Opportunities from the Teaching Institute for Excellence in STEM


The Teaching Institute for Excellence in STEM (TIES) is analyzing Ohio’s STEM education and workforce needs and piloting IBM SkillsBuild. The institute is seeking educators for both projects.

TIES will be completing an analysis of Ohio STEM education and workforce development needs, opportunities, challenges and strengths regionally.

TIES is hoping to learn from stakeholders about:

  • The needs, hopes and opportunities in each region related to STEM and STEAM;
  • Any exemplar STEM or STEAM education and workforce development examples already happening regionally; and
  • Any regional programs that are addressing education and workforce development.

All stakeholders in the below counties, including those in prekindergarten-12 education, higher education, workforce development, business, industry, community and economic development organizations, and out-of-school STEM and STEAM providers such as museums, YMCAs, 4H, scouts, etc., are invited to register.

  • Wayne: March 22, 9-11 a.m.
  • Ashtabula: April 3, 9-11 a.m.
  • Defiance: May 9, 1:30-3:30 p.m.
  • Huron: May 15, 9:30-11:30 a.m.
  •  Wyandot: May 15, 2:30-4:30 p.m.
  • Shelby: May 16, 9:30-11:30 a.m.
  • Scioto: Coming Soon
  • Ross: Coming Soon

Contact Christa Krohn, TIES director of learning systems at christakrohn@tiesteach.org with questions about this opportunity.

TIES also is seeking forward-thinking educators to join a carefully selected pilot of IBM SkillsBuild. SkillsBuild is a free set of online courses that enable students to gain valuable skills, earn verified digital credentials, connect with mentors and explore fields and careers ranging from artificial intelligence to cybersecurity. 

With support from TIES, IBM is creating a cohort of K-12 educators to pilot IBM SkillsBuild courses and share observations and then offer courses to students they serve.

Educators who apply and are selected to join the cohort will:

  • Gain a valuable opportunity to partner with IBM, one of the world’s leading technology companies;
  • Play a role in shaping SkillsBuild as a program platform that aligns with educator needs and motivation;
  • Form connections with other educators from across the country also working with IBM SkillsBuild; and
  • Receive a $500 stipend.

Learn how to bring SkillsBuild to students to teach them foundational skills that will set them up for future success.

To be considered for inclusion in the cohort, educators should review the program requirements and confirm they meet all expectations.

Complete the application by April 7.

Contact Dr. Alyssa Briggs, TIES senior vice president for innovation and transformation, with questions.