MMSLN Math Chat

Are you a math educator in Michigan? The MMSLN wants to provide connection opportunities that are supportive of our mathematics leaders. We invite you to join in the next MMSLN Math Chat. FREE. No charge and no membership required.

In these difficult times, connection with our colleagues is more important than ever. Come connect and engage virtually with mathematics leaders from across the state. As the school year comes to an end, we will chat and take stock of how things have gone. What has worked for us? What have we seen working in our contexts? We will also continue our conversations about getting ready for the fall and being specific about the messages we want to send no matter the context of our return to school. Join us and keep the conversation going!

Register and share our event via Eventbrite or Facebook.

MMSLN Math Chat

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

3-4:30 PM

Announcing 3 online, self-paced equity literacy opportunities

The Equity Learning Institute, the virtual learning portal of the Equity Literacy Institute, is excited to offer three new, self-paced mini-courses in Equity Literacy. The first two are FREE.

Course 1: Understanding Equity and Inequity
What the heck is equity? In this 90-minute course hosted by Paul Gorski, we answer that. We explore common definitions and offer one of our own based on our transformative equity approach. We also discuss the good and bad of common equity approaches.

Course 2: Learning to Be a Threat to Inequity: An Introduction to the Equity Literacy Framework (2 hours)
In this approximately 2-hour mini-course led by Paul Gorski, you will learn about the primary aspects of the equity literacy framework, including the dimensions, abilities, and principles of equity literacy.

Course 3 ($4.99): Ditching Deficit Ideology: The First Step Toward Cultivating an Equity Commitment
Equity cannot live where deficit ideology lives. In this mini-course (1.5-2 hours), we explore what deficit ideology is, how it thwarts equity efforts, and how to cultivate a more equitable way of interpreting educational disparities.

Free Webinar for teachers: Math Fixer Uppers

Join Achieve the Core for an upcoming webinar

Wednesday, May 6
7-8 p.m. ET

There are millions of free math worksheets, tasks, and activities online–some are great, others less so. This can make finding the ones that truly support student learning and growth feel overwhelming.

Join standards-lead-writer Jason Zimba as he walks you through his process for evaluating the quality, standards-alignment, and effectiveness of math problems you may find online.

You’ll learn to quickly sort the good from the bad, and how you can improve the materials you find to better support your learning goals for students.

Attend live or access the on-demand version and you’ll be eligible for a certificate verifying one hour of professional learning time.

Register Now

First ever ‘global classroom’

The world’s first “Global Classroom” focused on COVID-19 is happening Tuesday, May 5. It is being organized by the World Health Organization, UNICEF, FIFA and the Independent Schools Association of the UK. This hour-long virtual classroom event will take place on Tuesday, May 5th at 11:30 am Eastern US time and is the first of 7. Discussions will focus on some common things youth can do at home to understand the science of COVID-19 and what they can do to use this science to protect themselves and others.

Please share the announcement of this “Global Classroom” event with your school districts and others! You can also get the full details of the invitation here: https://www.theglobalclassroom.com/usinvite.html

The event is Tuesday at 11:30 Eastern USA time. To join, click the link: https://is.gd/JPBmY6

In addition, on May 15th, the Smithsonian will release the module called “COVID-19! How can I protect myself and others?” which will take youth through 7 experiments/activities they can do at home to better understand the science (and social science) of COVID-19. The module will be freely available in 20+ languages and will be disseminated nationally and globally by WHO, UNICEF, the Smithsonian, and the InterAcademy Partnership (the world’s collaboration among 130 national academies of sciences, engineering, and medicine).

Distance Learning Tips and Tricks II

MSELA is hosting a follow up networking event to the Distance Learning Tips and Tricks. They received feedback that it might be nice to have time to share what is working and what challenges there are once you started the Distance Learning with your classes. So, here it is:

https://www.eventbrite.com/o/michigan-science-education-leadership-network-msela-28735964477

Get together with other educators across the state to discuss what is working in distance learning, and what challenges you are facing. If you have ideas, share them; if you need ideas, take them. There will be couple highlighted tools to consider as well, but most time will be spent in breakout sessions sharing resources and ideas or asking each other questions. Join us! Zoom link will be sent out the day prior to the event.

