THANK YOU MI Sci PLN Leadership Team for an amazing year!

The MI Sci PLN Leadership Team has done an amazing job this year. Please take a minute to let them know you appreciate their efforts. They include;

· Betty Crowder, MSTA & Oakland University, crowder@oakland.edu

· James Emmerling, MMSLN & Oakland Schools, james.emmerling@oakland.k12.mi.us

· Linnea Gibson, Northern Michigan Learning Consortium, gibsonl@copesd.org

· Nancy Karre, Battle Creek Math and Science Center, nancy@bcamsc.org

· TJ Smolek, MDE, SmolekT@michigan.gov

· Nathan Spencer, Wayne RESA, SpenceN@resa.net

· Christie Morrison Thomas, MSU’s CREATE for STEM Next Gen PBL, morris73@msu.edu

· Wendi Vogel, MSELA & Kent ISD, wendivogel@kentisd.org

MI Sci PLN

Building our Science Education Community Together


Great Lakes learning for UP students

We are actively planning for the Wisconsin and Upper Peninsula of Michigan Junior Science and Humanities Symposium (JSHS). This event is sponsored by the National Science Teachers Association, the U.S. Armed Forces, and University of Wisconsin-La Crosse (UWL). Our goal is to spread the word to as many potential participants as possible and we would love to have additional participation from the Upper Peninsula of Michigan!

This program is of benefit to both teachers and high school students and provides the opportunity to earn very generous scholarships, is a qualifying event for the National JSHS, and even offers a teacher award.

Students in 9–12 grade are encouraged to share their original research (e.g., experimental, field, observational, applied) during a 12-minute oral presentation or poster presentation. Research presented at the regional JSHS competition can align with any of the following eight categories:
1. Chemistry
2. Biomedical Science
3. Engineering
4. Environmental Science
5. Life Sciences
6. Math & Computer Science
7. Medicine and Health
8. Physical Science

Students attending the regional symposium for the second time are required to present a research project orally or in a poster session. The top ten research papers will be given the opportunity to present orally for scholarships. First time attendees are not expected to present a project, though they are encouraged to do so, if desired. All students who attend the regional JSHS must be chaperoned by a teacher or adult.

Additional information/deadlines/registration can be found on our website: https://www.uwlax.edu/ex/jshs/

January 22-23, 2022 | Wisconsin Upper-Peninsula of Michigan Regional JSHS (this is a qualifying event for the National JSHS)
2022 Regional Awards:
The top five student oral presentation award recipients will receive an all-expense paid trip to the 60th National Junior Science and Humanities Symposium.

1st Place
Oral presentation – $2,000 and compete for additional scholarships by presenting at the national symposium
Poster presentation – $150
2nd Place
Oral presentation – $1,500 and compete for additional scholarships by presenting at the national symposium
Poster presentation – $100
3rd Place
Oral presentation – $1,000 and eligible to present work in a poster session at the national symposium
Poster presentation – $50
4th Place
Oral presentation – Eligible to present work in a poster session
at the national symposium
5th Place
Oral presentation – Eligible to present work in a poster session at the national symposium
Teacher Award: One teacher will receive a $500 award and an all-expense paid trip to the 60th National Junior Science and Humanities Symposium

April 2022 | National JSHS
2022 National Awards – there are 8 categories (see above) and there are awards for each category
Oral presenters that finish in their respective categories will receive:
1st Place: $12,000 scholarship
2nd Place: $8,000 scholarship
3rd Place: $4,000 scholarship
Poster presenters that finish in their respective categories will receive:
1st Place: $550
2nd Place: $450
3rd Place: $350

Would you mind sharing this information or letting me know how to share this information with your membership in the Upper-Peninsula of Michigan? We would love to have more participants and spread the word regarding this amazing opportunity.

Thanks so much for your assistance. Please feel free to reach out to me with any questions you may have.

Best regards,
Michele

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Michele Overgard

Marketing Manager, Extended Learning | UW-La Crosse

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Illustrative Mathematics certified professional learning hosted by MMSLN

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 in June or August. 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.

Check out the IM Math Teach and Learn Academies in June and August and register today.

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

MSTA Monthly Newsletter

Monthly Newsletter | May 18, 2021
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MSTA Journal Submissions

MSTA is accepting articles for the upcoming issue of the MSTA Journal. The submission deadline for the Summer 2021 issue is June 11, 2021.

If you would like to submit an article for a future issue of the Journal, suggest a topic, or if you would like some guidance on possible article topics, you may contact the editorial team at communications

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View the May 2021 issue of the NGSS Now.

