You can get involved in this work by referencing the Preschool Inclusion Collective Action Plan from the Michigan Department of Education, or learn more about a partnership between schools and parents through Parent Advisory Committee facts sheet, or information from the Michigan Alliance for Families.
An example of this approach can be found in the Upper Peninsula, where each year Washington Middle School students in Calumet partner with their community to manage a local forest. The students actively participate in a relevant, hands-on learning experience and the community is empowered to manage a real-world issue at the local level.
It is no simple task to advocate for a radically different way of learning science, technology, engineering and math. But when consensus occurs across a community and 3P learning is adopted, even for just one course, the results are remarkable.
You can get involved in your Regional MiSTEM Network to partner with educators, youth and businesses to transform STEM learning experiences.
Jessica Rollins from Sylvan Learning Centers says that she sees two types of learners in her life: One is a charming young girl who scores high on tests as she carefully dots all her i’s and crosses the t’s. The second is a young boy who is oblivious to most school work, but if you hand him a broken doorknob he won’t give up until it is securely installed.
While the girl might be scoring high on tests, Rollins worries when a learner is not motivated by her natural curiosity and strengths. Jessica wonders what will happen the first time someone tells her that she’s failed. “And what will happen to the boy?” she continues. “Will his teachers move on out of frustration? And will his parents punish him for low grades?”
A recent poll showed that Michiganders are skeptical about the value of higher education, despite data that shows that postsecondary skills training and/or college is necessary to succeed in high-demand, high-wage careers. Robin Lott has made her career helping families to save for college and she wants everyone to understand the impact of higher education and the difference that one generation of saving can make.
The state of Michigan has many programs designed to lower the cost of higher education and/or postsecondary skilled training credentials. Among them are MET, MESP, MI Future Educator Fellowship & Stipend, the new Michigan Achievement Scholarship for 2023 high school seniors, Michigan Reconnect and other programs designed to uplift quality of life for Michigan citizens by lowering the cost of higher education and the need to borrow.
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