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Special Michigan Science Matters Network eBlast for on the Michigan Science Standards
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August 17, 2015
Special Edition – Michigan Science Standards Update
Michigan Science Matters Network eBlast
http://msta-mich.org/smn

In this E-Blast

On August 11, 2015, the draft Michigan Science Standards were presented to the Michigan Board of Education, at the State Board of Education Meeting, by Norma Jean Sass and Linda Forward. The next step is the public review and comment sessions – face-to-face and online. After this set of meetings, the results of public comment will be presented to the State Board on October 13 and it is anticipated that the Board will take some action at that time and vote on the standards. 

The Michigan Science Education Community is very happy with the outcome of several years of work on the Standards. The proposed standards are VERY similar to other high-quality science standards and include several opportunities for Michigan teachers to provide a “Michigan” context. The Performance Expectations are the outcome measures. (The Michigan contexts are not assessable). If the State Board would adopt these standards we would be the 15th state in the country to have similar standards. These proposed standards are based upon the work from A Framework for Science Education. Michigan educators had a key role in the writing and review process for these standards. Additional “support” materials will be provided to teachers and they will be able to access materials from NSTA to help in their learning and adoption of the standards into their practice. 

The proposed Michigan Science Standards can be found at:
http://www.michigan.gov/mde/0,4615,7-140-28753_38684_28760---,00.html 

There is a lot of information on that page and it would be important and useful to look through it, especially if you are new to the standards discussions. 

The State Board of Education science presentation video archive, is available at:
http://mistreamnet.org/videos/3487/august-11-2014-michigan-state-board-of-education-meeting-morning-session

Please scroll to the 23-minute mark, to listen to the presentation.

Public Comment Opportunities

1. Online Survey:

http://mi.gov/science    

The online survey is scheduled to open August 17 and close on September 28.

2. General Informational Sessions (All meetings will be held from 5 pm – 8 pm)

  • August 26 -- Sault Ste. Marie Eastern UP ISD
  • August 27 -- Marquette Northern Michigan University 
  • September 1 -- Detroit Michigan Science Center 
  • September 3 -- Mount Pleasant Central Michigan University 
  • September 14 -- Grand Rapids Gerald R Ford Museum 
  • September 17 -- Battle Creek Battle Creek Math/Science Center 
  • September 21 -- Traverse City Traverse Bay Area ISD 
  • September 28 -- Flint Genesee ISD 
  • September 30 -- Lansing Michigan Historical Center 

Registration information will soon be available at http://mi.gov/science

This is a special Michigan Science Matters Network eBlast for August 17, 2015 provided by the Michigan Science Matters Network. Please forward this eBlast on to other science educators in your school/district. If you have questions or comments, please forward them to:

David Bydlowski
Michigan Coordinator—Science Matters Network

bydlowd@resa.net
http://bap.nsta.org
http://www.msta-mich.org/smn

or

Sue Campbell

MSTA Representative
sue@ucia2.com
http://www.msta-mich.org

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