Town hall meetings
Four town hall events have been scheduled so far: there are two MSC-organized town hall meetings this week and one next week, plus a public event next week that can also count as a town hall. All can be found in the “Events” section of the MSC site. EDUC 362 students are required to attend at least two town halls, and we encourage you to attend as many as feasible. While more town halls and “counts as a town hall” events will be scheduled, do not wait for them -- please attend one or more of the currently listed town hall meetings if at all possible. If you plan to attend, please be sure to click the “attend” button on the event listing so we have an estimate of numbers (you can always change your mind). Attendees are asked to do a brief advance reading and come with a written question -- see the event listings for details.
Topic areas now open
As of today, you should be starting to wrap up your Provocations discussions and shifting your attention to the topic areas, which now appear on the home page. There are eight broad areas, created to help organize discussion while still allowing for caucusing around a wide range of topics. The topic coordinators have started discussion threads in each of the areas; you may join any or all of those, and eventually please start your own as well.
Right now, keep casting a wide net in terms of issues, information, and questions. At the same time, we’re gradually heading toward the first step of proposal crafting, which is the media artifact. To that end, start to gradually focus more deeply in on an area of particular interest to you, while also engaging broadly with other topics in the caucus. As the MSC session evolves, you will continue to work in these two directions: deeply in terms of your own issue of choice, and broadly in terms of giving input on a wide range of other topics.
By next Monday, February 4, all EDUC 362 students should have started their service activity. If you have not yet made arrangements with one of the approved service organizations, please work on that ASAP. (As always, we encourage you to contact either Jeff or Michael, or the topic coordinators, Jenna, Jillian or Stefan if you need help with this.)
If you are still exploring options, two of this week’s town halls can help. Whether or not you have made your service activity arrangements already, we especially encourage attending Tuesday’s town hall meeting ,“Getting the Most from your MSC Service Work,” with Danyelle Reynolds from the UM Ginsberg Center for Community Service and Learning. Wednesday’s town hall with Frankie Moore of the Community Action Network is also an opportunity to explore service opportunities with that organization. Both will take place 5:30-6:30 in Room 2327 of the School of Education.
MSC on Instagram
Follow the MSC on Instagram! The TCs have been posting help tips, reminders, and exemplary posts from the MSC discussions. It’s a great way to stay on top of what’s going on in the MSC.