MISciPLN Registration for 11.02.2022

Science consultant / leader friends!

We are looking forward to seeing you at our first MI Sci PLN meeting of the school year. It will be held via Zoom on November 2, 2022 (note the date change). If you register now, using this link, all registration costs will be covered by our new MDE Science Education Consultant, Leanne Weber. That’s right, a $500 value – absolutely FREE! What a wonderful show of support from our friends at MDE for our amazing community. Thank you, Leanne!

This meeting will feature,

  • An introduction to our new MDE Science Education Consultant, Leanne Weber by Dr. Delsa Chapman the MDE Deputy Superintendent.
  • A dialogue session featuring the course-based PLC research of our very own, Dr. Morrison Thomas.
  • A second dialogue session featuring some of our science education consultant friends sharing their work to support teachers.
  • Other state and national updates from our MI Sci PLN friends around the state.

…And that’s all before lunch.

After lunch we will join in an EdCamp to discuss, “How do we support the implementation of 3D instruction under current constraints?”

2021-22 SAVE-the-DATES:

All meetings will be from 9am – 3pm virtually.

  • November 2, 2022 (registration linked)
  • January 24, 2023
  • March 15, 2023
  • May 19, 2023

What is s MI Sci PLN you ask?

MI Sci PLN is a learning community for PK-20 science education professionals whose responsibilities may include leading implementation efforts, delivering teacher professional learning programs, curriculum and assessment design, and pre-service teacher preparation for the purpose of enhancing communication, encouraging cooperation, and inspiring collaboration. Community members meet to share their work, learn about exciting efforts around the state, and hear important updates (ex., MI Sci PLN Agenda & MI Sci PLN Updates, May 20, 2022). It is led by representatives of groups committed to science education from across the state, including, MDE, MiSTEM, MMSLN, MSELA, MSTA, ISD/RESAs, universities, and independent consultants, each with connections to national science education leadership to ensure the entire community shares a vision for science education, is well informed, connected, and is prepared to lead efforts in their area of influence.

In essence, it’s an amazing community of supportive and very cool people that will help you do your job better. Trust me!

See you soon!

James

Trainers Needed for Updated MEECS Workshops – Funding Available

For the past couple of years, EGLE has been working with Central Michigan University through Great Lakes Restoration Initiative funding to update the Water Quality and Ecosystems/Biodiversity units of the Michigan Environmental Education Curriculum Support (MEECS). I’m pleased to share that the unit development is very nearly complete, and we’re now looking for organizations who are interested in helping us train Michigan educators on the updated units.

Our goal is to train 600 educators in these updated units by the end of 2023, which means we need help! To do this, EGLE has issued a competitive RFP for contractors to help us train Michigan educators in newly updated units.

A total of $63,000 is available to fund contracted organizations to:

  1. Attend a train-the-trainer workshop in winter 2023
  2. Hold educator workshops around the state (assuming an average of 20 participants per workshop, this adds up to around 30 workshops total statewide that we hope to see)

This funding could be available to a single organization that can demonstrate their ability to hold workshops statewide, but it’s more likely that it will be split between multiple contractors each doing workshops in their own region. Nonprofit, for-profit, and educational institutions are all encouraged to bid on this work.

Funding is available through a contract basis. A copy of the RFP is attached for your information but interested organizations must submit a bid for the project through www.michigan.gov/SIGMAVSS.

Please direct all questions, including those about how to navigate the SIGMA platform, to our procurement staff, Lisa VanOstran at VanOstranL.

  • Tuesday, October 11, 2022, 3:00 p.m. Eastern – Deadline for bidders to submit questions about this RFP
  • Thursday, October 13, 2022 – Anticipated date the State will post answers to bidder questions on www.michigan.gov/SIGMAVSS
  • Thursday, October 20, 2022, 3:00 p.m. Eastern- Proposal deadline
  • Tuesday, November 1, 2022 – Anticipated contract begin date

Please share this information with any organizations that may be interested.

Eileen Boekestein (she/her)

Certified Environmental Educator (EEC-P)

NAAEE CEE-Change Fellow – Innovation in Civics & Environmental Education

Environmental Education Coordinator

Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy

Environmental Support Division

616-403-1615 | BoekesteinE

Follow us | Michigan.gov/EGLE

MSELA/NSELA Opportunity!

The Michigan Science Education Leadership Association (MSELA) is reaching out to all Michigan science education leaders and NSELA past and present members to announce our official dual affiliation with NSELA!

