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 (

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 (

Follow the podcast on Twitter: @3DL4US

MMSLN: 1 of 13 New Providers Added to Support School Systems in Curriculum Adoption and Implementation

MMSLN is a new partner featured in Rivet Education’s Professional Learning Partner Guide (PLPG). The PLPG provides educators with better access to information about professional learning providers and their services. Akin to EdReports’ reviews of high-quality instructional materials, the PLPG is a list of organizations that provide the best curriculum-aligned professional learning services in the country.

Research shows that when teachers have great materials and high-quality professional learning aligned to those materials, student achievement increases and classroom inequity is reduced. –Alexa Obregon, manager of the PLPG

The PLPG helps to ensure educators have the instructional materials and professional learning they deserve by:

  • growing the demand for high-quality professional learning in schools and districts, and
  • improving the overall quality of the professional learning marketplace by highlighting the best professional learning partners.

With this update, the PLPG added 13 new professional learning organizations (MMSLN is one of them), bringing the total number of providers featured in the guide to 29. Overall, the collective group provides professional learning services aligned to 70 percent of the curriculum rated “green” on EdReports across all 50 states.

The addition of Rivet’s Professional Learning Partner Guide to the curriculum marketplace means that education leaders now have important information about the quality of instructional materials and a list of organizations that can be considered to support their implementation. -Eric Hirsch, Executive Director of EdReports

MMSLN hosts professional learning to support the LAUNCH of IM Math. Check out all that we have scheduled for this spring and summer. And, if you register before April 1, you can take advantage of a 20% Early Bird discount. We can’t wait to partner with you.

Math Standards Webinar Video available

Dear colleagues,

I’m pleased to announce that the first webinar to dig into the new middle grades (5-9) and high school (7-12) standards is now available for viewing. This video webinar introduces the new Michigan Mathematics Teacher Preparation Standards for these grade bands. Attached you can also find a copy of the slides and transcripts that will soon be available at the video site as well. Please share with any colleagues who might want more understanding of the new mathematics standards for teacher preparation at these grade bands.

As a follow up, we will host a live question and answer session on March 15 at 11:30 am to address questions about the new mathematics standards. If you would like to attend this virtual session please email me. You can also email me any questions that you would like addressed at the Q&A as well. To sign up for the Q&A and/or send questions, you can reach me at McMahonD2.


Darcy McMahon, M.A.
Higher Education Consultant, Educator Preparation Unit
Office of Educator Excellence
Michigan Department of Education
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Introduction to Teacher Prep Standards for Mathmatics (5-9 & 7-12) Webinar.pptx.pdf

Script_ Introduction to the Middle Grades and High School Teacher Preparation Standards for Mathematics.pdf

Keep ’em Curious!

Jessica and I put together a resource for parents that I think you might like. You are welcome to share the video or you can use the slides linked below to do it yourself.

This session has been designed to support parents and caregivers to instill the love of science in their children by, Keeping ‘em Curious: Exploring the Wonder in Our World. We explore 4 questions that will create great family conversations to keep your kids curious and exploring the wonder in their world.

Parent Resources,

This is the video,

This is the presentation and slide notes,

Job opening: Outreach and Professional Learning Director form BCAMSC

Click here to view the posting for the Battle Creek Area Mathematics and Science Center Outreach and Professional Learning Director

  • Position Type:
  • Date Posted:
  • Location:
    Battle Creek Area Mathematics and Science Center
  • Date Available:
  • Closing Date:
    Until Filled

Outreach & Professional Learning Director – Cereal City Science


The Outreach & Professional Learning Director will report to the Director of Business & Operations – Cereal City Science. This position will be responsible for all K-8 Outreach Training and Professional Learning Programs associated with the Cereal City Science product. One of the primary responsibilities is to establish, conduct and monitor all training and professional learning associated with the Cereal City Science Units and NGSS-aligned curriculum.

Essential Functions

    • Creates, delivers and monitors all professional development and training programming for Cereal City Science. Including both virtual and face-to-face professional learning.
    • Develops and monitors appropriate professional learning and training programming and training resources, and identifies and generates the appropriate data collection and reports to monitor performance results.
    • Provides intensive assistance and consultation to schools regarding the science kits and STEM curriculum. This will include providing classroom coaching and development of the Teacher Leadership Corp [TLC] within a district or region.
    • Monitors the instructional portion of the Kit Program including the teacher guide revision and audits the program for fidelity.
    • Monitors and improves all STEM curriculum associated with Cereal City Science.
    • Markets, promotes, and is involved in the sale of Cereal City Science Kits.
    • Train and prepare CCS consultants to lead PL sessions.
    • Ability to network with other organizations such as MISciPLN, MMSLN, MSTA, and NSTA including presenting at State and National Conferences.


