Partner Communications

February 2021

Happy almost-Spring! I hope you are well. My colleagues at Michigan Virtual and I have a few updates we’re excited to share with you and your members.

I wanted to let you know that we’ve updated our Partner Communication page to feature what’s new or timely at Michigan Virtual. I am especially excited about our new podcast and blog series, BRIGHT: Stories of Hope & Innovation in Michigan Classrooms. Please check it out!  

A few other things we’re highlighting this month include:

As part of our sponsorship, I ask that you please look over the announcements on this page and promote them in your upcoming communications and on your social platforms. On this page, there are buttons next to each announcement that will allow you to easily share this information to the platforms of your choice. We also ask that you reshare our social media posts if you see any content that is relevant to your audiences!  

Again, thank you for your partnership. Because of you, we’re able to share our resources more widely and have a greater impact on student success in Michigan. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to follow up with me at [email protected]

Sincerely,

Anne Craft Signature for letter to partners

Anne Craft

Executive Director of Outreach

Michigan Virtual

General Announcements

Michigan is home to so many outstanding educators. In this podcast, powered by Michigan Virtual, we talk to inspirational Michigan educators known for their innovative approach to learning and hear first-hand what their classrooms look like, how these changes impact students, and what advice they have for fellow teachers looking to try something new. Subscribe today →

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For Administrators

Data can help school leaders make informed decisions regarding student SEL & mental health. Michigan Virtual’s new $100,000 grant with Evolution Labs is designed to help Michigan schools deploy a local social and emotional learning program remotely to their students by using an effective, quality, turnkey systems approach for students, teachers, and parents. Apply today →

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Michigan Virtual offers nearly 250 online professional development courses that can be bundled into thematic pathways that meet the needs of your school or district’s improvement plan. Upon designing your PD pathway, your staff will be bulk registered and enrolled into their desired courses for a start date you choose. Design your customized PD pathway today→

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For Teachers

Are you struggling with remote teaching? Get personalized support through a virtual office hours appointment & talk to an advisor who’s been there. Sign up for a free consultation →

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What questions do you have about implementing SEL in your classroom? In partnership with the Michigan Department of Education, Michigan Virtual has created a series of FREE online courses (6-8 SCECHs each) that inform educators on best practices for social emotional learning. Register for free →

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From Our Blog

The role of technology in our classrooms has never been so prominent, nor so strained as during the COVID-19 pandemic. Instructional technology coaches for Dearborn Public Schools, Amy Gwizdz and Bob Harrison, share their hopes that we can emerge from this crisis not adverse to technology in the classroom, but simply more intentional with it. Read or listen to interview →

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Keep up with the latest Michigan Virtual has to offer

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.