Tennessee Rural STEM Collaborative Selects 45 Educators

The Tennessee Rural STEM Collaborative is a yearlong, cohort based training for rural educators designed to share promising practices in STEM education, seek solutions to local education challenges, and develop capacity to promote lasting change within their own communities. This year, 45 educators representing 24 counties across Tennessee were competitively selected for the Collaborative.

Within the Collaborative, there are three regional cohorts that will map the STEM resources and potential partners unique to the educational landscapes in West, Middle, and East Tennessee. The Collaborative provides a stipend for teachers to engage with the program and to implement their proposed solution within their own communities.

The Collaborative will launch in October 2017 with a whole group kick-off event in Nashville that will bring together all participants from across the state. The cohort will then divide by region and participate in two local convenings and two virtual check-ins between sessions. Each cohort will break into smaller work-alike groups to develop a meaningful solution to an issue in rural STEM education.  Participants will engage in targeted professional development and have the opportunity to meet experts in the field.

“The Rural STEM Collaborative brings together a geographically diverse group of educators passionate about providing the highest quality STEM instruction for their students and exposing them to career opportunities,” said Wes Hall, Director of the Tennessee STEM Innovation Network. “The Collaborative offers an opportunity to support access to STEM for all students, regardless of zip code.”

For more information and for the full list of cohort members, visit

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