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Thursday, October 1, 2015  
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LANSING – To continue sharing information and receiving public input on the proposed new Michigan science and social studies standards, the Michigan Department of Education (MDE) has announced additional public information sessions.

“We want a full discussion on the updated state standards with parents, educators, students, and the general public,” State Superintendent Brian Whiston said. “The meetings we’ve had across the state have been very helpful and we want to reach out further.

“When people learn and understand what the proposed state standards actually are, then the conversations are based on the facts,” Whiston said. “We all are better informed when the discussions are thoughtful and academic. We are listening to the input and will be making changes, accordingly.”

The Michigan Department of Education already has conducted nine public hearings (Sault Ste. Marie, Marquette, Detroit, Grand Rapids, Battle Creek, Mount Pleasant, Traverse City, Flint, and Lansing), plus presentations at multiple educator conferences, accounting for over 50 hours of conversation. To date, MDE staff also have briefed the Governor’s office and dozens of state legislators on the proposed standards.

The proposed updates to the state standards have been developed and reviewed by science and social studies education experts from Michigan and around the nation, including K-12 teachers, and college and university professors. MDE is using the public comment to help finalize the proposed standards before they are adopted and integrated into local classrooms, with professional learning supports for local educators.

“These are the overall statewide content standards of what students should know and understand in science and social studies,” Whiston said. “How they are taught in the classroom curriculum is a decision made by each local school district across the state.”

Every public comment session features a presentation on the proposed science and social studies standards, along with comments from local educators; school and community business leaders; and other organizations on their understanding of the proposed standards. Sessions include multiple breakout periods for the public to understand each set of standards in more detail.

Public participation between all of the information sessions thus far is estimated at over 600 people at the public hearings, with another 500 educators and leaders in conference presentations and meetings.

Public input totals over 200 comments gathered at public information sessions; with over 300 public survey submissions for social studies, and over 600 for science.

The additional Public Hearings are scheduled for:

October 5, 2015
5:00-8:00 P.M.
Eastern Michigan University
McKenney Hall
850 W. Cross St.
Ypsilanti, MI 48197
(734) 487-1416

October 7, 2015
5:00-8:00 P.M.
Oakland University
Pawley Hall (Room 208)
2200 N. Squirrel Road
Rochester, Michigan 48309
(248) 370-2100

October 8, 2015
5:00-8:00 P.M.
Plymouth-Canton Community Schools
Salem High School (Room 2112)
46181 Joy Road
Canton, MI 48187
(734) 416-2700

MDE also continues to collect public input through the online public comment survey. This survey will remain open through 5:00 P.M. October 9, 2015.
The surveys and further information can be found at:
http://michigan.gov/scienceor
http://michigan.gov/socialstudies

 


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