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LATEST NEWS & INFO Category: STEM schools

Report: New data on Ohio’s diverse and growing STEM schools

This network was founded on the conviction that quality STEM education changes the lives of students. But how does STEM stack up on measures like graduation, ACT score, and state tests? Today, we’re proud to release the data on more than 26,000 students across more than 50 Ohio schools. Last year, we published our first report that combined detailed surveys of Ohio’s STEM schools with data from the Ohio Department of Education. Today, we’re releasing a complete update with new stats […]

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Dayton STEM school hosts Innovation summit

For four years, the Project: WRIGHT Symposium has aimed to provide educators in Ohio with an annual professional development session designed by their fellow teachers. In Year No. 5, however, organizers are changing things up, beginning with the event’s name: The Innovative Teaching Summit, as it is now called, will still be held at the Dayton Regional STEM School, but it has shifted focus to reflect an expanded agenda. For details on the session, set for Nov. 9 in the […]

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Coming soon: Design Challenge expert Professor Prototype!

Coping with food insecurity — a lack of access to sufficient, healthful food — is a daily challenge for many Ohioans, even in our agriculture-rich state. Solving this growing problem is the aim of the 2019 Ohio Design Challenge posed by the Ohio STEM Learning Network. OSLN has invited the state’s K-12 students to work in teams to design and prototype a solution to food security in their lives, community, or world. Tackling a design challenge can be daunting for […]

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Innovative Leaders Institute meets at Global Impact STEM Academy

Later this week, the 28 members of a selective school leadership cohort will gather for a session on how to expand quality STEM education at their schools. These educators are part of the latest class of the Innovative Leaders Institute. Battelle created the institute in 2013 as one the nation’s only specialized training programs where leaders of innovative schools can learn from veteran STEM principals. This week’s session is organized by facilitators Kathy McKinniss, current Personalized Learning Coach and founder of […]

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How to run an effective design challenge

For the third year in a row, we’re organizing a statewide design challenge for all Ohio K-12 schools.  There is one central question in any design challenge, the question students answer. Students are asked to used design thinking to create solutions to a particular question or problem. At the surface, it seems there is only one question in a design challenge, but we know teachers have many questions about what it takes to organize, plan and run a successful design […]

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StartSOLE aims to make self-organized learning simple for teachers

Getting students to take a more active role in their learning experience is the goal of many STEM teachers. Ohio educator Jeff McClellan is promoting a way to do just that. McClellan says the SOLE method is easy to implement in any classroom, from elementary through high school, and has been used in adult education settings. All that is needed is a question, some internet-enabled devices for research and a short period for sharing that research. McClellan shares with us […]

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Teachers, join our fall convening on the food security design challenge

Each fall, the Ohio STEM Learning Network hosts a fall convening. Traditionally, it’s been a time for network members to get together and hear what’s happening across the network and discuss plans and priorities for the upcoming year. In July, we held a network meeting as part of the ACTE conference. There, we heard feedback that OSLN members value access to high quality professional development.  This year’s fall convening is designed for teachers, specifically, teachers who are interested in engaging […]

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Principal Davis on Akron’s new I PROMISE School: The model, support from LeBron James, and why STEM

Thanks to support from NBA superstar and Akron native LeBron James, the I PROMISE School opened with much hoopla in late July. The public elementary school, which is part of Akron Public Schools, will have a STEM emphasis and serve some of the Summit County city’s most at-risk students — initially third- and fourth-graders. It will have a longer school day and a non-traditional academic calendar, and it will provide access to “wrap-around” social services to the students and their […]

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Food security is our 2019 Ohio Design Challenge topic

Did you know that Ohio has 28 million acres of land and 14 million of them are used in agriculture? Did you know that agriculture is the number one economic driver in Ohio—bringing in over $105 billion dollars each year? Our state is a huge producer of food, but each day one in three Ohioans does not know where their next meal will come from. This is called food insecurity—not having access to sufficient, healthy food. Food security is the […]

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Presidential Award honors Licking Heights teacher Vicki Willett

Two Ohio teachers recently won Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. The awards — the highest honors bestowed by the U.S. government specifically for K-12 mathematics and science (including computer science) teaching — were given to Wendy Teismann of Wilson Elementary School in Cincinnati’s Forest Hills School District, and to Vicki Willett of Licking Heights West Elementary School in Blacklick. The women, who were nominated for the awards and then submitted lengthy applications, were chosen for developing and implementing a high-quality instructional program that enhances student learning. Each received a certificate signed by the […]

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