Author: Michigan Mathematics and Science Leadership Network (MMSLN)

The Michigan Mathematics and Science Leadership Network provides leadership, curriculum support, professional development, and student services to educators in local school districts and works to foster community involvement in the areas of mathematics and science. The Mathematics and Science Leadership Network supports the implementation of high-quality mathematics and science education for the students of Michigan.

#LoveTeaching Week

The Week of February 13-20, 2022, is #LoveTeaching Week. As part of our efforts to promote education and support and uplift educators, we are looking for individuals who are willing to share a short message about why they “Love Teaching” or why they “Love Teachers.”

This could be done by sending a few sentences or you can record a video on your phone to send to Georgia Beard, Marketing Analyst in the Office of Educator Excellence, at BeardG. These quotes and videos will be posted on our social media accounts during the #LoveTeaching Week.

Here are examples from social media:

Here are a few text examples from last year.

https://www.instagram.com/p/CT5b_DWlprE/

https://www.instagram.com/p/CLZTQgxrfJY/

https://www.instagram.com/p/CT5b_DWlprE/ – This is the current MTOY, Leah Porter, speaking about nominations, but this is an example of how a quick video on your phone or computer can be used! 😊

Please complete it by Wednesday, January 26, 2022 and share this message with your networks and friends.

Thank you!

REGISTRATION: MI Sci PLN 1.25.2022 – The gift that keeps on giving…

Although the holiday season has passed, you still have time to enjoy a final gift to yourself, a time to enjoy with friends in the shared learning of the upcoming MI Sci PLN meeting! To receive this gift and all of its benefits, click here for free registration to attend the January 25th MI Sci PLN meeting. THIS meeting will happen only ONCE, but our time together and the memories we build will be cherished for a lifetime. Just think of all the happy teachers and schools in your region knowing that they have a science consultant working for them with the latest information and an amazing state-wide network of fiends to support them.

As always, you’ll hear important science updates from our national/state science leadership partners. And we have some exciting news to help us advance our efforts advocating for more elementary science.

2021-22 SAVE-the-DATES:

All meetings will be from 9am – 3pm virtually except for the May meeting when we hope to meet in person for more shenanigans!

· January 25, 2022 (virtual)

· March 16, 2022 (virtual)

· May 20, 2022 (In person w/ virtual option)

We look forward to seeing you there!

The MI Sci PLN Leadership Team

Gifts for Science Leaders from the MI Sci PLN Leadership Team

Season’s greetings science leaders!

The holiday season is fast approaching! It’s a time to enjoy with friends (and family), and GIFTS! This holiday season, the MI Sci PLN leadership team would like to give you a gift that keeps on giving by offering free registration to attend the January 25th MI Sci PLN meeting. THIS meeting will happen only ONCE, but our time together and the memories we build will be cherished for a lifetime. Just think of all the happy teachers and schools in your region knowing that they have a science consultant working for them with the latest information and an amazing state-wide network of fiends to support them.

2021-22 SAVE-the-DATES:

All meetings will be from 9am – 3pm virtually except for the May meeting when we hope to meet in person for more shenanigans!

· January 25, 2022 (virtual)

· March 16, 2022 (virtual)

· May 20, 2022 (In person w/ virtual option)

Happy holidays!

The MI Sci PLN Leadership Team

Science Leaders: Sign Letter of Support for Secondary Teacher Prep Standards

Science Education Leaders,

As a member of the MI Sci PLN community, please consider adding your signature to  this letter as a statement by the community of Michigan science education leadership and professional organizations to articulate its broad support of the proposed Standards for the Preparation of Middle Grades and High School Science Teachers. We believe that beginning teachers who are prepared to enact high-quality science instruction will advance the profession and improve student learning to meet the vision of instruction called for in the Michigan Science Standards. We encourage the adoption of these standards because we are confident they will lead to positive outcomes for the preparation of preservice teachers of science and the students entrusted in their care.

If you choose to add your name/organization to this letter of support, please do so by Friday, December 17th. This will allow time to make final preparations to be shared with the State Board of Education by January 18th in advance of the February 8th meeting.

Thank you for your consideration.

Have a wonderful holiday break!

James

Upcoming MMSLN Events!

Happy Holidays everyone – We are so excited to continue to offer learning opportunities for Mathematics and Science Leaders in Michigan and elsewhere. All our work is currently virtual. We hope you will stay safe and join us on Zoom!

