A series of grants for the development of the five units has been
For more information on the curriculum project, contact Tom Occhipinti
(MDEQ) at (517) 373-2379.
- Western Upper Peninsula Center for Science, Mathematics,
and Environmental Education will develop three curriculum units:
Ecosystems - Pam Schmidt firstname.lastname@example.org;
Water Quality - Joan Schumaker-Chadde email@example.com;
Energy & Resources - Heather Luoto firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Western Michigan University will develop a curriculum unit
on Individuals’ Impact on the Land (Dr. Joe Stoltman (email@example.com)
and Dr. Lisa DeChano (firstname.lastname@example.org).
- Grand Valley State University Water Resources Institute will
develop a curriculum on
Air Quality (Dr. Janet Vail (email@example.com).
- Dr. Mike Libbee at Central Michigan University is the overall
project coordinator, including statewide training of curriculum
trainers and at least 3,000 teachers.
- Dr. Mark Jenness at SAMPI, Western Michigan University, is
conducting the project evaluation.
Curriculum Development Process
5-8 core lessons will be developed for each unit topic. These
lessons should form the foundation for understanding the essential
concepts related to each topic and relate directly to Michigan.
The themes of civic responsibility, environmental sustainability,
and cooperative problem-solving will be woven into each curriculum
Expert Content Review, Field Review and Teacher Field-Testing
of Each Unit Upper Peninsula (rural) - July 27-28
Expert content review, field review, and teacher field-testing
of each unit will be conducted by Central Michigan University
(Dr. Michael Libbee) from October 2004 through January 2005. Three
training workshops for teacher field-testers took place in summer
Kalamazoo area (suburban) - August 2-3
Detroit (urban) - August 4-5
The curriculum units will be printed in summer 2005. Approximately
1000 copies of each unit will be printed and distributed throughout
the State of Michigan.
Teacher Professional Development & Statewide Dissemination
Approximately 3,000 teachers will be trained statewide through
a ‘train the trainer’ format. Math/ Science Center
staff and others will be trained in the use of the five curriculum
units at two 5-day workshops: August 1-5, 2005 at Central Michigan
and August 15-19, 2005 at Macomb ISD. These trainers will then
train teachers in their local areas. Those interested in participating
in the teacher training should contact Mike Libbee Michael.Libbee@cmich.edu
or Tom Occhipinti OCCHIPIT@michigan.gov