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  • Harvard Business School methodology to hit local elementary classrooms

    Posted by P.I.E. | February 18, 2014

    P.I.E. LogoWith $1.1 million this year from Ohio’s Straight A Fund, Cincinnati Public Schools and Milford Exempted Village School District are piloting new case-based learning curricula in which students apply math, science and technology skills to help solve real world, data-driven problems for local companies.  Continue Reading.

  • PIE in the News: Cincy sixth graders use Ohio grant to dream up a new gelato flavor for Madisono’s

    Posted by P.I.E. | February 4, 2014

  • Case-Based STEM Learning Project of the Straight A Fund

    Posted by P.I.E. | January 29, 2014

  • FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: P!E and Smarter Schools to implement case-based STEM curicula

    Posted by P.I.E. | December 20, 2013

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    DATE:    20 December 2013 — For Immediate Release

    CONTACTS:  Janet Walsh, Cincinnati Public Schools, 513-363-0023

    Bob Farrell, Superintendent, Milford Exempted Village Schools 513-831-1314

    Mary Welsh Schlueter, PIE, 513-378-8370

    Andy Benson, Smarter Schools, 513-313-5109

     

    CINCINNATI PUBLIC AND MILFORD SCHOOLS RECEIVE $1.1 MILLION GRANT

    Partnership for Innovation in Education and Smarter Schools to implement case-based experiential STEM curricula

     

    CINCINNATI, Dec. 20 — Cincinnati Public Schools (CPS) and Milford Exempted Village School District have received a $1.1 million grant from the Ohio Department of Education’s $250 million Straight A Fund to work with the Partnership for Innovation and Education and Smarter Schools to advance and replicate a promising case-based method of teaching STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) at the public school level. The grants were approved Dec. 16 by the State of Ohio Controlling Board.

     

    The grant proposal, one of only 24 awarded by the Straight A fund, also develops a scalable and sustainable model to increase STEM efficacy in Ohio classrooms.

     

    CPS and Milford will work with PIE, Smarter Schools and two other partners to implement the innovative STEM program in six Milford elementary schools and 12 CPS schools. (Please see list at end of this release).

     

    The grant proposal is designed to help address a shortage of students pursuing STEM careers. In the future, Ohio’s job base will require science, technology, engineering and math skills; 90% of those will require postsecondary education. Currently, only 19 out of every 100 bachelor’s degrees are in STEM fields. Researchers seek to harness the natural experimentation and curiosity of elementary school students to generate early interest in pursuing STEM fields.

     

    The grant proposal builds from a project piloted last year at CPS’ Kilgour Elementary, in which teachers worked with PIE to develop a case-based, vertically integrated curriculum. It featured the development and application of critical thinking skills using authentic STEM content and aided by technology. The case method places the student in a decision-making role. Case facts and context are presented but the student must actively pursue a solution. At Kilgour, students reviewed relevant facts, figures and data, and learned about the product life cycle, SWOT analysis, and the “5Ps” of marketing. To apply these concepts, they developed an accompanying “app” and became the first public elementary school to launch an app available globally via the Google Android Store. Every $0.99 download of the “Cash Cow Lemon Smash™” app provides revenue to Cincinnati Public Schools.

     

    Also included in the consortium are the Mayerson Academy and the Northern Kentucky University Center for Applied Informatics.

     

    A total of 24 grants were recommended on Dec. 6 for a total of $88.6 million in funding by the Straight A Fund Governing Board after a rigorous screening process of 570 applications. Each application was rated by independent scorers to determine if the idea was fiscally sustainable, innovative, and had substantial value and lasting impact.

     

    “There was tremendous competition to receive a Straight A grant,” said Dr. Richard A. Ross, superintendent of public instruction. “All of Ohio will look to the winning proposals for ideas to reduce costs and transform learning in our state.”

     

    A list of applicants recommended for a Straight A Fund grant can be viewed here.

     

    Information about the Straight A Fund can be viewed here.

