iSPACE STEM Educator Academy

The 2019-2020 session of the iSPACE STEM Educator Academy will be conducted for an Ohio Cohort of third grade educators.

Our free educator professional development grant project consists of four 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 topics, so students develop critical-thinking skills while learning meaningful content. Qualifying participants will receive a light dinner, contact hours, activity materials, and increase leadership capacity to sustain changes in STEM education within their school/district – all while having 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 topics so students develop critical-thinking skills while learning meaningful content
  • increase self-efficacy in STEM education and leadership capacity to sustain changes in your school/district

Benefits to Participating Educators

  1. 12-14 contact hours of professional development covering various content standards related to: Physical Science and Engineering Design. Four sessions will be offered over the course of the 2019-2020 school  year. See sidebar for tentative dates.
  2. Increased foundational knowledge and self-efficacy 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 Teaching Standards
  7. Classroom kit materials and supplies (valued at ~$800)
  8. Snacks/meals provided during all training sessions
  9. All benefits (workshops, kits, food, etc.) are valued at over $1300!

Commitments of Participating Educators

  1. Attend all professional development sessions/meetings associated with the project in 2019-20 school year (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 November 20, 2019. You will be notified of the review committee’s decision regarding acceptance into the Academy no later than November 26, 2019.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Employed as a full-time public school teacher in Ohio for the 2019-2020 school year and intend to continue in 2020-2021
  • Teach 3rd grade students
  • 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 (rural/urban/suburban), and socioeconomic backgrounds of student populations and communities.


iSEA Third Grade Cohort 2019-20

Planned Cohort dates:

  1. 12/11/19, Wednesday from 4:30-8:00 p.m.
  2. 1/22/20, Wednesday from 4:30-8:00 p.m.
  3. 3/11/20, Wednesday from 4:30-8:00 p.m.
  4. 4/22/20, Wednesday from 4:30-8:00 p.m.

All sessions will be held at iSPACE in Sharonville. Please check your calendars – participants will be expected to attend all sessions (dates may be subject to change due to weather issues).

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