CREATE speakers for April 2023

MI Sci PLN – Just wanted you to know about these two upcoming events at MSU’s CREATE, both at noon the week-after-next. Dr. Niral Shah is speaking on WED, 4/5, and I’m presenting on Thursday, 4/6. YAY! There are Zoom links for both events on the attached fliers.

Also, if you don’t receive these messages from CREATE, and would like to, please send a note to Sue Carpenter (carpen16); I’m sure she’d be delighted to add you to regular communication about events like these.

Please join us on Wednesday, April 5 for Dr. Niral Shah from the University of Washington (formerly from MSU). His talk is titled

"Racism is Permanent: So What Next for STEM Education?". He will meet with grads/postdocs from 1:45 – 2:30pm in the CREATE large conference room; no RSVP needed, just come as you are and feel free to bring your lunch. Niral will be eating then, as well.

Also, we have rescheduled Dr. Christie Morrison Thomas for Thursday, April 6 (previously planned for Feb. 22); this makes for a busy presentation week, but we didn’t want to miss out on Christie’s talk, and this was the best date. Her presentation is titled "Working with school districts (and teachers’ unions) to pursue a new normal for science classroom teaching and learning".

Both presentations are at noon in the CREATE seminar space, and as before, Zoom attendance is offered for those who can’t attend in person (please see announcements for info).

We hope to see you at one or both sessions! Please share widely – thanks!

Kathryn (Sue) Carpenter, M.S.

Communications Manager

CREATE for STEM Institute

620 Farm Lane, Suite 115

Michigan State University

East Lansing, MI 48824

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Niral Shah 4.5.23.pdf

Christie MT 22223.pdf

REGISTER: MI Sci PLN 03.15.2023

Science consultant / leader friends, YOU ARE AWESOME!

Has anyone told you that you’re awesome today? Well, you are! I know what you’re thinking, you don’t know me. Maybe I do. Take a minute to think about why you do what you do…(I’m waiting)…Anybody that gives of themselves to improve the lives of others IS AWESOME and if you’re part of this community, then this is who you are. So yeah, I know you.

The MI Sci PLN planning team is looking forward to surrounding ourselves with awesome people like you at our upcoming meeting on March 15, 2023. Let us know you can make it by registering here. Awesome people get in free! (If you aren’t one of them, this meeting is probably not for you, sorry).

Not only will this meeting feature time with friends to share and support one another, but we will also throw in presentations and conversations around…

  • Working toward implementation
  • Organizational strategies to support teacher growth and district implementation.
  • New twists and turns in our community elementary advocacy efforts – Launching a Movement!
  • Crowd sourcing ideas for new teacher support.
  • Updates from our state and national friends.

…And that’s all before lunch.

After lunch we will share our thoughts and ideas we’re working on in a Sharing is Caring session. This is an opportunity to gain feedback from colleagues and to make connections to the wonderful things happening in all parts of the state.

You get all this, the meeting, the supportive friends, the learning to improve your work, and the opportunity to share your ideas, ALL FOR FREE! You just have to act now, by clicking this registration link.

2021-22 SAVE-the-DATES:

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

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, November 2, 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 Emmerling

Science Education Consultant

District and School Services, Oakland Schools

MSELA hosts EdReports Science Adoption and Implementation Process

Join MSELA for EdReports Science Adoption and Implementation Process Webinar Tuesday, March 7, 6p.

Members will receive a code to join for free in a separate email.

See the flier attached for registration links or click HERE.

Contact wendivogel or turrell.minna for questions.

Wendi Vogel (she/her/hers)

Kent ISD Science Education Consultant

MSELA President/NSELA Region B Director

Phone 616-364-1333 Mobile 616-889-3938


📌 Curriculum-aligned professional learning matters

Michigan Mathematics and Science Leadership Network is a proud certified provider in the @Rivet_Education Professional Learning Partner Guide.

Check out our profile to learn more about our #CurriculumPL services. #plpartnerguide #implementationmatters

And, check out our upcoming professional learning academies certified by Illustrative Mathematics. We’ve got sessions for teachers and school leaders at all stages of implementation. We hope to see you in one this spring.

Interim Assessment Survey


My name is Dr. TJ Heck, and I am the Director of Science Assessments at CenterPoint Education Solutions. I have been working to develop science assessments aligned to NGSS for 10 years and now have the privilege of developing curriculum-aligned assessments for science. I am interested in knowing more about what factors may affect districts and schools when considering the use of interim assessments in science. I have developed a survey to gather information that will inform the design of middle school science interim assessments aligned to science curriculum and the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) to support student learning. The purpose of the science interim assessments is to gauge student progress and inform science curriculum and instructional planning for the current and future school years. To help inform the design of the science interim assessments, please respond to the survey. This survey should be completed by district or school personnel responsible for making decisions about purchasing assessment solutions for science in the district/school.

Please respond to the survey by Friday, Feb 24, 2023. It should only take about 7 minutes of your time.

Thank you!

TJ Heck
Director, Science Assessment
CenterPoint Education Solutions
m: 843.364.5054
w: theck
Personal pronouns: She/Her/Hers

I am working from the lands of the Peoria, Anishinabewaki, Sauk, and Mississauga Peoples. I am grateful for their stewardship of this land throughout the generations.

CenterPoint puts people first, strives for excellence, takes initiative, honors diversity, builds community, thinks big, advances equity.

Assessment Lead Science MDE

From: Parker, Joetta (MCSC) <PARKERJ2>
Sent: Monday, February 13, 2023 10:29 AM
To: MDE-All Staff <MDE-AllStaff>; LM-ALL <LM-ALL>; MSD-SOM Employees Only <MSD-SOMEmployeesOnly>
Subject: Vacancy Announcement

Good Morning and Happy Monday!

The Department of Education has postedan Education Research Consultant 14 position (3103-23-018), Office of Educational Assessments and Accountability, on the State of Michigan posting site. This full-time permanent position is located in Lansing and is open to internal employees and outside applicants. To apply and/or view the position description, click on the link below.

Joetta Parker, Director

Office of Human Resources

📣 MMSLN Upcoming Events: Illustrative Math professional learning

Michigan Mathematics & Science Leadership Network

Upcoming Events

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Are you interested in piloting IM Math? Or, just want to learn more about it? This session provides a preview of the design features of the curriculum with a focus on teaching and learning in problem-based classrooms.
IM Math™ Curriculum Preview

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Have you experienced Teach and Learn and looking for ways to enhance your teaching and learning in your problem-based classroom? You won’t want to miss MMSLN’s virtual upcoming opportunities for teachers and math leaders.
IM Math™ Eliciting Student Thinking with Instructional Routines
IM Math™ Valuing Student Thinking

IM Math™ Instructional Leadership
Are you an instructional leader supporting IM 6-12 Math™ implementation? You won’t want to miss MMSLN’s opportunities for administrators, coaches and leaders.
IM Math™ Curriculum Overview for School Leaders
IM Math™ Leading IM Implementation

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.


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.