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Mi-STAR Professional Learning Facilitator Jean Buller attends State of the Union with her Congresswoman

Thursday, February 14, 2019
Jean Buller, who was trained as a Mi-STAR Professional Learning Facilitator (PLF) in 2017 and taught Mi-STAR in her last year of teaching, attended the State of the Union address last Tuesday night with her Congresswoman Haley Stevens. Read more

Beyond Grades: Assessment and Mi-STAR

Sunday, February 3, 2019
By Barb McIntyre, retired science teacher Editor’s note: Barb McIntyre is a member of the Mi-STAR Assessment Team, which also includes Brian Gane, a faculty member in the University of Illinois–Chicago’s Learning Sciences Research Institute and a national expert on NGSS assessment; and team chair Chris Wojick, the Mi-STAR project director. Teachers who are new […] Read more

New Units and Unit Primers are coming in September 2019!

Friday, December 28, 2018
Five new units and their related unit primers are tentatively scheduled for release by September 2019. Units Pilot Tested this fall 7.2 “Volcanoes” 8.1 “Night, Night, Sleep Tight, Don’t Let the Bedbugs Bite!” Units starting Pilot Testing in Feb 2019 7.6 “Inheritance of Traits in Humans” 8.3 “Sound and Light” 8.5 “Weather and Climate” Please […] Read more

Choosing Mi-STAR

Tuesday, October 30, 2018
By Jaime Ratliff, middle school science teacher and co-department chair, Lapeer Community Schools When our district started transitioning to the Next Generation Science Standards, we knew right away how important it was to move forward with purpose. Our district supported all staff through NGSS training, but it gave us pause: how do we actually do […] Read more

Six New Mi-STAR Units Up and Running for Fall 2018

Thursday, September 27, 2018
Mi-STAR has added six new units to its curriculum this fall, doubling the number of units available and completing the entire sixth-grade series. “We’re so excited to be rolling out these new units,” said Chris Wojick, Mi-STAR project director. “With the sixth grade complete, we’re poised to provide Michigan’s middle schools a full, NGSS-aligned curriculum […] Read more

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