Fostering STEM Institute

Strengthening teacher-leaders

Now recruiting for a second year, the Fostering STEM Institute helps instructional specialists 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

Residency

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Program details

Applications close June 2, 2023

Eligibility

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

Expectations

The $1,250.00 program fee for the 2023-2024 Fostering STEM Institute is waived for participants that:

  • Attend all program meetings (virtual and in-person)
    • In-person meeting on September 27 and 28, 2023 in Columbus
    • Virtual booster call on October 17, 2023
    • In-person meeting on November 30 and December 1, 2023 in Columbus
    • Virtual meeting on February 22, 2024
    • In-person meeting on May 2, 2024 in Columbus
  • Complete all program tasks and activities
  • Implement the strategies learned in the cohort during the 2023-2024 school year

Deadline

The in-person workshops will be held in Columbus. Applications close June 2, 2023. The selected cohort participants will be notified by June 17, 2023.

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

The 2023-2024 cohort is limited to 30 participants.

 

 

Eligibility

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

Expectations

The $1,250.00 program fee for the 2023-2024 Fostering STEM Institute is waived for participants that:

  • Attend all program meetings (virtual and in-person)
    • In-person meeting on September 27 and 28, 2023 in Columbus
    • Virtual booster call on October 17, 2023
    • In-person meeting on November 30 and December 1, 2023 in Columbus
    • Virtual meeting on February 22, 2024
    • In-person meeting on May 2, 2024 in Columbus
  • Complete all program tasks and activities
  • Implement the strategies learned in the cohort during the 2023-2024 school year

Deadline

The in-person workshops will be held in Columbus. Applications close June 2, 2023. The selected cohort participants will be notified by June 17, 2023.

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

The 2023-2024 cohort is limited to 30 participants.

 

 

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