Events for All Educators
Mi-STAR Learning Series (Phase 3)

All educators are welcome to attend!  

Mi-STAR teachers can use their MyMi-STAR Dashboard to sign up for events.

The Mi-STAR Learning Series offers virtual presentations and discussions via Zoom on topics relevant to middle school science teachers, such as best practices in remote learning and support for ELL students. Breakout rooms and a whole group discussion component follows each presentation to promote a sense of community and collaboration among participants. Presentation resources and session recordings are made available after each event.


Winter/Spring 2024 Learning Series Events:

Mar 5 3:30-5:00 ET:  What's Happening in Your Backyard?
Mi-STAR has new guidance to help your students connect what's happening in their backyards to what they're learning in class. Come hear some easy ideas to make your units more place-based. The ultimate place-based experience for Spring 2024 is the solar eclipse, and we've got a new Off-the-Shelf lesson to help your students engage in this rare and exciting local event. 
Register here or on your MyMi-STAR dashboard.

Mar 20 3:30-5:00 ET:  3D Assessment: A more authentic approach
Come hear about our new standards-based assessment teacher guides for grading Mi-STAR tests, and see how a master Mi-STAR teacher integrates student goal-setting and reflection on the SEPs throughout the school year. Ask questions, get ideas, and move towards more authentic assessment in your classroom. 
Register here or on your MyMi-STAR dashboard.

May 2 3:30-5:00 ET:  New and Upcoming! What does Mi-STAR have in store for '24-'25?
Unit enhancements, professional learning, Off the Shelf lessons, and more - come see what we have in store for next school year. 
Register here or on your MyMi-STAR dashboard.


Past Learning Series Event Resources

Share your ideas for future Mi-STAR Learning Series topics!


Events for Mi-STAR Subscribers

Introduction to the Curriculum (Phase 1)

Phase 1 is designed to provide an introduction to the Mi-STAR curriculum structure, and consists of two learning experiences: an asynchronous Introduction to the Curriculum course in Canvas, along with a total of six hours of live virtual or face-to-face sessions where teachers work collaboratively to experience key Mi-STAR unit, lesson, and assessment components.

Next Virtual Phase 1 Training: 

January 2024

New teachers should register on the MyMi-STAR Teacher Dashboard or
contact their local Mi-STAR Professional Learning Facilitator. 
Unsure who that is? 
Send us a note and we'll help you out:



Build Your Toolkit (Phase 2)

Toolkit Sessions are designed to enhance the pedagogical skills of new Mi-STAR teachers, and each two-hour session counts towards the Phase 2 teacher goal of six hours of Toolkit Instruction in the first year teaching Mi-STAR.

All Mi-STAR teachers are welcome to attend Phase 2 sessions or complete Phase 2 Canvas courses.

Register on your MyMi-STAR Teacher Dashboard.

Phase 2 Virtual 
Zoom Toolkit Sessions

4-6 pm Eastern Time

Live and interactive.
Each topic is offered twice each school year.

Phase 2 Asynchronous 
Canvas Toolkit Courses

Available On Demand, Anytime 
The learning goals of the Canvas Toolkit courses 
are equivalent to the virtual Toolkit sessions.
Teachers should not register for the same
topic in both formats.

Unit Bubble Maps Oct 3 and Feb 9
System Models Oct 11 and Feb 27
Productive Talk Oct 23 and Mar 7
Claim, Evidence, Reasoning Nov 9 and Mar 19
3D Assessment Nov 29 and Apr 10


Unit Bubble Maps 
System Models 
Productive Talk 
Claim, Evidence, Reasoning 
3D Assessment



Mi-STAR Professional Learning Facilitator and Teacher Leader Training

Interested in providing Mi-STAR mentoring and leadership locally?  
Next Virtual PLF/TL Training:  January 2024
Apply here!

Review the PLF/TL Pathway here.




Copyright © 2024 Mi-STAR
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.