Drop-in Professional Development
Most appropriate for K - 8 educators
July 16 - 18
9:00 - Noon; EHS 134
Three days, three professional development opportunities. Attend as many days as your schedule allows and spend time learning and collaborating with colleagues from around the state. Each day will include giveaways with materials necessary for completing these activities in your classroom.
Camps have been scheduled to allow educators with children to attend PD during their child's camp. Discounted camps available for children of participants. contact Julie Cunningham for more information.
July 16: Design Thinking
Learn about design thinking and how to use it with students. An introduction to design thinking, followed by participation in a design thinking challenge. Teachers will then unpack design thinking for classroom use and spend time developing opportunities to incorporate it in their own classroom.
July 17: Makey - Makey
Interested in using Make-Makeys in the classroom? Learn the basics of how Makey-Makeys work, practice using them on popular platforms such as Scratch, and discover ways to include these in lessons about coding, circuitry, and more!
July 18: Edison
Learn how to use Edison robotics in the classroom! This professional development is perfect for teachers looking to implement coding, robotics, and collaboration in their classroom. Training will include the basics of how this robot works, and introduction to the coding platform, time to learn and explore the Edison's coding capabilities, and information on the lessons and resources that are ready-made for the classroom.
Most appropriate for 4 - 10th grade educators
August 6, 7 9:00 - 4:00; August 8 9:00 - Noon
Instructors: Brian DeJong, Dru Wilson
In this intermediate teacher PD, take your understanding of electronics a step further. Learn about circuitry and programming using Arduinos. This PD will include several hands-on activities that are ready to enhance any classroom curriculum. Participants will leave with an Arduino for their classroom.
MiSTAR PLF Training
6 - 8th grade science educators
July 23 - 25, 9:00 - 4:00pm
Instructors: Megan Coonan, Jen lennon
Education and Human Services Building
Mi-STAR staff trains individuals with the appropriate STEM background and experience in teacher professional learning to become Mi-STAR certified Professional Learning Facilitators (PLF). Mi-STAR certified PLFs prepare teachers from their region to implement the Mi-STAR curriculum. To pre-register for this event and be the first to find out more information, click on the link below.
High Leverage Practice Teacher Institute
August 7- 8th 8:30a - 4:00p, August 9th 8:30 - 1:00pm
Education and Human Services Building
Contact Julie Cunningham at
firstname.lastname@example.org to see if you are elegible for FREE registration
Central Michigan University's Center for Excellence in STEM Education and the Michigan Program Network invite you to attend our High-Leverage Practices Institute, an opportunity for mentor teachers, practicing teachers, faculty members, district representatives, and school leaders to learn about the high-leverage practices and try out practice-based approaches to preparing and supporting teachers.
It is strongly recommended that participants attend all three days. However, you are unable to attend all three days, please still come! We suggest that you reach out to your institutional lead or partner to determine which day(s) are best for you.
At this institute, we will explore the high leverage practices, dive deeply into the MDE’s focal practices for the 2019-2020 academic year, and practice pedagogies for training novice teachers to become skillful in enacting the high leverage practices in their classes. This institute will BOTH build on learnings from our first institute at GVSU, and provide an overview of these topics.
For detailed goals and registration, please click the link below.