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.

Region 13 ISD Resources

 

Charlevoix Emmet ISD
Northwest Education Services (formerly Traverse Bay Area ISD)
Regional Educational Materials Center

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

 

When: June 21, June 22, 2022 (Tues-Wed)

 

Cost: FREE to Northwestern Lower MiSTEM Network Educators, the MiSTEM Network Advisory Council Grant is funding this endeavor.

 

Where: Online

*Stipend for participants at the completion of the program

SOLID Start Virtual Workshop

The MiSTEM Network is excited to share our 2-day SOLID Start Virtual Workshop with you. 

 

 

For more information about grade-specific curriculum content and materials, check out the SOLID Start website.

Details:

  • What: 2-day Virtual Workshop
  • When: June 21-22, 2022 from 9am to 3:00pm
  • Who: K-2 educators and consultants

Benefits:

  • $150/participant for each person that completes the entire 2-day workshop
  • 7 SCECHs (pending)
  • Free Curriculum –  introduction to tools and materials they will be able to implement in the 2022-23 academic year
  • NGSS and Literacy Connections
  • Part of a larger community of learners
  • Connect from anywhere

The SOLID Start project (Science, Oral Language, and Literacy Development from the Start of School) develops professional development opportunities for K-2 teachers that integrate science and literacy. The project also develops standards-based, integrated science and disciplinary language and literacy curriculum materials designed for K-2 children.


SCECH credits and stipends will be awarded to participants, however, spaces are limited. Educators who are interested in attending can apply here. We will be doing rolling reviews of the applications and start accepting applicants after May 23rd, 2022. Confirmation emails will be sent to selected participants no later than June 3rd.

If you have any questions, please reach out to Kate Bauer at kbauer@washtenawisd.org, or Emily Gochis at egochis@copperisd.org


This work is partially funded through a MiSTEM Network Advisory Council grant through the Michigan Department of Education.

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.

 

June Offerings:

Registration Deadline: June 3rd
 
When: June
 
Cost: FREE 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.
 
 

Code.org CS Discoveries and CS Principles

This is a nine-day workshop series where participants spend five consecutive days in Summer 2021 with participants from all around the state and four days throughout the following school year. These high-quality workshops offer year-round support for educators as they implement courses that are aligned to the Michigan Computer Science Standards. All facilitators are certified Code.org facilitators, educators, and CS experts.

 

Code.org Workshop One-Page Flyer – Flyer Link 

Michigan Code.org Informational Website – Mi-Coding.com & Workshop Details

 

Summer Virtual/Asynchronous Blended Workshop

Participants will engage in high-quality virtual/asynchronous professional learning during the summer. Participants will have the opportunity to dive into the curriculum, deepen their CS content knowledge, and connect with other CS educators from around the state.

 

Dates: July 18-22, 2022 – Virtual, July 25-29th, 2022 – in person, Grand Rapids

 

Summer Workshop Include: Materials, & Swag (materials mailed to participants) Educators will receive a $500 stipend for participation and completion of the entire summer workshop series.

  • SCECHs available pending approval
  • Preregistration required – Registration Coming Soon!

Next Generation Science Exemplar (NGSX)

NGSx focuses on the science and engineering practices of developing and using models, constructing explanations, and engaging in argumentation. During this 3-day and two virtual sessions workshop, K-12 teachers will learn and practice the pedagogical shifts in NGSS, engage with science content, and reflect on and adjust their own instruction.
 
  • 22 SCECHs available pending approval
  • Preregistration required 
  • Here is a flier for those who would like to share this workshop with their colleagues.
  • Teacher Stipends Available – Contact Drea Weiner for details
This workshop series will be held outdoors. Participants will be recommended to wear masks.
 
When: August 10-12 in person from 8:30 am – 3:15 pm, September 12 & 26 virtual 4:30 – 6: 30 pm (all sessions are required)
 
Cost: FREE to Northwestern Lower MiSTEM Network Educators, the MiSTEM Network Advisory Council Grant is funding this endeavor.
 
Where: TBD

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 16-19, 2022 will be held in Grand Rapids, 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.

REMC Classroom Maker Summit

This event offers Michigan educators a spectacular summer day of hands-on learning through exchange. The Classroom Maker Summit provides a common ground for educators looking to share strategies, ideas, and tools related to the Maker movement.

The event has decided to forgo this year’s event to gift educators a moment to breath this summer.

Great Lakes Stewardship Initiative: Place-Based Education

Place-based education transforms how teachers teach and how students learn by expanding classrooms to include a community’s organizations, history, and natural features. Investing in place helps youth engage in meaningful learning and civic life, provides vital support for teachers, and strengthens communities.

Classroom Mini-Grants

These classroom mini-grants are meant to foster STEM and 3P learning in students. If you have a STEM idea you would like to try apply today.

Resources

Are you wondering what is available to you and your students? Check out our curated list of local, statewide, and national resources.
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