Congratulations, Angie!…and Minnesota!

Angie Kolonich has accepted a new position with the Minnesota Department of Education and will be transitioning out of her role as the Director of Professional Learning for Next Generation Project Based Learning at CREATE for STEM.

Goodbye from Angie,

While I am looking forward to new steps in my career, I will deeply miss working with all of you to improve science instruction in Michigan. I have enjoyed working for CREATE for STEM, and appreciate the opportunities I’ve had to connect with brilliant science educators like you. I am very grateful for all the learning we’ve shared together in pursuit of more inclusive, three-dimensional science learning, and I know that Michigan is in good hands with all of you!

Moving forward, communications regarding professional learning for grades 9-12 should be directed to Dr. Israel Touitou at touitou, and for grades K-8 should be directed to Dr. Cory Miller at mill3118. During this transition, I will respond to messages on a limited basis as my schedule allows.

Please keep in touch! You can reach me on twitter @akolonich, or LinkedIn

I am sincerely grateful for everything you do in support of our next generation and wish you all the best. I am also hopeful that our paths will cross again soon.


Join YOUR science education leadership community in the upcoming MI Sci PLN meeting on March 16th. This meeting will be important to attend as we work toward consensus on ideas that will describe our work into the future. 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.

See you soon!

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!

· 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

Position posting at NMU

Northern Michigan University is currently seeking applications for a new faculty instructor position working within the School of Education, Leadership, and Public Service. The position involves teaching undergraduate education courses, working with the MiSTEM Network and the Seaborg Center to support STEM initiatives, and delivering courses offered through the Upper Peninsula Cybersecurity Institute. The position is posted through several local, state, and national sources and can be found HERE as well. The application closes February 21, 2022.

Please share this opportunity broadly, and if you have any questions, please contact us.

Dr. Joe Lubig

Mr. Chris Standerford

Mr. Doug Miller



Amy Quinn, Katherine Pfeiffer and Mary Starr facilitate a workshop on science read-aloud for NSTA!

Join us on Tuesday, January 25, 2022, from 7:00 PM to 8:15 PM ET for another web seminar in the Teacher Tip Tuesday series.
Using picture books to support standards-based science lessons is critical for science learning in the elementary school — and a fun and engaging way to connect with students. Choosing books that align with the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), and knowing when in a unit to use these books, is a key skill. During the web seminar we will walk you through our process for choosing aligned books, and model how we use picture books to support science learning at the elementary levels. Join us as we work together to deepen meaningful science learning through high quality literacy that supports anchoring phenomena and real-world connections.
All individuals receive a certificate of participation and 100 NSTA activity points for attending the live seminar and completing the end-of-program survey. A certificate of participation is not awarded for watching the recorded version of the program.
We invite you to register for upcoming web seminars at NSTA.

#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. – 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!