STEM Rural Ohio Fellowship

Elevating the self-efficacy and capacity of rural educators

Educators know that learning is at its best when students can find a personal connection to their work.  The year-long STEM Rural Ohio Fellowship uses a cohort model to help members learn about, reflect upon, and inform their local STEM educational landscape. Through the study of place-based learning, teachers will develop targeted solutions that build upon local resources and address current challenges within their own communities.  

 
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Focus areas

Place-based Learning, Community Partnerships, Teacher Supports,  STEM Integration, Family Engagement

Strategies and outcomes

  • Connect your teaching practice to local needs in STEM by creating a new place-based unit built around your region
  • Get support by joining a cohort of peers within your region to support each other and promote local place-based learning
  • Connect students to local jobs and local STEM opportunities by building key local contacts for STEM learning within your community

Program details

Eligibility

Applicants must:
  • Be currently employed as a classroom teacher
  • Work in districts in one of the following counties:
    • Adams, Allen, Athens, Auglaize,  Belmont, Coshocton, Darke, Defiance, Gallia, Guernsey, Hancock, Hardin, Harrison, Highland, Hocking, Jackson, Jefferson, Lawrence,  Meigs, Mercer, Monroe, Morgan, Muskingum, Noble, Paulding, Perry, Pike, Putnam, Putnam, Ross, Scioto, Van Wert, Vinton, Washington, Williams
  • Upon acceptance, provide a letter of support from the school principal to participate in the program.

Expectations

There is a $600 stipend for this professional development opportunity.  To receive stipend, you must:

  • Attend all regional meetings (virtual and in-person) 
  • Attend one-day wrap up event in Columbus, Ohio in April 2023
  • Complete all program tasks and activities
  • Create and implement a place-based learning unit during the course of the 2022-2023 school year with the support of Ohio STEM Learning Network

The first cohort meetings will be held regionally. 

  • Northwest Ohio Hub: September 24, 2022 at the Putnam County ESC in Ottawa
  • Southeast Ohio Hub:  November 12, 2022 at the OHIO Museum Complex in Athens

Deadline

The 2022-2023 cohort is limited to 30 participants.  

  • For Northwest Ohio: The application deadline has been extended to Sunday, August 21, 2022. Participants will be notified on or before Thursday, September 1, 2022. 
  • For Southeast Ohio: Applications will be accepted until Friday, September 30, 2022 or the cohort is filled.  Participants will be notified on or before Monday, October 10, 2022. 

Eligibility

Applicants must: 

  • Be currently employed as a classroom teacher
  • Work in districts in one of the following counties:
    • Adams, Allen, Athens, Auglaize,  Belmont, Coshocton, Darke, Defiance, Gallia, Guernsey, Hancock, Hardin, Harrison, Highland, Hocking, Jackson, Jefferson, Lawrence, Meigs, Mercer, Monroe, Morgan, Muskingum, Noble, Paulding, Perry, Pike, Putnam, Putnam, Ross, Scioto, Van Wert, Vinton, Washington, Williams
  • Upon acceptance, provide a letter of support from the school principal to participate in the program.

Expectations

There is a $600 stipend for this professional development opportunity.  To receive stipend, you must:

  • Attend all regional meetings (virtual and in-person) 
  • Attend one-day wrap up event in Columbus, Ohio in April 2023
  • Complete all program tasks and activities
  • Create and implement a place-based learning unit during the course of the 2022-2023 school year with the support of Ohio STEM Learning Network

The first cohort meetings will be held regionally. 

  • Northwest Ohio Hub: September 24, 2022 at the Putnam County ESC in Ottawa
  • Southeast Ohio Hub: November 12, 2022 at the OHIO Museum Complex in Athens

Deadline

The 2022-2023 cohort is limited to 30 participants.  

  • For Northwest Ohio: The application deadline has been extended to Sunday, August 21, 2022. Participants will be notified on or before Thursday, September 1, 2022.
  • For Southeast Ohio: Applications will be accepted for until Friday, September 30, 2022 or the cohort is filled.  Participants will be notified on or before Monday, October 10, 2022. 

STEM Rural Ohio Fellowship

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