The application period for 2017-2018 iSEA is now OPEN!

Two Ohio Cohorts will be conducted in the 2017-2018 session of the iSPACE STEM Educator Academy. SECOND grade educators will comprise one cohort and FIFTH grade educators will comprise the second cohort. Participation is limited to one educator in each grade per school. Applicants will receive notification of the review committee’s decision regarding acceptance by October 18, 2017. For more information and to apply, see below.

Our free educator professional development grant project consists of six PD sessions with opportunities to experience STEM learning first-hand and translate these into effective classroom instructional strategies and techniques. Educators will learn how to enhance their teaching of STEM content so students develop critical-thinking skills while learning meaningful content. Participants will receive a free field trip for one class, contact hours and increase leadership capacity to sustain changes in STEM education within their school/district – and have fun.

The iSPACE STEM Educator Academy is designed to enhance STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) education by providing opportunities for educators to:

  • experience the practices of STEM first-hand and translate these into effective classroom instructional strategies and techniques
  • enhance teaching in STEM content so students develop critical-thinking skills while learning meaningful content
  • increase leadership capacity to sustain changes in your school/district

Benefits to Participating Educators

  1. 15-18 contact hours of professional development covering various content standards related to: Earth and Space Science, Physical Science, and/or Life Science. Five - six sessions will be offered over the course of 2017 and 2018. See sidebar for tentative dates.
  2. Increased foundational knowledge of grade appropriate STEM content and effective pedagogy
  3. Increased capacity to provide leadership for improving STEM learning in your school/district
  4. Opportunity to collaborate in a regional STEM learning community
  5. Increased student interest in STEM content and careers
  6. Participation in the Academy will address a variety of the Ohio Standards for the Teaching Profession
  7. Classroom and presenter kit materials and supplies (valued at ~$1200)
  8. A free iSPACE field trip for one class and discounted rates for additional classes
  9. Snacks/meals provided during all training sessions
  10. All benefits (field trip, workshops, kits, food, etc.) are valued at nearly $2500

 

Commitments of Participating Educators

  1. Attend all professional development sessions/meetings associated with the project in 2017 and 2018 (All training sessions will be offered during out of school hours)
  2. Participate as a presenter for at least one session to colleagues (school/district)
  3. Support iSPACE and your district with obtaining evaluation data through participating in short surveys, interviews, observations, and/or providing student data
  4. Participate in online interactions (polls, journal responses, etc.) throughout the program

Applications will be accepted online until midnight of October 11, 2017.

You will be notified of the review committee’s decision regarding acceptance into the Academy no later than October 18, 2017.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Employed as a full-time teacher in Ohio for the 2017-2018 school year and intend to continue in 2018-2019
  • Teach 2nd grade or 5th grade
  • Have a strong desire to improve STEM teaching and learning in the classroom

Selection Process:
The selection process is based upon the responses on the application form and school/community demographics. The iSPACE STEM Educator Academy’s goal is to provide opportunities to educators from a broad spectrum of schools to include diversity in size, school type (private/public, rural/urban), and socioeconomic backgrounds of student populations and communities.

iSEA Second Grade Cohort

Planned SECOND Grade Cohort dates: Wednesdays - 10/25, 11/29, 1/24, 2/28, 4/25, 5/23.

Reminder – participants will be expected to attend all sessions (dates may be subject to change due to weather issues)

Apply HERE

iSEA Fifth Grade Cohort

Planned FIFTH Grade Cohort dates: Wednesdays - 11/1, 12/6, 2/7, 3/7, 4/4, 5/2.

Reminder – participants will be expected to attend all sessions (dates may be subject to change due to weather issues)

Apply HERE.

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