Small & Rural Schools Day of Innovation AND Grant Opportunity

Last fall in our blog New Year, New Partners we shared a new partnership with Inventionland, one of the world’s largest invention factories and our role as primary training provider in Ohio, Michigan and Kentucky for their top notch inventing inventing, making and storytelling curriculum. This fall Kenton City Schools in Hardin County will become Ohio’s first district to offer the Inventionland Institute Innovation courses. Superintendent Jennifer Penczarski welcomes visitors across the state to stop in next fall to see how Kenton elementary and middle school teachers use these courses to expand maker education opportunities K-8. Districts and STEM schools in central, northeast and southwestern Ohio are also expected to begin offering Inventionland Institute Innovation courses (K-12) next year.

Given this excitement, Inventionland Institute began conversations with EnvisionEdPlus and the Ohio Small Rural Collaborative  to identify ways to bring the Innovation courses to small schools and rural communities.

EnvisionEdPlus is thrilled to announce two new opportunities for our partners to engage with Inventionland.  Kirk Koennecke, Executive Director of the Ohio Small Rural Collaborative told us “We are thrilled to partner with EnvisionEdPlus and Inventionland to offer low-cost, quality professional development opportunities that bring equity an access to our OSRC members!  We can’t wait for our schools to access additional grant funds either.”

  • FREE Day of Innovation Professional Development for Ohio Small Rural Collaborative members
    • Who: District and school administrators (but teachers are welcome too)
    • When: Wednesday, June 13 from 10am -3pm (includes FREE lunch!)
    • Where: Inventionland (585 Alpha Drive Pittsburgh, Pa, 15238)
    • What:  Explore one of the most creative workplaces in the world. Engage in hands on design thinking challenges to use with kids and teachers.  Discover Inventionland Institute’s K-12 Innovation Courses.  Learn how Inventionland and EnvisionEdPlus can support student learning, teacher PD, makerspace and creative learning space design.
  •  Inventionland Institute Small Rural Schools/Programs Grant.
    • Any LEA or not for profit out of school time program provider that meets Inventionland’s small or rural organization criteria is eligible to apply for these grants. If awarded, grantees will receive up to a 50% discount on an Innovation Course 2-year site license and a 10% discount on all optional teacher and student resources.
    • Grant applications are accepted on a rolling basis and reviewed at least quarterly.
      • 2018 Deadlines: March 31, June 30, September 30, December 31
    • Feel free to download the Small Rural Schools Grant application to learn more. You can also contact Karen Hanchett, Inventionland Institute’s Director of Business Development ( or 1-800-585-8434).

Any EEP team member can also lend a hand or answer questions, so feel free to give Tricia, Craig or me a shout too.

~Michele Timmons, President (614.893.7341)

Our Courses

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Supporting Families (Level 1) Consider the differences between engaging and supporting eight types of parents or family members you might encounter. Reflect on your past experiences with each of those types. Create and implement an action plan to improve your support for families who need it. 0.00 2020/07/17 2022/03/24 6
STEAMing Up Literacy (Level 1) The content in this course is designed to begin your understanding of STEAM integration (design thinking) and apply this knowledge to your own classroom. You will have the opportunity to implement a mini lesson and receive feedback about your lesson. Two “office hours” will be available to chat with the instructor and others enrolled in this course. 0.00 2021/01/09 2022/03/24 5
Trauma Brain (Level 1) The brain is constantly changing and molding in response to the environment. These changes impact student learning. This is especially true in terms of trauma. This training is designed to help participants learn what goes on in the brain and how they can set up a learning environment for each of the students in their class. 0.00 2021/01/30 2022/03/24 4
STEAMing Up Literacy (Level 2) The content in this course is designed to begin your understanding of Problem Based Learning(PBL) and apply this knowledge to your own classroom. You will have the opportunity to implement a mini lesson and receive feedback about your lesson. 0.00 2021/02/23 2022/03/24 5
High Quality Literacy Instruction (Level 1 & 2) Core content includes an overview of Ohio’s Plan to Raise Literacy Achievement, evidence-based literacy practices, and resources and tools for literacy instruction. Participants will create, implement and improve two classroom-based literacy strategies (in-person, blended or remote). 0.00 2021/02/23 2022/03/24 5
Supporting Families (Level 2) In Engaging Families Through Support - Level 1, you learned about eight types of parents/caregivers and reflected on your past experiences with each type, culminating in a plan to better engage specific types as partners in their children's education. During this 8-hour asynchronous course you will delve deeper in your understanding of the eight types of parents/caregivers by speaking with individual family members you work with, discovering what they need from you and your program, and implementing an action plan informed by the actual families you serve. Doing so will give you sustainable skills and strategies to build stronger family engagement year after year. 0.00 2021/03/07 2022/03/30 6
Differentiated & Engaged Instruction (Level 1) Differentiation is effective instruction that is responsive to the learner’s preferences, interests and their readiness. It could be explained as a framework for thinking about your teaching and your student’s learning. This course discusses differentiation as an effective teaching tool. Included are many resources and strategies to help meet the learning needs of each student. Participants will learn through various articles, videos, examples, strategies and resources to adapt lessons to meet the needs of each student in their classrooms. 0.00 2021/03/18 2022/03/24 5
Trauma Brain (Level 2) This course gives an advanced understanding of the brain. including differences between “active” and “relational” based brains, trauma-related behaviors, and strategies to reach and teach trauma-impacted students so that they can re-engage in learning. Participants will learn about the range of thinking that a brain does, explore how students fit into the range of thinking, and discover healthy ways of engaging the full range of thinking. 0.00 2021/05/31 2022/03/24 4
Differentiated & Engaged Instruction (Level 2) This 8-hour, self-paced course is facilitated by Laurie Trotter, an EnvisionEdPlus Instructional Specialist. The course explores advanced differentiation as an effective instructional method that is responsive to the learner’s preferences and interests. Create, implement, and improve a lesson plan to engage all learners. Participants will learn through various articles, videos, examples, strategies, and resources to be able to be proficient in starting to adapt lessons to meet all needs of students in their classroom. Prerequisite: Differentiated and Engaged Instruction (Bronze Badge). 0.00 2021/05/31 2022/03/24 5
Creativity Belongs in the Classroom (Level 1) Encourage lifelong learning, improve focus, reduce anxiety and enhance thinking in your classroom or program. Creativity is a learned and trained process for getting the most out of higher level thinking and problem solving of your students. Learn how to embed creativity easily into your lessons, using strategies that will help unlock your students ability to be innovative thinkers and problem solvers. This course is appropriate for anyone who works with youth and also satisfies the HQPD Gifted competencies of A, B, and D. 0.00 2022/01/14 2022/04/10 5

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