Tennessee Rural STEM Collaborative

The Tennessee Rural STEM Collaborative is a year-long cohort of educators from across Tennessee who engage in identifying issues surrounding STEM education and developing targeted solutions to address those needs at a classroom, school, or district level.

Cohort members interact with work-alike groups that concentrate on a specific area of focus: Community & Postsecondary Partnerships, STEM Integrated Curriculum & Instruction, and another focus area determined by the needs of applicants. For each area of focus, participants will engage in targeted professional development and have the opportunity to meet experts in the field.

To improve statewide access, there will be three cohorts, one in West Tennessee, one in Middle Tennessee, and one in East Tennessee.  There will be one whole group kick-off event in Nashville followed by two local convenings and two virtual check-in meetings.  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.

Program Outcomes
• Deepen knowledge in STEM educational issues and exercise educator voice and perspective to bring positive change within your community
• Identify assets within your community that can support high quality STEM education and work-based learning
• Expand your sphere of influence within your school, district, and region
• Develop targeted solutions that build upon assets and address current challenges within your community

Program Requirements
-Attend ALL sessions (Nashville kick-off event, two regional meetings, two virtual sessions)
-Work collaboratively to develop a STEM-focused solution to a community issue
-Present group findings at the culminating event

Kick-Off Convening – Nashville – October 2

Regional In-Person Sessions

West TN CohortJanuary 12/March 12 – Jackson, TN

Middle TN Cohort – January 22/March 19 – Murfreesboro, TN

East TN Cohort – January 29/March 26 – Greeneville, TN

Virtual Working Sessions (all cohorts)

November 15   5:00-7:00 pm

February 21  5:00-7:00 pm

Participants will receive:
• $750 stipend to recognize their time and dedication to learning
• Travel cost assistance is available to those who are traveling further than 50 miles
• Ongoing coaching and support from TSIN and other STEM experts
• $250 stipend to facilitate training/implement solutions either at the school or district level
• Opportunity to build educator capacity and 24 hours of Professional Development credit

pictotryApplication Information
Applications for Cohort 1 are now open! This program is open to K-12 public school teachers of any subject interested in learning more about STEM educational issues and developing solutions to those issues specific to their students and communities. Teachers must have at least 2 years of teaching experience and submit a signed copy of the Rural STEM Collaborative Agreement Form which must be signed by their principal.

To apply, complete the online application by August 14, 2017. The Cohort will be announced on September 1, 2017!

Questions? Please contact Evan Curran at 615.727.1524 or currane@battelle.org