We are looking to assist you in maximizing your impact in your science communities. By engaging in MSELA and NSELA, you have the opportunity to engage in

  • high quality professional development,
  • a collegial network,
  • access to research and resources, and
  • a voice for leaders in science education.

As a member, you will have opportunities to:

  • promote the advancement and development of science education in Michigan.
  • network with other science education professionals.
  • stay informed on current issues and trends in education.
  • increase your awareness of professional development, grant and scholarship opportunities.
  • improve your science leadership skills.

Good news: If you are currently a member of NSELA, you are already a member of MSELA.

If you need to renew your NSELA membership, it is less costly to join both organizations than just NSELA, so be sure to use your Michigan discount. How do you do that? Keep reading…

Cost:

The dual affiliate yearly membership costs $45. NSELA alone is a $60 value, so this is large savings for Michigan science leaders.

How to become a member:

Click on the link https://nsela.memberclicks.net/renew-your-membership and put ‘Michigan’ in the discount code area.

Calendar of Events for 2022-23:

  • https://nsela.memberclicks.net/event-calendar
  • MSELA:
    • First event in collaboration with West MI Regional Science Collaborative: Earth Science Coffee Chat NEXT WEEK! Sign up HERE! Send it on to districts!
    • We will also be working with NextGenTime and EdReports this year to consider curricular resources, reviews, adoptions, and implementations.
    • We are working with MDE on connecting higher education providers in science education.
    • We will also be back at MSTA with a networking event and some kind of strand or PL on Friday.

We are looking forward to seeing you again. Please pass this onto others who might be interested! If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.

Wendi Vogel

MSELA President

NSELA Region B Director

Please welcome our new MDE Science Education Consultant, Leanne Weber!

Please welcome our new MDE Science Education Consultant, Leanne Weber!

Our community can look forward to a proper introduction to Leanne at the first MI Sci PLN meeting this year, November 2 (new date). This is a brief bio. for now.

Leanne grew up on a small family dairy farm in a rural Michigan community. In 2003, she graduated from Central Michigan University with a Bachelor of Science in Education (Secondary Certification in General Science and Biology). She then spent the next twenty years serving in an urban Michigan school district in a variety of roles: science educator, department chair, district science leader, school improvement coordinator, federal grant director, and director of curriculum. In 2009, she graduated from Michigan State University with a Master of Arts in Literacy Instruction (Focus on Diverse Learners). Leanne began her role as Science Education Consultant with the Michigan Department of Education in August 2022.

Leanne Weber

Science Education Consultant

Education Experiences Unit, Office of Educational Supports

Michigan Department of Education

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JOB POSTING: UM Field Experience Coordinator

How to Apply, https://careers.umich.edu/job_detail/220879/field-experience-coordinator (open this link)

A cover letter is required for consideration for this position and should be attached as the first page of your resume. The cover letter must include examples of how your past work experience is applicable to this position.

Summary

The Field Experience Coordinator is responsible for overseeing the organization, coordination, implementation and evaluation of all facets pertaining to the field and clinical activities in the Education Department. This is a part-time position with work obligations as follows:

80% effort or 32 hours through the academic year (August 16 – June 14)

20% effort or 8 hours a week from June 15 – August 15 each year

This position will report to the Education department chair.

Responsibilities*

Placement

  1. Make all school placement contacts
  2. Coordinate placements for field experience and clinical practice for all Education programs
  3. Serve as initial contact for school districts
  4. Match university supervisors with student teachers
  5. Match students with mentor teachers in all types of placements

Administrative

  1. Maintain all student records related to field experience, clinical practice, and certification: fingerprinting, background checks, CPR training, First Aid training, substitute teaching, and surveys
  2. Serve as liaison with Certification Officer
  3. Maintain rosters of students, mentor teachers, and university supervisors
  4. Communicate with Watermark SLL Unit Administrator about CAEP and Watermark SLL related issues
  5. Track field hours in Watermark SLL as well as all field related assessments
  6. Work with faculty to ensure that all field-related assessments are uploaded into SLL

Other Responsibilities

  1. Develop training plans and organize all logistics for the internship, university supervisor, and mentor teacher orientations for all clinical experiences
  2. Work with faculty and staff to develop and maintain a current field handbook for all programs
  3. Work with Certification Officer and academic advisors with the application process
  4. Work with faculty to create and maintain field "packets" for each clinical experience
  5. Co-plan stakeholder meetings with relevant individuals
  6. Provide support during remediation process for students
  7. Communicate on a regular basis with Education Department Chair
  8. Complete other additional tasks as identified by Education Department Chair

Required Qualifications*

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Education or at least two years of direct related experience
  • Knowledgeable about Birth-12th grade education and/or professional experience in school contexts
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills
  • Excellent organizational and time management skills
  • Well versed in commonly used technological applications

Desired Qualifications*

  • Master’s Degree in Education or related field
  • Former teaching or teacher administrative experience
  • Experience in mentorship or supervision of educators

Work Schedule

This position requires a fully in-person work schedule at this time and is subject to change based upon the duties of the position and the needs of the department.