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    About PIE: Recognized as the first elementary school program in the U.S. to incorporate business, education and app development technology in the classroom, PIE programs offer real world, critical thinking skills embedded within an approved STEM Core Curriculum program – with the added benefit of earning revenue for school districts. PIE connects stakeholders to promote positive change within neighborhoods and urban communities. Founded in 2009 by Mary Schlueter, PIE transforms partnerships into 21st century learning for students, while providing high-quality, workforce opportunities for the community. www.piemedia.org

     

    About Smarter Schools: Smarter Schools is a non-profit created in 2013 to focus on improving efficiency and effectiveness in education. The Cincinnati-based organization is led by veteran education architect Andrew Benson.

     

     

    QUOTES:

    “I’m extremely excited about this opportunity to engage our students’ creativity in real-world problem-solving while building the STEM skills that are so valuable in the 21st century economy.” – Mary Ronan, superintendent of Cincinnati Public Schools

     

    “The Straight A grant will provide the opportunity for Milford and Cincinnati Schools to collaborate with leading educational experts that will work together with our administration, teachers, and sixth-grade students with strategies to increase interest and achievement in science. We are very excited about having a chance to collaborate to help motivate our students to pursue STEM career pathways.” -Robert Farrell, PhD, superintendent Milford Exempted Village School District

     

    “We want this project to be helpful not only to the 18 schools in the program but also to others who can learn from what we are doing here.” – Andrew Benson, executive director of Smarter Schools

     

    “The partnership with PIE and Smarter Schools is a win-win for the College of Informatics. Our students get tremendous and innovative learning opportunities at the same time as helping advance the STEM disciplines in local school systems” – Kevin Kirby, PhD, dean of the NKU College of Informatics 

     

    “Mayerson Academy is very excited to partner with PIE to provide professional development in implementing case-based teaching of STEM to teachers in twelve Cincinnati Public Schools and 6 Milford Public Schools. It is often said that children love science until they go to school.  PIE, with the help of the Straight A Fund grant, will change that mindset. We are pleased to be a part of this endeavor that is so important to our country’s future.”  – Kathleen Ware, president of Mayerson 

     

    “PIE is thrilled that our program with Milford and Cincinnati was awarded a Straight A Innovation Grant. Our innovative, hands-on STEM curriculum allows students to experience and apply the concepts they have learned. They apply concepts taught in science, technology, engineering and math, and learn to adapt to a constantly changing and competitive global marketplace.”   - Mary Welsh Schlueter, PIE chief executive

     

    SCHOOLS INVOLVED

    Twelve CPS Schools: School for Creative and Performing Arts, Rothenberg Preparatory Academy,  Rockdale Academy Elementary School, Aiken College and Career High School, James N. Gamble Montessori High School, Clark Montessori High School, Pleasant Ridge Montessori School, Kilgour Elementary School, Academy for Multilingual Immersion Studies, Sands Montessori, Hughes STEM High School, Hyde Park School.

     

    Six Milford Schools: Meadowview Elementary, McCormick Elementary, Mulberry Elementary, Pattison Elementary, Seipelt Elementary, Boyd E. Smith Elementary.

  • Women Excel with 2013 Business Honors – P!E CEO Mary Schlueter

    Posted by P.I.E. | December 12, 2013

  • Ohio Straight A Fund Governing Board Recommends Applicants for Approval

    Posted by P.I.E. | December 9, 2013

    PIE on List of Recommended Applicants!

    From the Ohio Department of Education:

    Release date: 12/6/2013

    COLUMBUS –– A total of 24 grants from more than 150 individual entities were recommended for a total of $88.6 million in funding Friday by the Straight A Fund Governing Board after a rigorous screening process. The recommendations go to the Ohio Controlling Board for final approval on Dec. 16.

    A list of applicants recommended for a Straight A Fund Grant can be viewed here.

    “There was tremendous competition to receive a Straight A grant,” said Dr. Richard A. Ross, superintendent of public instruction. “All of Ohio will look to the winning proposals for ideas to reduce costs and transform learning in our state.”

    The $250 million Straight A Fund was created in the new state budget signed this summer by Gov. John R. Kasich. In all, 420 organizations submitted 570 applications to be considered for funds to improve achievement and increase efficiency. The applicants requested nearly $868 million. A new round of grant funding will be held next year. The Straight A Fund is part of a $1.6 billion increase in state funding for education over the next two years.

