Join us and you’ll be in the company of hundreds of teachers around Michigan. Mi-STAR is not just a curriculum: it is also a professional learning pathway and a community designed to support you in implementing Mi-STAR and MSS in your middle school classroom.

New Teacher Enrollment in Mi-STAR for 2019-2020

Interested in using Mi-STAR next school year? Teachers who will be new to Mi-STAR in the 2019-2020 school year can enroll through a Mi-STAR Professional Learning Facilitator and get started with the Teacher Pathway for next year beginning May 1, 2019. See pricing information here.

Find a Professional Learning Facilitator and Enroll!
Visit this page to contact a certified Mi-STAR Professional Learning Facilitator in your region to register for next year.

Teacher Pathway Overview

To access the curriculum and the Mi-STAR community, teachers participate in a series of professional learning activities including:
  • Online Mi-STAR Academy courses
  • Face-to-face experiential sessions
  • Ongoing PLC meetings
The activities for this pathway are listed in sequential order below: 
Prerequisite - Prior professional learning experience with the Next Generation Science Standards and Three Dimensional Learning such as the online Mi-STAR Academy course: Introduction to NGSS , the face-to-face NGSX program, or a similar experience.
1)  Mi-STAR Academy: Introduction to the Curriculum - Teachers complete an online course providing an overview of the Mi-STAR Curriculum.
2)  Curriculum Experience Session - Teachers attend a one day face-to-face training session with their cohort and facilitator.
3)  Mi-STAR Academy: Unit Primer - Teachers complete an online course with specific unit preparation and are encouraged to participate in online discussion forums with other members of the Mi-STAR community.
4)  Periodic PLCs - Teachers implement the first unit in their classroom and participate in periodic PLC meetings led by a Professional Learning Facilitator.
5)  Curriculum Study Session(s)  - After teaching their first unit, teachers complete 7 hours of face-to-face training with their cohort to reflect on their teaching experience. These sessions can take place as four 1.75 hr sessions, two half days (3.5 hrs) or a full day.
6)  Continued Professional Learning and Support - Teachers complete an online Unit Primer for each unit they will teach and are recommended to participate in further Curriculum Study Sessions with a Professional Learning Facilitator. 

Activity Details

Online Activities

Introduction to Curriculum for New TeachersThis self-paced course combines an orientation to the Mi-STAR Project with an Introduction to the Curriculum course. 
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. 

Face-to-Face Activities

Curriculum Experience & Curriculum Study SessionsThese face-to-face sessions provide hands-on practice with the Mi-STAR Curriculum. It is recommended that teachers participate in the one-day Curriculum Experience before the start of the fall semester and 7 hours of Curriculum Study Sessions before the start of the spring semester (four 1.75 hr sessions, two half days (3.5 hrs) or a full day). These sessions are facilitated by Mi-STAR Professional Learning Facilitators.
Professional Learning Community SessionsThese periodic 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. 
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Mi-STAR was founded in 2015 through generous support provided by the Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow Foundation. Mi-STAR has also received substantial support from the National Science Foundation and the MiSTEM Advisory Council through the Michigan Department of Education.