Additional Information

In addition to a career filled with purpose and opportunity, The University of Michigan offers a comprehensive benefits package to help you stay well, protect yourself and your family, and plan for a secure future.
Benefits include:

  • Generous time off
  • A retirement plan that provides two-for-one matching contributions with immediate vesting
  • Many choices for comprehensive health insurance
  • Life insurance
  • Long-term disability coverage
  • Flexible spending accounts for healthcare and dependent care expenses
  • Employee and qualified dependent tuition support

Eligibility for benefits is based on your job group, your appointment percentage and the length of your appointment. Learn more about employee benefits and eligibility and download the Comprehensive Benefits for Faculty and Staff flier.

For tuition support information, please go https://www.umflint.edu/hr/benefits/

Information about our vision, mission and values can be found at: https://www.umflint.edu/chancellor/leadership-mission-vision/

The University of Michigan-Flint’s DEI plan can be found at: https://www.umflint.edu/dei/

Application Deadline

Job openings are posted for a minimum of seven calendar days. The review and selection process may begin as early as the eighth day after posting. This opening may be removed from posting boards and filled anytime after the minimum posting period has ended.

📢 Upcoming IM Math professional learning hosted by MMSLN

Michigan Mathematics & Science Leadership Network

Upcoming Events

We’re offering professional learning for teachers, instructional coaches, and school leaders to get you ready to teach and learn with IM Math in the fall and continue the journey with you throughout the school year. Check out all that we have in store.

IM Math™ Teach and Learn | K-12 Virtual

July and August Academies

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Getting ready to implement the IM K-12 Math™ curriculum in your classroom next fall? You won’t want to miss MMSLN’s virtual summer Teach & Learn academies. Get an overview of the IM Math™ curriculum and hands-on experience during this series of events.

IM Math™ Teach and Learn August Academy | K–5 Virtual

IM Math™ Teach and Learn August Academy | 6–8 Virtual

IM Math™ Teach and Learn August Academy | 9–12 Virtual

IM Math™ Teacher Learning | 6-12 Virtual

Summer and Fall 2022

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Have you experienced Teach and Learn and you are looking for ways to enhance your teaching and learning? You won’t want to miss MMSLN’s virtual upcoming opportunities for teachers and math leaders.

IM Math™ Leveraging the Problem-Based Lesson Structure | 6-12 Virtual

IM Math™ Eliciting Student Thinking with Instructional Routines | 6-12 Virtual

IM Math™ Using Cool-downs to Plan Instruction | 6-12 Virtual

IM Math™ Instructional Leadership | 6-12 Virtual

Fall 2022

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Are you an instructional leader supporting IM 6-12 Math™ curriculum? You won’t want to miss MMSLN’s opportunities for administrators, coaches and leaders coming up this Fall 2022.

IM Math™ Curriculum Overview for School Leaders | 6-12 Virtual

IM Math™ Unit Planning Guide Launch Session for Leaders | 6-12 Virtual

IM Math™ Coaching Problem-Based Teaching and Learning | 6–12 Virtual

IM Math™ Teacher Learning | K-5 Virtual

Fall 2022

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Have you experienced Teach and Learn and you are looking for ways to enhance your teaching and learning? You won’t want to miss MMSLN’s virtual upcoming opportunities for teachers and math leaders.

IM Math™ Leveraging the Problem-Based Lesson Structure (Fall) | K-2 Virtual

IM Math™ Leveraging the Problem-Based Lesson Structure (Fall) | 3-5 Virtual

IM Math™ Adapting a Lesson Using Learning Goals (Winter) | K-2 Virtual

IM Math™ Adapting a Lesson Using Learning Goals (Winter) | 3-5 Virtual

IM Math™ Understanding Math Content Progressions Across Grades (Spring) | K-2 Virtual

IM Math™ Understanding Math Content Progressions Across Grades (Spring) | 3-5 Virtual

IM Math™ Instructional Leadership | K-5 Virtual

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Are you an instructional leader supporting IM K-5 Math™ curriculum? You won’t want to miss MMSLN’s opportunities for administrators, coaches and leaders coming up this Fall 2022.

