New technology simulates classroom experiences for prospective teachers

The University of Michigan is one of 65 colleges and universities using virtual classrooms and virtual students for training teachers. TeachLivE is designed to better prepare students planning on being teachers by giving them classroom experience before they’re in charge of their own classrooms. 

Member Benefit of the Week – Online Professional Development

MEA membership means a career advantage!  Teachers and education support professionals receive free and discounted access to a number of online professional development opportunities that can help advance their careers. This member benefit represents a collaboration between MEA and Instructional Technology Services, Inc.’s (ITS) “LearnPortals” program. 

MDE adds more public meetings on proposed state standards

The Michigan Department of Education (MDE) has added more meetings to give the public a chance to provide input on proposed science and social studies standards. Nine meetings have already been held which features a presentation on the standards, along with comments from educators, and school and community business leaders.