LATEST NEWS & INFO Category: STEM training

Faculty member of leaders institute: “STEM isn’t just one more thing”

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The deadline to apply online for the 2017-18 Ohio Innovative Leaders Institute (ILI) is April 3. The ILI is one of the few specialized training programs where leaders of innovative schools can learn from veteran STEM principals. Have you been thinking about applying but have questions? To find out more about the program, we contacted ILI faculty member Dee Martindale, principal at Hebron Elementary School in Hebron, Ohio. Dee was also the founding principal of the award-winning Summit Road STEM […]

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Catholic educators on STEM and Battelle institute for leaders

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Incorporating STEM into a school curriculum can be challenging for administrators and faculty members. But are the challenges any different for educators at a private, religious school than for those at a public school? To find out, we contacted two educators at St. Wendelin, a K-12 Catholic school in Fostoria, Ohio, which is in the Toledo Catholic Diocese. Cathy Krupp, principal, and Donald Elswick, STEM coordinator, collaborated on their answers to our questions about adding STEM-based education in their classrooms. […]

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Ask a teacher: What are Code.org trainings really like?

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Can a language arts teacher lead a computer science class? That’s a definite “yes,” says Renee Coley. Last fall, the veteran language arts teacher at Hannah Ashton Middle School (HAMS) in Reynoldsburg, Ohio, participated in a weekend of computer science training through Code.org and, in January, started teaching a pilot CS course to students at her school. She says that ongoing sharing with other CS teachers and extensive lesson plans from Code.org are helping her along the way. To expand […]

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Computer science training open to Ohio teachers

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Will you, or a teacher you know, teach computer science next year? Code.org is now offering admission into its Professional Learning Program on computer science (CS). The intensive, year-long training prepares educators to teach CS Discoveries (for middle school) or CS Principles (for high school). Designed for computer science veterans or beginners, this training will help you: grow your teaching practice become an expert in computer science materials and supports bring high-quality approaches to computer instruction to help your students […]

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Rural leaders in STEM: Northwestern Local Schools

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OSLN sat down with Northwestern Local Schools’ superintendent and principals in West Salem, Ohio for a chat about rural STEM implementation. Their robust STEM programming draws hundreds of students from 13 area districts, open enrolling to take advantage of the unique opportunities afforded under the direction of Superintendent Layton. Elementary Principal Julie McCumber recalls when STEM was first introduced in the classroom. Teachers presented third graders with an open-ended problem to solve as part of a STEM-focused lesson. McCumber remembers […]

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Broad effort brings CSforAll to Cleveland teachers

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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 […]

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Educators create connections at the Project: WRIGHT Symposium

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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 […]

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Teachers seek inspiration at summer science institute

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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 […]

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Connect for Success 2016 STEM Survival Guide

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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 […]

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Finding a how-to manual for new schools

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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 […]

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