MiSTEM Regional Division 13

Educators

Professional Learning Opportunities

Are you looking to expand your knowledge in teaching STEM in the classroom? The MiSTEM Network can help! We curate opportunities and bring them to the northwestern lower Michigan region as educators express interest. Below are opportunities and resources worth exploring as you embark to continue your learning.

 

 

We partner with North Ed for our workshop registration process. The platform used is Unified Talent. It’s free. It does require an account that uses your school email account. Please see below for directions on how to create an account.

Mi-STAR Scholarships

Mi-STAR is a middle school curriculum that supports both the NGSS and the Michigan State Standards, while empowering students to use science and engineering practices to address real-world issues.  We provide professional learning for teachers implementing the curriculum. Read more about our curriculum and professional learning.
 
The Northwestern Lower MiSTEM Network has scholarships through the Advisory Council grants to cover the annual teacher subscription cost. Please reach out to Drea Weiner, Regional Director for further information.
 

Teacher Professional Learning Scholarships

We offer Teacher Scholarships to enable teachers to evolve and grow in their craft by attending STEM professional learning opportunities. The scholarships are distributed based on need.

Apply for the scholarship to foster your growth in the craft of teaching. If you have questions regarding the scholarship, please contact Drea Weiner, MiSTEM Network Regional Director.

The logistical process for the scholarship is:

  • Apply for the scholarship
  • Receive approval email
  • Have your school send an invoice with a note mentioning the MiSTEM Network and the professional learning you are attending to:
    • Drea Weiner, MiSTEM Network Regional Director
    • 1101 Red Drive
    • Traverse City, MI 49686

Events

Code.org

CS Fundamentals:

Computer Science Fundamentals is a Code.org curriculum designed for students in kindergarten through fifth grade (K-5). Each grade level units are between 12-20 lessons long that are built for flexible implementation. During the workshop, participants will learn from certified Code.org facilitators, participate in a model lesson, learn the management system, and dive into the lessons.

 

At the end of the workshop, teachers will know:

  • The importance of CS for all students, and the teachers’ role in creating an environment where all students can learn equitably.
  • How CS Fundamentals can be used as an avenue for getting CS to all students.
  • What CS Fundamentals courses look like (lesson plans, online activities, unplugged activities).
  • Which courses and lessons of CS Fundamentals are most appropriate for their students.

At the end of the workshop, teachers will have:

  • A plan of action for starting to teach CSF.
  • Long(er) term goals about how deep into the course they would like to try to get.
  • Strategies for teaching CS Fundamentals lessons.
  • A connection to the community of CS Fundamentals teachers.

Bring Computer Science to Your Elementary School With CS Fundamentals – Brochure

 

No prior Computer Science experience is necessary. This workshop does require that you have access to a digital device and the internet to join the virtual meetups. The virtual meetups do require participation and discussion, therefore we recommend that you have access to a microphone and webcam (most are built into laptops.

 

When: 

Series 1

Nov 29, Dec 6, Dec 13, 2022 (Tues)

4:30p-6:30p

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Series 2 

Jan 11, Jan 18, Jan 25, 2023 (Wed)

4:30p-6:30p

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Series 3 

Feb 8, Feb 15, Feb 22, 2023 (Wed)

4:30p-6:30p

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Series 4 

Mar 7, Mar 14, Mar 21, 2023 (Tues)

4:30p-6:30p

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Series 5 

May 3, May 10, May 17, 2023 (Wed)

4:30p-6:30p

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Series 6 

June 21, June 22, 2023 (Wed-Thur) 

8:30-11:30a

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 SCECHS:  12

 

Cost: At NO cost to Educators, the MiSTEM Network Advisory Council Grant is funding this endeavor.

 

Where: Online

REMC Professional Learning Courses

REMC believes in empowering teachers to create high-quality, engaging instructional environments when they have access to the necessary skills, tools, and rich sources of information. They provide educators with free instructor-led courses and events with the opportunity to earn free SCECHs.

The REMC Courses are a place where you can take courses “just to learn” or complete the course and assignments and earn SCECH credits.  All courses are facilitated by Michigan educators. 

Time Commitment: Each course session lasts for three (3) weeks and requires 10 hours of time to complete the work.  This work includes participating in two, one (1) hour webinars OR listening to the pre-recorded webinar plus eight (8) hours for the reading, participation in discussion boards, and written reflection.

 
October Offerings:
Registration Deadline: September 29th
When: October 3rd
 
Cost: At NO Cost and open to Michigan school personnel.
 
Where: Online

Career Exploration

Are you looking for support in expanding your career exploration? Are you wondering what is available locally for students to aim towards in the EDPs? We are hosting a workshop series this year to help you! Please reach out to Shelly VanderMeulen, Career Exploration Specialist for further information.
 
 

Elementary Counselor Share Session

Explore career exploration, soft skill and SEL resources, lessons and activities. We will focus on 2-3 resources from various people and will have an opportunity for others to highlight what they are doing in their schools or ask other counselors for help in these areas. Each session will focus on different resources, materials, and event planning. Come with an idea of question to share. Focus will be on grades K-5.

 

Will be held online, 1st Tuesday of the month from 1:00-2:00pm (Except for November date which is moved back a week due to RSDD)

SCECHS:  Each session is 1 Career Exploration SCECH for counselors

Middle School Counselor Share Session

Explore career exploration, soft skill and SEL resources, lessons and activities. We will focus on 2-3 resources from various people and will have an opportunity for others to highlight what they are doing in their schools or ask other counselors for help in these areas. Each session will focus on different resources, materials, and event planning. Come with an idea of question to share. Focus will be on grades 6-8.