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MSTA Awards
Nominations Due: July 1, 2021

Look around you! Are you working with someone whom you consider an excellent science educator? Does this person do an outstanding job in the classroom and/or in your school district? Does this person contribute to the profession by taking leadership roles within the educational community and show a willingness to share ideas with colleagues?

MSTA provides members the opportunity to highlight colleagues and give them the recognition they deserve! Learn more about the available awards and nominate a teacher today!

Learn more and nominate!

Membership
Welcome MSTA New Members!
2022 MSTA Annual Conference Update
To help in your budget preparation for the school year 2021-2022. We anticipate the following rates to remain for our Annual Conference 2022.

Member Rates: Early Bird/Regular
One Day: $100/$140
Two Day: $135/$150
Student or Retired One Day: $35/$45
Student or Retired Two Day: $45/$60

Non-Member Rates:
One Day: $150/$175
Two Day: $175/$195
Student or Retired One Day: $65/$85
Student or Retired Two Day: $90/$100

SCECH’s – $20.00 per person

Radisson Lansing Hotel Rates: $134.95 per room, per night plus state and local tax (currently 13%).

Educational Opportunities
Modeling Instruction in Michigan: Summer 2021 Workshops
Workshops Beginning June 21!

Modeling in Michigan has been providing secondary science teachers with Modeling workshops every summer since 2014. This year, 8 workshops across the state will be held and will provide teachers with an immersive experience in modeling pedagogy which is highly effective at developing a strong science identity in students, bolstering their confidence and academic achievement.

Teachers report that these workshops have been transformational for them reinvigorating their passion for science education. All workshops use an MSS-aligned (i.e., NGSS) course framework ready-made for district implementation.

Learn more on stipends, scechs, credits and apply by clicking the links below.

View 2021 Flyer | Apply Now

The Cornell Lab of Ornithology Educator’s Retreat
July 6 – August 11 | Webinar

Join The Cornell Lab for an asynchronous course and live webinars & discussions from July 6-Aug 11 centered on Investigating Evidence, an inquiry-based curriculum. The deadline for scholarships are due June 7 and awarded on a rolling basis.

Learn more

Forensic Science Workshops
There are still a few openings for the Forensic Science Workshops this summer at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo. The July workshop is almost full (July 12-16) and the August workshop has plenty of slots available (August 2-6). If interested, please register at the site listed on the attached form.

Learn more

NTSTA STEM21 Virtual Conference
July 26-30 | Virtual

Get ready for an exhilarating five days of innovation, inspiration, and connection at the NSTA STEM21 virtual conference. From thought-provoking presentations and sessions to lively Marketplace partner workshops, to the latest teaching tools and techniques for an evolving educational landscape, NSTA STEM21 will provide YOU with the very best professional learning experience around!

Learn more

Great Lakes Watershed Field Course
August 15-18 | Grand Traverse Region

Are you interested in learning more about the Great Lakes and how to incorporate them into your classroom? Do you want to lead your students through a field-based stewardship action project? Are you interested in connecting with like-minded educators? The Great Lakes Watershed Field Course is a great FREE professional development for you!

Participants will visit conservation projects both on water and land, learn how to inspire students to be good water stewards and sail Lake Michigan on a tall ship schooner. SCECH hours are available. Space is limited. Applications are due April 30, 2021.

Learn more

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Elementary Science Summer Learning Conversations

The Michigan Mathematics and Science Leadership Network and The Charles A. Dana Center at UT-Austin present

Elementary Science Summer Learning Conversations:

An informal opportunity to learn with experts.

JUNE
10 – Engineering in the Elementary School
17 – Elementary Science Learning, Visions of Learning Experiences Heidi Carlone (Vanderbilt), Ellen Ebert (WA Dept. of Ed),
24 – Criticality of Elementary Science, A National Vision Heidi Schweingruber (BOSE) & Stephen Pruitt (SREB)

JULY
8 – Elementary Science Assessment for Learning
15 – Elementary Science Learning, School-based Visions Jan Douglas (MI principal), Amy Quinn (MI science coordinator), Jeanane Charara (MI STEM coach), Kimberley Astle (WA Dept.
29 – Elementary Science Learning and Literacy Integration Okhee Lee (NYU), Jessica Thompson (UW), Carla Zembal-Saul (Penn State), Sarah Michaels (Clark Univ.), & TJ McKenna (BU)

AUGUST
12 – Elementary Science and Engineering for All
26 – Elementary Science and Math Integration Tracey Ramirez (Dana Center), Barbara Taylor (Dana Center) & MMSLN Math Colleagues

Join the live conversations from NOON – 1 P.M. EASTERN on Zoom, HTTPS://TINYURL.COM/ELEMSCILEARNING (ZOOM LINK) or access the recordings on The MMSLN or The Dana Center YouTube.

