Fifty-One TN Educators Selected for 2020-2021 Tennessee Rural STEM Collaborative

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Fifty-One TN Educators Selected for 2020-2021 Tennessee Rural STEM Collaborative

  • By Evan Curran
  • 12 Aug, 2020

The Network announced today the 2020-2021 cohort of the Tennessee Rural STEM Collaborative – a yearlong professional development opportunity for rural educators designed to share promising practices in STEM education, seek solutions to local education challenges, and encourage the development of a targeted STEM solution for each community or school represented. This year, 51 educators representing 32 counties across Tennessee were competitively selected for the Collaborative. 


“All communities, regardless of zip code, possess local assets that can support quality STEM instruction and workforce development initiatives. The Collaborative connects rural educators with community partners and facilitate co-learning about STEM teaching strategies, promoting immediate impact at the local level and collective impact statewide.” said Brandi Stroecker, Director of the Tennessee STEM Innovation Network. “The Collaborative this year has been intentionally designed to ensure safety and applicability during the COVID-19 pandemic. Educators will convene virtually and explore strategies for engaging students in STEM learning through virtual, hybrid, or in-class models of instruction.”

 

Within the Collaborative, there are three regional cohorts that will map the STEM resources unique to the educational landscapes in West, Middle, and East Tennessee. The Collaborative provides a stipend for teachers to engage with the program and implement a targeted STEM initiative within their own communities. For more information, visit tsin.org/tennessee-rural-stem-collaborative.  


2020-2021 Tennessee Rural STEM Collaborative Cohort from Franklin County Schools

Jessica Guess

North Middle School

Franklin County

Caterine Heaton

Decherd Elem.

Franklin County

Kimberly Collins

Huntland Schools

Franklin County

Rachel Cunningham

North Middle School

Franklin County

Heather Lunsford

South Middle School

Franklin County