The Mi-STAR Professional Learning Program offers a Teacher Pathway designed to support teachers who will implement Mi-STAR Units in middle school classrooms. 

Teacher Pathway Overview

Teachers participate in a series of professional learning activities including:
The activities for this pathway are listed in sequential order below: 
1)  Districts and teachers register through a certified Professional Learning Facilitator. To find a PLF and join a cohort in your area, click here.   
2)  Curriculum Primer - Teachers complete an online course and participate in PLC discussions led by a Professional Learning Facilitator. 
3)  Experiential Session - Day 1- Teachers attend the first of two face-to-face training sessions with their cohort and facilitator.
4)  Unit Primer - Teachers complete an online course and participate in PLC discussions led by a Professional Learning Facilitator.
5)  Biweekly PLCs - Teachers implement the first unit in their classroom and participate in biweekly PLC meetings.
6)  Experiential Session - Day 2 - After teaching their first unit, teachers attend a second face-to-face training with their cohort to reflect on their teaching experience. 
7)  Additional Unit Primers - Teachers complete an online Unit Primer for each unit they will teach. 
Mi-STAR Professional Learning Program: Teacher Pathway

Activity Details

Online Activities

Curriculum PrimerThis orientation to the Mi-STAR curriculum combines an online course and PLC discussions led by a Mi-STAR Professional Learning Facilitator. The course with discussions takes approximately 7 hours to complete.
Unit PrimersParticipants complete an online Unit Primer for the specific units they will teach. These courses help teachers with the preparation they would normally do for a unit, by walking them through the important parts of the unit. Each Unit Primer takes approximately 6 hours to complete.

Face-to-Face Activities

Experiential SessionsThese face-to-face sessions provide hands-on practice with the Mi-STAR Curriculum. It is recommended that teachers participate in a one-day experiential session before the start of the fall semester and a second one-day session before the start of the spring semester. These sessions are facilitated by Mi-STAR Professional Learning Facilitators.
Professional Learning Community SessionsThese bi-weekly sessions are facilitated by a Mi-STAR Professional Learning Facilitator and conducted while classroom implementation of a unit is taking place. The time, format and organization of the PLC group are decided according to local or regional needs. 
Interested in using Mi-STAR during the 2017-2018 school year? Visit this page to contact a Mi-STAR certified Professional Learning Facilitators in your region to get started.
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