Something that I have been suggesting for years to whoever was nearby at the annual MACUL conference is that there needs to be a strand or a room or a whatever that highlights Michigan's best.
Now we will never know whether the seeds I planted actually sprouted or somebody in MACUL leadership had the same ingenious idea. All that matters is that MACUL is launching a Michigan Educators Series that features a whole bunch of people doing great things around the Great Lakes State.
Check out the lineup:
[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="228"] Julie Leach and Tosha Miller[/caption]
Second Grade teachers and 2015 MACUL Technology Teacher of the Year Runners-Up Julie Leach and Tosha Miller. Find their stuff at TwoSassyApples.com
[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="230"] Nick Provenzano, @thenerdyteacher himself[/caption]
High School English teacher from Grosse Point was the 2013 National ISTE Teacher of the Year. TheNerdyTeacher.com is his home base but you can find Nick contributing globally.
[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="494"] Gregory Green, Clintondale High School[/caption]
Gregory Green created the first entirely flipped high school. Check out how this approach is increasing engagement and achievement at flippedhighschool.com.
[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="290"] Dave Tchozewski, Jenison Public Schools[/caption]
There aren't many people in the edtech game I know that can just flat out teach. Dave has a way with any audience to make any concept he is sharing seem do-able and at the same time very applicable to great teaching. Dave is all over the web but his help page at Jenison Public Schools is a great place to start finding resources.
[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="247"] Melody Arabo, 2015 Michigan Teacher Of The Year[/caption]
From her elementary classroom in Walled Lake, Melody Arabo shares all kinds of resources and has dedicated her notoriety as Michigan's Teacher of the Year to a number of causes like bullying. Her very reflective book "Diary of a Real Life Bully" takes a unique slant on an issue that effects all of us as educators and parents.
[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="371"] Dan Spencer, Western High School[/caption]
There aren't many people in Michigan who have taught me more than this guy. He is the ultimate connector and excels in ways to flip a classroom. Dan's Twitter feed is full of inspiring ways he's teaching science in Jackson County.
[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="444"] Apple Distinguished Educator Rebecca Wildman[/caption]
Need a way to engage upper elementary kids? This lady has an answer. Rebecca Wildman has great resources for any elementary 1:1 program at her iPad Pd site. She's pretty good with the Google too.
The 2016 MACUL Conference might be a ways off in March but I am excited to learn as much as I can from the new Michigan Educator Series. Also check out the newly revamped MACUL.org.
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