Professional Learning Events

Fall 2021

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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. 
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Upcoming Events

Register now! Wednesday, August 18, 3:30 - 5 pm  Be Proactive: Help Your Stakeholders Get Onboard with Mi-STAR Now

Proactively introducing your parents and guardians, PTO, administrators, and other stakeholders to the differences and benefits of an NGSS-aligned curriculum like Mi-STAR early in the school year can go a long way towards avoiding frustrations and misunderstandings later on.  Hear first-hand experiences from seasoned teachers and explore Mi-STAR resources, then spend time working with colleagues to prepare your own proactive materials for use this September!

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.


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.