IM Math™ Supporting Teacher Learning for School Leaders | K-5 Virtual

IM Math™ Unit Planning Guide Launch Session for Leaders | K-5 Virtual

Register TODAY!

👀 Be on the lookout for more information about our upcoming PL opportunities.

If your school or district is looking for district-specific IM-certified professional learning, please check out other opportunities MMSLN has to offer. We can bring the same great PL to your district’s doorstep.

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MMSLN is a proud member of The Professional Learning Partner Guide (PLPG). PLPG is a list of organizations that provide the best curriculum-aligned professional learning services in the country. Partners have the expertise to support the adoption and implementation of high-quality instructional materials (HQIM).

PL organizations must pass three gateways to qualify to be profiled in the PLPG. Specifically, PL services must demonstrate expertise in and explicit connection to HQIM (Gateway 1), quality design and approach (Gateway 2), and a clear process for measuring results and using data to drive improvement (Gateway 3). Learn more at the PL Partner Guide online.

📣 Upcoming MMSLN PL

Muskegon ISD is looking for a new Science Consultant!

MUSKEGON AREA INTERMEDIATE SCHOOL DISTRICT

JOB DESCRIPTION
JOB TITLE: Science Consultant
CLASSIFICATION: Professional
REPORTS TO: Director of Instructional Services
SUPERVISES: Not Applicable
DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS:
All candidates must apply online at www.muskegonisd.org/jobs/.

https://www.applitrack.com/muskegonconsortium/onlineapp/default.aspx?choosedistrict=true&applitrackclient=2224&category=Instructional+Services

Academically Talented Youth Program (ATYP) at Western Michigan University is seeking math instructors

Academically Talented Youth Program (ATYP) is hiring! We are seeking instructors for at least two math courses, Algebra I/II and Geometry/Precalculus. These classes meet one day per week, from 1:20 to 3:50 p.m.

This is a great position for adjunct math instructors who are looking to add an extra class to their schedule, part-time math teachers, or recently retired math teachers who want to continue to teach but on a smaller scale.

We are hoping you will share this information with anyone you know who might be interested in this type of job. The job description is below, and the Indeed.com posting for the position can be found at https://www.indeed.com/viewjob?t=secondary+mathematics+teacher&jk=f41a7e91bc177fd3&_ga=2.49546469.276537099.1657113872-741390.1650391946

Thank you so much for your assistance!

Dr. Kelly Schultz, Director, and Nan Janecke, Program Coordinator

Academically Talented Youth Program

Western Michigan University

1903 W. Michigan Ave.

Kalamazoo, MI 49008-5233

(269) 387-3553

FAX: 269-387-2772

kelly.schultz

nan.janecke

Job Description:

The Academically Talented Youth Program instructs middle and high school students in math or English in an accelerated manner. Each student takes two years of a high school subject in one year on campus one afternoon per week. Our teachers instruct the students in a manner similar to teaching a college class, just with younger students.

During the school year, the math teacher would be required to teach Algebra I/II or Geometry and Precalculus to a class. The class would meet one afternoon per week and the teacher would be responsible for class preparation, class management, grading homework, homework scheduling, and individual assistance as deemed appropriate. The day of the week would most likely be Tuesday or Thursday from 1:20 – 3:50 p.m. There is the potential to teach more than one class. The ATYP schedule follows the Kalamazoo Public School schedule for winter and spring breaks (not WMU’s calendar).

More information about ATYP can be found on our website at http://www.wmich.edu/precollege/atyp.

DESIRED SKILLS

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Education or Mathematics
  • Current or previous Teaching Certificate for the State of Michigan or Master’s in Mathematics or Education
  • Ability to work with gifted students
  • Experience in classroom management strategies
  • Ability to mimic college environments/settings/situations

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Using a prepared curriculum framework, provide and deliver meaningful lesson plans that incorporate research-based best practice and adhere to the State of Michigan’s Curriculum Standards
  • Submit a course syllabus to the ATYP staff for review one month prior to the start of the program
  • Help students develop and increase higher order thinking skills
  • Motivate individual students to increase their academic skills
  • Utilize the online system for recording grades and delivering content
  • Hold students to ATYP rules and expectations
  • Supervise student pickup every few weeks as scheduled
  • Grading homework in a timely manner
  • All other tasks, as assigned

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Candidates must possess excellent communication skills, enjoy working with youth, and be able to work from September 6, 2022 – June 2, 2023. Additional meetings will be scheduled as needed and also required.

