Michigan Tech supports the professional development of K-12 educators by offering diverse teacher institutes, which are summer courses that enhance the content knowledge of practicing teachers. The credits earned may be applied toward Michigan’s continuing-education requirement for teacher certification renewal, and many of these courses serve as electives in the Master of Science in Applied Science Education (MS-ASE) curriculum for Math and Science Teachers. Institutes range from Teaching About Global Change to the Engineering Process to Teaching Science in Three Dimensions: The NGSS in Theory and Practice.
The Department of Cognitive and Learning Sciences is part of the Upper Peninsula Center for Educational Development (UPCED). This center links Michigan Tech with the seven intermediate school districts who partner with us on teacher professional development projects.
The department also regularly partners with the Western Upper Peninsula Center for Science, Mathematics and Environmental Education and has strong ties to local schools in student teaching and program advising.
Michigan Science Teaching and
Michigan Science Teaching and Assessment Reform
Mi-STAR, the Michigan Science Teaching and Assessment Reform project, is developing a new place-based, fully integrated middle school science curriculum that emphasizes the connections between science, technology, engineering, and mathematics and engages students in the practices of science and engineering. Mi-STAR is a partnership of public higher education and K-12 schools in Michigan. Mi-STAR is funded by the Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow Foundation.
Mi-STAR is looking for teachers and faculty members from Michigan schools who are interested in developing the new, place-based, middle school integrated science curriculum beginning in 2015. Participants will receive training and stipends for participation and will get to create the future of STEM education in Michigan.