MI Science Leaders – We need your help!

Science leaders – Please encourage all ELEMENTARY EDUCATORS (teachers, principals, coaches, specialists, district admin, etc) to participate in the following survey by forwarding this email to your networks. We need data from all corners of our state to shape our Mi Sci PLN efforts for supporting elementary science. Thank you for your help.

ELEMENTARY EDUCATORS – Tell us what you need !

(teachers, principals, coaches, specialists, district admin, etc)

Please help us understand what elementary science looks like in your school so we can do a better job supporting you and your students.

There’s a growing conversation across the nation about the importance of elementary science education. Science leaders across our great state of Michigan have created a survey to gather information about elementary science curricular resources, implementation, and professional learning.  Please spend 10 minutes or less completing the statewide survey linked here.   Then, share the survey link with your colleagues and friends in all the places….email, Twitter, Facebook groups, etc!  All voices matter and are important!

  • The survey is only for Michigan educators. 
  • The survey closes on Friday, December 3, 2021
  • You will be given the option at the end of the survey to enter your email address if you’d like a copy of the data.

The Purpose of the Survey

The purpose of this survey is to gather information about elementary science curricular resources being used by schools and districts in Michigan, implementation, and professional learning.  The data will be shared with all science leaders in Michigan to create a more supportive network for elementary science.

MAC Reads for Math and Science


Please share this information with teachers and others who might be interested in MAC READS and formative assessment. The entire state is reading this book, in all disciplines and we invite math and science educators at all levels to join us! Meetings start next week!

Get the last Zoom square @ MI Sci PLN!

Last call to fill the remaining box on the “Brady Bunch” Zoom screen for our first MISciPLN meeting of the year on October 29 from 9am-3pm. Register now to take advantage of this amazing offer!

If you want to know what’s happening there, read the rest…

This meeting will feature an update of the science M-STEP as well as a continuation of the great work we began last year. If you weren’t with us last year, that’s okay we will catch you up! In the process, you will meet an amazing community of supportive and very cool people that will help you do your job better. Trust me!

2021-22 SAVE-the-DATES:

All meetings will be from 9am – 3pm virtually except for the May meeting when we hope to meet in person for more shenanigans!

· October 29, 2021

· January 25, 2022 (virtual)

· March 16, 2022 (virtual)

· May 20, 2022 (In person w/ virtual option)

Public Comment Requested on proposed Michigan Standards for the Preparation of Middle Grades (5-9) and High School (7-12) Science Teachers

MDE’s Official Weekly Communication announced the opening of public comment on proposed Michigan Standards for the Preparation of Middle Grades (5-9) and High School (7-12) Science Teachers.

We are very interested in receiving comments representing the perspective of the MI Sci PLN membership on these standards. The proposed standards can be viewed at Standards for the Preparation of Middle Grades (5-9) and High School (7-12) Science Teachers SBE PRESENTATION DRAFT. All feedback on the proposed standards must be submitted by 5:00 p.m., December 1, 2021, via online survey: Public Comment-Standards for the Preparation of (5-9) and (7-12) Science Teachers.

Please also see the official announcement and memo link below. Feel free to contact me at any time if I may provide further assistance.

Thank you!


Darcy McMahon, M.A.

Higher Education Consultant, Educator Preparation Unit

Office of Educator Excellence

Michigan Department of Education

608 W. Allegan Street

Lansing, MI 48933

e: mcmahond2

o: 517-241-7096

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Public Comment on the Proposed Standards for the Preparation of Middle Grades (5-9) and High School (7-12) Science Teachers

A public comment period is open to provide input on a proposal presented to the State Board of Education (SBE) for the revision and adoption of new standards for the preparation of middle grades (5-9) and high school (7-12) science teachers. These standards are aligned with the Michigan K-12 Science Standards and the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) Teacher Preparation Standards and will guide the preparation of candidates seeking certification and/or endorsement in these fields.


📣 Creator Chat – Career Girls Webinars this month!

Calling all creators! Career Girls Creator Chat is a FREE webinar series to encourage girls to pursue careers as creators or producers of technology, arts, and all forms of intellectual property. Join us on Wednesdays from October 6th through 27th, at 5 p.m. PT/ 8 p.m. ET to discuss tips and strategies for success.

The webinar series kicks off on October 6th, with women experts in Game Design and Animation industry. Join Tiana Los, Senior Experience Designer at 343 Industries, and many other incredible panelists for an exciting discussion about working in this competitive field.

Upcoming chat topics:
– October 6th – Game Design and Animation
– October 13th – Visual Arts
– October 20th – Literary Arts
– October 27th – Making a Living as a Creator

Visit careergirls.org/events for more information.

If you’re ready to create, register here.

🗓 Upcoming Webinar: Setting Up for Success with Distance Learning and IM K–12 Math

Upcoming Webinar: Setting Up for Success with Distance Learning and IM K–12 Math

Whether you’re teaching in-person or virtual, the goal of IM K–12 Math™ remains the same: to help students learn math by doing math. If you’re new to using IM curriculum in a distance learning setting or you’re looking to add to your instructional strategies, IM has got you covered.Join IM for Setting Up for Success with Distance Learning and IM K–12 Math on Thursday, Oct. 14 at 4 p.m. ET or 6 p.m. ET. You’ll hear from IM K–5 and 6–12 classroom teachers who’ve used the curriculum in both synchronous and asynchronous distance learning, including:

  • Ideas for adapting instructional routines
  • Tips for strengthening your online classroom community
  • Strategies for eliciting student thinking in a virtual environment

Follow the links to register:
Oct 14, at 4:00 PM
Oct 14, at 6:00 PM

MMSLN EventsFall21-3.pdf

Register today for Michigan based discussions of the national science education meetings coming up in October. All meetings will be virtual and will focus on how the webinar and summit might be used to support science learning in Michigan. We hope you can join if you attend the meetings and even if you do not. Come and share. Come and learn!

MMSLN EventsFall21-3.pdf


Ngss-summit-discuss NGSS-ESS Webinar registration now open!

Dear Colleague,
Join us on October 21, 2021 for an NGSS-ESS Working Group Webinar at 4 p.m. ET, 3 p.m. CT, 2 p.m. MT, 1 p.m. PT. The webinar titled: Teaching Earth Science with Interactive Maps will feature presentations from Dr. Tom Baker, ESRI Education Manager, Dr. Joseph Kerski, ESRI Education Manager, and Charlie Fitzpatrick, ESRI K12 Education Manager.

Teaching Earth Science with Interactive Maps
Explore the spheres of the world from global to local scale through interactive maps. GIS powers professional earth scientists, and can power your students’ learning, on any connected device, anytime, anywhere.
During the webinar you will:

  • Examine compelling interactive map data on natural hazards, river systems, landforms, and other topics.
  • Learn ways to gather, map, analyze, and present field data.
  • Discover how to use these tools and data sets in your own classrooms.
  • See how to acquire no-cost software license for the entire school or district.

The webinar is free, but registration is required. Please visit this link for webinar registration:

Please click the add to Google Calendar button in the registration confirmation or add the webinar to your calendar. You will receive the Zoom link a day or two before the webinar takes place. We will also post a recording of the webinar on the AGI YouTube Channel and the NGSS-ESS webinar page. We invite you to view archived videos of all of the previous webinars.

Looking forward to seeing you on the webinar!
Aida Awad