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Devices, hotspots, and “connectors” deployed to Akron families

During this time of academic uncertainty, students and families are faced with a diversity of daily challenges. Their new normal consists of remote learning opportunities with limited interactions to teachers and peers that help guide students’ educational success. This isolation can have negative repercussions on students’ growth and wellbeing, but many schools are trying to change that. Akron Public Schools created a range of supports for families. Amanda Morgan, Instructional Leader for National Inventors Hall of Fame STEM Middle School, […]

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Distance learning in STEM schools: New report and teacher interview

Ohio schools, from pre-K to college, are closed during the COVID-19 pandemic, forcing students and teachers to adapt to online instruction. This method is new to many involved, and there was no time to prepare for the abrupt change, causing confusion and anxiety. Ohio’s community of educators is strong, with many teachers sharing their advice with each other. Today, we release a new report: “Distance learning days at Ohio’s STEM schools during the COVID-19 crisis: Perspectives and advice for educators.” […]

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For educators: Virtual content meetings from ODE

The Ohio Department of Education has set up a series of virtual meetings for content area teachers. Through these meetings, you can connect with other teachers as we all work to support students learning remotely.  Sessions will focus on a broad range of topics and strategies and resources, depending on the content area. The full list of virtual meetings is below. We’re especially excited about two upcoming sessions: On Thursday, April 9th OTEEA will be sharing resources on Technology, Design […]

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Ohio students, can you start a smile?

While learning continues in homes across Ohio, many young people have began looking for ways they can help. A new challenge asks students to support their communities, in a safe way. Following on the incredible success of the “Name the Rover” essay contest, the national STEMx network offers a new opportunity for K-12 students, in partnership with Future Engineers. The “Start a Smile” challenge will highlight the creativity and commitment of young people. Students, your challenge is: INVENT A WAY […]

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Computer science fellowship at Air Force Institute of Technology seeks teachers

Needed: A boatload of teachers with the training and the itch to lead computer science (CS) classes. Finding these educators – those who can weave CS concepts into their math or science classes, or those who want to teach the subject outright – can be difficult. Without these teachers, not all students will get a chance to learn CS skills. Bridging that gap is the ultimate goal of a teacher fellowship offered this summer in Ohio. The Air Force Institute […]

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OSLN STEM Excellence Awards open for nominations

Do you have a phenomenal STEM educator in your building? Is there an outstanding leader in your school or district that encourages innovation? Is your colleague leading the charge in advocating for STEM? Applications for our 2020 OSLN STEM Excellence Awards are now open! The STEM Excellence Awards will recognize a phenomenal teacher, school or district administrator, and an outstanding advocate for STEM education. Help us find the trailblazers in your community who are expanding access to quality STEM education. The […]

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Essay contest: Deadline extended and read student’s winning essay

The deadline for the OSLN Student Essay contest has been extended to April 12, 11:59 p.m. STEM school students, we want to hear your answer to the prompt below! To share her story of perseverance, meet Erica Barnes, one of the first winners of the contest. Erica wrote to us as a junior at the NIHF STEM High School in Akron, Ohio. Students of Ohio STEM schools, learn more and submit your essays here. 2020 OSLN Essay Contest Prompt Tell […]

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