MSELA at MSTA dinner meeting

MSELA at MSTA meeting!

MSTA is right around the corner. Here’s a great event you might be interested in!

Don’t forget to sign up for the MSELA Dinner!

MSELA "BREWING SCIENCE" MEMBERSHIP EVENT AND DINNER 2018-19 (In coordination with MSTA Conference)

The 2018-19 MSELA membership event and dinner will be held on Thursday, February 28th, 2019 at the Grand Rapids Brewing Co.

The MSELA "Brewing Science" event will feature guest scientists that will give a unique perspective to science in the "real world" so that leaders can help make connections with students.

Link for registration:

Mi-STAR fee reduced

Scholarships available for Mi-STAR annual subscription fee


February 10, 2019

Dear Mi-STAR PLFs (and others),

You may know that on March 3, 2018, I contacted Mi-STAR Professional Learning Facilitators to let them know that beginning on July 1, 2019, Mi-STAR would be implementing an annual subscription fee for teachers to have access to Mi-STAR’s online portal, which provides access to the Mi-STAR curriculum, associated professional learning, and support features such as our expert-led community forums and curriculum helpline.

I wanted to let you know that Mi-STAR was recently notified that we will receive funding provided by the Michigan Department of Education through its MiSTEM Advisory Council grant process.

As a result, fees for access to the Mi-STAR curriculum, associated professional learning, and the online professional learning network will be reduced from $250 per teacher to $50 per teacher for full access from July 1, 2019 through June 30, 2020.

Because of the funding Mi-STAR received from MDE and the MiSTEM Advisory Council, we will be able to provide $200 subscription scholarships for up to 1,000 Michigan teachers! We will continue to seek funding for Mi-STAR so that we are able to keep the fees as low as possible in coming years.

I wanted to let you all know this wonderful news right away! Please share this news with school principals, district leaders, teachers, and others. The Mi-STAR team will follow up with you soon with more details about the $200 subscription scholarships. In the meanwhile, if you have any questions please contact Marianne Semones (msemones).

We anticipate that teachers will not have to pay subscription fees themselves; rather schools, districts, ISDs, or external funders will sponsor teachers’ subscriptions. I also want to note that because a Mi-STAR subscription provides teachers with high-quality ongoing professional learning opportunities, schools or districts can use Title funding to support teachers’ participation.

Mi-STAR’s usage is growing. As of December, 2109, over 650 teachers have access to at least one Unit Primer on Mi-STAR’s web portal. Over 900 teachers have been signed up to join Mi-STAR by a Mi-STAR Professional Learning Facilitator. Mi-STAR teachers are currently using Mi-STAR with an estimated 65,000 Michigan students. Over 130 school districts host teachers who are involved with Mi-STAR.

I thank you for being a part of the Mi-STAR Network and for all that you do to improve teaching and learning in Michigan!



Jacqueline E. Huntoon
Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs
Michigan Technological University
Mi-STAR Principal Investigator

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Email Marketing Powered by Mailchimp’s Elementary CS Fundamentals Workshops

Computer Science Fundamentals

Computer Science Fundamentals is a single day comprehensive professional learning opportunity to help educators implement computer science lessons and activities with elementary students.


Opportunity Provides

Curriculum materials, lunch, online resources, online management tutorials

Who is invited?

Any elementary educator is encouraged to attend. The lessons in CS Fundamentals are presented with the understanding that many teachers may not have previous computer science training. The resources provided will support educators in implementing the lessons and encourages educators to learn along with their students.

Dates & Locations

There are several locations across the state with varying dates for this one day workshop. Check out the flyer for complete details.


SCECHs for all workshops will be available pending approval

CS Fundamentals Flyer


Computer Science Fundamentals – Flyer Summer 2019.pdf

Michigan’s AP Computer Science Principles and CS Discoveries professional learning program with

Michigan TeacherCon 2019

Provided by an official Regional Partner

AP Computer Science Principles & Computer Science Discoveries

Comprehensive professional learning for middle and high school teachers to provide an introductory level course for AP Computer Science Principles and Computer Science Discoveries. Teachers will be part of a state-wide cohort of educators and will be provided course information, pedagogy, teaching strategies, and online management tutorials.

