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IDOE STEM Acceleration Grant Opportunity

2018 – 2019 STEM K – 6 Acceleration Grants

Deadline for Applications: March 23, 2018

To support schools that have an interest in accelerating, scaling or starting STEM, school-based activities, the IDOE intends to provide STEM support activities during the 2018-2019 school year.  These grants will also be used for an important research effort to provide Indiana leaders with evidence of impact from STEM activities happening in classrooms across the state. In an effort to ensure a breadth of STEM practices for research purposes, a variety of awardees implementing various state and nationally recognized curriculum options will be selected as grant recipients.

STEM Acceleration program costs funded by this grant may include but are not limited to:

  • Instructional materials, including shipping and handling of materials for STEM curriculum;
  • Support for instruction (professional development and training);
  • Stipends for teacher training.
School districts or charter schools may receive grant funding assistance for:
  • the establishment of a new STEM program or curriculum in a school to use for grades K- 6;
  • the scaling of existing successful state of nationally recognized STEM programs or curriculum in a school to use for grades K-6;
  • corresponding professional development.
For details and the application, click here.

CELL Announces Education-Workforce Partnership Grants

The Center of Excellence in Leadership of Learning (CELL) is pleased to announce a third round of planning grant opportunities to aid in the development of education-workforce pathways. This funding (up to $15,000) may be used for the research of promising practices and the creation of a career pathways implementation plan. Three new grantees will join the current Education Workforce Partnership network of eleven past grantees across the state.

The Education Workforce Partnership awardees, with technical assistance from CELL, will use promising models of education-workforce alignment to design implementation plans for regional or local sector-based career pathways. Implementation plans might include promising practices such as Early College Polytechnic, apprenticeships, academy models, or more organically developed customized approaches (click here below for further details).

Important Dates
Webinar on Promising Practices & Grant Guidelines:

Wednesday, February 14, 2018 at 1 p.m. EDT
Register here.

Webinar for Additional Questions:
Friday, March 9, 2018 at 10 a.m. EDT
Register here.

Application Due Date: 4 p.m. EDT, April 13, 2018
Notifications for Interviews: April 20, 2018
Final Awardees Announced: April 27, 2018

Contact Alisa or Shannon with questions.

Research Experience for Teachers Opens Third Cohort Registration

Research Experience for Teachers (RET) is a unique professional development opportunity  that leverages the expertise of engineering scholars at Purdue University and Tuskegee University.
The opportunity for 11 high school STEM teachers from Indiana and Alabama to participate in a six week development opportunity during summer 2018.  Summer RET activities include an orientation, introduction to basic engineering principles and terms, initial interviews to understand teachers’ interests and instructional needs, and matching teachers with unique research projects related to science or engineering standards.

For program and registration details click here.

WIEP offering glimpse of engineering with Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day

Freshmen and sophomores in high school can pursue their interest in engineering through a Purdue weekend event.

Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day will offer a daylong event beginning at 9 a.m. Feb. 24 showcasing the variety of engineering disciplines Purdue has to offer. In addition, families may join for a concurrent session held by Imagination, Innovation, Discovery, and Design, an after-school academic year program through Purdue’s Women in Engineering Program.

The event is free and pre-registration is necessary. Freshmen and sophomore participants will be guided by current engineering students and faculty. Those participating in the concurrent I2D2 event must remain under parental supervision.

For more information click here.

Lilly Experience for Teachers of STEM Opens Registration

Attention Indiana STEM Teachers (Chemistry, Biology, Physics, Math and Technology):

  • Would you like to start your summer by making $500 in 2 days at Lilly’s Indianapolis campus on June 12-13, 2018?
  • Would you like to meet and collaborate with Lilly scientists and engineers plus other Indiana STEM teachers?
  • Would you enjoy creating labs and lesson plans to be shared across the state and the U.S.?
  • Would you like a few more great answers to give to students who ask: “When will I use STEM?”

If you answered YES to these questions, then “LETS”—the Lilly Experience for Teachers of STEM—is for you! We are seeking expert STEM teachers from across Indiana to make this innovative program a success. Our goal is to leverage your expertise and talents to create lesson plans to share across Indiana, sparking even greater interest and appreciation for STEM subjects and careers.

Additional information is provided online at  If you’re interested, please fill out the short application form by February 16, 2018.  The application will take only 1-2 minutes to complete.  Teachers selected to participate in the 2018 Lilly Experience for Teachers of STEM will be notified by March 6, 2018.

Questions? Please see the frequently asked questions (FAQs) section or contact

Indiana State and Bev Bitzegaio Honored for STEM Leadership

The Indiana Conference for Women is dedicated to the educational and professional development of women in Indiana and the Midwest.  Million Women Mentors – Indiana participated in the annual Indiana Conference for women on November 7th, in part to honor significant contributions to STEM education for women and girls.  Sponsored by Ivy Tech Community College and Rolls-Royce, MWM-IN presented the Indiana MWM Stand Up for STEM Award to recognize and celebrate the work of companies, individuals and organizations in Indiana that have contributed significantly to advancing women and girls in STEM careers through MWM and mentoring.

Indiana’s Honorary Chair of Million Women Mentors, Dr. Sue Ellspermann, President of Ivy Tech made the presentation to Indiana State University and Bev Bitzegaio. Reginald McGregor from Rolls-Royce joined in congratulating Bev on stage.

The Indiana State University College of Technology has employed strategies over the past 15 years to increase the enrollment, persistence, and success of women in engineering and technology fields. Two of the most significant efforts have been closely connected with mentoring: the Females in Technology, a student organization in its 12th year that supports and connects female students in technology and Destination Success, a career readiness program started last year. These efforts have helped the ISU College of Technology increase female enrollment from 5% to nearly 12%. More importantly than the increased enrollment numbers is the influence mentoring has on the students to encourage other young women to explore options in STEM career fields.

The December Issue of STEM-IN’ News is Available

The December issue of the STEM-IN’ newsletter is now available here.

In This Issue:

  • Carel Associates Expand High School STEM College Readiness
  • Purdue College of Veterinary Medicine Expands Afterschool Science Program
  • Project Based Learning Professional Development
  • Indiana Pacers STEM Fest 2018

Indiana DOE Prioritizes STEM, CTE and College & Career Readiness for 2018

The Indiana Department of Education has outlined its strategic policy priorities ahead of the 2018 legislative session. Superintendent of Public Instruction Jennifer McCormick says the goal of the proposed policies is to “create a rich, innovative and immersive education environment” for students.

STEM, especially for K-5, is a key part of the plans.

Read the complete article here.

See the priorities here.

State Chamber of Commerce Seeks More STEM Education in 2018

The Indiana Chamber of Commerce emphasized education in science, technology, engineering and math, or STEM, in its plans for the 2018 legislative session. Chamber Vice President of Education, Workforce Development and Federal Relations, Caryl Auslander, says a major focus is on making computer science a prerequisite for high school graduation.

To read the complete article click here.