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.


Fall Learning Series Events:

Sep 20 3:30-5:00 EDT: Phenomenon Fatigue:  Why is this unit so long? Do your students seem to lose interest halfway through a lesson or unit? Do you find yourself searching for ever-more flashy, quick activities to keep them going? Are you routinely skipping the hard parts? Come learn about Phenomenon Fatigue - and why sometimes it's okay to ask kids to slow down and think deeply. Register here or on your MyMi-STAR dashboard.

Oct 19 3:30-5:00 EDT:  Teacher EdCamp An EdCamp is an interactive experience where discussion topics are generated by you and the other participants, You then choose your own breakout rooms to talk with other teachers about topics that interest you.  Register here or on your MyMi-STAR dashboard.

Nov 8 3:30-5:00 EDT:  Connecting with Michigan Science Resources Come hear what the DNR, EGLE, Inland Seas, and other statewide and local organizations have to offer classroom teachers.  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: 

September 14-27, 2023

New teachers should register on the MyMi-STAR Teacher Dashboard.



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 20
3D Assessment Nov 29 and Apr 8


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
Check back for application and details in the fall.

Review the PLF/TL Pathway here.




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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.