Tour Ohio’s STEM schools

11/2/15 Update: Added Global Impact STEM Academy visit. 11/3 Update: One tour date canceled.

Ohio is a leader in STEM and innovative education. Schools within the Ohio STEM Learning Network are opening their doors this fall to educators across the state.

We’ve organized a big push for tours in November and December and can offer you more than ten different tours over the next two months.

Visitors will get a chance to take a look at the school structure, peek inside classrooms, and talk to students, teachers, and administrators. Registration is required. Schools offering tours in November and December are:

We’ll also be adding tours at least two more sites (Global Impact STEM Academy and Collins Career Tech), so check back later this week.

What’s great about touring a school?

That’s the question we posed to Dr. Stephanie Johnson in our office.

Why should people tour STEM schools?

Tours are really one of the best ways for you to see innovative educational practices in action. You get to talk to teachers, leaders, and students and really see the whole picture of a school. It’s your chance to steal ideas to put into practice in your own community.

How can people get the most out of a tour?

It helps to have a basic understanding of the school. Something as simple as looking at the school’s website is an excellent start. Then, you’ll be better prepared to ask strong questions.

You’re looking to understand some of the school’s key characteristics like:

  • curriculum
  • environment
  • scheduling approach

And also bigger questions like how are teachers used? What’s the day-to-day experience of students in classrooms?

As always, if you have questions, don’t hesitate to reach out in the comments below or by chatting with us on Twitter.

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