Scholarships available for Mi-STAR annual subscription fee
February 10, 2019
Dear Mi-STAR PLFs (and others),
You may know that on March 3, 2018, I contacted Mi-STAR Professional Learning Facilitators to let them know that beginning on July 1, 2019, Mi-STAR would be implementing an annual subscription fee for teachers to have access to Mi-STAR’s online portal, which provides access to the Mi-STAR curriculum, associated professional learning, and support features such as our expert-led community forums and curriculum helpline.
I wanted to let you know that Mi-STAR was recently notified that we will receive funding provided by the Michigan Department of Education through its MiSTEM Advisory Council grant process.
As a result, fees for access to the Mi-STAR curriculum, associated professional learning, and the online professional learning network will be reduced from $250 per teacher to $50 per teacher for full access from July 1, 2019 through June 30, 2020.
Because of the funding Mi-STAR received from MDE and the MiSTEM Advisory Council, we will be able to provide $200 subscription scholarships for up to 1,000 Michigan teachers! We will continue to seek funding for Mi-STAR so that we are able to keep the fees as low as possible in coming years.
I wanted to let you all know this wonderful news right away! Please share this news with school principals, district leaders, teachers, and others. The Mi-STAR team will follow up with you soon with more details about the $200 subscription scholarships. In the meanwhile, if you have any questions please contact Marianne Semones (msemones).
We anticipate that teachers will not have to pay subscription fees themselves; rather schools, districts, ISDs, or external funders will sponsor teachers’ subscriptions. I also want to note that because a Mi-STAR subscription provides teachers with high-quality ongoing professional learning opportunities, schools or districts can use Title funding to support teachers’ participation.
Mi-STAR’s usage is growing. As of December, 2109, over 650 teachers have access to at least one Unit Primer on Mi-STAR’s web portal. Over 900 teachers have been signed up to join Mi-STAR by a Mi-STAR Professional Learning Facilitator. Mi-STAR teachers are currently using Mi-STAR with an estimated 65,000 Michigan students. Over 130 school districts host teachers who are involved with Mi-STAR.
I thank you for being a part of the Mi-STAR Network and for all that you do to improve teaching and learning in Michigan!
Jacqueline E. Huntoon
Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs
Michigan Technological University
Mi-STAR Principal Investigator
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