Thursday – Bi-weekly science chat

Join the MMSLN for a lunch time chat, Thursday October 22. The focus of this hour conversation with Dr. Angela Kolonich from the CREATE for STEM Institute at MSU will be science learning with Indigenous students. In addition to her role in CREATE, Dr. Kolonich is an affiliate faculty member of the American Indian and Indigenous Studies Program at Michigan State, and works with the Native American Institute on campus to support Native American Students in STEM. Working with Dr. Christie Poitra and others, Angela will focus on a new grant titled “Growing Native American Pathways into Agriculture” and recently published a free access workbook titled: “Honoring the whole Student: Developing Space for Native American Students in STEM by Supporting Complex Identities. We will start our conversation using the findings from this article, Kolonich, A.,Richmond, G., & Krajcik, J. (2018). Reframing Inclusive Science Instruction to Support Teachers in Promoting Equitable Three-dimensional Science Classrooms. Journal of Science Teacher Education.(29)8, 693-711. Then we will have time for an extended question and answer time with Angie.

Register here:

MI Sci PLN Follow-up

We had a great meeting today! Many wonderful resources were shared by our community, along with opportunities to be involved in national work. Engaging discussion led to bringing us together around ideas, some new and some overdue…Check out the agenda for links to all of this, plus updates from the science education groups from around the state. If you weren’t there, you’ll really want to spend some time combing through all of the wonderful resources that were shared. After that, you should follow it up by registering for the rest of the meetings this year. Don’t miss out! They will be just as great!

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BSCS Science Learning is seeking field trial teachers for HS COVID-19 unit

BSCS Science Learning is seeking teachers to participate in a field trial of an instructional unit for high school on COVID-19. The field trial is to be conducted between October 15 and December 15, 2020. The information gathered in the field trial will be used to revise the unit for publication.

About the unit.The unit focuses on the question How can we slow the spread of the COVID-19

virus to protect our communities? It is designed to teach students about the COVID-19

pandemic, transmission of the COVID-19 virus, and the impacts of the pandemic on communities.

The unit targets three broad learning goals:

Factors that determine the rate of infection and severity of illness in communities,

Strategies to reduce transmission of the virus,

Reasons for disproportionate impacts on certain populations.

It is also designed to support the development of two social emotional competencies—self awareness and social awareness. The unit employs an inquiry-based approach, and is designed for 15 class periods of instruction, with optional extensions. It is appropriate for use in high school science, social studies, and health classes. More information is available at:

About the field trial. BSCS Science Learning, the developer of the unit, is conducting a field trial to gather information from teachers and students that will guide the revision of the unit for final release. The trial will be conducted from October through December 2020. Teachers who participate in the field trial will complete surveys that request feedback about individual lessons and the unit as a whole. They will also report on the experiences of their students. Where approval can be obtained to collect information from students, participating teachers will distribute surveys to students and submit copies of student work. All of this data will be analyzed by educational researchers to inform decisions about how to revise the unit. Teachers who participate in the field trial will be paid a stipend to compensate them for their participation in the data collection.

Virtual Unit Overviews: Getting ready to teach with Illustrative Mathematics

Are you a new or experienced "IM teacher"?
Are you looking for IM teaching support? For a teaching community?

Join the Michigan Math and Science Leadership Network and your teaching colleagues from across the state each month to dive into our Virtual Unit Overviews (VUO). Each VUO is designed to get you ready to teach your upcoming unit from IM 6-8 Math or IM 9-12 Math.

Find out more and register for the Unit 3 Overviews scheduled for October.

What is High-Quality Mathematics and Science Instruction?

Join the Michigan Mathematics and Science Leadership Network on October 6 from 9AM to 12:30 PM to find out!
The MMSLN is engaged in finding and supporting Open Education Resources. Learn and explore OERs in Mathematics and Science – and see what is common and how these resources represent high-quality instruction. In this session we will experience problem- and phenomena-based teaching and learning pulled straight from two OERs, Illustrative Mathematics and OpenSciEd.

Upcoming MMLSN Learning Opportunities

The MMSLN has several learning opportunities upcoming –

Illustrative Math Unit Overviews – September 23, 3-5 p.m.

MiSciPLN – October 5, 9-3 p.m.

MMSLN Quarterly Meeting – October 6, 9-12:30 p.m. – Learn about and discuss OER options and high-quality instruction in Mathematics and Science

Science Bi-Weekly Chat – October 22, 12-1 p.m.

You can reserve your spot in all these great options by registering:

We look forward to seeing you, virtually, this school year!

Mary, Jodi, Danielle, and Jason

(Please feel free to share this information with teacher leaders, other consultants, district leaders and anyone else you think would love to join us!)

Join your MI Sci PLN community meeting, October 5th!

Join your MI SciPLN community of statewide science education leaders and professional learning providers on October 5th, for the 1st MI Sci PLN Meeting of the school year! Register to attend.

We have a great agenda planned for you, including;

· MI Sci PLN Community resource sharing,

· updates from throughout the state,

· and opportunities from across the country!

The afternoon will feature two optional workgroup sessions;

· leading Disciplinary Literacy conversations with science,

· and SPA-LC.

Science Performance Assessment Learning Community (SPA-LC) is a national effort establishing a leadership group in Michigan to develop, improve, and implement systems of assessment that prioritize providing students, teachers, and communities with information and feedback that is instructionally relevant, culturally sustaining, student-centered, and asset-based. To learn more, or to find how you can be involved, register to attend.


Science Chat 9/3

Register for the Back to School Science Chat on September 3 at noon!

For this first meeting, we will discuss back to school needs across the state so bring your questions, solutions, concerns!

Also, the MMSLN and MSTA will share our K-5 remote learning materials.

Can’t wait to see you there!


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

Twitter: @starrscience

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MMSLN Events!

Welcome Back to School. We wish you the best as we begin this very non-traditional school year.

The MMSLN is working with state and national leaders to develop and promote remote learning options in science and mathematics. Watch your email or reach out for more information: starrm

Our virtual events continue this week! Register for the gs!

Back to School.pdf

Link to all MMSLN events:

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

Twitter: @starrscience

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Support for Using the Illustrative Mathematics Video Lessons: Learning Goal and Target Alignment Guide

In an effort to support continuous learning for all students during the summer months, the Michigan Mathematics and Science Leadership Network (MMSLN) and Public Media Network have partnered to televise high-quality math instruction on a regular schedule beginning August 10, 2020.

A collaboration between state agencies and large districts within Louisiana, along with Illustrative Mathematics, SchoolKit, and philanthropy organizations has led to the development of broadcastable math lessons targeting grades 6, 7, 8 and Algebra I. There are 24 lessons for each grade level. The broadcasts, aligned to state learning standards, will help students build the skills and knowledge they need at each grade level.

Please stay-tuned to Michigan Mathematics and Science Leadership Network to learn when these video lessons will air on your local PBS station. Visit us at our website and follow our MMSLN Network News.

Teachers may use the newly developed Learning Goal and Target Alignment Guide to select video lessons to use with their students as they teach and learn mathematics together. Teachers don’t have to be an IM 6-12 Math curriculum implementer to use these videos with students. And, these video lessons are available, by episode on the Schoolkit website. Find the episode number in the first column of each table.