MI Sci PLN Registration for 5.20.2022

Let’s get together on May 20th at our final MI Sci PLN meeting of the year to learn together and celebrate our collective accomplishments.

Dialogue sessions will include,

  • a continuation of Framing a Vision for Science Education in Our State discussion from last meeting,
  • discussing the Implications of Taking Stock of Science for Michigan,
  • sharing and celebration of the wonderful accomplishments of our Elementary Science Advocacy+ groups, this will include
    • the premiere showing of our PBS/MLC commercial and other collaborations
    • our Families and Communities Team
    • our Schools Team
    • our Legislative Team

You will be impressed and inspired by what we have accomplished together!

So, grab a drink (or two) and join us there!


MI Sci PLN Dialogue Session – Taking Stock Summit

MI Sci PLN would like you to join us for the Taking Stock Summit. This will be a point of discussion in one of our dialogue sessions at the May 20th meeting.

We discussed the prior sessions of this summit in previous MI Sci PLN meetings, and they have been excellent! Even if you haven’t attended the earlier sessions, you will still find it valuable to attend. If you are unable to make it, we will do our best to catch you up in our MI Sci PLN meeting.

The Board on Science Education held a virtual summit October 14-15, 2021, and December 8, 2021, that was designed to take stock of the implementation of state science standards, considering implementation across all states and territories to identify successes, challenges, and identify areas where additional work is needed.

This two-day convening will build from this and other activities to:

  1. Identify the conditions for implementation that will support a more equitable and coherent system of science education.
  2. Develop a road map for implementation efforts looking forward that supports research, policymaking, and shifts in practice.

Please join us virtually on April 26 and 27, 2022, as we continue these important conversations and work collaboratively to determine the current state of implementation and how we can encourage positive development in this area moving forward.

More information about this event, including the event agenda, can be found here.

Please note that the National Academies are unable to reimburse costs incurred while traveling to and from this event. We encourage in-person attendance for those who are able to, but are also offering a virtual experience for individuals who are unable to travel to attend this event.

The Truth About High-Quality Instructional Materials

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Three Common Misconceptions About High-Quality Instructional MaterialsIf you ask 10 educators for their opinion on what makes a high-quality curriculum, you’ll likely get 10 different answers. Why? For many teachers, curriculum is personal. It guides their instructional practice and outlines the key concepts their students will need to learn in a school year.

But when it comes to instructional materials, teachers have simply not received the support they need. So as school districts rightfully invest federal pandemic stimulus dollars in high-quality materials, it’s essential that they meaningfully include teachers in the selection and implementation process.

Part of this work has to be understanding teachers’ misconceptions about high-quality materials and engaging in productive conversations about how materials can support their practice. Explore three of these misconceptions in a new blog, and dive into the data revealing the true benefits of high-quality instructional materials >

Are you a teacher with questions about your instructional materials? Or, are you on a materials selection committee with questions about how to meaningfully engage teachers in your process? We want to hear from you. Reply to this email or contact us on Facebook or Twitter.

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Promoting Modeling Workshops

Hello all,

I want to share and ask for your support promoting this year’s suite of Modeling workshops for secondary science teachers. (See ATTACHMENT). While we are excited about our workshops and our recent innovations. Again, Modeling in Michigan is grateful for the support of the MiSTEM Advisory Council grant.

It happens that our new funding fell a bit short of our hopes this year, so the selection is not quite as comprehensive as we normally aim for. Nonetheless – please note these exciting offerings and pass on the news to the appropriate teachers.

This, of course, includes newer teachers and even student teachers who can benefit from this kind of induction. We have been able to include such teachers more so in recent years and we notice that they are thriving in their young careers, and seem less likely to abandon teaching as compared with other less supported teachers. There are more ‘alternative certification’ offerings now and a Modeling workshop can serve as their ‘methods course.’ We can be particularly impactful if we can recruit a student teacher-cooperating teacher pairs to one of our workshops. Please consider such colleagues when promoting our Modeling workshops.

Here are some summaries that you may find helpful when trying to convey the nature of these events.

Modeling in MiSTAR – 6th/7th grade (Muskegon Area ISD, July 11 – July 29)

Modeling with MiSTAR – 8th grade (Novi HS, June 20 – July 8 not on July 4)

This endeavor weds the excellent, well aligned and structured, science and engineering middle school units of MiSTAR with the pedagogical approaches of Modeling Instruction. The MiSTAR team worked with our Modeling with MiSTAR facilitators to infuse the Modeling Cycle and class discourse into a number of MiSTAR units. We call them Modelized MiSTAR units. The teachers’ notes will be provided to workshop participants along with what we know to be a powerful and transformative learning experience for teachers. I’ve attached a few of the white boards from a follow up with past participants. Teachers commented on how amazed the were at the sophistication of the middle school students during discussions. Check out the ‘plus/delta’ tables presented on the boards!

