Mi-STAR support in response to COVID-19Mi-STAR recognizes that districts will be making decisions about which materials to use during this time based on the circumstances of teachers and students in each district. We are aware that some districts are beginning to select or create materials to use, while other districts are still assessing their options. For teachers interacting with students virtually through Zoom, here are some tips to help you get started.
In order to support districts using Mi-STAR, we will be doing the following:
- New remote learning tasks:
- Mi-STAR Remote Resources for teaching and learning are now available for Units 6.1, 6.2, 6.3, 6.4, 6.6, 7.1, 7.2A, 7.3, 8.1, 8.3, 8.6, and 8.7. Find these resources on the curriculum portal for each unit under “Student and Teacher Resources.”
- We have published a set of new, basic science tasks (not based on units) that can be completed by any middle school student. See the attached flyer for details. Five publically available remote lessons can be accessed here.
- Clearinghouse of community-generated unit resources:
- We have coordinated a clearinghouse of community-generated resources for existing units.
- Remote discussions for teachers:
- Mi-STAR hosts a Mi-STAR Learning Series to provide teachers with access to presentations and discussions via Zoom. A discussion component follows every presentation so that this activity can promote a sense of community and collaboration among participants. Participants will be able to get SCECHs if they attend the sessions.
- View recordings and other resources from past sessions here.
- We have launched a community forum, Remote Learning: Ideas and Resources, on our curriculum portal where Mi-STAR educators can share their adapted or new lesson materials with one another immediately.