 

Will be held online, 2nd Thursday of the month from 1:00-2:00pm

SCECHS:  Each session is 1 Career Exploration SCECH for counselors

Xello Sessions: Beyond the Basics

Beyond Basics: In this session, receive tips and strategies to help you achieve your goals with Xello and better support your students’ future-readiness. Discover ways to use Xello’s reporting functionality to improve processes for monitoring and tracking student progress. Note, this session is tailored to your educators’ needs and responsibilities with Xello.  

 

WHEN: Thursday, October 20th, 1:00-2:30pm (90 mins)

 

SCECHS:  Session is 1.5 Career Exploration SCECHs for counselors

Xello Sessions: Student Course Plans

Student Course Plans: In this session, learn how Xello’s activities and Course Planner help students build out their high school courses to support their career and learning goals. Get hands-on with the tool to fully understand how it works and what your role in managing their course plans will be.

 

When: Thursday, November 17th, 1:00-2:00pm (60 mins)

 

SCECHS:  Session is 1 Career Exploration SCECH for counselors

Engineering is Elementary Career Connections

To better prepare our next generation workforce today’s children need to be problem solvers, critical thinkers, communicators and collaborators —whether preparing for STEM-related careers or to contribute as world citizens. The EiE Career Connections sessions combine an exploratory engineering activity on site at a workforce location that uses those concepts.  Join us for one or more of the following events for supper and learning AND receive 1) a $50 stipend; 2) an EiE kit (K-8) worth up to $600; 3) 2 SCECHS for educators or 2 Career SCECHS for counselors.

 

SCECHs:  Each session is 2 SCECHs for educators or 2 Career SCECHs for counselors

 

Cost: At NO COST to Northwestern Lower MiSTEM Network Educators, the MiSTEM Network Advisory Council Grant is funding this endeavor.

Engineering is Elementary

Engineering is Elementary is a hands-on literacy-based approach to engineering in the elementary classroom. Join us for an Engineering Design Challenge that you could take back to your classroom. We will examine how engineering can support and drive student problem-solving and sense-making. Learn more about career pathways in this field and how you can help the future
engineers and innovators in your classroom.

 

Benefits:

  • $120.00 Stipend
  • Networking with Your Peers

 

Location: Virtual

 

SCECHs:  6 with two hours of Asynchronous Learning is expected between sessions on October 20th and 27th.

 

Cost: At NO COST to Northwestern Lower MiSTEM Network Educators, the MiSTEM Network Advisory Council Grant is funding this endeavor.

Sleeping Bear Dunes: Teacher-Ranger-Teachers

The nationwide Teacher-Ranger-Teacher (TRT) program is a unique professional development opportunity for educators to gain hands-on experience during the summer working side by side with park interpreters, researchers, law enforcement rangers, resource managers, maintenance rangers, and other specialists.
 
If selected, you will receive training, gain knowledge and experience, and work at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore for eight weeks between June and August. Then, take your experiences back to the classroom to share with your students. Benefits:
  • $3,000 stipend
  • 3 Graduate credits from the University of Colorado, Denver (CU Denver).
  • Professional development providing a wide range of new knowledge and skills through working with park staff and partners
  • Gain access to an extensive array of teaching resources and tools to enhance classroom curriculum in multiple content areas
  • Begin or extend a personal and professional connection with national parks
  • Housing in the park (if needed). Government housing is in, or near, Empire, MI, and is shared with one or more seasonal staff members.

Sturgeon in the Classroom Info Session

Educators and Administrators interested in incorporating Sturgeon into your school communities – The Grand Traverse Band  has Nme Teachings designed for middle school and up to 9th grade science in their Niigaandiwin Education Department. Teachers can experience sturgeon rearing with their students. Little Traverse Bay Band curriculum developers to learn about the ins and outs of raising sturgeon in a school setting. Reach out to Dorothy Perry and Amanda Weinert for more information.

Conferences

MACUL

The annual Michigan Association for Computer Users in Learning (MACUL) Conference is March 15-17, 2023 will be held in Detroit, MI this year. It is one of the Midwest’s largest educational technology conferences with thousands of educators from across Michigan, the region, and Canada. The program will give you the chance to create a customizable experience with workshops, breakouts, speakers, etc. We are organizing a carpooling initiative if you’re interested in joining us.

CS for Michigan

CSforMichigan will be hosting two days of focused learning, networking, and in-person tinkering on all things Computer Science. We hope that you block off the time on your calendars to join us for our CS Leadership Summit on 11/3 with a focus on policy and implementation opportunities or on 11/4 for our CS Education Day with a focus on exploring, and learning from peers and sessions to expand your CS knowledge.  Better yet join us for both days!!!!  

Computer Science Teacher Association Conference

CSTA 2023 will provide you with the community of support you need to make connections locally and nationally. Join online to reconnect with your community of fellow K-12 computer science teachers. From affinity groups to local chapters and content-based meetups, you are certain to find your community of teachers. Head to the Exhibit Hall to learn how you can engage with CSTA year-round. 

STEM Stars

STEM Stars are rockstar educators who bring phenomenal STEM to their students and educational community. They are nominated by their peers, students, etc.

Resources

Are you wondering what is available to you and your students? We have curated a list of classroom, careers, community, and social justice resources just for you. 
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