The SEMIS Coalition facilitates school-community partnerships to develop students as citizen-stewards of healthy ecological-social systems. — SEMIS Mission Statement

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SEMIS March 22 PD

SEMIS Coalition Members!


Now is the time to register for our next SEMIS Professional Development Day on Friday March 22 at EMU! The SEMIS PD workshop will be in conjunction with the EcoJustice and Activism Conference held March 21-23.

SEMIS PD Registration |  Directions to EMU and Parking | EcoJustice & Activism Conference Schedule

This year we will focus on the theme of Intergenerational Learning for Just and Sustainable Communities.  The weekend will begin with a Keynote address on Thursday evening at 7:00pm by Malik Yakini of the Detroit Black Community Food Security Network. We are committed to engaging activists, educators, and scholars in deep and meaningful discussion around what we can do together to address current social and ecological crises threatening our communities.  We are especially interested in how we learn from our Elders, and what intergenerational collaboration looks like.

Our PD on Friday will provide time for SEMIS teachers and community partners to work on Weebly portfolios, SEMIS project planning, and identification of potential partners and resources. We will be working with each of you individually on your projects so be sure to bring your media, documents,  reflections, etc. with you.   Additionally, we hope that you will participate in as much of the  EcoJustice and Activism conference as possible.

General SEMIS PD Agenda:

~We will meet as a Coalition on Friday March 22nd at EMU in 214 Porter from 8:00-10:00 am.  Breakfast will be from 8:00-8:30 as usual, and we’ll get down to business by 8:30.

~Our primary task will be to work on projects and Weebly portfolios in small groups and provide assistance with anything that you need.  Please bring a laptop and/or flash drive with your work, at least one per team.  We will also have computers available if you need one.  There will be a sign-up sheet so that you can schedule time throughout the day to work with a SEMIS facilitator.

~As we work on the portfolios, now is a great time to share with each other and obtain peer feedback; we will pay particular attention to the portion of the portfolio where we reflect on student learning using student learning artifacts.  So, please bring with you sample artifacts that represent student learning in the projects that you’ve been engaging students in.  Examples might include:  a piece of written work, a piece of artwork, a video clip of your students out doing the project.

~During lunch, we will discuss plans for the Community Forum as an opportunity to celebrate you and your student’s work during the year.
In between your scheduled time with a SEMIS facilitator, the day will be open for you to explore the conference sessions.

EcoJustice & Activism Conference Schedule

We look forward to seeing everyone on March 22nd!


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