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.

  • Charlevoix Emmet Intermediate School District
  • Traverse Bay Area Intermediate School District
  • Regional Educational Materials Center
  • Events:
    • Computer Science Summit- State Website
      • The MDE is partnering with the MACUL, Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC), Michigan Virtual, Microsoft Imagine Academy, Minecraft: Education Edition (M:EE), the MiStem Network and the REMC Association of Michigan, on a unique learning opportunity to connect statewide work in the areas of Computer Science, including the implementation of the new K-12 CS Standards and many other technology-driven initiatives. Check out the website for information about the sessions!
      • For those who can’t make it down to Detroit for the main event. We are co-hosting a satellite site that will be showing the video streams from the conference. We are even covering the costs of your registration and lunch! Space is limited.
      • Please REGISTER for the Traverse City Satellite by Wednesday, October 23, 2019.
      • When: October 25, 2019
      • Traverse City, MI (Satellite Site)
        • TBAISD Career Tech Center – REMC Computer Lab
        • 880 Parsons RD
        • Traverse City, MI 49686
      • Detroit, MI (Main Site)
    • Elementary is Engineering
      • Is engineering with elementary students possible? Yes, it can be done! In partnership with TCAPS, we are hosting a workshop that you will walk away with an understanding and planning for engineering in science instruction NGSS, experience the student perspective with engineering, challenge your thinking and experience with SEP, learn the engineering design process as a tool, the first five teachers to register walk away with a kit for your own classroom!
      • When: February 11, 2020
      • Cost: FREE to Northwestern Lower MiSTEM Network Educators
      • Where: TBD
      • Click Here to Register Today
  • 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 5-day session, K-12 teachers will learn and practice the pedagogical shifts in NGSS, engage with science content, and reflect on and adjust their own instruction.
    • SCECHs available pending approval
    • Preregistration required – Registration Coming Soon!
    • Teacher Stipends Available – Contact Drea Weiner for details
    • Lunch Provided
    • June 22-26, 2020 Workshop
      • Elk Rapids High School, 308 Meguzee Point Rd, Elk Rapids, MI 49629
      • 8:30 am – 4 pm: sign in begins 30 minutes prior to the event
      • Register today through this link
    • August 10-14, 2020 Workshop
      • Char-Em ISD, 8568 Mercer Rd, Charlevoix, MI 49720
      • 8:30 am – 4 pm: sign in begins 30 minutes prior to the event
  • Promoting STEM Through Literature
    • Use literature to get your students excited about science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) by actively involving them in the design thinking process. Develop their inquiry and problem-solving skills, while helping them see that with perseverance, anyone can be innovative and invent new things! We will walk you through a lesson that begins with a reading activity and moves into the design thinking process, focusing on one of the Classroom Maker Kit items available for free checkout through your local REMC. 
    • April 22, 2020
    • Register Here
    • Char-Em ISD
      • 1313 Boyne Ave
      • Boyne City, MI 49712
  • 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 – You are invited to an information session with Grand Traverse Band representatives, experienced sturgeon rearing teacher and students, and Little Traverse Bay Band curriculum developers to learn about the ins and outs of raising sturgeon in a school setting.
      • If you have any questions, please call 231-271-3077 and ask for the GTSI Coordinator, Chelsea Nester, or bring them to the info session on Thursday, January 16th at 5pm!
      • Thursday, January 16th, 5pm-7pm
      • 5363 N Long Lake Rd
      • Traverse City, MI 49685
  • Conferences: