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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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Ohio will now recognize STEM elementary schools

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by Aimee Kennedy, Vice-President of Education, STEM Learning & Philanthropy at Battelle In leadership, one of the first lessons you learn is the importance of small changes. Many times, the solution isn’t a radical change. Instead, small changes the first step and, if well chosen, can have huge impacts. One of those small, powerful changes happened in Governor Kasich’s office on Thursday. The Governor signed Senate Bill 3, enacting a series of changes to Ohio’s laws for schools. You can […]

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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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Thinking through back-to-school psychology with Dr. Lisa Hinkelman

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A new academic year can be an exciting time for some students and an anxious one for others. And, as the newness wears off, all kids can become bored with their classes. How can teachers — and parents — help their students maintain an eagerness to go to school and to learn? To provide some insight, we contacted counselor Lisa Hinkelman, founder and executive director of the Dublin, Ohio-based girls’ empowerment program Ruling Our eXperiences and author of “Girls Without […]

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Deadlines near for competition that turns ideas into inventions

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One of the most frequent questions we receive is “How do I find opportunities for STEM outside of the class day?” The national eCYBERMISSION program can be a great answer. The program’s open for student teams now, but the deadline is approaching. For a quick overview, we reached out to Kathleen Kelly, Project Manager for eCYBERMISSION at the National Science Teachers Association. Read our chat below. To hear about the program from a student’s eye, read our July interview with Ashton Cofer, a […]

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Deep dive: Embedded English goes from radical idea to tested method

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Many of the best teachers look for improved ways to reach their students and make their lessons more relevant to students’ lives and interests. One such teacher, Michael Payne, an English instructor and Humanities Department head at Global Impact STEM Academy in Springfield, Ohio, has embraced the idea of ”embedding” some of his lessons into the curricula of other disciplines. He says the results are positive all around. We asked Michael to share details about his teaching philosophy and techniques: […]

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Designing an end to opioid abuse

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Ohio is facing a major opioid overdose crisis. Nearly seven Ohioans a day are lost in heroin and opioid-related deaths.1 Many schools have dealt with the fallout from this crisis. Today, we’re announcing a push to do more. This year, many of our schools will plan and implement design challenges on understanding and eliminating Ohio’s opioid crisis. What’s a design challenge? It’s a long term project where students learn their content by creating a new solution to a real-world problem. Design challenges offer […]

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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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Engineers, educators and students meet at Wadsworth camp

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Summer camp sounds fun. Summer STEM camp sounds a bit more complicated — and challenging. In summer 2015, when Wadsworth City Schools, in northeastern Ohio, created a summer STEM camp from the ground up, teachers and administrators discovered just how challenging it can be. Fresh off the district’s second STEM camp, and benefiting from the experience gained, Michele D. Evans, director of instruction and professional development with Wadsworth, provided us with insights about the nuts and bolts of pulling off […]

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