The Tennessee Rural STEM Collaborative is a year-long cohort of educators from across Tennessee that works towards ensuring that all students have access to high-quality learning opportunities in STEM by exposing them to 21st Century Skills and local STEM career pathways.  This program is designed to develop teacher leadership capacity, strengthen innovative instructional strategies, and provide a collaborative network for educators in rural areas.

Cohort members interact with work-alike groups that concentrate on a specific area of focus: Community & Postsecondary Partnerships, STEM Integrated Curriculum & Instruction, and Family Engagement. 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 participant will plan a targeted STEM initiative to pilot in their local context and will be provided a stipend to support the implementation of their initiatives.  Example initiatives include the planning of district wide STEM nights, partner supported instructional units, and work-based learning activities for students.

Educators will participate in the following professional learning activities: partnership development strategies, problem/project-based learning training, STEM industry tours, and leadership development strategies.

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 – September 10-11

Regional In-Person Sessions

West TN Cohort– November 30/March 8 – Jackson, TN

Middle TN Cohort – December 7/March 15  – Murfreesboro, TN

East TN Cohort – December 14/March 22  – Cookeville, TN

Virtual Working Sessions (all cohorts)

October 26   5:00-7:00 pm

February 7  5:00-7:00 pm

Participants will receive:
• $600 stipend to recognize their time and dedication to learning
• Ongoing coaching and support from TSIN and other STEM experts
• $300 stipend to facilitate training/implement solutions either at the school or district level
• Opportunity to build educator capacity

Application Information

Applications for Cohort 2 are 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.

Applications for the 2018-2019 school year are now closed.  Thank you for your interest!