    “This first round of Straight A Fund grant opportunities has started the process of re-examining the ways that we educate the boys and girls of Ohio,” said Ross. “Many great conversations took place in and between our schools, colleges and universities, businesses and other educational stakeholders as part of this process. We need to build on this spirit of innovation and openness to improvement with the second round of Straight A Fund grants and everything we do moving forward.”

    Each grant application was first rated by three of approximately 230 independent fiscal scorers selected by the Department of Administrative Services who helped determine if applicants’ ideas were fiscally sustainable. From the original pool of 570 applications, 359 were approved as sustainable and promoted to the next step of the rating process.

    Each application was then rated by three of approximately 230 independent programmatic scorers selected by the Department of Administrative Services to determine if the proposal was innovative, had substantial value and lasting impact.

    After this programmatic review, the scores were reviewed by grant advisors. The approximately 30 grant advisors – professional educators and community and corporate leaders approved by the Governing Board – issued a recommendation of the highest quality applications to the Governing Board who made the final recommendations. The State Controlling Board must give final approval before funds are distributed.

    Of the $100 million, legislators earmarked $11.4 million (HB 59) for projects including Kids Unlimited of Toledo for quality after-school tutoring and mentoring; for Cleveland Municipal School District for the implementation of the Cleveland Plan; and for qualifying districts to improve the efficiency of pupil transportation. 

    The Straight A Fund Governing Board is comprised of nine members, including the state superintendent of public instruction, four members appointed by the governor, two members appointed by the speaker of the House of Representatives and two members appointed by the president of the Senate.

    Current members include: Alex Fischer, president and CEO of the Columbus Partnership, who serves as chair of the Governing Board; State Superintendent Richard A. Ross; Representative Gerald Stebelton, Ohio House of Representatives; Representative Andrew Brenner, Ohio House of Representatives; Senator Peggy Lehner, Ohio Senate; Kristina Phillips-Schwartz, director of education initiatives at the Cincinnati Business Committee; and Superintendent John Scheu, Sidney City School District.

    Information about the Straight A Fund can be viewed here.

  • Reminder: WE Celebrate! December 5

    Posted by P.I.E. | November 25, 2013

    WE Celebrate 2013
    Thursday, December 5
    8-9:30 a.m.
    Horseshoe Casino Cincinnati

    The WE Celebrate Awards breakfast honors the achievement of women in business….

    Join us to celebrate these women and recognize the inaugural WE Celebrate Pinnacle Award recipient, Victoria Buyniski Gluckman.

    Cincinnati radio DJ favorite Laura Powell of Q102 will emcee.

    Register here and Learn More:
    http://www.cincinnatichamber.com/WE/

     

  • FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Kilgour Elementary in the Air

    Posted by P.I.E. | November 21, 2013

    School first to use iPad Air in elementary classroom

    PIE Uses iPad Air to Advance STEM Learning

     CINCINNATI, 21 Nov. — Kilgour Elementary School in Mt. Lookout is an early adopter of, and one of the first public elementary schools in the nation to receive, iPad Air tablets for innovative classroom work. Students across many grade levels will use them during the class day to launch a blended learning technology program created by nonprofit Partnership for Innovation in Education (PIE). Blended learning mixes traditional methods of instruction with technology exploration.

    PIE received a $25,000 K-12 Technology Innovation Grant from MiCTA (a national non-profit technology advocacy organization) to create an innovative technological in-class learning curriculum, to serve as a national model for other elementary schools interested in applying a hands-on Science Technology Engineering Math (STEM) curriculum. This is the second grant given to PIE for use within the Cincinnati Public Schools (CPS).

    PIE’s KydPreneur2 program offers experiential, project-based learning meeting STEM core curriculum standards.  PIE worked with Kilgour’s Tech Director Brenda McGee and CPS Chief Information Officer Jennifer Wagner to develop a pilot curriculum for first – sixth graders studying computer programming, video game design, stop motion animation and tech robotics. The Center for Applied Informatics (CAI) at Northern Kentucky University, the NKU Center for Integrative Natural Science and Mathematics (CINSAM), Sprint, and Hewlett Packard Co. will provide educators, program developers, real-world practitioners, and software engineers to develop and test the curriculum. Students and staff of the NKU College for Applied Informatics will create tech applications, while the students gameify the learning concepts. When launched, the program will offer CPS a royalty per curriculum adoption.

