iDiscovery 2.0, through Miami (OH) University, will offer a virtual seminar-based course for Ohio educators in Winter of 2017: Advanced Explorations. This course will allow K-8 educators to engage in critical analysis of their STEM teaching practices through personal and peer reflection, and to identify and share effective STEM teaching strategies for improvement of students’ learning.

The course will begin January 13, 2017 and run through May 5, 2017

OverviewThe following is a brief outline of topics that will be covered in the course.

·                   Teaching Ohio Learning Standards for Mathematics and Science Using STEM, Engineering and Technology

·                   Analysis of a Well-Designed Thematic STEM Unit

·                   Designing Assessments for a Thematic STEM Unit

·                   Thematic STEM Unit Overview, Timeline, and Supporting Details

·                   Analysis and Discussion of Posted Thematic STEM Units

·                   Lesson Plan, Assessment, and Reflection for Thematic STEM Unit Lesson

·                   Analysis and Discussion of Posted Thematic STEM Unit Lessons

·                   Final Analysis and Reflection

Credit: Foundations courses are 2 graduate semester credit hours in teacher education through Miami University. Educators who have previously taken an iDiscovery course will earn 3 graduate semester credit hours in teacher education through Miami University.

iDiscovery courses are distinct each academic year, allowing continued multi-year participation.

Cost: The total participant cost is only $200 per semester course with a $20 graduate school registration fee. This nonrefundable fee is payable by credit card at the time of registration for each course. Registration and payment are submitted through secure sites, accessed only through your assigned iDiscovery Website classroom.

Eligibility: An undergraduate degree is required to apply for graduate credit. All Ohio educators are eligible. Out of state educators must be Ohio residents.

Educators who are currently out of the classroom may participate if they can arrange to plan and teach the required lesson with a practicing teacher.
Non-math/science teachers are eligible; it is necessary to plan and teach interdisciplinary lessons that fully incorporate and integrate mathematics or science into their content area. The focus of the course will be on Ohio’s NLS Learning Standards for mathematics and science.

Timeline: Registration and payment for the course must be done in December of 2016. Start-up work for the winter semester occurs in the second half of January. The course concludes in early May.

Getting Started: To reserve a space in an iDiscovery workshop community for the upcoming semester, contact Bob Claymier, at To be included in an appropriate grade range and focus community, provide the following information: full name, email address, personal phone number, school district, grades and subjects you are teaching, and course preference (mathematics or science)..

For more information, contact Bob Claymier at or visit

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