Learning opportunity: Detracking Secondary Math

The Michigan Math and Science Leadership Network (MMSLN) and Bold Educational Consultinghave teamed to host a Detracking Secondary Math webinar facilitated by San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD) on May 28, 2019 at noon EST. Starting in 2014, SFUSD detracked their secondary math program and they want to share how they did it and the results they’re getting with us all.

Please register to attend. Only those who are registered will be able to attend the live event.
Can’t make it? Don’t worry, we’re recording the session so you won’t miss out.
Have questions? Submit your burning detracking math programmatic questions here.

See you on the 28th.

Danielle Seabold

She/Her/Hers (what’s this?)

Mathematics Education Consultant and Instructional Coach

Bold Educational Consulting LLC

boldeducationalconsulting.com

269.267.8631

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m2c2 Proposed MMC legislative changes

We have been receiving some questions around HB4271, proposing that Algebra II can be replaced with a statistics or financial literacy course.  Yesterday the bill passed out of the House Education Committee to the Committee on Ways and Means.

 

You might also be interested in HB4269 and HB4270, two bills tie-barred to each other, that propose to morph the current 2 credits of world language and 1 credit of art into 3 credits of 21st Century Skills that would allow students to select any combination of 3 credits from not only world language and arts, but also CTE, computer science and/or computer coding.  These two bills have also been referred to the Committee on Ways and Means.

 

Ruth Anne

 

Ruth Anne Hodges

Manager, Curriculum and Instruction Unit

Michigan Dept. of Education

Office of Educational Supports

Listening, learning, and vowing to do better

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Dear 500 Women Scientists and Supporters,

Spring is in full swing in some places around the world, and like the newly emerging blossoms we spent last month growing—by listening and learning. We are excited to smash the patriarchy and make science more equitable and just. We are also fully aware that we won’t always have the answers, have a lot to learn from leaders in the field, and need to learn from our mistakes.

Case in point, last month we quoted bell hooks wrong in our newsletter (she spells her name in all lower case). Thank you to those who caught this mistake and let us know. We are sincerely sorry. We know we are in a space and time where seemingly small missteps can be harmful to our mission—and worse, harmful to the individuals we want to support. We recognize it is an act of courage to speak up, and a great act of faith to trust we’ll continue working to do better. So when we mess up, we will listen and educate ourselves better for next time.

We have a long list of people we learn from and listen to, starting with our own network, our leadership team, our advisory board, our pods, and our partner organizations. We also look to some really awesome groups and individuals who are leaders in social justice inside and out of science. Every Friday in our #WeeklyWrapUp we share those individuals under ‘Follow Friday’.

With your help we will continue to call out what we need to confront and dismantle, and identify what we want our group to aspire to. Thank you friends for your leadership, and inspiration. Our contribution to this movement is possible only because of you!

As always, this is your organization.
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WHAT WE’VE DONE
Highlights from the Month

We are super excited to publish our first peer-reviewed paper in PLoS Biology describing the first year of our Request a Scientist platform. With more than 9,000 women in the database (and growing), we are quickly outgrowing our platform’s capacity. Supported by funding from Science Sandbox, an initiative of the Simons Foundation, and Lyda Hill Philanthropies, we are now working with Critigen to rebuild the database. By next fall, the new platform will be expanded to include Women in Medicine, and will be much more sleek and easy to use!
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Scientific and professional meetings present opportunities to share ideas, meet new collaborators, reconnect with old friends, and grow our networks. But not all scientists have positive experiences at scientific meetings; many feel left out, encounter barriers, such as lack of childcare or safe bathroom spaces, and experience harassment and discrimination. In partnership with ESWN, AGCI, and our amazing co-authors, we created a guide with concrete recommendations for how to begin incorporating inclusion and equity practices into scientific meetings, from the ground up. Check it out and use it to plan your next professional gathering.
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OpenSciEd – Middle School OER Science Resources

The MMSLN has been leading a field test of OpenSciEd middle school science units in Michigan. Almost 30 teachers in SE Michigan are entering the second year of the field test. Six OER units will be available for use in the 2019-2020 school year. Additional units will be field tested and then made available through 2021. Several school districts will be starting to implement the Michigan Science Standard aligned units in January after receiving professional learning in late fall.

The phenomenon-based OpenSciEd units are newly developed, based on a storyline approach, and meet all the performance expectations for middle school. They take into consideration the expectations laid out in the Framework for K-12 Science Education.

If you are interested in these resources, feel free to reach out to the MMSLN, starrm.

Mary Starr
Executive Director, Michigan Mathematics and Science Leadership Network
Twitter: @starrscience
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mary

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m2c2 Proposed MMC legislative changes

We have been receiving some questions around HB4271, proposing that Algebra II can be replaced with a statistics or financial literacy course.  Yesterday the bill passed out of the House Education Committee to the Committee on Ways and Means. 

