Fostering STEM Institute

Strengthening STEM leaders

Now recruiting for a third year, the Fostering STEM Institute helps instructional specialists, instructional leaders, and teacher leaders foster STEM culture and instructional practices in their schools. The institute is designed around essential tenets of effective instructional coaching, transformational professional learning, and quality STEM education.

The Fostering STEM Institute supports the outcomes of other Ohio STEM Learning Network programs, including the Innovative Leaders Institute and STEM/STEAM school designation. However, past participation in these programs is not a requirement.

Intended participants come from schools with an established STEM focus but not necessarily from STEM/STEAM designated schools. Participants will leverage and strengthen their existing knowledge of STEM pedagogy to gain expertise in effective coaching practices.

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Core topics

During the Fostering STEM Institute, the cohort participants will engage in multiple workshops, coaching supports, and leverage their collaborative teams. 

The core topics addressed throughout the institute include the following:

  • Characteristics of high-quality STEM education
  • STEM culture of the school community and its stakeholders
  • Coaching strategies to enhance and foster:
    • STEM pedagogy
    • STEM culture and STEM identity
    • Habits of mind
  • Core attributes of STEM instructional approaches
  • Onboarding new faculty
  • Setting, implementing, and assessing coaching goals related to STEM practices


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Program details

Priority application deadline: April 1, 2024


Applicants must: 

  • Provide instructional support to teachers on a regular basis (instructional coach, lead teacher, etc.)
  • Work in a STEM or STEAM designated school, or a school with an established STEM focus
  • Upon acceptance, the school principal submits the commitment form supporting the applicant’s participation in the Fostering STEM Institute


Thanks to Ohio’s generous support of the Ohio STEM Learning Network, the $1,250.00 program fee for the 2024-2025 Fostering STEM Institute is waived.

The program expectations include:

  • Attending program meetings (virtual and in-person)
    • In-person meeting in Columbus: September 11 and 12, 2024
    • Virtual booster call: October 15, 2024
    • In-person meeting in Columbus: December 4 and 5, 2024
    • Virtual meeting: February 18, 2025
    • In-person meeting in Columbus: May 1, 2025
  • Completing program tasks and activities
  • Implementing the strategies learned in the cohort during the 2024-2025 school year


The in-person workshops will be held in Columbus. Breakfast and lunch will be provided for all participants during the in-person workshops.

Applications are currently open.

Priority applications close April 1, 2024

All applications will close May 1, 2024

Applicants will be notified by June 1, 2024.

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