MSC hearing will be December 12; persona/POV due Sunday; EDUC 362 check-in meetings

Hearing Date and Time

We have confirmed the date and time for the MSC hearing in Lansing! The Fall 2019 MSC Platform will be presented to the Special Commission for Civic Engagement at the state capitol in Lansing on Thursday, December 12, from 11:00am to 12:30pm. Representative Sarah Anthony will preside as chair.

Attendance at the meeting is mandatory for all EDUC 362 students, whether or not you end up presenting a proposal. Details will be provided as the date gets closer.

Persona and POV Statement

Lots of important information -- please read to the end!

Responding to media artifacts

Starting tomorrow, please look at other caucus members’ artifacts and offer feedback in the comments area below the various proposal pages -- the Topic Coordinators will be contributing comments as well.  

Persona and POV Statement

Proposal check-in: dates changed

Proposal check-in meetings with faculty, originally scheduled to occur October 7-18, will instead take place by appointment between October 21 and November 1.

UM students will sign up online for a 20 minute slot (as individuals or in a author pair) to talk with Jeff or Michael about your proposal (a link to the sign-up will be posted next week).

Other MSC members, you are welcome to schedule a proposal meeting during that time via phone or video chat with Jeff, Michael, or one of the Topic Coordinators -- if you would like to do so, please send an email to


As media artifacts are posted, please read/view/listen to those created by others, and discuss them in the comments area. Additional information, questions, contrasting perspectives, and personal reactions are all welcome.

Media artifacts, town halls, service

Media artifacts are due this Sunday, Oct 6. Please see the Sept. 27 announcement for detailed instructions and tips.

A few more town halls have been posted in the Events section. These will likely be the last ones to go on the schedule, so plan accordingly.

EDUC 362 Students:

Upcoming Town Halls

EDUC 362 students especially: Please note the four "counts as a town hall" events that will occur between tomorrow and next Monday.

While these will not be the very last town halls, future opportunities will be limited, so if any of these are of interest and fit your schedule, do not pass up the chance to attend. If you have not been able to find town halls so far that fit your interests and schedule, please contact Jeff and Michael as soon as possible.

Important information about your media artifact, due Oct 6

Please read this entire announcement for important instructions below about your Media Artifact, which should be completed and posted no later than October 6. You should be continuing to add to discussions in the various topic areas while you are working on your media artifact.

Your Media Artifact is due at the end of the night on Sunday, October 6. Please see the syllabus for a description. Media artifacts should be shared somewhere online (on Google Drive or another publicly accessible place), and then posted as a link in a new document under the “Artifacts” tab in the issue area that fits best with the topic. 

Service check-in and more

**Be sure to read this entire announcement to the end -- important dates included**

New Topic Coordinator

Please help us welcome UM senior James Landau to the Topic Coordinator team. Just as Devin has been doing, James will hold office hours and will be available in general to answer questions, give feedback on ideas, and generally help support your work throughout the semester.


EDUC 362 students: You should be starting service activity by next Tuesday (Oct. 1), if you haven’t already started. A brief “Service Check-in” is also due next Tuesday. Submit your check-in as a response to the assignment which is now available on your EDUC 362 Canvas site.

Media artifact

Provocations are done! Long live the topic areas!

The Provocations discussions, wonderful as they were, should be wrapped up by now. At this stage, please start posting in the topic areas that are now listed on the home page. In the topic area discussions, you should start to move from the broad "I wonder what's going on here" questions of the Provocations to more focused discussions around issues of importance to students of all ages across Michigan.

You are welcome to start your own discussion topics, and you are are welcome to take up and reframe an idea or question that was addressed in the Provocations, but more importantly, you should be engaging with others in the caucus. So be sure to read what others have posted and join existing threads, making sure you are not duplicating a topic that is already being discussed. Inside a discussion thread, be sure to read what others have posted before you, asking questions, offering additional perspectives, and looking for the problem behind the problem -- don't simply repeat or agree with what others have said. As you do so, you should still be refering to evidence from new articles, research studies, and other sources.

Issue Areas open Friday; Town Halls; Service Activity

Moving from Provocations to Issue Areas

Thanks to all who have contributed to the wealth of Provocations. At this point, if you have already posted one or more Provocations of your own, please spend time examining and discussing the Provocations that have been posted so far.

This Friday, Provocations discussions will wind down and discussion in issue areas will begin. The eight issue areas will allow for more focused, in-depth discussion of problems and challenges facing students of all ages across Michigan. Eventually you will choose one area where you will develop your media artifact and proposal, but you don’t need to choose yet -- please explore and participate in multiple areas and keep an open mind.

More welcomes; Provocations; Town Hall events

First of all, we'd like to extend a very warm welcome to MSC participants from Innovation Academy in Howell, the Eagle Scholars program in South Redford, and Summers-Knoll School in Ann Arbor. We're eager to hear your perspectives and ideas!

Second, thanks to all who have contributed to the Provocations discussions so far. This week, please begin to find and post your own provocations, and UM EDUC 362 students, be sure to post one of your own no later than this Thursday. See the Provocations group description for guidelines.

Third, we have listed several "Counts as a Town Hall" events. EDUC 362 students must attend at least 2 town halls (including "counts as" events) during the semester, and do not delay -- it's much more useful to go to these now as you are exploring issues, and while we plan to list more, there's no guarantee that there will be events available in the later part of the semester. Please read the event descriptions carefully for details and advance readings, and be sure to click the "attend" button if you plan to go.