iSPACE Ohio STEM Educator Academy

The application period for 2016-2017 is now OPEN! 
FOURTH grade educators will comprise the third cohort of the iSPACE STEM Educator Academy and participation is limited to one educator per school. Applicants will receive notification of the review committee’s decision regarding acceptance by November 11, 2016. 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.


Benefits to Participating Educators


  1. 15-18 contact hours of professional development covering various content standards related to: (ESS) Earth’s Resources, (PS) Matter and Forms of Energy or (LS) Behavior, Growth and Changes.  Five – six sessions will be offered over the course of 2016 and 2017.
  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 ~$1000)
  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 over $2250

Commitments of Participating Educators

  1. Attend all professional development sessions/meetings associated with the project in 2016 and 2017 (All training sessions will be offered during out of school hours)
  2. Participate as a presenter for 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 monthly online interactions (polls, journal responses, etc.) throughout the program

Commitments of Participating Educators’ Administration

  1. Support and encourage participant.
  2. Provide opportunity (preferably during school in-service days) for participant to present at least one session to colleagues (school/district).

Eligibility Criteria:

• Employed as a full-time teacher in Ohio for the 2016-2017 school year and intend to continue in 2017-2018
• Teach 4th 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.

Session Dates:

Dates will be determined after selection of the cohort based on best availability of participants (Unless stated at a later date, weeknight sessions will run from 4:30 – 8:00 pm and include dinner.  Summer sessions will run from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm and include lunch.)

Application period is open until November 7, 2016. Apply below.

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