LATEST NEWS & INFO Category: STEM training

The Fostering STEM Institute supports teacher-leaders

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Instructional coaches and lead-teachers help other educators grow and strengthen teaching ideas and methods. The Fostering STEM Institute will help teacher-leaders increase coaching capacity for STEM instructional practices. Over this year-long program, participants will collaborate with peer educators from Ohio. Build connections. Share coaching approaches that enhance instruction and build STEM culture. All to help expand quality STEM education to reach more young people. The Fostering STEM Institute supports the outcomes of other OSLN programs, including the Innovative Leaders Institute, […]

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Open letter: Putnam county educator shares impact of computer science

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Cody Vennekotter wrote to us about his experience with Computer Science Principles, one of the computer science opportunities open now. Greetings, My name is Cody Vennekotter, a High School Math and Computer teacher at Ottawa-Glandorf High School. I have been teaching Computer Science Principles through Code.org since the 2016/2017 school year, and have enjoyed my time teaching the course. Going into teaching CSP, I had limited experience with programming and Computer Science. I had only  taken one class in undergraduate […]

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OSLN Travel Grant Program

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At the Ohio STEM Learning Network, we understand that travel costs can prove an insurmountable barrier for many educators who want to learn. Especially those from rural communities. This summer, we are proud to offer a new support to help bridge that gap. The Ohio STEM Learning Network Travel Grant Program supports educators interested in attending professional learning program and student-centered events delivered by OSLN. The aim of this grant program is to assist educators with travel and/or lodging costs […]

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Welcome Sandra Wilder!

You may have noticed a few new faces leading efforts for the Ohio STEM Learning Network. This week, we’d like to offer a brief introduction to Sandra Wilder, who joined Battelle and the Ohio STEM Learning Network team in December 2021 as a STEM Relationship Manager. Sandra believes that STEM education is a pathway to students experiencing, learning, and applying academic content in an authentic and relevant manner. Sandra considers engaging teachers in dynamic and personalized professional learning to be […]

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Teacher Chad Marzec on the Ohio Rural Educators Program

The Ohio Rural Educators Program trains teachers to connect existing science lessons to real-world agriculture needs, so that students will begin to make connections between classroom content and future careers. As the Ohio STEM Learning Network and Education Projects & Partnerships recruit for a second cohort, we talked with Liberty-Benton teacher Chad Marzec. The Ohio Rural Educators Program will engage 25 middle and high school science teachers from rural schools in a year-long professional learning cohort. The program combines problem-based learning […]

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Innovative Leaders Institute seeks aspiring change-makers, apply by March 28

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Are you ready to lead change at your school? The year-long Innovative Leaders Institute has prepared hundreds of principals and lead-teachers to step forward and create new STEM schools or integrate STEM practices throughout existing schools. The program pairs aspiring school leaders with veteran STEM school principals. The year-long cohort program covers a number of concepts including how to be an effective leader, manage innovative instruction, and create a culture/climate that fosters the best in STEM learning. Participants engage in […]

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Teachers share what they learned from manufacturing externship

Applications recently opened for the Manufacturing and Engineering Externship Program (MEEP). Through a summer cohort experience, teachers accepted into MEEP will complete paid summer externships with local companies in STEM industries. Then, they’ll create a new problem-based learning unit based on what they learned to implement with their students. To understand what the program is like for educators, we reached out to two program alums, Kristy Lubiejewski and Yolanda Sholl from Toledo Public Schools, who detailed their experiences and how […]

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Join the first OSLN K-5 computer science professional learning cohort

Teaching computer science in early grades develops critical computational thinking skills in young learners. We understand the needs of elementary teachers are unique. K-5 teachers combine content standards across all the core disciplines. Where’s the time to bring in computer science standards and computational thinking skills? We can help you turn this obstacle into new ways to grow engagement and learning in your classroom. The Ohio STEM Learning Network brought together experienced K-5 computer science educators with Code.org curriculum and […]

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Agriculture cohort for rural science teachers – application open

Agriculture is big business in Ohio. The number one industry in our state, food and agriculture contribute $124 billion annually to Ohio’s economy, and employing 1 in 8 Ohioans.* We can help Ohio students see the vast number and variety of job opportunities in the agriculture industry as they consider their future careers. Our best approach: Create places for teachers to connect to the real-world opportunities and challenges in the agriculture sector so they can help students make informed decisions […]

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For administrators – CS4U: Bringing computer science to your school

Time and time again, we’ve seen school administrators play a pivotal role in bringing computer science education to a school. Whether you’re a principal, counselor, or other building staff, you could be the link between your school and the kind of coding skills that ensure prosperity for all students. To learn more about bringing computer science to your school, join us for the CS4U informational session on Wednesday, February 23, 2022, from 3:30-4:30 p.m. During this virtual meeting we will […]

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