September 2022

REMC offering new professional learning opportunity

Do you want to meet the needs of EVERY student in your classroom while making it manageable for you? The REMC Association is partnering with the Modern Classrooms Project to bring you the Student-Centered Learning Across Michigan (SLAM) project.

This project will support teachers, in any subject area, grade level or school, as they implement three core, research-based practices that have been proven to impact student and teacher outcomes. 

The core practices include:

  • Blended Instruction:  Teachers record their own instructional videos to replace live lectures.  This allows students to learn at their own pace and frees up teachers to provide targeted individual and small-group support during class. It also enables students to keep up with content even if they are absent from school.
  • Self-Paced Structures: Teachers build systems and procedures which allow students to learn at their own individual paces while meeting essential learning objectives and deadlines. This builds student self-regulation skills and ensures that each student always has appropriately challenging material to learn.
  • Mastery-Based Grading: Teachers check for mastery at the end of each lesson and give students credit only once they’ve demonstrated a complete understanding of content and skills. This prevents learning gaps from forming while helping students build self-efficacy.

As one Michigan educator shared, “This model has completely invigorated my teaching. It allows me to reach every student, where they are at, and let them progress at their own pace.  For the first time in my teaching career, I feel like I am actually able to help all of my students.  The Modern Classrooms Project model has also allowed me to develop deep relationships with each student.  Being able to work one on one with students has been an academic and a social emotional blessing!  While using it, I truly feel like the teacher that I have always wanted to be.”

Through the SLAM Project, educators will engage with a cohort of peers and coaches while they learn how to implement blended, self-paced and mastery-based structures in their classroom. Each six week cohort will engage educators in a community of colleagues and coaches supporting them as they begin to design classroom structures to meet the needs of every student. 

After completing the cohort, educators can choose to enroll in the Modern Classrooms Project Virtual Mentorship Program, where educators receive coaching from a Modern Classrooms Project mentor, dig deeper into the Modern Classrooms Project principals, and gain access to certification pathways. Through the SLAM project, any educator who completes the SLAM Cohort can apply to have their $500 registration covered and receive a $250 stipend for completing the Virtual Mentorship Program. Registration and stipends will be awarded dependent on availability.

Registration for Student-Centered Learning Across Michigan by clicking here! Dates for the four cohorts are as follows:

Cohort 1 - October 31, 2022 through December 11, 2022

Cohort 2 - January 9, 2023 through February 19, 2023

Cohort 3 - April 10, 2023 through May 21, 2023

Cohort 4 - July 10, 2023 through August 27, 2023.