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September, 2015
Special Edition
Michigan Science Standards Update – Board Vote Delayed Until November

Upcoming Fall Conferences

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 has been the public review and comment sessions – face-to-face and online. Originally, the results of public comment were to be presented to the State Board on October 13. The amount of data from the public comments has been greater than anticipated, causing a delay in presenting it to the MDE Board. The results of the public comments, are now expected to be presented to the State Board on November 10. It is anticipated that the Board will take some action at that time and vote on the standards. 

You can download a copy of the proposed Michigan K12 Standards for Science at:

Minimally, you will have until the end of the workday on October 2, to complete the online public comments survey. Please visit:

General information sessions are still being held, on both the science and social studies standards. Remaining sessions include:
September 21 -- Traverse City Traverse Bay Area ISD 
September 28 -- Flint Genesee ISD 
September 30 -- Lansing Michigan Historical Center 

Sessions will begin at 5:00 pm and end at 8:00 pm. It is possible that additional general admission sessions will be added, but that has not been confirmed at this time.

A set of frequently asked questions on the proposed Michigan K-12 science standards, has been developed, based on the questions asked at the general information sessions. To download the FAQ’s, please visit:

A draft guidance document for educators, curriculum leaders and assessment specialists on the Michigan Science Standards is available at:

For more information, please keep checking:

Michigan Earth Science Teachers Association (MESTA) 2015 Conference

October 9 – 10, 2015
Okemos High School – Okemos, MI

MESTA’s annual conference will be held this year at Okemos High School on October 9th and 10th. Three exciting field trips are being offered for Friday, October 9th. When you register, you will have the option to select two of these half-day field experiences. A full description for each option can be found at their website.

Option I - Tour of MSU Cyclotron
Option II - Science on Lake Lansing
Option III - The Ledges Geology

Friday evening will be the MESTA Awards and Social Banquet at Okemos High School where you will hear from their keynote speaker, Dr. Shannon Schmoll, director of Abrams Planetarium.
On Saturday, October 10th, MESTA is offering a day of teacher led workshops. Individual sessions will focus on a variety of Earth science content standards and NGSS practices at all grade levels in 60-minute sessions.

Complete your registration form today! You can find the registration form at their website:

Questions? - Contact
Andrea Williams

Michigan Alliance for Environmental and Outdoor Education (MAEOE) 2015 Conference

October 9 – 11, 2015
Lake Superior State University – Sault Ste. Marie, MI

Learn more about Environmental Education Certification
Network with educators from around the state.
Get a behind the scenes tour of the Soo Locks.
Get new ideas and resources for your classroom.
And have fun!

MAEOE’s 28th Conference is a definite must-attend! Here are just a few reasons:
- The Setting – It’s MAEOE’s first conference in the Upper Peninsula! If you’ve never "crossed the bridge," now’s your chance to taste this half of Michigan in the company of experienced companions! If you’re from the U.P., take advantage of the shorter distance to the great conference!
- The Program - Great field trips, trainings, sessions, keynote and evening activities – there will be something for everyone! In last year’s post-conference survey, over seventy five percent of respondents indicated that they found something that they could implement into their practice within one month!
- The Networking -- MAEOE conference attendees hail from all over the state and serve diverse audience – the person sitting next to you might be an instant comrade or a future contact to help your project move forward!
- The Professional Development -- Not only will you gain applicable resources for your nature center, classroom or other setting, you can also earn SCECHs (continuing education credits) for your conference participation!

Have you registered yet?

2015 Great Lakes Place-Based Education Conference

November 5 – 7, 2015
Eberhard Center, Grand Valley State University – Grand Rapids, MI

Immerse yourself in place-based education at the 5th annual Great Lakes Place-Based Education Conference, held in Grand Rapids November 5-7. Listen to keynote speakers who have contributed to positive change in their own communities, attend workshops and field trips, and most of all, have fun learning and showing off best practices within place-based education (PBE).

With all the information and skills you learn at the innovative conference, you will be ready to inspire others and move place-based education forward in your school and communities.
Join in for a cutting-edge conference that is one-of-a-kind in the country. The Great Lakes Place-Based Education Conference features the best practices of putting PBE in action. Hear innovators share how they develop learning experiences that lead to the next generation of stewards, plus dive into a number of hands-on education opportunities.

To register, please visit:

Metropolitan Detroit Science Teachers Association (MDSTA) / Detroit Area Council of Teachers of Mathematics (DACTM) Annual Fall Conference

November 7, 2015
Cousino High School – Warren, MI

The conference committee has been working hard this summer to prepare for this fall's event at Cousino High School! See the latest information about conference sessions and a schedule of sessions at the website below. Both mail-in and on-line registration is open! Register now before the busy fall season gears up! There will be a raffle for all preregistered participants -- information coming soon!

To register, please visit:

This is a special Michigan Science Matters Network eBlast for September 21, 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


Sue Campbell
MSTA Representative

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