SWMiSTEM: A New Vision for Science Education

The Michigan Science Standards, now what? This course for administrators is designed to develop a continuous improvement plan for Science education. The asynchronous LEARN portion of the course begins with a look at the Michigan Science standards, their development, and three dimensional design. The synchronous BLEND portion of the course analyzes the three dimensional design and its impact on instruction and assessment. Participants will also analyze two tools that will help their Science teams identify where they are in the implementation process. Using this knowledge and data collected from the use of the tools the asynchronous LEAD portion will focus on the development of continuous improvement goals that support student growth in figuring out Science.

Outcomes for the course are:

  • Explore the Michigan Science Standards and be able to explain the 3-Dimensional design.
  • Analyze a Science lesson and reflect on how it connects to the MSS and your evaluation system.
  • Identify current practice and identify areas of improvement
  • Develop a plan to build on current practice to meet a continuous improvement goal
  • Analyze a framework-aligned lesson and reflect on the change in how Science should be taught.
  • Develop a plan to build on current practice to meet a continuous improvement goal that is focused on quality science instruction and is designed to support students developing the habits of mind to engage in science

SCECHs Granted


Who should take this course?


What grade level(s) does this course apply to?

High School
Lower Elementary
Middle School
Upper Elementary

Course Vendor

Michigan Virtual

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Limited Course Capacity

We’re sorry to inform you that we have reached capacity for several of our Semester 1 and Trimester 1 courses. You’ll notice when attempting to enroll students in our Student Learning Portal that some courses are unavailable. While we are no longer accepting new enrollments for these courses at this time, many courses continue to remain open for enrollment.

With many students across the state 100% remote, demand for our online courses is greater than ever before. Because every course we offer is taught by a Michigan-certified teacher, this high volume of enrollments has created capacity issues for our teachers who provide each and every student with individual feedback.

While the Michigan Virtual team anticipated and planned for significant increases in student enrollments this Fall, the increased demand we’ve experienced has been unprecedented. As a result, we are taking steps to hire even more part-and full-time teachers to support larger numbers of student enrollments for Semester 2 as well as for Trimester 2 and 3. 

For schools that still need online learning options this year, please fill out the form at the bottom of our virtual pathways page to meet with someone to discuss other solutions. While some of our teacher-led courses are full, we may still have the capacity to help you in upcoming terms or can discuss timing to implement a whole-school or collaborative program in which local teachers from your school/district use our online course content to teach students. We also have free course content and resources available for you to use.

We know this is an incredibly stressful time for all, and we’re sorry if the courses you’re looking for are unavailable. We never want to turn away a student who wants to learn from us. Our top concern, however, is student success, and we have a policy to not take on additional enrollments if we cannot guarantee that all students will have a quality online learning experience. 

We appreciate your patience and understanding as we navigate the unusually high volume of enrollments we are receiving.