Events for Educators

Mi-STAR Learning Series
All educators are welcome to attend!  Mi-STAR teachers can now use the MyMi-STAR Dashboard to sign up for events.

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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.

All sessions run from 3:30 to 5 p.m ET unless otherwise noted.
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Past Event Resources

Fall 2022 Learning Series Events: 

October 12
3:30-5:30 pm ET

Learning Series Special Presentation: Career Connections (2 hr session)
Supported by MiSTEM Network Region 6 through a MiSTEM Advisory Council Grant awarded through the Michigan Department of Education.
Come see what Mi-STAR master classroom teachers have developed to help you connect science and engineering careers to Mi-STAR unit content!
Register here
October 19 
3:30-5 pm ET

Make Good Decisions - Tips to Streamline Your Mi-STAR Unit and Manage Pacing
Supported by a MiSTEM Advisory Council Grant awarded through the Michigan Department of Education.
3D teaching takes time, but there are some things you can do to manage that time to streamline lessons and units. Join us for advice from veteran Mi-STAR teachers to help you make decisions about managing time with Mi-STAR units.
Register here
November 9
3:30-5 pm ET

Literacy, Accommodations, and Accessibility for All in Mi-STAR Units
Supported by a MiSTEM Advisory Council Grant awarded through the Michigan Department of Education.
Talented classroom and special ed teachers with Mi-STAR expertise will share what works to help students read directions, assessments, and supporting or supplementary texts in Mi-STAR units.
Register here



Build Your NGSS Toolkit Special Series
This virtual series is open to any grade 5-9 educator and Mi-STAR teachers. 
The series is supported by a MiSTEM Advisory Council Grant awarded through the Michigan Department of Education.

October 20, 4-6 pm, Productive Talk (for any Grades 5-9 educator) Register here

Facilitating scientific discourse is key to generating questions, as well as coming to consensus about data and observations to build conceptual understandings. Learn several key techniques and discover resources to enhance Productive Talk in your science classroom.

November 16, 4-6 pm, System Models (for any  Grades 5-9 educator) Register here

Using systems and system models is a key science and engineering practice as well as a cross-cutting concept. Learn how to support your students in using systems and system models to answer questions and solve problems in your science classroom.

Phase 2: Build Your Toolkit 
Phase 2 Virtual Sessions are open to all interested Mi-STAR teachers, support staff, PLFs, and TLs.

Phase 2:  Build Your Toolkit Synchronous Virtual Sessions for Mi-STAR teachers
Register on your MyMi-STAR teacher Dashboard
  • October 26, 4-6 pm, The Unit Bubble Map
  • November 15, 4-6 pm, System Models

Phase 2: Build Your Toolkit Canvas Courses
Prefer to work at your own pace?  Use the link on the MyMi-STAR Teacher Dashboard to get an invitation to these Phase 2 Canvas Courses:

  • The Unit Bubble Map
  • System Models
  • Productive Talk 
  • Claim, Evidence, Reasoning
  • Assessment
​While designed to meet the needs of new Mi-STAR teachers, we encourage any and all interested teachers to use Phase 2 courses to build pedagogical skills.  The courses include the whats, the whys, and most importantly, the hows of classroom implementation.  They may be used to meet PLF/Coach refresher requirements as well.

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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.