Professional Learning Events


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The Mi-STAR Learning Series provides teachers with access to presentations and discussions via Zoom. A discussion component will follow every presentation so that this activity can promote a sense of community and collaboration among participants. SCECHs are available for these sessions. 

Upcoming Events

Registration coming soon - Adapting Classroom Activities to a Digital Format,                        March 2021 (date TBD) 

Digital Tools for Student Collaboration and Discussions, April 2021 (date TBD)
Mi-STAR Unit Updates, May 2021 (date TBD)

Past Events

Adapting the Modeling Process with Technology, February 24, 2021 (view recording and other resources here).
Mi-STAR AMA (ask me anything), November 19, 2020 (no resources available from this session).
Developing Language for English Learners, October 27, 2020 (view recording and other resources here).
Assessing Students Virtually, October 1, 2020 (view recording and other resources here).
Best Practices in Remote Learning, September 16, 2020 (view recording and other resources here).
Remote Teaching Resources for Mi-STAR Units, August 19, 2020 (view recording and other resources here).
Remote Learning with Mi-STAR: Ideas and Solutions, Part 2, May 7, 2020, (view recording and other resources here).
Remote Learning with Mi-STAR: Ideas and Solutions, Part 1, April 16, 2020 (view recording and other resources here).


Mi-STAR Assessment Series

This series of three 2-hour Zoom sessions will address Mi-STAR assessment design, implementation of assessments, and communication of purpose and results to various audiences. Barb McIntyre, Mi-STAR Assessment Team, will engage participants in activities that support a deeper understanding of the Mi-STAR Assessment Package and can be used by PLFs in their work with teachers.  

Teachers and PLFs will need to register to receive the Zoom meeting link for the sessions. SCECHs are available. PLFs can meet their Refresher Requirement for the 2020-2021 school year by attending one of the two-hour sessions. 

To register:  Complete the Assessment Series registration form for Sessions 2 and 3 by Monday, March 1, 2021.


Session One:  Mi-STAR Assessment Design
February 10, 2021, 3:30 - 5:30 pm  (registration is closed for this session)
In this session, we will explore how Mi-STAR Assessments are designed to meet the Achieve/WestEd Non-Negotiable criteria to support and reinforce student learning goals within each unit. Participants will have an opportunity to systematically analyze assessment tasks using a task screener tool and discuss how to improve tasks to make them more NGSS-aligned.

Session Two:  Classroom Implementation of Mi-STAR Assessments
March 10, 2021, 3:30 - 5:30 pmIn this session, we will explore how the Mi-STAR assessment process is an integral part of the instructional model at the unit and lesson level. Participants will have opportunities to participate in activities that support teachers to use assessment tasks to evaluate and document student learning, provide meaningful feedback, and inform instruction.

Session Three:  Communication of Purpose of Mi-STAR Assessments to Students, Parents, and Other Stakeholders
April 14, 2021, 3:30 - 5:30 pmIn this session, we will explore ways to communicate the purpose and use of Mi-STAR assessments to students, parents, and administrators to illustrate how NGSS-aligned assessments are a critical part of an effective science education. Participants will have opportunities to participate in activities to develop communication toolkits they can use to encourage buy-in and support from stakeholders.



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