Professional Development

Professional Development

Education is a lifelong endeavor and educators are committed to continually improving their practice, regardless of their role.  Learn more how MEA helps with continuous professional development for members of all types, including for teachers and education support professionals.

Professional Development News

RSVP: Roundtable discussion for otherwise-abled educators

Registration is still open for two roundtable discussions MEA is hosting in May for members who identify as otherwise abled. Each of the following two events is scheduled from 6-7:30 p.m. and will include dinner: Wednesday, May 18 at the MEA office at 17500 W. 11 Mile Road, Suite 100 in Lathrup Village Thursday, May 19 at MEA headquarters, 1350…

Sign up for one-year environmental-education training

MEA-Retired member Dave Chapman, an award-winning former science teacher from Okemos, is leading an extensive new professional development program to enable mid-Michigan teachers to engage students in learning about watersheds, their importance, and how to protect them. The grant-funded project includes numerous environmental partners and features a number of benefits for the 24 teachers who sign up, including a $500…

Upcoming webinar series helps educators integrate arts into their practice

MEA’s upcoming “Informed by the Arts” webinar series will provide tips on how educators of all backgrounds and specialties can integrate the arts into their practice. The series begins Tuesday, April 19 and runs every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday through the end of April. MEA members in good standing can sign up here: https://www.mobilize.us/mea/event/451713/ SCECH credits and certificates of completion…

Registration Open for Winter Webinar Series

Finding light and being the light during dark times. That’s the theme of MEA’s winter webinar series, “The Light of Winter Stars.” An offering of MEA’s Center for Leadership & Learning, this new series of peer-led, SCHEH-eligible webinars will run from January 18 through March 24. Topics for this series include managing stress and anxiety (for both students and educators),…

New Website Launches for Center for Leadership & Learning

MEA’s Center for Leadership & Learning has launched a new, easy-to-navigate website where members can find information about professional learning opportunities, grants, leadership trainings and more. The Center for Leadership & Learning has been revamping MEA’s professional development offerings since before the pandemic, but as the public health crisis has challenged school districts and educators nationwide, the Center has risen to…

October Professional Development and Networking Events for New Educators 

MiNE, MEA’s networking and support group for new educators, is rolling out several events to engage early career members in October. Register and secure your spot today! A virtual book study offers 15 SCECHs and engages the book “Cultivating Genius: An Equity Framework for Culturally and Historically Responsive Literacy.” The online book study will run Mondays, 7-8:30 p.m. from Oct.…

Complete a Free, SCECH-eligible Module on Social-Emotional Learning

As a new school year begins, and the pandemic continues, students at every grade level will need an extra focus on social-emotional learning and health. The Michigan Department of Education is offering a free SEL training and encouraging educators to complete it by Labor Day. The two-hour, SCECH-eligible online module hosted by Michigan Virtual is part of a campaign launched…

Summer Conference Builds Connections, Knowledge, Solidarity

Last summer, amid a global pandemic, racial unrest and a divisive national election, MEA member Travis Neller wanted to give young people a chance to join the dialogue surrounding tough issues facing the country – so he took action. A prevention specialist at the regional educational services agency in Eaton County – Eaton RESA –  Neller founded a platform to…

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