Events for Educators

Fall 2021

Mi-STAR Learning SeriesValentina Domenici 77 / CC BY-SA (

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. See below to register for upcoming events and access past session resources.

Upcoming Events

Stay tuned for spring dates and topics.
Share your ideas for future Mi-STAR Learning Series topics!


Past Events


Phase 2:  Build Your Toolkit Synchronous Virtual Sessions

Phase 2 Virtual 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.   (Alternatively, Phase 2 teachers may choose three of the five Canvas courses on Phase 2 topics to meet their requirement.  The Canvas courses are not part of the virtual sessions.)

Phase 2 Virtual Sessions are open to all interested Mi-STAR teachers, support staff, PLFs, and Coaches.

Click on the link to register:

Phase 2 Virtual Session:  The Unit Bubble Map, October 21, 2021
Phase 2 Virtual Session:  System Models, November 11, 2021
Phase 2 Virtual Session:  Claim, Evidence, Reasoning, January 20, 2022
Phase 2 Virtual Session:  Productive Talk, March 24, 2022
Phase 2 Virtual Session:  Assessment, April 27, 2022

All sessions run from 4 to 6 p.m.

Phase 2: Build Your Toolkit Canvas Courses
Sneak Preview
Register here
We'll be rolling out online course requests with our upcoming new teacher dashboard this fall.  In the meantime, you can get preview access now to these Phase 2 Canvas Courses:

Unit Bubble Maps
System Models
Productive Talk
 (Just added!)

While designed to meet the needs of new Mi-STAR teachers, we encourage any and all interested teachers to use these 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.


Mi-STAR Assessment Series

The Mi-STAR Assessment Series will return February 9, 2022!  Watch for opportunities to sign up in late fall.

Past Assessment Series sessions:

Session One:  Mi-STAR Assessment Design
February 10, 2021, 3:30 - 5:30 pm

Session Two:  Classroom Implementation of Mi-STAR Assessments
March 10, 2021, 3:30 - 5:30 pm

Session Three:  Communication of Purpose of Mi-STAR Assessments to Students, Parents, and Other Stakeholders
April 14, 2021, 3:30 - 5:30 pm

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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.