Feel free to share this great opportunity with your networks.
For more information:
Mary Starr,
starrm@mimathandscience.org

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MI Sci PLN: Hang out with the cool kids, June 7!

Yeah, that’s right, the MI Sci PLN planning team has done it again!!! They put together ANOTHER outstanding agenda for you and the rest of your science education consultant community!

To figure out the best way to help districts implement high-quality science instruction equitably, in all elementary schools throughout the state, the planning team invited panelists to share their elementary NGSS implementation stories. Each of the four panelists helped to create a vision for their district, and a team to enact it, and as a result, their schools are further along on this journey than most others. Learn how you can apply their lessons in your region.

Andrea Pisani will be with us too! She will share the UM team’s work on the Great First 8 assets-based, all-day curriculum that centers equity and justice for 0-8-year-old children living and learning in metropolitan areas.

What lessons will we learn to construct our collaborative argument for elementary science advocacy? Make sure your voice is part of the conversation. To have it heard, you need to be there!

If you wanna hang with the cool kids – we will see you at your house (via Zoom) on June 7th from 9am-3pm. Let us know you’re coming by registering here.

The middle school resources we’ve been waiting for since NGSX are finally available from OpenSciEd and MMSLN!

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Following the adoption of the Michigan Science Standards (NGSS), the Michigan Mathematics and Science Leadership Network (MLSN) brought The Next Gen Science Exemplar System (NGSX) to the state. It has become the foundational professional learning experience on which nearly 7,000 Michigan teachers learned the vision for instruction under the new standards. A commonly heard refrain from NGSX participants goes something like this, “It was amazing! I learned so much…Now, where do I get materials to support this vision for instruction in my classroom?

The OpenSciEd middle school resources are ready for adoption following the award of the NGSS-Design Badge for each of the units.

OpenSciEd and its professional learning 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. Through field studies in 10 states, the OpenSciEd Middle School Development Consortium, including; BSCS, the University of Colorado Boulder, Boston College, the Charles A. Dana Center, and the NextGen Science Storylines Team at Northwestern University, have ensured that these materials are effective in the classroom when used with associated high-quality professional learning for teachers. The MMSLN supports this work by leveraging the knowledge of its professional learning facilitators and the experience of implementing OpenSciEd teachers to prepare new teachers in several states throughout the country, including Michigan.

Three units have been released in each grade, 6, 7, and 8. Each released OpenSciEd unit has met the highest standards of alignment and quality by receiving the NGSS Design Badge. By the Winter of 2022, it will be the only complete 6-8 resource to have achieved this honor for all of its units. The completed resources will ensure students have access to all middle school NGSS standards (see the Scope and Sequence). Design specifications for the three courses will ensure engagement, cohesiveness, consistency, and growth throughout students’ middle school science experience.

 

Schools can now access these materials for free and implement them as they are intended with high-quality professional learning.

It will take two years to learn to implement the full suite of 6 units per grade. The cost for 2021-22, which includes approximately 8 days of PL for 3 units, and 4 supporting PLCs, is $3120/teacher or $6,420 including kit materials (without teacher stipends). Possible sources of funding include, Title II, ESSER, and because MMSLN is an ACCOMPLISHED STEM education program on STEMWORKS, this professional learning program is eligible for state grant funds through MiSTEM.

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, 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.

 

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

timeline

Following the adoption of the Michigan Science Standards (NGSS), the Michigan Mathematics and Science Leadership Network (MLSN) brought The Next Gen Science Exemplar System (NGSX) to the state.  It has become the foundational professional learning experience on which nearly 7,000 Michigan teachers learned the vision for instruction under the new standards.  A commonly heard refrain from NGSX participants goes something like this, “It was amazing!  I learned so much…Now, where do I get materials to support this vision for instruction in my classroom?

Following the completion of the NGSS-Design Badge awarded middle school science materials, the high school resources we’ve waited for are finally here!

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, including Michigan. Professional learning for field test teachers will be virtual, and begin this summer, lasting for two school years.

Join the field test of the OpenSciEd High School resources.

We hope districts will commit for the entire project lasting from July 2021 through spring 2023.  The cost for 2021-22, which includes approximately 8 days of PL and kit materials, is $2200/teacher (without teacher stipends).  Possible sources of funding include, Title II, ESSER, and because MMSLN is an ACCOMPLISHED STEM education program on STEMWORKS, this professional learning program is eligible for state grant funds through MiSTEM.

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

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