NO REGISTRATION COST – Application required

Summer Dates & Locations

Summer Option #1 – Statewide TeacherCon

July 28th – Aug 2nd, 2019 at the JW Marriott in Grand Rapids, MI.

Includes: Hotel room, breakfast, lunch, & materials

Summer Option #2 – Commuter Workshop

July 8th – July 12th, 2019 at Macomb ISD in Clinton Twp.

Includes: Lunch & Materials

School Year Workshops

Four follow-up workshops will be held during the school year at regional sites across the state. Locations to be determined.

Available to any teacher in Michigan

Participants are expected to teach the course in the 2019-20 school year.


SCECHs for all workshops will be available pending approval

Michigan Summer TeacherCon Flyer (attached)


Computer Science Principles & Discoveries Flyer – Summer 2019.pdf

FREE Engineering is Elementary Teacher Educator Institute

Engineering is Elementary Teacher Educator Institute

Saginaw Valley State University is hosting a 3-day Engineering is Elementary Teacher Educator Institute March 5-7, 2019. Successful completion of this training certifies you to facilitate EiE workshops for teachers. There is no cost to attend and substitute reimbursement is available. See the attached flyer for additional details. Please contact Tamara Barrientos via e-mail if you are interested in attending (tarizola).

EiE Teacher Educator Institute external flyer.pdf

PBL 101 & PBL Coaching: Buck Institute



August 13, 14 & 15, 2019 8:30 AM – 3:30 PM

Kalamazoo RESA 1819 E. Milham Ave. Portage, MI 49002

PBL 101, Buck Institute’s Gold Standard of Project Based Learning Register at

PBL Coaching* How to Successfully Coach Project Based Learning Register at

* Prerequisite, PBL 101 and being an instructional coach. No exceptions. No refunds for registering for these classes without having taken PBL 101. PBL 101 PBL 101 PBL COACHING PBL COACHING

REGISTRATION $600 If canceled before 4/15, refunds will be made less $150. After 4/15, no refunds. SCECH’s will be available.

For more information, please contact Debra Kolberg at debra.kolberg or (269) 250-9314.

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MSTA Discount for NGSX Participants

Please pass this invitation along to your past NGSX participants.

Special MSTA Discount Offer for NGSX Participant!



Complimentary hors d’oeuvres and drinks for NGSX participants on Friday March 1, 2019



NGSX Cocktail Reception

"There’s more than air puppies in these glasses"

The Michigan Mathematics and Science Leadership Network, 1390 Eisenhower Place, Ann Arbor, MI 48108
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Great Teachers Mentor Preservice Teachers

Please forward this to the teachers in your area that you think would be wonderful Mentors to preservice teachers.

o Colleges of education are in need of mentors to provide examples of excellence for preservice teachers.

o Mentors could be asked to provide pre-student teaching observation experiences

o and placement sites for pre-service teaching.

MSTA Conference Registration & MMSLN Strand

Register for the 66th Annual MSTA Conference in Grand Rapids!

While you’re there, be sure to check out the MMSLN presentation strand.

Friday, March 1


Getting Students to Argue – Encouraging Discussion for All StudentsRichard Bacolor


"Talking" ScienceAshley Chiado • Lyndsay Mahar • Katie Stevenson


Thinking Three-dimensionally about Science Trade booksKatherine Pfeiffer • Mary Starr


Talking Science – sharing ideas with your media specialistKatherine Pfeiffer • Mary Starr


Grand Slam 3-D Assessment—Researchers, Developers, and Practitioners to Build Capacity, Develop Items, and Implement StrategicallyTJ Smolek • Mary Starr


Engaging with Administrators – Starting conversations about supporting scienceSandra Brock


Developing a plan for Michigan Science Standard Implementation – K-6!Cassandra Martin

Saturday, March 2


The power of the NGSX experience in my classroomWayne Wright


The power of the NGSX experience in my classroomHolly Hereau


Making Your NGSx Workshop Pop!Michael Gallagher