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Michigan Teacher Excellence Program (MITEP)
Michigan Teaching Excellence Program (MITEP) is a multi-year program of teacher leadership development that empowers middle-grade science teachers to lead their schools and districts through the process of systematically improving science teaching and learning. The project uses Earth Systems Science(ESS)content and inquiry-based instructional practices to emphasize themes that unite all sciences and mathematics. MITEP includes both summer and academic-year components, and uses a variety of on-site, residential, field, distance, and in-service delivery methods. Components promote leadership skills, collaboration, urban place-based inquiry, access to cutting-edge data and materials, technology, engagement of diverse learners, study of key scientific concepts that cross disciplinary boundaries, pedagogical innovation. The project will also implement and test lessons and units that challenge students and prepare them for further science study. Teachers receive stipends and credit as incentive for participating in the project and testing its approach to reform.

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Michigan Tech and MiTEP: Teacher Development
Michigan Tech is teaming up with k-12 teachers from the Grand Rapids area to increase earth science literacy for Michigan students at all levels.
Michigan Tech and MiTEP: Place Based Learning
Hear more about why "where" students learn something can be just as important as what they learn. Follow a group of Grand Rapids area middle school students as they explore…
Michigan Tech and MiTEP
Michigan Technological University is an active partner in the Michigan Teacher Excellence Program (MiTEP). Partnering with K-12 schools to increase earth science literacy for Michigan teachers and students. Find out…
Perspectives on Deepening Teachers' Science Content Knowledge: The Case of the Michigan Teaching Excellence Program
"The Michigan Teaching Excellence Program (MiTEP) is a partnership between Michigan Technological University, Grand Valley State University, Grand Rapids Area Pre-College Engineering Program, and the Grand Rapids Public School District,…
Michigan Teacher Excellence Program (MITEP): A Model for Improving Earth Science Education Nationwide
Posted by: Emily Gochis. Lead Partner: Michigan Technological University The MiTEP core partners are Grand Rapids Public Schools, Kalamazoo Public Schools, and Jackson Public schools. There are many supporting partners including Midwest Nation Parks,…
Scientists on call...LIVE!
Posted by: Erika Vye. Prof. Bill Rose fields questions about volcanoes from 8th graders in Vermont live via Connect Pro.
MiTEP Teachers Present Posters at GSA
Posted by: Lori Witting. Fourteen abstracts describing posters presented by members of the Michigan Teacher Excellence Program at this year's Geological Society of America Annual Meeting. View photos of the event, and read poster abstracts.
Implementing Long-Term Professional Develop for Urban Earth Science Teachers, Insights from the Michigan Institute For Teacher Excellence Program
Posted by: Lori Witting. MITEP members presented at the October 2011 Geological Society of America Annual Meeting…
Discussion of a Keweenaw Geopark
Posted by: Lori Witting. MITEP Members presented at the 2011 Geological Society of America Annual Meeting
For Place-Based Earth Science Learning Opportunities, There's No 'Place' Like Home
Posted by: Lori Witting. MITEP members presented at the October 2011 Geological Society of America Annual Meeting…
Developing Interpretive Materials for Isle Royale National Park - Bringing Geology to the Urban Classroom
Posted by: Lori Witting. MITEP members presented at the GSA Annual Meeting in October…
Using EarthCache to Promote Placed Based Education in Public Schools
Posted by: Lori Witting. MITEP members presented at the GSA Annual Meeting…
Using the National Parks as a Way to Engage Students in Urban Schools
Posted by: Lori Witting. MITEP members presented at the GSA Annual Meeting in October…
Earth Science Interpretation Efforts as a Geological Intern at Isle Royale National Park
Posted by: Lori Witting. MiTEP teachers presented at the recent GSA Annual Meeting…
Using the National Parks as Way to Engage Diverse Learners in Earth Science Education
Posted by: Lori Witting. MiTEP teachers presented at the GSA Annual Meeting
Teaching Teachers about the Earth - MiTEP's Summer Class Design
Posted by: Lori Witting. MiTEP teachers presented at the GSA Annual Meeting…
Geologic Exposures of Isle Royale National Park for the Geologist and the Public
Posted by: Lori Witting. MiTEP members presented at the GSA Annual Meeting…
Making Science Excellent From the Start
Posted by: Lori Witting. Remembering the adage you only get one chance to make a first impression, faculty at Michigan Technological University (MTU) partnered with Grand Rapids Public Schools (GRPS)…
MiTEP Teacher Visits the White House
Posted by: Lori Witting. I couldnt believe the phone call I received from NSTA on Friday September 9, 2011 around 4:30. I was asked if I wanted to attend an event at the White House because I am a teacher affected by budget cuts…
MiTEP List of Common Geoscience Misconceptions
Posted by: Carol Engelmann. List of common geoscience misconceptions.
Earth Science Institute (ESI-2)
Posted by: Lori Witting. ESI 2 Summer Institute
Earth Science Institute (ESI-1)
Posted by: Lori Witting. MiTEP ESI 1 website