Now accepting principal nominations for the 2022-2023 ROI STEM Fellowship!


ROI is pleased to announce that the 2022-2023 STEM Fellowship will be for middle school teachers. The STEM Fellowship is a year-long professional development program to support teachers to integrate STEM concepts and employability skills into daily instruction. Teacher applications due June 6th. View the ROI Grant Portal and click on “View All Grants” for the nomination form.

The ideal STEM Fellow will

  • be a classroom teacher serving any middle school grade and content area (Because computer science concepts span all content areas, this fellowship cohort will pursue a computer science license endorsement to support CS integration in their classroom.),  
  • have a strong commitment to learning about and improving STEM education,
  • be willing to lead and influence practices of new STEM learning models and content with fellow faculty,
  • possess leadership skills with both peers and students,
  • have adequate administrative support to carry out STEM initiatives within their school, and
  • actively contribute to the Uplands STEM community of practice by sharing ideas and networking.

Teacher nominees will be contacted directly by ROI to apply once the nomination window closes.

A lifelong love of STEM learning and engagement starts early in a student’s academic journey and must continue through the middle grades for students to continue to view STEM content as accessible and attainable. Cohorts 1-5 of the ROI STEM Fellowship supported elementary educators in developing STEM teaching and leadership skills, creating a network of skilled K-6 educators throughout the Indiana Uplands. ROI is keenly aware that middle grades are a critical time for students to build confidence and gain interest in STEM content areas as they begin to make decisions about the future. For this reason, the 2022-2023 ROI STEM Fellowship will give middle school educators the opportunity to

  • participate in professional development focused on STEM integration and teaching practices, 
  • prepare for the computer science license addition exam through provided training courses, 
  • be connected to regional and state-wide partners and resources, and
  • be part of a regional STEM Fellows network.

Over the course of the year, Fellows meet monthly to learn new and engaging ways to build STEM knowledge and skills in their classrooms as well as strategies to help their colleagues grow as STEM educators. We envision Fellows as “pebbles in a pond:” one enthusiastic champion for STEM in a school can have a huge impact. Students, teachers, and administrators across the Indiana Uplands are reaping the benefits of having STEM Fellows serving in their district.

Findings outlined in the ROI Occupational Needs Assessment consistently highlight the importance of having STEM-literate students to meet current and future workforce needs within the Indiana Uplands. Highly skilled graduates also provide a basis for continued economic growth and prosperity. A student competent in STEM knowledge and skills can find success in a variety of fields, but particularly in the Uplands’ three primary sectors of advanced manufacturing, life sciences and national security and defense.

The initiative develops leaders and STEM experts who:

  • Provide support to colleagues
  • Model innovative STEM lessons
  • Participate in professional development activities focused on experiential learning, engineering design process, project-based learning, computer science and other relevant topics
  • Actively contribute to the Uplands regional STEM teacher network

STEM Fellows are active classroom teachers serving kindergarten through 8th grade. Fellows are asked to attend all STEM Fellows professional development events over the course of the Fellowship year, to serve as a STEMbassador to peers in the second year, and to be a catalyst for STEM growth within their school. Questions? Contact: Emily Menkedick, Education Specialist, emily@regionalopportunityinc.org.

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