LATEST NEWS & INFO Category: School leaders

Humor, the design cycle, and chicken hats help this librarian show children “they matter”

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Think back:  Did your elementary school librarian wear a chicken hat and Chuck Taylors in the building? Did he or she dress up as a cartoon scientist? Dance to vinyl Elvis records? Perform a storybook while reading it aloud? No? Well, the librarian at Summit Road STEM Elementary School does all that — and much, much more. And, she has written a delightful, insightful and heartfelt book about her purposeful antics and the unexpected reactions of her young students. In […]

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Join us at the 2018 Connections to Education Conference

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Calling all member schools, join us in July! We cordially invite STEM advocates from across the state to join us from July 23rd to 25th as we  convene with members of the Ohio Association of Career and Technical Education. Whether you are a teacher, administrator or other STEM expert, this conference will have something for you. Career-tech education and STEM education share much in common. In both types of schools, you can walk in and see students learning by doing. Furthermore, both […]

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Career tech education still strong after 100 years

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Today’s career-technical education doesn’t look much like the shop class or home economics lessons of past generations. Such traditional “vocational” education — teaching the best way to hammer a nail or bake a pie — has mostly given way to students learning high-tech job skills and earning professional certifications that can translate directly into well-paying, in-demand career opportunities. Supporting this transition and the educators who lead it is the Ohio Association for Career and Technical Education. For more information about […]

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Early College, Early Career starts students on shop floors to fill growing, complex jobs in manufacturing

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Many manufacturers across the United States are begging for skilled workers to fill positions, and manufacturers in northeastern Ohio are no exception. Enter MAGNET (Manufacturing Advocacy & Growth Network), an organization based in Cleveland that helps such regional businesses grow and compete. MAGNET is sponsoring a workforce program to interest area high school students in manufacturing careers and to get them paid internships on shop floors well before graduation. The program is called Early College Early Career. For details, we […]

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Ohio teacher spends her birthday learning computer science with peers

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In partnership with, Battelle is training 46 teachers in computer science. Last year, we profiled Amy Hill’s first impressions of her computer science training. We spoke with her again over lunch in January. On her birthday, Amy Hill could have been anywhere. It was a Saturday with the snow finally melting after a week of bitter ice and cold. So, where was she celebrating? She was in Columbus, Ohio, meeting up with her cohort. If you ask her […]

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Applications open for education leaders institute

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The Innovative Leaders Institute (ILI) is now accepting applications for a new cohort of Ohio educators. The ILI is one of the few specialized training programs where leaders of innovative schools can learn from veteran STEM principals. The application is posted at To detail the program, we’re re-posting our 2016 interview with 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 Elementary School […]

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Webinar: Manufacturing internship takes urban students inside careers

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By adapting the best of the European apprenticeship to Northeast Ohio, a new organization takes students inside manufacturing careers. February 28th, Dr. Terrence Robinson will detail the lessons of the program and how it could benefit your students. Battelle’s Heather Sherman will moderate and explain how the program connects with MakerMinded, a powerful tool for finding quality STEM experiences where students can earn points for their school. Webinar: How MAGNET’s Early College, Early Career program prepares students for success – Register […]

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Students transform lunchroom to arcade with math


“Are we going to be able to finish our project today?” At Baldwin Road Junior High, STEM shines in The Foundry, a dedicated makerspace led by Sandra Guinto. At 9:30AM, she and 16 eighth graders were excited to finish up their group projects. From the first day of school, Art of Math is directed by student interests. “I try to find projects that they want to do,” Guinto said, so she gave the reins over to students from the outset. […]

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Applications for professional development now live

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A new cohort of Ohio teachers will be selected for’s Computer Science professional development. Applications are open now.’s Professional Learning Program is an intensive, year-long learning experience for middle and high school educators interested in teaching’s Computer Science Discoveries (middle school) or Computer Science Principles (high school) courses. This year’s professional learning will again be free to teachers (although travel will be the responsibility of the school and/or teacher). Participants will explore Computer Science curriculum and tools, experiment […]

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CDC fellowship leaves teacher “awestruck,” applications close Jan. 15


“As a science nerd, I was awestruck” This July, teachers from across the country will gather at the CDC headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia for the CDC Science Ambassador Fellowship. This five-day professional development program targets teachers and educational leaders interested in bringing public health sciences into middle- and high-school classrooms. Teachers aren’t required to have a background in public health or medicine, but one current fellow does: Dr. Christopher Jenson, who spoke to us about why the program was such […]

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