OSLN News

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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Check out these upcoming fall STEM events

The school year is off to quite a bang! In addition to our upcoming convening on the Food Security Design Challenge, the calendar is full of STEM events. You can read about them all on OSLN.org/events but here are a few particularly noteworthy opportunities we wanted to highlight.   Date Name Venue Details Tuesday, September 25 National Girls Collaborative Project and TechGirlz National Webinar Webinar Link Wednesday, September 26 STEM PATHWAYS: SUCCESS SERIES Marysville Early College High School Link Saturday, September […]

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Visit working educational farm at our 2019 convening

One highlight of the 2018 OSLN Convening will be the chance to visit Waterman Farms. Earlier this year, a group of teachers from Ohio and Pennsylvania visited the farm. Read the article below to see what they learned. The facility’s proper name is The Ohio State University’s Waterman Agricultural and Natural Resources Laboratory. It supports research, teaching, and outreach programs, including many that showcase the farm’s herd of 100 Jersey cows! The visit to Waterman Farms is just of the […]

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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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