Feb 3, FREE LUNCH! MDE’s Secondary Teacher Prep standards

FREE LUNCH ON MDE! Read on to find out how you can get in on it!

(for your mind)

The next time for us to gather ‘round the table for a Sharing is Caring event is February 3, 2021 from 11am-1pm. It seems we’ve landed on a lunchtime meeting. Darcy McMahon, from MDE, and her all-star team, have offered to bring the main course. They have toiled tirelessly, mixing up 3 dimensions, to concoct the amazing dish that is the draft Secondary Teacher Prep standards. They are eager to learn if their recipe is to your liking…Your help has been requested, and will be greatly appreciated, to ensure this work is as great as it appears to be for guiding the development of new secondary science teachers in Michigan for years to come.

While the majority of our time will be devoted to our Secondary Teacher Prep guests, the last half hour (12:30-1pm) will be open for any deserts that the rest of us might like to share.

This is the Sharing is Caring Table (of contents) ‘round which we will meet share in this lovely lunch. And this is the location,

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Bon appetite!

Professional Development with the Michigan Learning Channel

Learn how the Michigan Learning Channel’s free resources can be an immediate solution to support teachers and K-12 students with distance learning for hard to reach students.
Tue, January 26, 2021
4:00 PM – 5:00 PM EST

In this webinar you will learn to navigate all the K-12 distance learning resources and get an exclusive look at upcoming content.

This event is FREE! To participate you will need a laptop, tablet or phone. You will need to download the Zoom app. Upon registration you will receive a Zoom link in the email you provide. Please use that link to join.

Space is limited; reserve your spot.

MISciPLN Updates

Our recent MISciPLN meeting was excellent! Check out the meeting agenda and the video recording to find out what you missed on January 8th. A few of the highlights include developing a plan of action to support increased research-based efforts for science in the elementary and a deeper dive into the crosscutting concepts.

Also, don’t forget to check out the program updates from our friends around the state.

Mark your calendars for our last two meetings of this school year; April 16th, and June 7th! We have some incredible presenters preparing to join us to further the research-base for our elementary initiative. I look forward to seeing you then!

Feedback by 1/29: Michigan Science Teacher Preparation Standards

MDE is in the process of revising the Michigan Science Teacher Preparation Standards, and your expertise is invaluable. The stated goal for this work is:

Revise our current Standards for Preparation of Secondary Science Teachers to align with new grade bands, meet current research evidence, and align with other recently revised standards in order to deeply impact understanding and practice of the next generation of middle grade and high school science teachers, their school systems and their students.

The state cannot make this happen without the critical feedback of those engaged in current science education efforts, so we really need you! Below is an outline of the project and the specific ask for feedback. Please do let me know if you have any questions or concerns. We ask that you complete this feedback by January 29, 2021.

Outline of the project

  • The Michigan Department of Education is in the process of updating and revising our Teacher Preparation Standards for Middle Grades (5-9) and High School (7-12) Science.
  • A stakeholder group has been convened and has been working for approximately one year on the revision.
  • One goal identified by the stakeholders is to develop three dimensional style standards for science teacher preparation in Michigan.
  • At this point, the stakeholders have drafted “Framework” to guide the development of the teacher preparation standards which details elements of three dimensions which have been termed “Facets” so as to keep them parallel but separate from the NGSS three “dimensions.”
  • These three Facets will be used to develop the revised standards in a very similar process to how

Why we need feedback

  • At this juncture, we are requesting feedback on the draft Framework, Facets, and Facet Elements, since this will be vital to have the Framework really solid as we begin to develop “three-faceted” standards.

Why you were chosen

  • You are receiving this request for feedback because you have been identified as someone with expertise in science education

While there isn’t much in the way of tangible rewards for participating in this review, everyone who participates will be listed as a reviewer in the final State of Michigan standards document.

The specific ask:

  • Please read the Draft Framework (~30 min)
    • This is a 15 page document.
    • The initial pages mostly provide background and rationale for why the stakeholders have determined to use this model for standards development.
    • We would appreciate the most feedback upon the Facets and Elements (p. 6-14)
    • If you can only skim, that is ok, it will still be helpful
  • Provide feedback using the Feedback Survey (~15 min)
    • By January 29
    • If you need to provide only skim/surface level style feedback, that is ok. Please just make a note somewhere in your survey.

Your time, expertise and collegial support are greatly appreciated!!!

Thank you so much!

Take care,

Darcy

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@michigan.gov

o: 517-241-7096

c: 989-615-4372 https://www.michigan.gov/mde

Empowering Mathematics Educators with Steve Leinwand

Join us on January 25th from 7:00 to 8:30 pm to learn from and with Steve Leinwand. Steve is joining our Empowering Mathematics Educators series as a special guest to continue to push us forward in supporting access of all students to a quality mathematics education.

Participants will experience a lesson that incorporates the eight NCTM Mathematics Teaching Practices. This will be followed by a discussion intended to make visible the “equitable teaching practices” to help us all better envision the kind of classroom practices that support an anti-racism agenda.

