Michigan to Post Lesson Plans Online

WASHINGTON (06/01/2000) - Under a new Michigan program, lesson plans from the state's best teachers will be posted online, providing practical support to help teachers meet state education guidelines.

The state is currently recruiting teachers to submit a resume, cover letter and two lesson plans for evaluation. The state will choose 48 teachers - one for each grade level (K-12), and one for each subject (math, social studies, science and English) - who will then attend a two-day orientation and training session in August.

They will then submit up to 100 lesson plans during the next school year. For each lesson plan accepted, they will be paid US$100. Those lesson plans will be posted on a Sample Curriculum and Plans for Education (SCoPe) World Wide Web site for the 2001 school year. The site address has not yet been determined.

The goal is to provide a practical method of meeting state curriculum standards to inexperienced, substitute and elementary teachers and others, said Stephanie Van Koevering, special assistant to the state treasurer, who is working on the program.

"We're looking for really good, outstanding teachers that are able to get these concepts across and submit their lesson plans so others can learn from them," she said. "We also need to start leveraging out teachers by providing them with more information on a daily basis," she said.

Once the site is available, teachers will be able to log on and access a year-by-year curriculum guide for the four subjects as well as daily lesson plans, including classroom activities, homework assignments and assessments.

The plans are for guidance and do not have to be used.

All plans will use the content standards measured by the Michigan Education Assessment Program. That program tests students at the end of high school to determine how well they meet state curriculum standards.

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