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STEM Community

We are a teacher-driven PLC that connects STEM instructors across Michigan. With over 500 members from Escanaba to Detroit, we share ideas and resources through monthly livestreams and our online Google+ community.

Livestreams

On the second Tuesday of each month, we gather for a one-hour livestream where a panel of expert teachers share their top resources and ideas.

Kids Experimenting with Microscopes in a Science Lesson

Is this network for me?

The STEM Teacher Network is open to any educator or administrator, but our focus is on supporting the work of integrated STEM teachers in grades K-12. You may be especially interested in joining our group if you are: a K-8 STEM “specials” teacher, a high school teacher with a passion for cross-curricular project-based learning, or a CTE instructor in a STEM-related field.

Questions


Can I earn SCECHs for my participation in the network?

Yes! You can use Michigan Virtual’s Professional Learning Portal (PLP) to earn anywhere from 3 to 8 SCECH’s by participating in the network meetings.

Enroll in our PLP course here

Where can I access and share STEM resources?

We have started a collection of STEM resources, which are freely available to you. If you have a great STEM resource that you love, please add it to our collection!

Additional questions?

Reach out to our Google+ Community. Someone will definitely have an answer for you.

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.