OSLN News

Prove it! How to teach student-led math

The classroom is busy. Questions, answers, even laughter fill a space at Metro Early College in Columbus, Ohio. But the members of the class aren’t students, at least not most of the time. Instead, they’re teachers from some of Ohio’s most innovative schools – joined together through the Ohio STEM Learning Network, an organization founded in 2007 with help from Battelle and other supporters of STEM education.

For the last two days, these teachers have taken on the character of eighth grade math students. They’re playing this role to get some first-hand experience with a new way of teaching math, developed by the Mathematics Design Collaborative.

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Congratulations to one of our own

We’re proud to unveil some big news. Aimee Kennedy, the Chief Academic Officer of Metro Early College High School, will be Battelle’s new Vice President for Education and STEM Learning. Here’s a snippet of the release Battelle sent out a few minutes ago: “Aimee will be a tremendous asset to Battelle and our STEM education initiatives,” said Wadsworth. “Her track record in education leadership roles, combined with her hands-on work in the classroom, brings a well-rounded perspective and will help […]

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To create digitally literate students, Akron trains teachers

Will today’s students be “digitally literate?” Only if their teachers are. That’s the central conviction of a training organized this week by the Ohio STEM Learning Network – Akron Hub. Students (like most people) learn best by doing. That’s why many Ohio teachers are working hard to create classes where students do much more than fill out worksheets. Instead, class time is spent building model airplanes, researching topics, and finding ways to answer tough questions. Called problem-based learning, it’s one […]

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Aug. 22: Metro welcomes middle school students

The Ohio STEM Learning Network was founded, in part, to help expand off the model laid out by Metro Early College High School in Columbus. In just two weeks, that school will pass a major milestone. Teachers and staff will welcome the 131 students that make up Metro’s very first class of sixth, seventh and eighth grade students. And you’re invited! Click the image below or visit www.themetroschool.org/aug22 to sign up.  

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Math matters, help students learn more

The Ohio STEM Learning Network has begun training Ohio math teachers in the Mathematics Design Collaborative (MDC) tool.

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Congrats to Tennessee students

Guest post from David Burns, Director of STEM Innovations Networks at Battelle What gets measured, gets done. The 2013 Tennessee state assessment scores, published yesterday by the Tennessee Department of Education, are evidence of that. This year’s class posted major gains in STEM. Algebra II scores alone jumped by more than 8 percent. Tennessee teachers, students, parents, Governor Haslam and Education Commissioner Kevin Huffman deserve a round of applause. By focusing on STEM as a state, they are creating more […]

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Three tips from STEM leaders

STEM teaching started as a way to unleash the potential of the next generation of innovators, but it’s grown into a whole-school practice that builds a student’s day around personalized, curiosity-driven learning. Creating a school culture and administration that supports this philosophy requires school leaders to think and act in new ways. To help spread this approach to more schools, we organized an intense workshop series for principals and school leaders. The first session of this STEM Leaders Academy brought […]

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