Check out the flyer for more information.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

1.8.21 MI Sci PLN Meeting – See you there!

Your Michigan Science consultant colleagues are looking forward to seeing you at the MI Sci PLN meeting on Friday, January 8th. Don’t worry, you won’t need to go anywhere. We’ll meet at your house! Well…virtually, from 9 a.m.–noon. So throw on a shirt, maybe a hat, and grab yourself a cup-a-joe for a good time with your science consultant colleague friends from around the state. It will be a great way to kick off the new year!

To avoid Zoom Bombers…you know, those people that lock themselves in their houses staring at screens all day (wait that’s us!), we are asking you to register by clicking on this link. For you, though, I feel like living on the edge, so here is the agenda (In it, you’ll also find the virtual connection).

The Michigan Learning Channel Goes on the Air!

It’s an historic day for Detroit Public TV and for every public television station across our great state.

Teachers, parents and all caregivers now have a new partner in the education of our children

In cooperation with the state’s other public television stations, for the first time we will be making instructional content available to every home and school in Michigan, to enrich the lives and education of all our children.

In Southeast Michigan, the MLC will be broadcast starting Monday (January 4, 2021) on Channel 56.5. Public television stations across Michigan are expected to broadcast the Michigan Learning Channel within a few days.

At the same time, the channel – as well as a wealth of other education resources – is available at MichiganLearning.org. We have purposefully made the MLC accessible on an array of platforms, understanding the diverse needs and individual situations of educators, parents and students.

The Michigan Learning Channel has commissioned new lessons in math, social-emotional learning and health and fitness, all of which are available now. A team of literacy education professionals selected the English Language Arts (ELA) and English Language Learner (ELL) content being broadcast at launch and is hard at work on a series of new literacy programs featuring Michigan teachers, which will arrive by mid-March.

Sample some upcoming program for Pre-K to 3rd grade at MichiganLearning.org:

In addition to the initial Pre-K to 3rd grade schedule, supplemental content will be available at launch for grades 4-12. Evening and overnight programming also will be available for older students in grades 6-12. Weekends will feature a variety of programming from Michigan sources in social studies and science, as well as documentaries with educational resources.

For all the details and to help you plan, check out the MLC’s January schedule.

From its earliest days, public television has been intrinsically linked to the education of children. We believe the Michigan Learning Channel is the next crucial step in our commitment to ensuring the right of all students to an education that prepares them for a meaningful, productive and happy life.

For more info, contact:
Rich Homberg
President and CEO
Detroit Public TV
rhomberg – @RichHomberg

Big Science and Math week!

Good Morning and Happy New Year!

This week Math and Science leaders are meeting virtually across the state! We invite you to join us and to share this information with others who might not receive this email!

M2C2 is 1/6 – Reach out to Brad Thornburgh if you want to join that meeting.
MMSLN is 1/7 – here is the agenda for the MMSLN meeting lead by Darcy McMahon at MDE:
11:00 – 12:00 Overview of Math teacher prep standards – all grades/shifts for teacher prep programs
12:00-1:00 – Lunchtime Discussion of Secondary Science teacher preparation standards
1:00-2:00 – Discussion of Core Teaching Practices integration for Mathematics and Science

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MiSciPLN is 1/8 Here is the information from James Emmerling:
I hope that you and your families are safe and well and enjoying a wonder-filled holiday break!

If you are well, in science, we require evidence. This means that you’ll need to be present in the MI Sci PLN meeting on Friday, January 8th. Don’t worry, you won’t need to go anywhere. We’ll meet at your house! Well…virtually, from 9 a.m.–noon. So throw on a shirt, maybe a hat, and grab yourself a cup-a-joe for a good time with your science consultant colleague friends from around the state. It will be a great way to kick off the new year!

To avoid Zoom Bombers…you know, those people that lock themselves in their houses staring at screens all day (wait that’s us!), we are asking you to register by clicking on this link. For you, though, I feel like living on the edge, so here is the agenda (In it, you’ll also find the virtual connection).

See you at your house!

Take care,

James

James Emmerling
james.emmerling

Thanks – looking forward to seeing you this week!

Mary

Mary Starr, PhD
NGSX Facilitator Certified by MMSLN
Executive Director
Michigan Mathematics and Science Leadership Network

Twitter: @starrscience
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1.8.21 MI Sci PLN Meeting – See you there!

Your Michigan Science consultant colleagues are looking forward to seeing you at the MI Sci PLN meeting on Friday, January 8th. Don’t worry, you won’t need to go anywhere. We’ll meet at your house! Well…virtually, from 9 a.m.–noon. So throw on a shirt, maybe a hat, and grab yourself a cup-a-joe for a good time with your science consultant colleague friends from around the state. It will be a great way to kick off the new year!

To avoid Zoom Bombers…you know, those people that lock themselves in their houses staring at screens all day (wait that’s us!), we are asking you to register by clicking on this link. For you, though, I feel like living on the edge, so here is the agenda (In it, you’ll also find the virtual connection).