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Launches April 22, 2021

The Michigan Equitable Service Collaborative (MESC) is pleased to offer a virtual day of professional learning on the many aspects of Social Emotional Learning. With more than 10 sessions for K-12 educators, participants will enhance their understanding of how to support student's emotional health and add tools to their toolkit that can be implemented immediately.


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Registration is $35.00 and includes access to the virtual platform for nine months. State Continuing Education Clock Hours will be provided.

Building Belonging for Students Virtual Workshop

Pam Maat, Teacher Consultant

Join All Belong's, Pam Maat for this four-part webinar series brought to you at no cost by the Michigan Equitable Service Collaborative (MESC). The webinars will all be offered from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on the dates below.


Part I: Introduction to Inclusive Education (April 29)

What are the characteristics of an Inclusive school? What is meant by a “Puzzle Piece

Community”? Together we will explore the history of inclusion. We will discuss two major components of inclusion: ownership and friendship. With the help of the “Ten Dimensions of Belonging,” we will consider what more can be done to create belonging for all.


Part 2: Knowing Students Excellently: Intro to a Neurodevelopment & Social-Emotional Framework (May 6)

Each of us, including our students, has a learning profile that includes strengths and challenges. Utilizing the lens of a Neurodevelopmental Framework and a Three-Step Process, teachers can begin to understand their students’ learning profile (head). Along with gaining insight into the mind of a student, a Social-Emotional Framework enables a teacher to gain insight into the heart of students. The two frameworks are key to knowing students excellently.


Part 3: Effective Teaching: Teaching Strategies and Techniques (May 20)

Building on Parts 1 and 2, the use of teaching strategies and techniques will increase teacher effectiveness and learning for all students. Student engagement is a key component to maintaining student attention and sparking active working memory. Discover new strategies and techniques to sharpen your effectiveness.


Part 4: Intentional Building Belonging for All Students (May 27)

What is next? With an understanding of inclusive education, a three-step process for supporting all learners, a neurodevelopmental and social-emotional framework, and effective strategies for all learners, what is next? Similar to the Nike slogan, “Just Do It”, your commitment and action is vital.


Registration is FREE. Six (6) State Continuing Education Clock Hours (SCECHs) will be available for an additional cost.


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Professional Learning Grants

The Michigan Equitable Service Collaborative (MESC) is pleased to offer a limited number of professional learning grants to Michigan's non-public schools. Grants of up to $5000 are available based on the guidelines contained in the 2021 Michigan Equitable Service Collaborative Professional Learning Grant. The purpose of these grants is to increase student achievement by improving the quality of instruction and to encourage the growth of professional learning systems in non‐public schools.


Criteria for Selection:

  • Data-driven: applicant must demonstrate that the proposed plan reflects documented instructional needs in the school(s).

  • Plan of action: applicant must outline the activities, timeline for implementation, and method for evaluating the effectiveness of the proposed professional learning plan.

  • Budget: applicant must provide a budget justification outlining all expenses and how they relate to the proposed plan.


Examples of allowable expenses include contracting with instructional coaches, in‐service

events for staff, peer exchanges, conference attendance, and the purchase of instructional

tools aligned with professional learning goals. This list is not exhaustive but is meant to provide a sample of allowable expenses that can be requested through this grant.


The review committee will only consider applications from non‐public schools registered through the Michigan Department of Education Nonpublic School Membership Report as of May 2021.


Applications must be submitted using the online application form by 5:00 p.m. on May 24, 2021.


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Click here access the online application form.

Catapult Learning - FREE Webinars

Developing Young Mathematicians: The Mathematical Practice

Free Virtual Webinar

June 14, 2021

8:30 - 11:30 a.m.

This introductory workshop seeks answers to two key questions: What do good problem solvers think about? How can we teach students to be better problem solvers? In this workshop, participants will:


  • Break down the process of problem-solving into clear, manageable steps

  • Self-assess the way teachers already practice this process

  • Incorporate new, effective teaching strategies to help students grow as problem solvers

  • Examine a wider range of problem-solving strategies

  • Detect and address student errors better

The Process of Problem Solving

Free Virtual Webinar

June 15, 2021

8:30 - 11:30 a.m.

This introductory workshop seeks answers to two key questions: What do good problem solvers think about? How can we teach students to be better problem solvers? In this workshop, participants will:


  • Break down the process of problem-solving into clear, manageable steps

  • Self-assess the way teachers already practice this process

  • Incorporate new, effective teaching strategies to help students grow as problem solvers

  • Examine a wider range of problem-solving strategies

  • Detect and address student errors better

Planning and Teaching in a Multi-Access Learning Environment

Free Virtual Webinar

June 16 & 17, 2021

8:30 - 11:30 a.m.

Multi-Access Learning is an environment where a teacher engages in traditional and digital learning simultaneously. The multi-access learning environment can be either/or both synchronous and asynchronous. The series focuses on the planning, implementation, and refining of a Multi-Access Learning environment. Participants will:


  • Explore learning frameworks

  • Understand the impact of Multi-Access Learning

  • Evaluate planning needs for implementation

  • Align teaching strategies for both online and traditional learning

  • Evaluate assessment strategies to impact learning in traditional and digital classes

  • Build an effective Multi-Access lesson

  • Evaluate planning implementation and refine strategies

Strategic Planning for School Improvement: Understanding the Importance and Engaging in the Process

June 15, 2021 - 8:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. - FREE Virtual Webinar

Every organization makes decisions every day. Some of those decisions had been considered for a long time, while others were made “on the spot” and in response to something unexpected. To further your school’s chances of doing what it wants to do in a successful way, it is necessary to have a plan and to implement that plan deliberately. Without a plan and deliberate and intentional implementation of that plan, the most current issue or shiny object may capture your attention and resources and ultimately derail your ability to reach your desired state. If you are interested in attaining your school's goals, especially amid the whirlwind of the day-to-day job, strategic planning, and intentional implementation are important and necessary. Strategic planning and intentional implementation allow you to examine your past and dream about and anticipate your future.


Join M. Harmala Consulting Services, Michele A. Harmala, Ph.D. and the Michigan Equitable Service Collaborative for this introductory session where you will:


  1. Examine ‘why’ strategic planning and intentional implementation are useful.

  2. Review typical strategic planning and intentional implementation components and processes.

  3. Investigate strategies to support strategic planning and intentional implementation.

  4. Understand the importance of communication, implementation, and ongoing evaluation of the strategic planning process.


Registration for additional in-depth sessions this fall will be available soon.

FACTS FREE Virtual Webinar: Full STEAM Ahead

June 28, 2021

Pre-K - 5th Grade: 8:30 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.

6th - 12th Grande: 12:30 p.m. - 2:45 p.m

Join FACTS Education Solutions facilitator, Adriana Da Silva, Ph.D.Gain and the Michigan Equitable Service Collaborative (MESC) for this FREE virtual webinar opportunity. In these sessions, you will gain valuable insight into the synergy of traditional STEM learning and an arts curriculum. Attendees learn about STEAM course content and technology integration in the STEAM classroom. Participants will be provided valuable resources, including best practices and strategies for their STEAM curriculum, online tools, hands-on projects, and apps.


Registration is FREE. Six (6) State Continuing Education Clock Hours (SCECHs) will be available for an additional cost.