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2021-2022 professional development opens, apply now!

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Computing is a fundamental part of today’s world, but most Ohio students don’t have an opportunity to learn this critical skill. You can make a difference by learning how to teach Computer Science to your students! Applications are open now for a new cohort of Ohio teachers to join’s Computer Science Professional Learning Program.’s Professional Learning Program is an intensive, year-long learning experience for middle and high school educators interested in teaching’s Computer Science Discoveries (middle school) or Computer Science Principles (high school) courses. Participants will […]

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New leader of the Ohio Afterschool Network talks plans, priorities, and STEM

The challenges posed by the coronavirus pandemic for everyone involved in traditional PreK-12 schooling in Ohio – including administrators, teachers, students and parents – have been well-documented in the news media. But what about those who run afterschool programs? How have these educators fared during the past 10 months? Some have considered this difficult period as an opportunity for change and growth, says Michele Ritchlin. The recently appointed executive director of the Ohio Afterschool Network, which is based in Delaware, […]

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Bring NASA lessons to learners with free professional development

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As we posted in November, Battelle won a grant with NASA to help connect educators to four mini-design challenges for students in grades 3-12. Each is aligned to Next Generation Science Standards. We have selected teachers of 3,000 students across the country to receive STEM crates to help implement those challenges in their classrooms.  Teachers and informal program providers who did not receive STEM crates are still invited to attend our professional development sessions. With these sessions, we’ll provide the […]

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Fall STEM events: Computer science, problem-based learning, and more

Check out these professional development opportunities from around the state. For a detailed list, visit the Ohio STEM Learning Network Events calendar: Want to get your event listed? Submit here. Information Sessions for Administrators This workshop is intended for K-12 School principals, instructional leaders, curriculum specialists, CTE directors, school guidance counselors, and/or other school administrators.  Learn why all Ohio students should be learning Computer Science, how to access’s FREE high-quality curriculum, and experience Computer Science firsthand by […]

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CDC fellowship leaves teacher “awestruck,” applications close Jan. 15

“As a science nerd, I was awestruck” This July, teachers from across the country will gather at the CDC headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia for the CDC Science Ambassador Fellowship. This five-day professional development program targets teachers and educational leaders interested in bringing public health sciences into middle- and high-school classrooms. Teachers aren’t required to have a background in public health or medicine, but one current fellow does: Dr. Christopher Jenson, who spoke to us about why the program was such […]

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ACT test day is coming, are your students ready?

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March 21 is the first date for schools Ohio to administer the ACT test. Schools must administer a state-funded college and career readiness test to juniors in spring 2017. The test is required as one of their three diploma options. The ACT matters, raising the pressure on students, parents, and teachers. Start with question a day One smart step: Start class with an ACT question of the day. To get sample questions emailed to you: 1) Visit 2) Log […]

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Engineers, educators and students meet at Wadsworth camp

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Summer camp sounds fun. Summer STEM camp sounds a bit more complicated — and challenging. In summer 2015, when Wadsworth City Schools, in northeastern Ohio, created a summer STEM camp from the ground up, teachers and administrators discovered just how challenging it can be. Fresh off the district’s second STEM camp, and benefiting from the experience gained, Michele D. Evans, director of instruction and professional development with Wadsworth, provided us with insights about the nuts and bolts of pulling off […]

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Central Ohio STEM School Tours 2016

The Central Ohio Regional STEM Training Center will be opening up the following STEM schools for in-depth site visits during Fall/Winter 2016. These tours are organized to make it easy for visitors to see two schools within a single day. However, scheduling a second visit is not required. Tickets are $50 per person per site. To order tickets click on the date in the table below. Note: Morning = 8-11:30 a.m. and afternoon = 12-2:30 p.m. September 14 Order tickets here Morning eSTEM […]

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Girls build apps at techie camp

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This summer, we’re publishing a short series on STEM in the summer, with visits to three STEM programs for girls. First, we visited Young Women’s Summer Institute from the Ohio Supercomputer Center. Next, we learned about the digital animation workshop hosted by Ohio State. For our final piece, we’re visiting OSLN member Summit Road Elementary.  “Bacon will come into your life!” Under Principal Melissa Drury, Summit Road Elementary has been providing abundant STEM opportunities for their young students. This week in particular, […]

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3 answers on mastery learning

Last Thursday, Jessica Poiner at Thomas B. Fordham Institute published a detailed piece on the merits of mastery learning. Among other examples, she recognized two of our schools as providers of that approach. Jessica’s piece is worth a careful read so you should take a minute and go through it.

Later, we caught a range of tweets asking some good, hard questions about how mastery works. Given that Battelle’s Aimee Kennedy, was formerly the principal at Metro, we posed these questions to her.

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