    • Demonstrated knowledge of STEM curriculum and best practices that support instructional excellence in the classroom.
    • Demonstrated knowledge of the Framework for K-12 Science Education and of the NGSS.
    • Demonstrated ability to develop, assess and improve curriculum
    • Demonstrated ability to analyze data and develop insightful conclusions for use in development of strategic solutions
    • Demonstrated knowledge of professional learning programs for teachers
    • Demonstrated ability to communicate using effective collaboration and listening skills with a variety of audiences including teaching staff, professional organizations and students.
    • Demonstrated ability to write clearly and succinctly in a variety of communication settings (e.g., newsletters, memos, social media)
    • Demonstrated successful teaching experience in a STEM environment
    • Demonstrated ability to marshal resources, orchestrate multiple activities at once using resources effectively and efficiently.
    • Demonstrated ability to listen to the consumer, understand their needs and develop training solutions that meet those needs.

Supervisory Responsibility

This position has supervisory responsibilities; contracted trainers.

Work Environment

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally exposed to airborne particles and multiple temperature climates.

Physical Demands

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.

This is largely a sedentary role; however, some filing is required. This would require the ability to lift files, open filing cabinets and bending or standing on a stool as necessary. This position requires the ability to occasionally lift office products and supplies, up to 40 pounds.

Position Type/Expected Hours of Work

This is a full-time position – 40 hours per week.


Occasional overnight travel is possible, 3-5 days per month.

Required Education and Experience

    • Bachelor of Science degree in Education or Business Administration
    • Minimum of 5 years of training related experience or demonstrated knowledge, skills and abilities to perform the above-mentioned tasks.
    • Demonstrated effective verbal and written communication skills, and presentation skills.
    • 5+ years of 3-dimensional teaching experience

Preferred Education and Experience

    • Master’s degree in Education
    • Strong background in training & professional learning program design and development
    • Proven effectiveness in the creation and management of training and professional learning systems
    • Demonstrated experience with consulting and coaching teachers
    • Demonstrated experience in the construction and promotion of educational instructional materials
    • Demonstrated experience with Next Generation Science Standards curriculum

Other Duties

Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.

SCHOOL SAFETY CLEARANCE: The successful candidate will be subject to a fingerprint and background check as a condition of employment. All fees required for this check (estimated $73) will be the responsibility of the successful applicant.

The Battle Creek Public School District is an equal opportunity employer and will not discriminate on the basis of race, color, handicap, sex, age, religion, national origin, weight, height, or marital status in its employment practices.

Amazing March 24 Noon Chat!!

Join us for this noon chat, March 24 as the MMSLN continues discussions of Equity in Science.

Can the culture of STEM help reproduce inequality? The professional cultures of STEM, which give each discipline its particular “feel” and unite discipline members under a taken-for-granted system of meanings and values, are not benign. Drawing from several NSF-funded survey and interview-based studies, I argue that these professional cultures can have built within them disadvantages for women, racial/ethnic minorities, and LGBTQ persons in STEM. Specifically, I discuss the role of three particular cultural ideologies—schemas of scientific excellence, depoliticization, and the meritocratic ideology—in producing these disadvantages.

Erin Cech joined the sociology department in 2016. Before coming to the University of Michigan, she was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Clayman Institute for Gender Research at Stanford University and was on faculty at Rice University. She earned her Ph.D. in Sociology in 2011 from the University of California, San Diego and undergraduate degrees in Electrical Engineering and Sociology from Montana State University.
Cech’s research examines cultural mechanisms of inequality reproduction–specifically, how inequality is reproduced through processes that are not overtly discriminatory or coercive, but rather those that are built into seemingly innocuous cultural beliefs and practices. She investigates this puzzle through three avenues of research. First, she uses quantitative and qualitative approaches to examine inequality in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) professions–specifically, the recruitment and retention of women, LGBT, and under-represented racial/ethnic minority students and practitioners and the role of professional cultures in this inequality. Second, Cech examines how cultural definitions of “good work” and “good workers” can anchor inequality in the workforce. For example, she examines the role of the “passion principle” in the reproduction of occupational inequalities: how seemingly voluntary and self-expressive career decisions help reproduce processes like occupational sex segregation. Finally, she studies how cultural understandings of the extent and origin of inequality help to uphold unequal social structures. Cech’s research is funded by multiple grants from the National Science Foundation. She is a member of the editorial board of the American Sociological Review and her research has been cited in The New York Times, Harvard Business Review, Time, The Washington Post, The Guardian, Forbes, Chronicle of Higher Education and the news sections of Science and Nature.


Bi-Weekly Chat Thursday

Join the MMSLN for this bi-weekly chat.
Ellen Ebert leads science education in the state of Washington. She has led a successful initiative focused on equity and climate justice in her state.
Join us to learn more from Ellen about how she used grant funds to focus curriculum and professional learning on climate education!
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