New Legislation Allows Students to Enroll in Up to Two Online Courses
Starting this fall, a new state law enables public school students in grades 5-12 (with the consent of parent or guardian) to enroll in up to two online courses during an academic term, semester or trimester. The legislation indicates that students may select online course offerings from their local district catalog of online courses, or from those available in the statewide catalog of online course titles.
As a condition of offering an online course, either as part of a district catalog or as part of the statewide catalog, a district is responsible for producing an online course syllabus. The legislation requires that an online course syllabus include a dozen items ranging from the academic standards addressed in the online course to identification of student prerequisites. One of the required items in the course syllabus is the results of the online course quality review using the guidelines and model review process published by the Michigan Virtual University (MVU).
MVU has produced a document titled "Draft Guidelines and Model Review Process for Online Courses," which is intended to be used by schools to facilitate the online course review process. The guidelines draw from nationally-recognized best practices, national online learning standards, State of Michigan content standards, and MVU’s substantial experience with reviewing online courses and online educational content.
You'll find the document here.
We are able to accept public comment on the draft guidelines until August 31, 2013. We will use the feedback to finalize the guidelines and plan to publish a final version in early September. Educators are encouraged to submit feedback via email to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Achieve Higher-Level Thinking in the Classroom
We invite you to participate in the interactive 'Exploring Higher-Level Thinking Workshop' on August 21, 2013, facilitated by Cynthia Millinger, Founder and CEO of Charter School Essentials. You will learn to implement higher-level questioning routines that take the focus off of teaching and put it on authentic student thinking and learning. You will leave this workshop with immediately useable tools for facilitating inquiry-based discussions to ensure students are the ones doing the cognitively demanding work in the classroom. State Continuing Education Clock Hours (SCECH) will be available.
August 21, 2013
9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Detroit Downtown Courtyard Marriott (333 Jefferson, Detroit, MI 48226)
$150 Registration Fee
Click here to register today!
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MAPSA is inspired and motivated by the outstanding work that Michigan's charter school educators are accomplishing every day in the classroom. We need your help in ensuring that their hard work does not go unnoticed!
Nominating a teacher or administrator is easy - simply tell us in 1,000 words or less, why you feel your nominee should be the 2013 Charter School Teacher of the Year or the 2013 Charter School Administrator of the Year. Your nominee will be notified of who submitted their nomination.
The Michigan Charter School Administrator & Michigan Charter School Teacher of the Year is awarded each year at MAPSA's Annual Conference (November 4 & 5, 2013) to quality educators making an impact in their school.
Click here to nominate! Deadline to submit a nomination is Sept. 1, 2013
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