 

You might also be interested in HB4269 and HB4270, two bills tie-barred to each other, that propose to morph the current 2 credits of world language and 1 credit of art into 3 credits of 21st Century Skills that would allow students to select any combination of 3 credits from not only world language and arts, but also CTE, computer science and/or computer coding.  These two bills have also been referred to the Committee on Ways and Means.

 

Ruth Anne 

 

Ruth Anne Hodges

Manager, Curriculum and Instruction Unit

Michigan Dept. of Education

Office of Educational Supports 

Application process now open for Mi-STAR Professional Learning Facilitator summer trainings

The application process is now open for this summer’s Mi-STAR Professional Learning Facilitator trainings. For 2019-2020, the cost for the Facilitator Pathway training is being reduced to only $45/trainee as a result of funding received from the Mi-STEM Advisory Council through the Michigan Department of Education. The training location and dates are as follows:

· Oakland Schools, Waterford Township, MI, June 19-21 (*spots are limited and priority will be given to Oakland County applicants)

· Northern Michigan University, Marquette, MI, July 10-12

· Central Michigan University, Mt. Pleasant, MI, July 23-25

Please share this information with individuals you think may be interested and have the qualifications for being trained as a PLF. Please encourage them to carefully read through the attached document for information about the 2019 Mi-STAR Professional Learning Facilitator Program. Interested applicants should review the qualifications in the attached document and then complete the linked Application Form by May 6, 2019 in order to be given priority consideration. This information is also on our website at: https://mi-star.mtu.edu/l/facilitator.

Those who have questions may contact Marianne Semones (msemones)

Information for Prospective Applicants to the 2019 Mi-STAR Professional Learning Facilitator Program.pdf

Math and Science education leaders recognize and respond to inequities for our students

On Tuesday, April 16, Math and Science education leaders from across the state gathered in Lansing for Part 3 of Michigan Advancing Equity in STEM (MAE-STEM) hosted by the Michigan Math and Science Leadership Network (MMSLN).

We took steps to increase our Equity Literacy and build our collective stamina and skill to become a threat to inequity in our spheres of influence across the state. We commit to Recognizing, Responding to, and Redressing inequities and Sustaining equity efforts in our regions. We will work to ensure children thrive, not just survive, in our educational systems.

Together, we identified several educational inequities in math and science education that we will work to disrupt:
Tracking (secondary) mathematics courses
Deficit-based rhetoric/language
Fostering equity literacy with pre-service teachers
Resource variations across districts
Absenteeism
Access to after school STEM program
Access to STEM programs (beyond after school)

Follow our collective learning on Twitter at #MiSTEMEquity.

If you want to learn more, please contact
Mary Starr, MMSLN Executive Director

Danielle Seabold

Mathematics Education Consultant and Instructional Coach

Bold Educational Consulting LLC

boldeducationalconsulting.com

269.267.8631

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I hope that you are enjoying receiving the MMSLN newsletter every Tuesday morning. If you are not receiving it, let me know and I will make sure you are added to the mailing list.

Recently a group of Michigan science leaders attended the CSSS, NSELA and/or NSTA conferences in St. Louis. We created a set of shareable resources created by Michigan leaders. It is available using the QR code. If you have resources you would like to share, please add them to this folder.

Mary

Reviewers needed for Michigan’s PAEMST program

MDE is looking for reviewers for Michigan’s Presidential Awards for Excellence in Math and Science Teaching (PAEMST). The applications are due May 1 and more info about the awards can be found here: https://www.michigan.gov/mde/0%2c4615%2c7-140-5683_13651_38022—%2c00.html

Information for potential reviewers:

  • Online reviews are to take place during May
  • In-person review session will be June 11th at MDE, Hannah Building
  • Each reviewer will be responsible for approximately 4 applications
  • Each application should take about 45 min to review, including video component
  • Stipend, parking and lunch provided

More details are in the forwarded note. Please email MDE’s Educator Recognition Coordinator, Josh Roesner (roesnerj1) with name and contact info to sign up as a reviewer for this year’s PAEMST Awards.

Science Professional Learning Standards

The Science Professional Learning Standards (SPLS) provide a meaningful guide to professional development and professional learning for science education. The standards were developed by the Council of State Science Supervisors to support science educators in making informed decisions about the attributes, implementation, and evaluation of professional learning experiences. The SPLS address each of these areas for both professional development and professional learning and provides clear expectations for both the provider of professional development and the participant in professional learning. The SPLS are a useful tool for:

  • guiding the design of sustained and coherent professional development opportunities for educators.
  • informing state and local education leaders on the criteria for selecting and evaluating professional development plans and programs.
  • supporting educators to establish clear expectations for their professional learning in order to maximize the benefit for their students.

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This article was copied from the Council of Chief State Supervisors website, csss.org/professional-learning