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. 
 

Professional Learning Facilitators and Coaches

Mi-STAR PLFs and Coaches support Mi-STAR teachers to implement the curriculum. PLFs are also trained to facilitate teacher training and ongoing PLCs. 

Role of Mi-STAR PLFs and Coaches:

PLFs also may provide Phase 1, Phase 2, and Phase 3 training, and conduct PLCs.

Prerequisites:

Active PLFs and Coaches receive full access to the Mi-STAR curriculum in order to best support their teachers, and the annual subscription fee is waived. 

Summer 2022 Virtual Training Opportunity for PLFs and Coaches

See our Events for Educators page for training opportunities. Summer training dates will be set in Spring 2022. 



Facilitator and Coach Pathway Overview

The activities for this pathway are listed in sequential order below:

Introduction to the Mi-STAR Curriculum for Facilitators

Canvas Course

PLF and 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

PLF and Coach trainees participate in six PLC meetings with training leaders as they work through the Introduction to the Curriculum for New PLFs and Coaches Canvas course.

Support Teachers

Facilitate Teacher Pathway

PLFs and Coaches support teachers as they complete the training and begin to implement the Mi-STAR curriculum in their classrooms.

Facilitators have the option to provide the Phase 1 Introduction to the Curriculum PLC meetings for their teachers, or to have teachers participate in that activity virtually with Mi-STAR staff. 

Communicate Updates from Mi-STAR

Certified PLFs and Coaches are the first point of contact for teachers who have questions about implementing Mi-STAR. PLFs and 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. They also report back to Mi-STAR regarding their teachers’ successes and challenges.

Continuing Development

Quarterly Check-In Meetings

Certified PLFs and Coaches virtually join other PLFs, Coaches, and Mi-STAR staff for quarterly meetings 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 PLF Refresher Sessions

PLFs and Coaches participate in two hours of Annual PLF 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.