Modeling Mobility / Modeling Waves (Troy High School, July 13 – 22) (see a separate attached flyer for this too)

This is our third implementation of Modeling Mobility but since last summer we finished a thoroughly redesigned Unit on HS Waves which will be the focus of the first 5 days. This unit is part of the 10-unit Modeling in HS Physical Science course framework but can be used by any physics or physical science teacher. NGSS has us focus on ideas around wave theory that have been a challenge: digital vs. analog communication and in keeping with the whole physical science course, energy storage and transfer. The unit will be great at undergirding studies of emerging technologies such as automated and connected vehicles. We aim to weave computer coding and the technology of automated vehicles into the Waves unit and progress to a 3-day focus on Mobility technology and the industry. This component will be led by our friends at Square One Educational Network and one of our Modeling facilitators. Participants will acquire over $500 of classroom equipment such as robotic cars, Arduino boards and electronic sensors. We also will engage with industry professionals to enrich our ability to make students aware of the immense opportunities in this burgeoning field.

Modeling in HS Physics (w/ and invitation to Algebra 1 teachers – especially in partnership with their physics teacher colleague) (Houghton/Hancock, Michigan), June 20 – July 8 (not on July 4))

Physics is the foundation of all the sciences and our Modeling workshops. Without exception this workshop leaves teachers committed to a practice that does not rely on merely presenting equations to students. The investigations, model building and deployment provide students what they need to derive our fundamental kinematic equations out the phenomenon, investigations and data they engaged with using their own hands and minds. Last summer we had a high school algebra teacher included and he was quite inspired to witness how beginning with a phenomenon, an investigation and representing our models in a variety of ways anchors mathematical fluency to the real world. He also offered our science teacher participants a lot with his fluency of mathematical standards and instructional practices. This will be great for physics, physical science and algebra teachers.

Modeling for Higher Education Secondary Methods Instructors (August 8 – 10, Virtual)

This is a 3-day workshop that offers higher ed secondary methods instructors a module they can use with their students. It attends to some new MDE mandates on science standards for their courses and four of the core competencies they are responsible to develop within students. The Module also introduces students to the nature of Modeling Instruction. This was developed by our University of Michigan partner Beth Kubitskey and Michelle Tindall who facilitated. Michelle is a past chemistry modeler who now teaches methods courses at Oakland University.

The attached flyers have more information (e.g., stipends, scech’s, grad credits, application process) and can be used to help promote these events. Here is our application page: https://www.mimodelinginstruction.org/workshops.html

Thanks for helping with this!

Mike Gallagher and the Modeling in Michigan team

Oakland MiSTEM Region Director


Modeling Mobility Flyer 2022.pdf

Modeling Module for Methods-Flyer.pdf

OpenSciEd Research Seed Grant!

The Michigan Math and Science Leadership Network (MMSLN) has received an OpenSciEd Research Agenda seed grant focused on assessing and grading students’ three-dimensional science classroom performances. Seed-grant work will include identifying strategies and resources that support goal-oriented professional communities and developing and piloting scoring rubrics and grading in ways that support students’ equitable science achievements.

MMSLN’s research-practice partnership will be engaging researchers, teachers and district and union leaders in Ann Arbor, Michigan – a group of stakeholders with diverse interests around issues of assessment and grading. Teachers, for example, value classroom assessment practices – including eliciting and responding to students’ ideas and lived experiences – while simultaneously needing to assign grades efficiently and in ways that reflect students’ efforts and proficiencies “fairly.” Administrators may value assessment data and grades for improving student outcomes, while teachers’ unions want to ensure data-use supports teacher growth and that teachers’ time with their colleagues is meaningful. 

📢 Upcoming MMSLN IM PL for Spring 2022



IM Math™ Curriculum Preview | 6–12 Virtual

March 22, 2022

3:30pm – 5:30pm

Get a preview of the IM Math™ curriculum before piloting or implementing.

This session provides a preview of the design features of the curriculum with a focus on the philosophy and instructional shifts.


Registration ends March 18, 2022!


IM Math™ Establishing Instructional Routines| 6–12 Virtual

April 21, 2022

3:30pm – 5:30pm

Get an overview of the Instructional Routines featured IM Math™ curriculum before implementing.


Registration ends April 17, 2022!


The Professional Learning Partner Guide (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.

Schedule Coming Soon:

IM Math™ Teach and Learn Summer Academies

K–5, 6–12, 6–8, 9–12 |Virtual

Be in a Science Ed TV Commercial!

***Please share this opportunity with your family, friends, and elementary teacher networks to share it with their students’ parents***

PBS / Michigan Learning Channel is producing a video about the importance of quality science education, and we need your help to make it happen!

Here’s what you can do:

  1. Record short clips of your school age kids finishing the prompts below. Make sure they include the full prompt in their response!
  • I’m curious about…
  • I want to learn more science because…has
  • Science is interesting because…
  1. If your kids enjoy science and performing their own experiments at home, we would love video clips of that, too!
  1. Upload the recordings here: https://airtable.com/shrVI2BvtZZBfzKUJ
  1. Ask your friends and family members to do the same.

We’d like to have all of these clips in-hand by March 25th.

Attached you’ll find our video release form as well as a pdf guide on how to record quality video at home.

This video will serve as a gateway to a suite of resources produced by the MI Sci PLN community of science professional learning providers to encourage support for elementary science throughout the state.

Thank you for your support,

The MI Sci PLN Leadership Team

Learn more about the new Michigan Learning Channel

Partnering with teachers and families. On TV. Online. Statewide.
Visit MichiganLearning.org and Watch Live

MLC Home Video Handbook.pdf
General Appearance Release (BL 0314).docx