Teaching and learning in a pandemic have proven to be a challenge for everyone involved. One thing is certain: The landscape of education is changing.

Free professional development event

Begin your day with words of encouragement

During this free half-day professional development event, you will start your day with words of wisdom and encouragement from award-winning author and radio host, Mitch Albom.

Keynote: Mitch Albom

In his keynote speech to hundreds of Michigan educators, Mitch Albom talks about the educator who inspired his best-selling book, “Tuesdays with Morrie.” Before the keynote, Michigan high school student and spoken-word artist Ife Martin shares her poem “School Daze,” a reflection on the lessons she’s learned since the pandemic has altered her school routines.

Student Panel: Silver Linings in Remote Learning

In the closing keynote, eight student leaders from the Michigan Student Board of Delegates share the silver linings they’ve discovered over the past year of remote learning. 

Life in the S.L.O.W. Lane​

Need some “me time”? Who doesn’t? Join us as we discuss some simple self-care strategies to help offset the impact of “2020”. You will have an opportunity to identify and try practices that are a good fit for you. This workshop will be engaging, interactive and include a variety of practical strategies for implementing your own well-being and self-care, even amidst chaos.

Presenter: Lauren Kazee, Living SLOW, LLC

Practical Tips, Tools, and Techniques for Teaching Online

The teaching and learning landscape has drastically changed in the past year, as have the demands on teachers to learn and adapt quickly to online instruction. We’re here to help! In this session, we will share tips, tools, and techniques that you can use for planning and teaching your online or hybrid classes. You’ll walk away from this session with ideas and access to resources you can start using today!

Presenters: Jill Souza & Tara Bladow, Michigan Virtual

Taking Student-Centered Learning Online

Teaching looks different these days, and trying to plan a lesson is no longer as simple as using what worked last year. It may seem near-impossible to offer students voice and choice over their learning when you’re not even sure where learning might be taking place. Student-centered practices can help engage your students whether they are face-to-face or remote. During this session, you’ll not only learn but also experience practical student-centered strategies.

Presenters: Emily Sicilia, Anne Perez & Jeff Dungan, Michigan Virtual

The Art of Educational Leadership

Leadership can often be lonely; coupled with “social distancing” guidelines and the sense of urgency required of school administrators right now, the feelings of isolation can expand exponentially. To support secondary administrators in navigating these uncertain times, MASSP has partnered with Dr. Greg Dale, Professor of Psychology and Director of Athletic Leadership Programs at Duke University, and Mark Thomas, Principal at Northview High School to facilitate a free five week seminar, “The Art of Education Leadership.” This seminar is designed to offer connection, coaching, communication and support for secondary administrators by leaders who understand because they “walk the same walk and do battle in the same arena.” The format of the seminars is much like a relaxed “fireside chat” in that Mark and Greg will start by discussing a leadership topic of mutual interest. Participants will pose questions and share comments to further the discussion.

Presenters: Mark Thomas, Northview High School & Dr. Greg Dale, Duke University

Student Mental Health Matters

With the isolation, chaos, threat of illness, and the weakened academic, social, and human services supports brought on by the COVID pandemic, children and youth across the country are at increased risk of harm – harm not only to their academic progress, but to their social and emotional health. This workshop will examine how Michigan is working to bolster the social and emotional health of Michigan’s children, adolescents, and families in response to the pandemic – with a structure designed to continue these interventions long past the pandemic.

Presenter: Lauren Kazee, Living SLOW, LLC

Building and Maintaining Relationships in the Online Space

Developing relationships empowers and engages learners, but building and maintaining those relationships can be difficult in an online space. This session will focus on elements of teacher-student relationships and offer tips to help foster and maintain those relationships online.

Presenters: Emily Sicilia, Anne Perez & Jeff Dungan, Michigan Virtual

The Path to Leadership

Do you have what it takes to be a school leader? During difficult times, the difference between challenges and opportunities is often the leadership strength. There has never been a greater need for high-quality school leaders. In this session, participants will learn the attributes of a school leader. We will discuss certification requirements and the path to earning certification.

Presenter: Wendy Zdeb, Michigan Association of Secondary School Principals

Using a Design Mind for Doing Learning Online

Teachers wear many hats. You might be the lesson planner, the learning facilitator, the feedback provider, the school-to-home intermediary, the colleague, along with many other responsibilities. In our current world, you are also likely designing online experiences for students to rise to the challenge of supporting students beyond the physical classroom. This session will focus on mindsets that can help guide decisions as you design online learning experiences.

Presenter: Jeff Gerlach, Michigan Virtual

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.