A new collaborative project between Michigan State University, the University of Michigan, and Michigan Virtual is providing online modules to educators to address the topic of inclusive teaching and learning.
Our state and nation continue to struggle with the need to address issues of racism, systems of oppression, equality for all regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, or background, and individual bias.
In addition, Michigan teachers, administrators, and support staff are facing many new challenges as schools strive to serve all student populations during the COVID-19 pandemic.
By utilizing GEER funding, these online modules are made available at no cost.
The series of fourteen modules will identify the latest research and best practices for serving a variety of special populations in face-to-face and remote settings, as well as cover several important topics designed to promote inclusive teaching and learning, including SEL and trauma-informed education.
Michigan Virtual is proud to offer a personalized list of recommendations, based on your knowledge and experience with CASEL’s social and emotional learning competencies. Select the button below to take a quick self-assessment to get your customized course recommendations.
The modules will be available online at no cost to Michigan school personnel in a non-facilitated format. State Continuing Education Credits will be awarded upon successful completion of modules. To address sustainability concerns, each project partner may also offer additional fee-based delivery options for the professional development modules that include facilitation, coaching, technical assistance, or other support services not covered by grant funds. Please note that as of December 20, 2021, learners who have enrolled in a course provided by the GEER grant may be contacted about participating in program evaluation to better understand the needs of our learners.
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.