Teacher Academy

Grow STEM in your classroom

Bring the best in STEM learning to your classroom with the Ohio STEM Learning Network (OSLN) Teacher Academy. This program takes educators deep into STEM best practices. Over a year-long cohort experience, participants hone their confidence and ability to:
  • Build a strong STEM culture and identity inside the classroom
  • Embed design thinking in everyday instruction
  • Leverage authentic problem-based learning units to enhance student engagement
  • Strengthen community partnerships to connect learning to local needs
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Supported by the U.S. Navy

The Teacher Academy is supported, in part, by the U.S. Navy under a grant to expand the Submarine Industrial Base in the United States.

LARGE SIB Logo Final Approved No BackgroundThe Submarine Industrial Base includes millions of workers across 16,000 suppliers. This network of manufacturers and engineers is essential to the design, construction, maintenance and modernization of the U.S. Navy’s submarine fleet.

There are hundreds of Submarine Industrial Base Suppliers in Ohio. Key trades include: Welding, CNC Machining, Pipefitting, Non-Destructive Testing, Additive Manufacturing, Plumbing, Electrical, Machining, and Metrology. 

Learn more at https://buildsubmarines.com/


Program details

Priority deadline is March 11, 2024


Applicants must:

  • Teach at a school in the State of Ohio
  • Provide direct full-time instruction to students in grades K-12 (Note: This program is open to all content areas including electives)
  • Upon acceptance, ensure delivery of a commitment form signed by the school’s principal supporting the applicant’s participation in the Teacher Academy

Applicants are encouraged, but not required, to apply to this program with a partner teacher from the same school or district.


Thanks to the generous support of the Submarine Industrial Base of the U.S. Navy, the $1,600 program fee for the 2024-2025 Teacher Academy is waived.

Program expectations include:

  • Attend all program meetings, both virtual and in-person. (See schedule)
  • Complete all program tasks and activities.
  • Implement strategies learned with their classes during the 2024-2025 school year.
  • Complete a W-9 form upon acceptance for payment of externship stipend.


  • June 10 – June 13, 2024: In-person workshop on in Columbus (full-day)
  • Before workshop: Asynchronous half-day learning session
  • June – August 2024: One to two-day business externship experience
  • August 27, September 23, October 23, January 14: Virtual booster calls (2 hours)
  • November 15, 2024: In-person workshop in Columbus (full-day)
  • February 6, 2025: Virtual workshop (full-day)
  • April 18, 2025: Final in-person meeting in Columbus (full-day)


The priority deadline is March 11, 2024. If the cohort fills by this time, a waitlist will be created. Applications will close completely on April 19, 2024.

Selected participants will be notified by May 1, 2024.

Graduate credit option

The OSLN Teacher Academy will offer the option of purchasing graduate credits from Kent State University. Details will be provided with the acceptance letter. Those not taking the course for college credit will receive certificates documenting professional development contact hours.

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