    “Kilgour has required students to complete a capstone project for the past 12 years,” says Kilgour’s McGee. “And we have taught technology to our elementary students for many years, as well. We are the district leader in combining traditional brick-and-mortar learning with the latest tech applications to create blended learning. It better prepares our students for high school, college and the workforce.”

    Planning is underway for all of CPS to adopt a blended learning plan. Superintendent Mary Ronan, Kilgour principal from 1996-2002, experienced first-hand the effects of blended learning on student achievement and teacher development.

    MiCTA funding will purchase and Sprint will supply 30 iPad Air 9.5” screen tablets, a rechargeable mobile cart, a monthly data plan including data service, and dedicated customer service, loss, firewall and child safety coverage. The iPad Air is 7.5 millimeters thin, weighs just one pound, and comes with built-in apps and iPhoto, iMovie, GarageBand, Pages, Numbers, and Keynote for free. 

    Kilgour sixth graders will be the first to test the program in math. A pre-test will gauge their knowledge and a post-test will measure their progress. Sprint provides 24/7 access to the iPad Air and learning. Eventually, all 650 Kilgour students and 25 teachers/staff will benefit from the program. Following its pilot implementation at Kilgour, the program will launch commercially and benefit all 57 CPS schools, 33,000 students and 5,000 teachers. The program is fully scalable and transferable to all school districts throughout the United States. McGee will write a curriculum for use by any K-12 teacher.

    PIE’s first MiCTA grant made Kilgour students the first public elementary school to design and launch an application globally across the Android platform.  “Lemon Smash” debuted on June 5, 2012. Cincinnati Mayor Mark Mallory and Cincinnati City Council read a proclamation congratulating PIE and Cincinnati Public Schools and named it “Lemon Smash Day”. 

    About PIE

    Recognized as the first elementary school program in the USA to incorporate business, education and app development technology in the classroom, PIE programs offer real world, critical thinking skills embedded within an approved STEM Core Curriculum program – with the added benefit of earning revenue for school districts. PIE connects knowledge leaders, concerned citizens, educators, administrators, non-profit organizations, business communities and government leaders to promote positive change within neighborhoods and urban communities. ”PIE bridges the gap between educators and the business community,” says founder Mary Schlueter, “and transforms those partnerships into 21st century learning for students, while providing high-quality, workforce opportunities for the community.” www.piemedia.org

    PARTNER QUOTES

    “MiCTA is pleased with the success of these projects,” says Tim Vonhoff, COO of MiCTA Tech, “and we believe that they can serve as models for schools nationwide. We have encouraged other schools to look at PIE’s programs and network with their peers at Kilgour.”

    “The Apple iPad Air offers Kilgour students the ability to view exciting multimedia content and use engaging educational apps,” says Chris Rider, Director of the Center for Applied Informatics, Northern Kentucky University. “It has a high-resolution screen and an intuitive interface for students. They will have fun while learning from engrossing iBooks and apps.”

    “Sprint is proud to be a partner with Partnership for Innovation in Education,” says Shane Carnahan, public sector account executive with Sprint. “We are so fortunate to have this innovative organization [PIE] in our community.”

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  • PIE’s Ohio Straight A Fund Proposal Advances!

    Posted by P.I.E. | November 15, 2013

    Breaking News from Columbus, OH:

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    PIE-Milford Schools-Cinti Public Schools-NKU-Mayerson Academy $1M Straight A Fund Proposal Advances to Next Round!

    This is great news for K-8 Ohio Public School Students, as PIE collaborates with school districts, business organizations, universities, technology providers and professional development institutions to develop new experiential, blended and deeper learning STEM opportunities that provide significant academic achievement and sustainability gains for our youngest OH citizens.
  • November/December P!E News 2013

    Posted by P.I.E. | November 14, 2013

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