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Tennessee STEM Innovation Network (TSIN)

Tennessee will support a significant expansion of STEM education opportunities through the Tennessee STEM Innovation Network (TSIN). The TSIN is a unique public-private collaborative between the Tennessee Department of Education and Battelle Memorial Institute (Battelle) designed to promote and expand the teaching and learning of science, technology, engineering and mathematics education in K-12 public schools across Tennessee. The TSIN will bring together existing, emerging and new STEM education partners and stakeholders in a learning network intentionally designed to share best practices, enhance critical start-up efforts and boost student achievement. Through this unique partnership and the sharing of STEM education practices throughout the state, Tennessee will not only expand educational opportunities and outcomes, but also create new STEM teaching and learning models that can be shared with the rest of the country.

Professional Development RFP Released

In an effort to increase students’ success in STEM education in Tennessee, the state is implementing several initiatives aimed at enhancing teachers’ content knowledge and teaching practices. The Tennessee Higher Education Commission (THEC) is administering a competitive grant program to provide professional development to the state’s K-12 teachers in STEM academic disciplines. STEM academic disciplines are defined as science (biology, chemistry, earth science, physics, and physical science), technology, engineering, and mathematics. Professional development programs funded through this competition will be accessible statewide through the STEM Innovation Network.

To access the Request for Proposals for STEM Professional Development, please visit http://www.tn.gov/thec/Divisions/fttt/fttt.html.