Innovative Leaders Institute: Reimagined

Reimagined after a decade of supporting STEM leaders

Since 2013, more than 200 principals and school leaders have engaged in the Innovative Leaders Institute over the past decade! Using the insights, skills, and networks developed through this program they have made major impacts on their schools, staff, students, and community.

As the landscape of STEM education in Ohio has evolved over the past 10 years, so has the approach to leading schools. We can do more to ground our practices and culture using strategies that engage minds. As we mark a decade of the Innovative Leaders Institute, we are incorporating a reimagined approach to its core topics that reflects the learnings and growth of the program over the past 10 years.

Schools supported by the Innovative Leaders Institute

Prior year cohort marked in light red.

2023 & 2024 ILI map
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Program details

Applications close May 1, 2024


  • Team of two school leaders (principal/assistant principal and another school leader, instructional coach, curriculum specialist, teacher leaders, etc.)
  • Applicants must work in a currently designated STEM or STEAM school OR a school that has made significant advancements in their STEM education
  • Neither member of the team has participated in the Innovative Leaders Institute: Reimagined


Thanks to Ohio’s generous support of the Ohio STEM Learning Network, the $2,750.00 program fee (per school team) for the 2024-2025 Innovative Leaders Institute is waived.

The program expectations include: 

  • Attending program meetings (virtual and in-person)
    • In person meeting on June 12 and 13, 2024 in Columbus, Ohio
    • Virtual booster call on August 8, 2024
    • In person meeting on October 3, 2024
    • Virtual meeting on January 16, 2025
    • In person meeting on April 10, 2025
    • Booster call on May 14, 2025
  • Engaging with an Innovative Leaders Institute mentor
  • Completing program tasks 

The two-day kick-off event (June 12 and 13, 2024) will take place in Columbus, Ohio. The remaining in-person sessions will take place in STEM or STEAM schools across Ohio.


Applications close May 1, 2024. The selected cohort participants will be notified by May 10, 2024.

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

The 2024-2025 cohort of the Innovative Leaders Institute: Reimagined is limited to 18 schools.

Institute participants will have an opportunity to earn college credit.

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