Proposal Check Meetings; 3 Solutions; Consultations; Town Hall Meetings; and More

"Proposal Check” Meeting with MSC Faculty: Sign Up Now

Some of you in EDUC 362 have still not scheduled a 20-minute meeting with a faculty member to discuss your proposal.  Please note that this meeting is mandatory for all EDUC 362 students and, as it is meant to offer you guidance and support in developing your proposal, it is to your advantage to schedule this sooner rather than later.  Please don’t leave this to the last minute, as we cannot guarantee that we can accommodate requests to meet at times other than posted hours. If you haven’t already done so please sign up here ASAP.

Three Potential Solutions

Prospectus; Check-in Meetings with Faculty; Town Halls

The Prospectus

By this Sunday, March 11th, you (and your proposal co-author, if you have one) need to post on the MSC site your written prospectus, in which you describe in detail the specific issue or problem you’ve identified. You post this in the proposal "shell" you created, just as you did with the media artifact.

Although you have already taken an in-depth look at some of the major issues facing Michigan, we hope that as you move from your media artifact to your prospectus you start narrowing your focus to a more specific problem.

Feedback on your Media Artifacts & the Prospectus

Feedback on Media Artifacts

Know that the topic coordinators will be partnering with each proposal authoring team to offer support and advice, starting with feedback on your media artifacts this week. The faculty are also reviewing the media artifacts and will make comments if we have concerns about the direction your work has taken.

Meanwhile, please look at several media artifacts posted by others, and comment constructively on them (use the comments area at the bottom of the proposal page). If you wish, you may make revisions of your media artifact based on that feedback.

Topic Coordinator Media Artifacts

While you have been working on your media artifacts, the Topic Coordinators have secretly been working on their own. The difference is the subject of their media artifacts is the MSC itself. Check out what they came up with -- we think you’ll find a wealth of good advice and guidance as you craft your proposals and engage with others in the Caucus.

Media Artifacts, Town Halls and our Hearing Date

Media Artifact--Due on Sunday

Your Media Artifact is due at the end of the night this Sunday, February 18. Please see the syllabus for a description, and this screencast for how to post it.

What is the purpose of a media artifact?

To provide enough background on a broader issue of importance to young people in Michigan that someone can grasp it quickly and understand its significance, and to do so in an accessible, compelling way.

Is my media artifact about my proposal?

No. It’s meant to lay the groundwork for your proposal, which you’ll develop over the coming weeks, by providing an understanding of the larger theme/issue area in which your proposal idea best fits. To put it another way, the media artifact should define the problem…you’ll work on the solution later.

What form should it take?

You can make a video, create a podcast or a radio news report, or write a journalistic article that could be published in a magazine or a news website.

Service check-ins, schedule changes and new topic area discussions

Service Check-In

You need to submit a “service check-in” at the end of this week (due this Friday, Feb. 9).

There are now Canvas sites published for each section; there is a place to submit your service check-in in the Assignments area.

Please submit approximately 300 words describing:

  1. a) where you’re doing your service work, and your schedule (as much as you know it),

  2. b) what you know about the organization and the activities you’ll be doing, and

  3. c) where you see opportunities you can seize upon to connect your service work with your proposal writing and your participation in the thematic area discussions.

Schedule adjustments

Discussions, Service, TC Office Hours, Town Halls

This week you should be focusing your attention on the following things:

  1. Being an active and regular participant in the free-form discussions of important issues and challenges facing students in Michigan, across the various issue areas. You may start a discussion on an issue of interest to you, but you should be regularly responding to discussions each week in at least three issue areas. Before you start a discussion, please look carefully to see if there is an existing thread on the same issue.

Topic Areas Open, and More

THE TOPIC AREAS ARE OPEN: You should be wrapping up the DOCS discussions and moving on to discussion in the ten general topic areas (now appearing on the home page). At this point, for EDUC 362 students it no longer matters what section you are in - start with whatever topic areas you are interested in and, staring now, please be sure to contribute to at least three different topic areas per week. The topic coordinators and faculty will be starting discussions in these areas initially, but soon we’ll expect all of you to start discussions -- as time goes on, be sure to start at least two discussions in the topic area(s) of your choice.

(The DOCS discussion groups are no longer on the front page, but If you have a conversation going on that you want to continue, you can find the DOCS discussions in the “Groups” area, following the link in the nav bar above.)

DOCS Discussion Week 2 Begins

The new DOCS discussions are posted in all four sections, so please jump into the conversations. Remember that this is the week when you'll be thinking about problems and solutions. You'll be looking at how the legislature ultimately framed the school finance problem, but you'll also be discussing different ways of defining the problem which, in turn, could have led to very different kinds of solutions, different from what the legislature ultimately enacted into law.

Indeed, we're asking all of you to also consider whether in fact, based on the evidence you've read and your "take" on it, there was a problem that ultimately needed to be addressed legislatively. As we said at the orientation, the BIG issue of defining problems and thinking about possible solutions is at the crux of the work that you'll be doing this year, so we're looking forward to your ideas and impressions.

Just as a reminder:

Town Hall on Thursday...and other MSC news!

Just a note that office hours for EDUC 362 students will be held 3-4 pm tomorrow, Wednesday, January 17th, in 4007 School of Education. These (and all future office hours) are posted in the EVENTS section of the MSC site. If you plan to attend (even if you decide at the last minute) please click the "attend" button on the event listing so we know to expect you.

While you're there, be sure to sign up for one or more of the upcoming Town Hall meetings, if your schedule permits. More will be listed as they are arranged, but it's good to attend as many as you can, especially early in the semester. All EDUC 362 students are required to attend a minimum of two Town Halls.

Welcome! Office Hours, Town Halls, and Other Important Things

Welcome to the Michigan Student Caucus! If you are a U of M student taking EDUC 362, please be sure to read the syllabus very carefully, and start right away on the DOCS discussion in the section for which you are registered. (Note that the DOCS discussions are the only time that your course section will matter -- otherwise, it's one big group.)

If you have questions, concerns, suggestions, or you simply want to chat about the MSC, please email the instructors at, or come to office hours (which will be posted in the "events" section of this site). 

And speaking of events, please watch the "events" section for Town Hall Meetings -- a couple will be posted very soon, with more scheduled as the semester goes on. Be sure to read the details in the event listing, and note especially that there are advance readings, and that you will need to come prepared with a written question.