NASHVILLE—Three teachers in the Cocke County School System are among the 46 educators representing 27 counties across Tennessee chosen to participate in STEM learning opportunities for rural communities.

Bradley Gregg, a teacher at Cocke County High School, Rebecca Arrowood, who teaches at Cosby Elementary School, and John A. Bell, Cosby High School teacher, will participate in the yearlong development opportunity for rural educators.

The program is 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.

“All communities, regardless of zip code, possess local assets that can support quality STEM instruction and workforce development initiatives,” said Brandi Stroecker, Director of Education Strategy at Tennessee STEM Network. “The Collaborative model is intentionally designed to connect rural educators with community partners and facilitate co-learning about STEM teaching strategies, promoting immediate impact at the local level and collective impact statewide.”

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.

The Tennessee STEM Innovation Network is a public-private collaborative between the Tennessee Department of Education and Battelle Education, emphasizing a “kindergarten through jobs” philosophy by promoting the teaching and learning of STEM education and integrating real-world and hands-on learning in K -12 public schools across Tennessee.

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