All Mi-STAR teachers are supported by a facilitator or coach on the local level as they implement Mi-STAR. We train and certify qualified individuals as Mi-STAR Professional Learning Facilitators and Mi-STAR Coaches.

Mi-STAR Coach

Mi-STAR coaches support Mi-STAR teachers to implement the curriculum. 

Active Coaches receive full access to the Mi-STAR curriculum in order to best support their teachers, and the annual subscription fee is waived.  Coaches who participate in all of the activities below and are currently supporting Mi-STAR teachers in the Teacher Pathway are considered active Coaches.


We also train Mi-STAR Professional Learning Facilitators (PLFs) who support teachers in implementing the curriculum, and also facilitate introductory teacher training and ongoing PLCs. See our Mi-STAR PLF page for more information on that role. 

Coach Summer 2021 Virtual Training Opportunity

This training will combine asynchronous Canvas coursework with synchronous PLC meetings via Zoom throughout the month of July. Training dates have been set and the application cycle is now open.  The training fee is $800/participant. Once Coach trainees are certified, they have waived Mi-STAR annual subscription fees. Apply here

Synchronous training dates: 
  • Orientation, June 30
  • PLC #1, July 7
  • PLC #2, July 14
  • PLC #3, July 20
  • PLC #4, July 22 

Coach Pathway Overview

Coach trainees engage in a combination of asynchronous and synchronous online 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:

Introduction to the Mi-STAR Curriculum for Coaches

Canvas Course

Coach trainees complete an online asynchronous Canvas course. This course provides an introduction to the structure of the Mi-STAR curriculum and resources to support teachers to engage students in 3D learning. This course takes about six hours to complete.

PLC Meetings

Coach trainees participate in five synchronous PLC meetings with training leaders as they work through the Introduction to the Curriculum for Coaches course in Canvas.

Support Teachers

Teacher Pathway

Coaches support small groups of middle school teachers as they implement the Mi-STAR curriculum in their classrooms. Coaches are the first point of contact for teachers who have questions about implementing Mi-STAR.

Communicate Ongoing Updates from Mi-STAR

Coaches share updates from Mi-STAR regularly, such as when new curriculum and pedagogy resources become available or when there are new virtual professional learning opportunities. Coaches also report back to Mi-STAR regarding their teachers’ successes and challenges.

Continuing Development

Quarterly Check-In Meetings

Coaches are invited to virtually join other Coaches, PLFs, and Mi-STAR staff for quarterly updates to discuss updates with Mi-STAR and to share successes and challenges in supporting teachers as they complete the Professional Learning Program and implement the Mi-STAR Curriculum.

Annual Coach Refresher Sessions

Coaches participate in two hours of Annual Coach Refreshers on timely topics that help them support teachers in their area to implement Mi-STAR. These include Mi-STAR Learning Series sessions, webinars, and MSTA presentations.

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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, the MiSTEM Advisory Council through the Michigan Department of Education, and Michigan Technological University.