MAISA GELN Leadership Network Members:  We now have the ability to have a password protected portion of the website just for us.  More info on how to login at our fall 2025 meeting.

Mission Statement: The GELN Social Studies Network is a statewide collaboration of leaders that seeks to advance K-12 social studies across Michigan.  We learn together in order to provide high-quality, evidence-based professional learning and resources to educators and advocate for systems that adequately support social studies instruction.

Vision: Empowering social studies educators to equip Michigan students to be creative, active, informed, and ethical citizens.

Current Leadership Team:  

Chair - Molly Gale (Oakland ISD)

Liaison - Mark Raffler (Kent ISD)

Chair-elect - Dave Johnson (Wexford-Missaukee ISD)

Secretary - Sarah Felsing (Eaton RESA)

Membership Roster:

Helen Craig - Eastern Upper Peninsula Intermediate School District

Rebecca Atilla-Fried - Kalamazoo RESA

John Farris - Wayne RESA

Sarah Felsing - Eaton RESA

Molly Gale - Oakland Schools

Dave Johnson - Northern Michigan Learning Consortium

Scott Koenig - MDE liaison

Sean McBrady - Macomb Intermediate School District

Mark Raffler - Kent Intermediate School District

Kristen Renes - Muskegon Area Intermediate School District

Rachel Verschaeve - St. Clair County RESA

Melissa White - Genesee Intermediate School District

Stacie Woodward - Oakland Schools

To access our shared Team Drive you must be an ISD member or identified liason.  Contact david.johnson[at]wmisd dot org to get access.

2023-24 School Year Meeting Dates:

September 8, 2023:  12:00-2:30

December 8, 2023: 12:00-2:30

April 12, 2024:  12:00-2:30

June 7, 2024:  12:00-2:30