Mi-STAR uses the train-the-trainer approach to prepare teachers 
to implement our NGSS and MSS aligned curriculum. To teach the curriculum, teachers must work with a Mi-STAR Professional Learning Facilitator. We train and certify qualified individuals as Mi-STAR Professional Learning Facilitators. Register now for the 2018 Facilitator Pathway and work with teachers in your area in 2018! 


Registration for 2018 Facilitator Pathway

Training for the next PLF cohort will be held Summer 2018. Registration for the 2018 Facilitator Pathway is now closed. Please email msemones@mtu.edu if interested to get on a wait list.

The face-to-face component is scheduled for  July 11-13, 2018 at the Macomb ISD (44001 Garfield Road, Clinton Township, MI 48038).  Facilitators who complete the 2018 Facilitator Pathway will be able to work with teachers in their area to implement Mi-STAR units in the 2018-2019 school year. 

  • The Facilitator Pathway is for individuals with the appropriate STEM background and previous experience in providing teacher professional learning, such as coaches, consultants, and teacher leaders.
  • We recommend that prior to the Professional Learning Facilitator (PLF) training participants have had at least one of the following trainings:  NGSx training, Modeling in Michigan training, MISCIPL@N workshops (Tier I, II, and III).
If you are interested in being trained as a Mi-STAR Professional Learning Facilitator, but are unable to attend the July session, please contact Marianne Semones, msemones@mtu.edu.

Facilitator Pathway Overview

Participants engage in a combination of online and face-to-face activities designed to support them to prepare teachers to successfully implement Mi-STAR units.The activities for this pathway are listed in sequential order below:

1) Orientation Meeting - Facilitators participate in this virtual, online meeting introducing the logistics of the Facilitator Pathway.

2) Introduction to the Curriculum for Facilitators - Facilitators complete an online course and participate in PLC discussions led by Mi-STAR Professional Learning Staff.

3) Professional Learning Facilitation Training - Facilitators participate in a 3-day face-to-face workshop that will provide facilitators with hands-on experience with the Mi-STAR Curriculum. 

4) Facilitate Teacher Pathway - PLFs support small groups of middle school teachers as they complete the professional learning activities on the Teacher Pathway and implement the Mi-STAR curriculum in their classrooms. See pricing information here

5) Quarterly Check-In Meetings - Virtually join other PLFs and Mi-STAR staff online for PLC discussions topics pertaining to the successes and challenges encountered while supporting teachers as they complete the Professional Learning Program and implement the Mi-STAR Curriculum in the classroom. 

6) Be a critical part of the Mi-STAR Community. The training certifies PLFs for two years. You will have the opportunity to renew your PLF certification every two years by participating in an online and/or face to face (TBD) training to continue to work with teachers in your area to implement Mi-STAR.


Activity Details




Orientation Meeting
Virtual Online Meeting that covers the logistics of PLF Pathway.
  • Get to know PLC members
  • Review expectations
  • Familiarize with Canvas, Mi-STAR Website, etc
Mi-STAR Introduction to the Curriculum for FacilitatorsThis is an online Canvas course, with four synchronous virtual PLC sessions, which provides an overview of  NGSS and Mi-STAR Curriculum and instruction on how to run PLC groups with classroom teachers.
  • Discuss the 3 dimensions of the  NGSS performance expectations using the Next Generation Science  and NGSS@NSTA sites.
  • Identify instructional strategies that engage students in 3D learning as indicated by the NGSS standards.
  • Explain how the Mi-STAR curriculum engages students in 3 D learning.
  • Summarize the structure of the Mi-STAR curriculum, including at the grade, unit and lesson level.
  • Participate in Mi-STAR Experiential Session.
Professional Learning Facilitation TrainingThree day face to face session that provides facilitators with hands-on experience with the Mi-STAR Curriculum. In addition, it highlights resources to run the Mi-STAR professional learning program with classroom teachers.
  • Explain the structure of the Mi-STAR Unit and Lesson.
  • Summarize the purpose of the Unit Challenge Experiences, and related student products.
  • Describe the purpose of each lesson (L1, L-UC, Middle) in a unit to support students in addressing the Unit Challenge.
  • Explain the purpose of the phases of a Mi-STAR lesson.
  • Use the Mi-STAR specific pedagogical tools within the lessons to support student engagement in 3D learning.
  • Use facilitation protocols and other strategies to engage classroom teachers in 3D learning as indicated by the Mi-STAR curriculum.
  • Use the resources available by the Mi-STAR Professional Learning program to implement the Professional Learning pathway for classroom teachers.
  • Summarize how the Mi-STAR Academy Unit Specific Modules will aid teachers in properly implementing the units
Facilitate Teacher PathwayMi-STAR PLFs guide teachers through the Teacher Pathway including Curriculum Primer, Experiential Sessions and Unit Primer(s). 
  • Summarize the scientific and Unit Challenge content of each Mi-STAR unit.
  • Prepare to coach teachers through specific Mi-STAR Units.
Quarterly PLF Check-In  meetingsVirtual one-hour meetings that provide follow-up support as facilitators implement the professional learning pathway with classroom teachers.
  • Summarize successes and challenges in implementing the professional learning pathway with classroom teachers.
  • Support each other with suggestions for improvements and resources around implementation of the professional learning pathway.
  • Evaluate and provide suggestions for improvement to professional learning pathway.

For questions about the Mi-STAR Professional Learning Program, please contact Marianne Semones, msemones@mtu.edu.
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