The need for instruction in computer science in high school — and even grade school — is a hot topic in education. During summer, a program to provide such instruction was announced in Cleveland. The program involves the Cleveland Foundation, Cleveland Metropolitan School District and Cleveland State University. For background on this joint effort, we contacted two Cleveland State faculty members who are heavily involved: Nigamanth Sridhar, a professor of electrical engineering and computer science and program director of CS […]Read More
Choosing from among myriad professional enrichment opportunities can be overwhelming for busy teachers. How is one session different — or better — than another? Organizers of the Project: WRIGHT Symposium, set for November 4 at the Dayton Regional STEM School (DRSS) Training Center, say they offer a teacher-driven seminar to serve a diverse audience of educators and community members. Jenn Reid, who teaches English to 10th- and 12th-graders at DRSS, is overseeing the symposium. We asked her to share details […]Read More
Though some teachers take the summer off, many hit the books themselves to discover ways to inspire and educate their students. In June, one such group of motivated elementary school teachers took part in a three-week, hands-on science course presented at Shawnee State University in Portsmouth, Ohio. The course, called the Science by Inquiry Institute, was funded by a grant from the Ohio Department of Higher Education through the Improving Teacher Quality program. The aim was to teach basic science content aligned […]Read More
Connect for Success is one of Ohio’s biggest education conferences and we’ll be there. Monday and Tuesday, the conference will bring together 1,000+ educators for 140+ sessions. Battelle Education, which manages this network, sponsored a track for STEM. If you’re coming to Connect for Success to find ways of bringing STEM to your students, we’ve got you covered. Flipbook Take a look at our STEM track sessions for Monday and Tuesday using this flipbook. See a session you like? Mark it down […]Read More
How does an educator become an effective STEM school leader? Is there a how-to manual for launching and overseeing the start-up of an innovative school? The Innovative Leaders Institute (ILI) isn’t a manual, but it covers all the basics. ILI is a year-long training and mentoring experience managed by Battelle Education and led by STEM leaders from across the country. In four sessions held at various STEM schools, participants get advice on leadership, curriculum, hiring practices and more. They also […]Read More
In 2013, the non-profit Code.org launched with a simple vision: “every student in every school should have the opportunity to learn computer science.” Now, the organization provides trainings, a library of course content, and political advocacy. To expand access in Ohio, Code.org has selected Battelle Education as a Professional Learning Partner. That means Battelle Education, manager of the Ohio STEM Learning Network, will be organizing more trainings around computer science and coding. Code.org is underwriting much of the cost, allowing […]Read More
The Innovative Leaders Institute is a year-long training and mentoring experience for educators led by some of the top STEM and innovative school leaders across the country. To date, over 100 educators from urban, rural, and suburban schools across five states – including Chicago Public Schools – have participated. Application Complete the application online by April 4 Applicants must apply as part of a two person team. The team must include a principal or assistant principal plus an additional building-level […]Read More
Sustaining an innovative STEM approach requires flexibility and resources. Official designation as a STEM of Ohio STEM school can help. Designation is open to Ohio middle and high schools. Applications are due to the Ohio Department of Education by April 1. On Thursday, February 25 from 3:30-4:30, we’ll host a webinar on the 2016 designation process. Stephanie Donofe from the Ohio Department Education will detail the state’s role. Our staff will explain what we evaluate in making recommendations to the committee.Read More
One frustrating part of being a teacher: Hearing ideas for your kids that sound great but are just too hard in practice.
Take giving students opportunities for “authentic practice.” That is, assignments where students produce something just like employees in a job.
I work at Battelle, a company built on collaborations between scientists, engineers, and clients. Here, effective communication of complex ideas is essential to keeping the lights on.
In my work, I see everyday that the ability to read and write is just as important as technical skills. Our schools must provide opportunities for students to practice reading and writing in the disciplines so that they have access to whatever career path inspires them.Read More
Each year, a group of agencies from the State of Ohio convene to review proposals from schools that wish to be designated as STEM schools under Ohio law. Applications are open now and due by April 1. Our organization, the Ohio STEM Learning Network, a few roles in this process:Read More