Regional Math and Science Center
Professional Learning Opportunities
Professional learning opportunities allow teachers to broaden their experience and/or increase their awareness of new initiatives, national mathematics and science programs, current research in teaching and learning, and best teaching practices.
Math Kits Training - The Regional Math and Science Center (RMSC) at Grand Valley State University (GVSU) invites educators, parents, and librarians in West Michigan to explore and utilize the Center’s Discovering STEM kits.
Discovering STEM kits support teachers, parents, and volunteers in finding new and exciting ways to teach STEM-related curricula in and out of the classroom setting. Each kit includes one or more activities and all the materials needed to engage children in critical thinking, inquiry-based exploration of new ideas, or games to develop conceptual understanding and procedural fluency. All activities are hands and minds-on; they encourage collaboration among students and adults. All kits align with the Common Core State Standards. Science and Engineering kits also align with The Next Generation Science Standards.
The Math Kits Sessions will focus on Math Kits in the collection. Each date is dedicated to a specific grade band. Beyond learning about the kits and how kits can be used in classrooms and other events beyond the classroom, participants will engage in several of the activities they can use with young learners.
To register, please print the brochure and return to the RMSC.
Fall Science Update
The Regional Math and Science Center invites you to attend the annual Fall Science Update. This full-day conference takes place on Grand Valley State University’s Pew campus.
Math In Action Conference
The Regional Math and Science Center collaborates with the GVSU Mathematics Department to present the Math in Action Conference each February, for more information, visit the website.
Online Professional Learning
Flinn Lab Safety Online Courses
Online Flinn Science Safety courses are now being offered for SB-CEU's through the Michigan Math and Science Center Network. The middle school course is worth 0.6 CEUs and the high school course is worth 0.7 CEUs. It will take about 6 and 7 hours respectively to complete the courses. For more information and to apply for SB-CEUs, visit one of the following links:
Middle School - http://www.solutionwhere.com/misdtraining/cw/showcourse.asp?3923
High School - http://www.solutionwhere.com/misdtraining/cw/showcourse.asp?3924
Programs Available for District Professional Learning
These programs are available to districts / schools on a request basis. Cost of the programs varies based on materials and staff available.
Writing in Science - This workshop is designed to help teachers learn how to incorporate writing strategies into science instructions. In the two-day Writing in High School Science series, teachers will: 1) learn instructional strategies to increase student comfort and ability to write and communicate in science; 2) become familiar with the new Writing across the Curriculum: Science document fro MDE; 3) use these strategies in a lesson with students and share results with colleagues; 4) learn how to use a flip camera to support classroom instruction and engagement in science communication.
The materials for this workshop are a result of the fourth year of the statewide High School Mathematics and Science Success (HS-MASS) Project conducted by centers in the Michigan Mathematics and Science Center Network. This new Writing in High School Science workshop is a professional development opportunity for science teachers of grades 8-12.
Measurement - This workshop is a result of a STEM research and development project based at Michigan State University. The Measurement Workshop is a 3 day workshop spread over the course of a school year. Participating teachers explore common misconceptions students have regarding measurement and learn how to address these misconceptions and guide students to a more in depth understanding about how to properly find measurements what these measurements really mean.
HS Priority Expectations - The HS Priority Expectations document is the result of an ISD/RESA/RESD collaboration based on the MDE High School Science Content Expectations Companion Document designed to:
- Promote instruction of fewer topics in depth by focusing on big ideas and core concepts of science.
- Place emphasis on inquiry standards, instruction centered on "doing" science, substantive conversations and writing and evaluation of claims and conclusions based on evidence.
As a result of this workshop, participants will:
- Understand the organization and components of the new "High School Science Priority Expectations" document.
- Learn how to evaluate instructional lessons using the document and related resources.
- Learn how the MME and High School Graduation Requirements can be addressed through research-based and recommended instructional practice.
GeoGebra - The GeoGebra workshop is a one day event to familiarize teachers with this free and dynamic graphing software. Participants learn to use GeoGebra, create dynamic drawings for their subject of choice, and find online sources.
Future Programming Under Development
These programs are under development and dependent on grant funding. Watch for more information on when schools will be recruited for participation.
SaM3 [Science and Mathematics Misconceptions Management] - Professional Learning for 7-12 math and/or science teachers with core content supported by pedagogical teaching and management strategies that allow students to reach deep conceptual understanding of content and related misconceptions. This program entails both direct instructional help as well as professional learning communities as support throughout the school year.
EMATHS [Embracing Mathematics, Assessment and Technology in High Schools] - EMATHS strengthens the quality of mathematics instruction and deepens the mathematical content knowledge of participating teachers. The program designers created function based math units that give the material contextual meaning and incorporate current technology.
Documentation/Evaluation from Previous Professional Learning Opportunities
For those programs sponsored by the RMSC that are supported by grant funding, evaluation reports are available.
- HS-MASS: High School Math and Science Success
- HS-MASS II: Balanced Assessment
HS-MASS III: Inquiry in Instruction
- HS-MASS IV: Writing in Science
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