Northeast Ohio Training Center

The Center for Innovation in STEM Education (CISE),  in Cleveland, is the Northeast Ohio Teacher Training Center. Created as a partnership between Great Lakes Science Center, Cleveland Metropolitan School District’s MC² STEM High School, Cleveland State University and the Ohio STEM Learning Network, CISE is dedicated to bringing exciting, new professional development opportunities to our region’s educators.

CISE’s unique programs are the result of the combined strengths of its partners, including Great Lakes Science Center’s expertise in informal science education, MC² STEM High School’s internationally recognized success with project-based instruction, and Cleveland State University’s record of providing pre-service and in-service teacher training in the areas of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).

Areas of Expertise

As an OSLN regional training center, CISE offers training, consultation, and expertise to teachers all across Ohio in:

  • Project-based instruction – Utilizing projects in STEM to integrate and create a trans-disciplinary curriculum in grades preK-12
  • FabLab – Using the MIT-developed FabLab to enhance project-based learning and integrate hands-on rapid prototyping into STEM curricula for grades preK-20.
  • Partnership development – creating a supportive community network and integrating internships into STEM curricula
  • Assessment through mastery – creating authentic student assessments
  • College-Ready Tools
  • Utilizing informal science resources – planning effective field trips and using STEM resources from outside the classroom
  • Next-Generation Science Standards – aligning curricula with new STEM standards
  • Lead Science Practitioners – training and embedding STEM education experts to support and train other teachers

Training Center Testimonials

“I really enjoyed this program…[the] environment really fosters the creative process. Some of our [team’s] most productive conversations happen here.”
– Fab Lab training participant

“[I liked] having the staff available to sit with us and ‘coach’ us and brainstorm ideas with us.”
-Project-Based Learning 101 participant

“I really enjoyed the hands-on activities and working with the students from MC².”
– Fab Lab training participant

“The pace and extra help were wonderful and I especially appreciated the additional time during the training.”
– Fab Lab training participant

Want to learn more?

Debbie Jackson

Contact Dr. Debbie Jackson
Co-Director, Northeast Ohio Hub