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“Re-Design Labs” offered to help educators prepare for school this fall

It’s summer break, and school administrators and teachers are sighing with relief after working through several stress-filled months of pandemic-imposed distance learning. With the daily grind of virtual lessons behind them, educators can relax – but only briefly. Soon they must start planning for the 2020-2021 school year and how it might play out, given the ongoing COVID-19 restrictions. Helping with that planning is the aim of the free Re-Start Re-Design Labs, presented by EnvisionEdPlus in partnership with the Ohio […]

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Learn how to implement online project based learning through attending this interactive institute, July 29-31

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Learn how to implement online project based learning through attending this interactive institute, July 29-31 For the first time ever, PBL Ohio is virtual and provides teachers workshop experiences in learning PBL and how to implement it in an online classroom. The event is hosted by PBLMatters, but entirely facilitated by PBLWorks and their National Faculty. This event mirrors the same event that PBLWorks references as PBLWorld. Workshops include PBL 101, PBL 201, PBL Leadership and Project Slice. To learn more about […]

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Library, community college, and budding STEM school share new building

The Northeast Ohio IMPACT Academy is truly making an impact, especially for students in the region. Last year, the public school in Lowellville in Mahoning County was awarded the Ohio STEM School designation. This year, the school adds a new class space. While it’s currently housed in the Campbell City district’s K-7 building, now students will also learn in a newly remodeled Community Literacy Workforce and Cultural Center, slated to open this spring. The $14 million center is a collaboration […]

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Devices, hotspots, and “connectors” deployed to Akron families

During this time of academic uncertainty, students and families are faced with a diversity of daily challenges. Their new normal consists of remote learning opportunities with limited interactions to teachers and peers that help guide students’ educational success. This isolation can have negative repercussions on students’ growth and wellbeing, but many schools are trying to change that. Akron Public Schools created a range of supports for families. Amanda Morgan, Instructional Leader for National Inventors Hall of Fame STEM Middle School, […]

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Distance learning in STEM schools: New report and teacher interview

Ohio schools, from pre-K to college, are closed during the COVID-19 pandemic, forcing students and teachers to adapt to online instruction. This method is new to many involved, and there was no time to prepare for the abrupt change, causing confusion and anxiety. Ohio’s community of educators is strong, with many teachers sharing their advice with each other. Today, we release a new report: “Distance learning days at Ohio’s STEM schools during the COVID-19 crisis: Perspectives and advice for educators.” […]

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OSLN STEM Excellence Awards open for nominations

Do you have a phenomenal STEM educator in your building? Is there an outstanding leader in your school or district that encourages innovation? Is your colleague leading the charge in advocating for STEM? Applications for our 2020 OSLN STEM Excellence Awards are now open! The STEM Excellence Awards will recognize a phenomenal teacher, school or district administrator, and an outstanding advocate for STEM education. Help us find the trailblazers in your community who are expanding access to quality STEM education. The […]

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Innovative Leaders Institute accepting last applications

Battelle’s Innovative Leaders Institute pairs experienced school principals with other principals or lead-teachers to prepare you to manage innovative STEM/STEAM schools. Over a 12 month cohort program meet with peer educators for five day-long sessions: four in-person sessions and one online. Learn how to foster leadership, effective instruction, and a culture/climate of innovation. The curriculum focuses on leadership, instruction, and culture/climate. Participants engage in structured learning activities on topics like adaptive and distributive leadership, problem-based learning, meaningful professional development, marketing […]

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Applications closing soon for paid teacher externships, computer science cohort, and leadership institute

Time is running out to get your applications in for STEM professional development this year! The Ohio STEM Learning Network has three programs accepting applications now. Applications will close soon for many of these spring 2020 opportunities. Summer STEM externship: Apply for a summer externship at a local STEM company through the Manufacturing and Engineering Externship Program. Educators in the program will complete 3-5 day externship in the summer, develop a new problem-based learning unit, and implement that new unit […]

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Learn how innovative leaders develop STEM/STEAM schools

Are you thinking about converting your school to a STEM/STEAM curriculum? Are you unsure how to start? Then consider participating in the Battelle’s Innovative Leaders Institute (ILI) through the Ohio STEM Learning Network. ILI is a five-day program (one day is virtual) spread over 12 months that pairs experienced school principals with other principals or lead-teachers who wish to implement innovative strategies in your school and/or become a STEM school. The curriculum focuses on leadership, instruction, and culture/climate. Participants engage […]

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Students bring the “Magic of Lights” to Northeast Ohio

Colorful, twinkling lights of the holiday season can inspire awe and wonder in adults and children alike. But in northeastern Ohio, kids of elementary and high school age have created light displays for an annual drive-through show that draws tens of thousands of visitors and raises money for local charities. Magic of Lights, held from late November through early January, is billed as the region’s largest holiday light attraction. Using the latest LED technology and digital animation, the event includes […]

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