Integration as an Instructional Practice
Integration as an instructional practice allows for multiple benefits for the student, teacher, and the overall educational system. The flexibility afforded to us in the Michigan Merit Curriculum and our state standards documents provide many innovative, instructionally efficient and effective, and creative possibilities to meet personalized learning goals. For questions related to integration as an instructional practice, contact Megan Schrauben at SchraubenM1@michigan.gov or 517-335-3199.
Integrating content across subjects has been promoted as a productive educational reform across several decades. The knowledge base is extensive and conclusive regarding the benefits for student learning. Therefore, as educators in a new era that expects all students to graduate high school career- and college-ready, we have the opportunity to re-examine productive initiatives as an informational tool to use as we endeavor to support new 21st Century rigorous expectations and student learning. Please see the following document on Curriculum Integration Research:
Curriculum Integration Research: Re-examining Outcomes and Possibilities for the 21st Century Classroom
Model Course Mapping Resource - To help with transitioning to an integrated course sequence, this document was created specifically for 6-12 science departments to encourage research-based discussions and decision-making when planning for future course offerings and hiring decisions.
The State Board of Education's adoption of the Michigan K-12 Science Standards provide a tremendous opportunity in our state not only to improve science learning, but to improve literact and thinking skills of all children. For more information, see the document entitled "Supporting Early Literacy Development and Science Instruction".