-12 Math

  • 6-12 Curriculum Overview for Teachers, April 12
  • 6-12 Establishing Instructional Routines, April 20
  • 6-12 Pilot Unit Overview, April 27

MMSLN is a proud member of the Professional Learning Partner Guide (PLPG). Find out more about the PLPG and why it matters.

Upcoming IM Professional Learning: April 2021

IM Certified Professional Learning
Have you heard about IM Math curricula? If you’re interested in learning about it OR if you’re already planning to teach & learn with IM Math starting in the fall, join MMSLN and choose from a variety of professional learning opportunities we have scheduled for spring and summer. Each of our IM certified events is designed to support math teachers, coaches, consultants, and administrators as you explore and implement IM Math curricula. Even better, MMSLN offers SCECHs for each of our IM certified professional learning sessions.

THIS MONTH: APRIL
IM 6-12 Math

  • 6-12 Curriculum Overview for Teachers, April 12
  • 6-12 Establishing Instructional Routines, April 20
  • 6-12 Pilot Unit Overview, April 27

IM K-5 Math

  • K-5 Establishing Instructional Routines, April 22
  • K-5 Pilot Curriculum Overview, April 28

MMSLN is a proud member of the Professional Learning Partner Guide (PLPG). Find out more about the PLPG and why it matters.

MISciPLN 4/16 – REGISTER TODAY!

Does teaching elementary science take necessary time from important things like, reading and social emotional learning? What if teachers are provided high quality resources and professional learning, would it make a difference?

Find out on April 16th, when MISciPLN will welcome its founding sponsor, CREATE for STEM’s Joe Krajcik and Sue Codere. They will join us to share their long awaited, elementary research highlighting the public introduction of 3rd-5th grade Multiple Literacies in Project Based Learning (MLPBL).

Even if we could provide great resources and professional learning, how can we get schools to support the transformation to NGSS in a systemic way?

Don Peurach, from the University of Michigan, will also be joining us to share his team’s research findings for Designing School Systems to Support NGSS. The implications of this research will have a direct impact on our work in districts.

We would love for you to join us as these exciting findings are used to build a foundation to inform our collective conversation around elementary science advocacy.

Register today for the April 16 MISciPLN event.

March 24! Chat

ScienceChat Newsletter-4.pdf

Mary Starr (she/her) MMSLN, MI is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: MMSLN Chat – Math and Science! Professional Cultures and Inequality in STEM
Time: Mar 24, 2021 12:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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MMSLN is a proud member of the Professional Learning Partner Guide (PLPG). Find out more about the PLPG and why it matters.

New podcast explores the extension of three-dimensional learning to higher education.

Only a few months separate a high school senior and a college freshman, but for many students in STEM courses that transition can be jarring! At its core, our group believes in the power and potential of 3-dimensional learning (3DL) as described in the National Research Council’s Framework for K-12 Science Education and in its fundamental applicability to higher education. Our "base" is Michigan State University, but we are a multi-institution team including members from Grand Valley State University and others outside of Michigan (3dl4us.org).

Our new podcast (we went with the straightforward naming option: "3DL4US Podcast") aims to provide an accessible and wide-ranging exploration of the group’s experiences with 3DL in different contexts, from discipline-specific considerations to thoughts about how to support spread and sustainability. We hope it is a substantive and fun listen! Find it on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, or on Buzzsprout (https://3dl4uspodcast.buzzsprout.com/).

Follow the podcast on Twitter: @3DL4US