Thursday, April 9, 2020 from 2:30 PM to 4:00 PM (EDT)

You’re invited: Responsive Teaching Institute

The Responsive Teaching Institute, grew out of what was known as the Responsive Mathematics Institute because we realize that responsive teaching strategies can be implemented in any classroom. The Responsive Teaching Institute is an opportunity for educators to examine instruction from an equity perspective.

As educators, we are seeking to provide all children with learning environments that are equitable, accessible, and supportive. The institute provides educators with the opportunity to critically reflect on their instructional practices, as well as, school policies to identify practices or policies that promote inequity.

Register for the FREE virtual sessions hosted by Dr. Jennifer Banks at Washtenaw ISD taking place this week!

Supporting Educational Equity during COVID-19

As school leaders finalize continued learning plans, the Education Trust-Midwest has published key recommendations for how to promote instructional equity and preserve student well-being throughout this period of school closures for underserved communities. The educational stakes of the COVID-19 pandemic are especially high for students with disabilities, English learners, and students experiencing homelessness. A focus on educational equity throughout planning and school closures will be essential for meeting the needs of vulnerable student groups.

As school leaders prepare continued learning plans, Education Trust – Midwest published key recommendations for how to promote instructional equity and preserve student well-being throughout this period of school closures for underserved communities.

SUPPORTING ENGLISH LEARNERS

STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES

STUDENTS EXPERIENCING HOMELESSNESS

As school leaders adjust emergency plans, we’ve identified 8 specific steps they should explore in order to promote instructional equity and preserve student well-being throughout this period of school closures.

FACT SHEET – ENGLISH

FACT SHEET – ARABIC

FACT SHEET – SPANISH

MMSLN Math Chat, April 29

Are you a math educator in Michigan? We invite you to join in the next MMSLN Math Chat. FREE. No charge and no membership required.

In these difficult times, connection with our colleagues is more important than ever. Come connect and engage virtually with mathematics leaders from across the state in an open, semi-structured conversation.

The MMSLN wants to provide connection opportunities that are supportive of our mathematics leaders. The network will offer a series of weekly connection opportunities through April to May 6.

Date And Time

Wed, April 29, 2020

3:00 PM – 4:30 PM EDT

PLEASE REGISTER USING THIS LINK, https://www.eventbrite.com/e/mmsln-math-chat-tickets-103151952266

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MI Sci PLN, April 30

MiSciPLN is for any educator supporting the implementation of the Michigan Science Standards.

This meeting will be virtual. Running from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Amy Oliver from Allegan County will present her work leading elementary teachers in revising science and ELA implementation. Rich conversations will follow.

After a lunch/walk break

From 1-2, Linnea Gibson will present her Disciplinary Literacy work and engage in conversations about DLE documents.

Date And Time

Thu, April 30, 2020

9:00 AM – 2:00 PM EDT

REGISTER USING THIS LINK, https://www.eventbrite.com/e/mmsln-miscipln-meet-up-tickets-62858661950

Michigan Advancing Equity in STEM (MAE-STEM), May 4

Michigan Advancing Equity in STEM (MAE-STEM)

As STEM educators committed to dismantling inequitable systems for our students, let’s meet-up to hone our abilities to respond to deficit language when we hear it.

This month, we’ll start by sharing 1-2 real-life scenarios we’ve experienced (and, perhaps responded to) within the last month. We’ll react to the scenario in small groups discuss learnings with the whole group.

Then, we will each partner with a colleague to role-play responding to deficit language:

  • You and your partner will get a scenario.
  • Then, in a private break-out room, you’ll role play your response to the deficit language.
  • After the role-play, you and your partner will reflect and share feedback to improve your response for next time.
  • Then, you’ll share your responses with the whole group.

Use the following resources as pre-reads so that you are prepared to dive right into things with us. Please read and reflect on the following before the MAE-STEM Meet-Up on May 4:

Date And Time

Mon, May 4, 2020

9:00 AM – 12:00 PM EDT

CLICK THIS LINK TO REGISTER, https://www.eventbrite.com/e/mmsln-mae-stem-meet-up-tickets-95913984309