Fostering STEM Institute

Strengthening teacher-leaders

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, STE(A)M Designation and STE(A)M Redesignation process, and OSLN professional learning series. However, past or anticipated participation in these programs is not a requirement for acceptance into the Fostering STEM Institute. Intended participants come from schools with an established STEM focus but not necessarily from STE(A)M designated schools. Participants will leverage their existing knowledge of STEM pedagogy to gain expertise in effective coaching practices. Applications close June 17, 2022. Click here or scroll down to apply.
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Core topics

During the 2022-2023 Fostering STEM Institute, the cohort participants will engage in multiple workshops, job-embedded supports, and leverage their collaborative teams. The core topics include the following:

  • STEM culture of the school community and its stakeholders
    Coaching strategies to enhance and foster STEM culture
  • Core attributes of STEM pedagogy
  • Coaching strategies to strengthen and foster STEM pedagogy
  • Coaching strategies for development of habits of mind
  • Onboarding new faculty
    Setting, implementing, and assessing coaching goals related to STEM practices

Program details

Eligibility

Applicants must: 

  • Provide instructional support to teachers on a regular basis (instructional coach, lead teacher, etc)
  • Work in a STE(A)M designated school, or a school with an established STEM focus
  • Upon acceptance, provide a letter of support from the school principal to participate in the Fostering STEM Institute

Expectations

The program fee for the 2022-2023 Fostering STEM Institute is waived for participants that:

  • Attend all program meetings (virtual and in-person)
  • Complete all program tasks and activities
  • Implement the strategies learned in the cohort during the 2022-2023 school year

Deadline

The inaugural 2022-2023 cohort is limited to 25 participants.

If travel cost is a barrier to your participation in the program, consider applying for the OSLN Travel Grant (Please note that the next deadline for the Travel Grant Program is May 23, 2022).

Breakfast and lunch will be provided for all participants. The in-person workshops will be held in Columbus. Applications close June 17, 2022. The selected cohort participants will be notified by July 29, 2022.

Eligibility

Applicants must: 

  • Provide instructional support to teachers on a regular basis (instructional coach, lead teacher, etc)
  • Work in a STE(A)M designated school, or a school with an established STEM focus
  • Upon acceptance, provide a letter of support from the school principal to participate in the Fostering STEM Institute

Expectations

The program fee for the 2022-2023 Fostering STEM Institute is waived for participants that:

    • Attend all program meetings (virtual and in-person)
    • Complete all program tasks and activities
    • Implement the strategies learned in the cohort during the 2022-2023 school year

Deadline

The inaugural 2022-2023 cohort is limited to 25 participants.

If travel cost is a barrier to your participation in the program, consider applying for the OSLN Travel Grant (Please note that the next deadline for the Travel Grant Program is May 23, 2022).

Breakfast and lunch will be provided for all participants. The in-person workshops will be held in Columbus. Applications close June 17, 2022. The selected cohort participants will be notified by July 29, 2022.

Fostering STEM Institute Application is closed for 2022-2023

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