News from Michigan Mathematics and Science Leadership Network for 07/06/2021

Again, thank you all for your interest in assisting with OEE endeavors! I am re-sending the information about reviewing the draft science standards, complete with corrected links and working survey! And also, just to say, that there is still time to review these for us: Survey responses are due July 21st and full reviews are due by July 27th. Complete info below and links at the end. Thank you!

I am writing today with an opportunity for you to review draft standards for the preparation of science teachers at the Middle Grades (grades 5-9) and High School (grades 7-12) levels. (See links to the documents below) Your feedback will be considered and potentially incorporated into future drafts of these standards. We expect review of these standards to take anywhere from 30 minutes to 4 hours, depending upon how deeply one reads and responds and all levels of feedback are appreciated. Our stakeholder team has been working on the development of these standards for more than a year and is eager to have feedback in the following areas:

  • Viability and Achievability: Are the standards viable to be implemented by teacher preparation programs and would they be achievable by teacher candidates?
  • Alignment: Are the standards aligned to the Michigan K-12 Science Standards and A Framework for K-12 Science Education?
  • Coherence: Are these standards internally coherent? Are they externally coherent with other MDE expectations and initiatives? That is, are they consistent in promoting a vision of teacher competencies, or do they contain contradictory elements?
  • Completeness: Do these standards represent a comprehensive portrait of essential knowledge and skills for well-prepared beginning science teachers? (NOTE: An additional category on engineering is planned for both grade bands.)
  • Accuracy: Do the standards truly represent what well prepared beginners need to know and do?

Some background for better understanding these standards documents:

  1. These standards are for teacher preparation programs to follow in development of their programs to prepare future science teachers at the middle grades (5-9) and high school (7-12) grade bands. They will not impact current in-service teachers or K-12 science programs except in how they help to prepare future science teachers.
  2. These documents have been designed for the new grade band certification structure and follow a revised endorsement structure for the science disciplines. The endorsement structure is structured so that all future science teachers in these grade bands will need to earn a Science endorsement. They may add an optional disciplinary specialization endorsement in Biology, Earth/Space, or Physical Science for middle grades or Biology, Earth/Space, Chemistry or Physics for high school science teachers. All the standards for these endorsements (both the broad Science endorsement for all science teachers, and the disciplinary specialization endorsements are contained in these two documents by grade band.
  3. The documents have hyperlinked tables of contents. Please feel free to focus on particular areas of interest and/or expertise and use these and the “back to top” link in the footer of each page to help you navigate.
  4. These standards were developed to mirror the Michigan K-12 Science Standards (MSS) in their three-dimensional aspect. They have been developed using three facets critical to science teacher education. If you would like more background about the Facets, please see Appendix A in either document. It is also our intention to provide a foundations boxes style view of the standards, which is still under development. You can see some examples of this in Appendix B. All of the content area questions have also been created with the intention of incorporating at least two of the dimensions from the MSS into each question.
  5. If you only have 30 minutes to review, please give one of the documents a quick skim focusing on the Standards. In the middle grades document these can be found on pages and in the high school document on pages . Then please complete the quick survey which asks you to answer the above questions with space for comments.
  6. If you can devote a longer amount of time, we invite you to make a copy of one or both of the documents and use suggestion mode and comments to submit your feedback. Depending on your time, interest and expertise feel free to do this for as much or little of the document as you like.

Please find links to the documents below:

Draft Science Standards Middle Grades

Draft Science Standards High School

We invite you to submit your feedback in one or both of the following ways:

  • Brief Review: Complete the McMahonD2 by July 27th.

    From: Emmerling, James <James.Emmerling>
    Sent: Wednesday, July 7, 2021 12:40 PM
    To: McMahon, Darcy (MDE) <McMahonD2>
    Cc: Mary Starr <starrm>
    Subject: RE: News from Michigan Mathematics and Science Leadership Network for 07/06/2021

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    Hi Darcy,

    I corrected the link on the blog post. If you’d like to create another post, you’re welcome to or Mary can forward an email with the correction.


    From: McMahon, Darcy (MDE) <McMahonD2>
    Sent: Wednesday, July 7, 2021 8:42 AM
    To: Emmerling, James <James.Emmerling>
    Cc: agschafer
    Subject: RE: News from Michigan Mathematics and Science Leadership Network for 07/06/2021

    Hello James and Adam,

    Thank you for reviewing and sending along!

    Here is the corrected link:

    Should I reply to the newsletter to send that out to everyone or is that something you can correct on your end? Sorry that I missed that earlier.

    Thanks so much,

    From: Emmerling, James <James.Emmerling>
    Sent: Tuesday, July 6, 2021 4:39 PM
    To: McMahon, Darcy (MDE) <McMahonD2>
    Subject: Fwd: News from Michigan Mathematics and Science Leadership Network for 07/06/2021

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