December 14, 3-4:30 p.m.
Did you attend the Taking Stock Summit for Science on December 8? Or maybe you want to just hear what was discussed!?
We have a discussion opportunity TUESDAY Dec. 14 3-4:30 p.m. to review and discuss learning from the Taking Stock Summit held December 8, 2021. Please join us. Let us know you are coming!
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/taking-stock-summit-discussion-following-december-8-webinar-tickets-182697131037

December 15 and January 19, 4-5:15 p.m.
MAC READS – Come and help us consider ways to implement Formative Assessment in our schools. We meet with science and math leaders in the same room!
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/mac-reads-formative-assessment-book-study-for-math-and-science-educators-tickets-163378063185

January 28 9-12 p.m.
MMSLN Meeting – Join us! Share this opportunity with all your math and science colleagues. Register: mimathandscience.org
Learn more about Dr. Eglash

October 27.pdf

MI Science Leaders – We need your help!

Science leaders – Please encourage all ELEMENTARY EDUCATORS (teachers, principals, coaches, specialists, district admin, etc) to participate in the following survey by forwarding this email to your networks. We need data from all corners of our state to shape our Mi Sci PLN efforts for supporting elementary science. Thank you for your help.


ELEMENTARY EDUCATORS – Tell us what you need !

(teachers, principals, coaches, specialists, district admin, etc)

Please help us understand what elementary science looks like in your school so we can do a better job supporting you and your students.

There’s a growing conversation across the nation about the importance of elementary science education. Science leaders across our great state of Michigan have created a survey to gather information about elementary science curricular resources, implementation, and professional learning.  Please spend 10 minutes or less completing the statewide survey linked here.   Then, share the survey link with your colleagues and friends in all the places….email, Twitter, Facebook groups, etc!  All voices matter and are important!

  • The survey is only for Michigan educators. 
  • The survey closes on Friday, December 3, 2021
  • You will be given the option at the end of the survey to enter your email address if you’d like a copy of the data.

The Purpose of the Survey

The purpose of this survey is to gather information about elementary science curricular resources being used by schools and districts in Michigan, implementation, and professional learning.  The data will be shared with all science leaders in Michigan to create a more supportive network for elementary science.

MAC Reads for Math and Science

Hello!

Please share this information with teachers and others who might be interested in MAC READS and formative assessment. The entire state is reading this book, in all disciplines and we invite math and science educators at all levels to join us! Meetings start next week!

Get the last Zoom square @ MI Sci PLN!

Last call to fill the remaining box on the “Brady Bunch” Zoom screen for our first MISciPLN meeting of the year on October 29 from 9am-3pm. Register now to take advantage of this amazing offer!

If you want to know what’s happening there, read the rest…

This meeting will feature an update of the science M-STEP as well as a continuation of the great work we began last year. If you weren’t with us last year, that’s okay we will catch you up! In the process, you will meet an amazing community of supportive and very cool people that will help you do your job better. Trust me!

2021-22 SAVE-the-DATES:

All meetings will be from 9am – 3pm virtually except for the May meeting when we hope to meet in person for more shenanigans!

· October 29, 2021

· January 25, 2022 (virtual)

· March 16, 2022 (virtual)

· May 20, 2022 (In person w/ virtual option)

Public Comment Requested on proposed Michigan Standards for the Preparation of Middle Grades (5-9) and High School (7-12) Science Teachers

MDE’s Official Weekly Communication announced the opening of public comment on proposed Michigan Standards for the Preparation of Middle Grades (5-9) and High School (7-12) Science Teachers.

We are very interested in receiving comments representing the perspective of the MI Sci PLN membership on these standards. The proposed standards can be viewed at Standards for the Preparation of Middle Grades (5-9) and High School (7-12) Science Teachers SBE PRESENTATION DRAFT. All feedback on the proposed standards must be submitted by 5:00 p.m., December 1, 2021, via online survey: Public Comment-Standards for the Preparation of (5-9) and (7-12) Science Teachers.

Please also see the official announcement and memo link below. Feel free to contact me at any time if I may provide further assistance.

Thank you!

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

o: 517-241-7096

c: 989-615-4372

https://www.michigan.gov/mde

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MEMO #115-21

Public Comment on the Proposed Standards for the Preparation of Middle Grades (5-9) and High School (7-12) Science Teachers

A public comment period is open to provide input on a proposal presented to the State Board of Education (SBE) for the revision and adoption of new standards for the preparation of middle grades (5-9) and high school (7-12) science teachers. These standards are aligned with the Michigan K-12 Science Standards and the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) Teacher Preparation Standards and will guide the preparation of candidates seeking certification and/or endorsement in these fields.

http://www.michigan.gov/documents/mde/Public_Comment_Science_Standards_738897_7.pdf