Join the Innovative Leaders Institute or the Tennessee Rural STEM Collaborative by August 14!

We are excited to launch our 2017-2018 Innovative Leaders Institute and the inaugural Tennessee Rural STEM Collaborative. These programs provide opportunities for school level leaders and rural classroom educators to expand their understanding of STEM in action and collaborate to promote meaningful change in their educational communities. Please see below for specific information about each of these programs.

Tennessee Rural STEM Collaborative – Applications due August 14

20170602_100513The Tennessee Rural STEM Collaborative provides a unique opportunity for rural educators to identify issues pertinent to their educational community and collaborate with a local cohort to develop targeted solutions. 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. Participants of the Tennessee Rural STEM Collaborative will:

  • Deepen their knowledge of STEM educational issues and exercise their voice and perspective as an educator to bring positive change to their communities
  • Identify assets within their communities that can support high-quality STEM education and work-based learning
  • Expand their spheres of influence within their school, district, and region
  • Develop targeted solutions that build upon assets and address current challenges within their communities

Learn more and apply for the Tennessee Rural STEM Collaborative by August 14th at:

Innovative Leaders Institute – Applications due August 14

ILI Cohort 3 2017The Innovative Leaders Institute is a year-long training and mentoring experience for educators led by some of the top STEM and innovative school leaders in our state. The Innovative Leaders Institute provides participants opportunities to network with other building-level leaders from across Tennessee, visit innovative schools to examine different models of STEM integration, and share best practices and resources with the expectation of having an immediate impact on leader practice. The Institute is designed to:

  • Develop concepts of innovative leadership practices
  • Enhance capacities to promote best practices across the curriculum
  • Develop strategies to promote staff effectiveness and improve teaching and learning environments
  • Prepare leaders with the procedures and policies to promote success

The ILI is designed for two member teams consisting of Principal and/or Assistant Principal and a lead teacher. Three person teams MAY be considered if space allows. Program is approved for 30 hours of TASL credit. Learn more and apply for ILI by August 14th by visiting:


One response to “Join the Innovative Leaders Institute or the Tennessee Rural STEM Collaborative by August 14!”

  1. Jeana Gray says:

    Hello I am interested in the 2018-2018 Rural STEM Collaborative. When will that application open?

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