Teach and Learn with IM Math summer academies hosted by MMSLN

Michigan Mathematics & Science Leadership Network Upcoming Events

IM Math™ Teach and Learn Summer Academies

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Getting ready to implement the IM K-12 Math curriculum in your classroom next fall? You won’t want to miss MMSLN’s virtual summer Teach & Learn academies. Get an overview of the IM Math™ curriculum and hands-on experience during this series of events.

If your school or district is looking for district-specific IM-certified professional learning, please check out other opportunities MMSLN has to offer. We can bring the same great PL to your district’s doorstep.

IM Math™ Teach and Learn June Academy | K–5 Virtual

IM Math™ Teach and Learn June Academy | 6–12 Virtual

IM Math™ Teach and Learn July Academy | K–5 Virtual

IM Math™ Teach and Learn July Academy | 6–8 Virtual

IM Math™ Teach and Learn July Academy | 9–12 Virtual

IM Math™ Teach and Learn August Academy | K–5 Virtual

IM Math™ Teach and Learn August Academy | 6–8 Virtual

IM Math™ Teach and Learn August Academy | 9–12 Virtual

Register TODAY!

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PL organizations must pass three gateways to qualify to be profiled in the PLPG. Specifically, PL services must demonstrate expertise in and explicit connection to HQIM (Gateway 1), quality design and approach (Gateway 2), and a clear process for measuring results and using data to drive improvement (Gateway 3). Learn more at the PL Partner Guide online.

Job Posting: Education Programs Manager, Flint River Watershed Coalition

Flint River Watershed Coalition Education Program Manager – Full Time

The Flint River Watershed Coalition (FRWC) is looking for someone who believes empowering youth to be stewards of the environment is vital for our Flint River watershed and the quality of life in our community.

Flint River Youth Programs Delivery

● Excite educators and youth about the power of environmental & outdoor education.

● Recruit and retain formal and informal educators in powerful educational opportunities that connect classroom learning to real-world problems around environmental issues.

● Recruit and train environmental professionals as classroom mentors to connect career opportunities to learning experiences.

● Coordinate the Flint River GREEN youth stream monitoring program, including in-school, out-of-school, and youth action projects.

● Coordinate professional development opportunities for teachers, mentors, and youth ● Lead the implementation of the Student Summit, which brings together youth in a professional-type conference to share their data with peers and decision makers

● Grow and maintain mutually beneficial partnerships with our community

● Coordinate and collaborate with staff, partners, and committee members on program development, including grant-writing and regular reporting

● Assisting the Flint River Watershed Coalition at organizational and community events.

Minimum Qualifications

● An understanding of the diverse needs of teachers, students, and school administrators and how to best serve them for delivery of watershed education

● Interest in environmental issues (watershed knowledge is a plus)

● Strong communication skills: written, verbal, facilitation, and public speaking

● A strong customer service ethic

● Excellent organizational skills, attention to detail, and commitment to follow through ● Reliable transportation

● Ability to work both independently and as a trusted team member

● Willingness to provide consent to a background check including a search of the National Sex Offender Public Website and State Level Criminal History Search.

● Experience working on grants

Desired (but not mandatory) Qualifications

● A bachelor’s degree in an education or environmental field is not required, but is encouraged

● Experience working with both teachers and informal educators

● Working knowledge of place-based education principles and education standards, such as Next Generation Science Standards

● Familiarity with the Flint River and its watershed

● Experience as a volunteer and/or managing volunteers

● Ability to develop synchronous and asynchronous content for teacher education

● Connections with the informal education in the watershed

● Experience with developing and implementing community action projects

Position: Education Programs Manager

Salary: $35,000-45,000/yr, depending on experience and education.

Benefits:

● Medical, and vision, upon satisfactory 30-day review

● Paid Time Off: 15 days, plus flex time, national holidays, and the week between Christmas and New Year’s Day

Reports to: FRWC Executive Director.

Typical Schedule: Monday through Friday with some evenings and weekends. Involves indoor and outdoor work. Hybrid partial remote work schedule is available.

HOW TO APPLY: Interested candidates should provide a cover letter, resume, and references to Darren Bagley at bagleyda by June 10th.

We are committed to diversity and inclusion in the selection process. This program is available to all, and we treat all persons without regard to race, color, religion, creed, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, ancestry, citizenship status, age, marital status, veteran status, disability, genetic information, or any other characteristic or status protected by applicable federal, state or local law.

FRWC Education Program Manager Job Description.pdf