Together We Are MiCoOp - Leading Education in Michigan

The Michigan CoOp is a network of school districts that are early adopters of student-centered learning. Through collaborative sharing of ideas and resources, these districts are redesigning public school. Districts leverage each other’s strengths to create a culture of learning that empower educators to personalize learning for every student. Professional development and networking opportunities within the Michigan CoOp inspire educators to take action in implementing successful, efficient, and effective learning models.

We believe:

  • student learning is the constant. Where they learn, when they learn, how they learn or how long it takes them to learn are all variables.
  • students are unique and are entitled to their own personalized learning plan.
  • students need/want a menu of synchronous and asynchronous options that span brick-and-mortar, online, and community involvement.
  • true cooperation (vs. competition) benefits districts, students, and teachers.

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Our voice together is bigger than any of us individually.

MiCoOp Member

The MiCoOp forces me out of my comfort zone and to look at education from a different perspective.

MiCoOp Member

"Innovation is risk-taking. It's really important to network with similar risk-takers because they have similar struggles and successes."

MiCoOp Superintendent

I get inspired and encouraged each time we are together. Impossible is not a word from this group.

MiCoOp Superintendent


Podcasts & Webinars

November 18, 2021

Competency Based System at Westminster Public Schools

Dr. Oliver Grenham, Chief Education Officer for Westminster Public Schools in Colorado, shared the WPS Learning Model that encompasses Shared Vision, Leadership, Competency Based Design, and […]
November 18, 2021

TREK Initiative Professional Learning

Val Verde Unified School District believes in “motivating, not mandating” when it comes to moving their teachers from a teaching culture to a learning culture. Adding their […]
April 28, 2021

Creating a Trauma Informed District

Public Schools of Calumet, Laurium, and Keweenaw (CLK) share their journey to be a trauma informed district. After going through the Capturing Kids Hearts program, they […]
April 28, 2021

Professional Learning at Lindsay Unified School District

This is a must-see, inspiring conversation! Barry Sommer, Director of Advancement at Lindsay Unified School District, shares the adult learning programs they created to help their […]
October 29, 2020

Deeper Competency-Based Learning

Karin Hess, Rose Colby, and Daniel Joseph offer a guide for transitioning to student-centered learning in their new book Deeper Competency-Based Learning: Making Equitable, Student-Centered, Sustainable […]
May 9, 2019

Creating a Learner-Centered District

Dr. Cory Steiner, Superintendent of Northern Cass School District in North Dakota shared their system-change journey. While their small rural district had graduation rates of 97-98% […]

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