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CAT - Choose Appalachian Teaching

Building a Community of Mathematics and Science Teachers
for Southern and Eastern Ohio

The Choose Appalachian Teaching Scholarship

The CAT scholarship program is for future adolescent-to-young-adult (AYA; Grades 7-12) mathematics and science teachers and future middle childhood mathematics and science teachers (Grades 4-9).  Applicants must be willing after graduation and licensure to teach for three years in one of the 32 Appalachian counties of Ohio.  CAT scholarships are available at the Athens campus of Ohio University and five of the Ohio University regional campuses: Chillicothe, Eastern, Lancaster, Southern, and Zanesville.  No new CAT scholarships are available at this time.  Current CAT scholars will continue to receive scholarship funding if they meet all eligibility criteria.    

CAT scholarships are a part of the Choose Ohio First scholarship program.


Save the Date for AppO MaSTRS 8 
Saturday 23 September 2017, 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Morton Hall room 237, Ohio University, Athens
Modeling Across the STEM Curriculum


The AppO MaSTRS symposia are intended for all mathematics and science pre-service and in-service teachers, school administrators, university and college faculty, and all others interested in STEM education.

AppO MaSTRS 7 
Saturday 24 September 2016, 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Morton Hall room 237, Ohio University, Athens
The Incalculable Value of STEM
Symposium Schedule with links to some presentation slides

The Seventh Annual Appalachian Ohio Mathematics and Science Teaching Research Symposium meeting took place on 24 September 2016 at Ohio University Athens in Morton Hall.  Approximately 60-65 mathematics and science pre-service and in-service teachers, school administrators, and university and college faculty attended the symposium as well as others interested in STEMM education.  The STEMM disciplines include Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics, and Medicine.

AppO MaSTRS 7 CollageThis year's presenters shared The Incalculable Value of STEM through 2 keynote presantations and 18 concurrent sessions.  Dr. Kim Yoak, who is the Executive Director of the Ohio Council of Teachers of Mathematics, delivered the morning keynote address, in which she described how teaching mathematics can be used to empower students instead of intimidating and constraining them.  The afternoon keynote session featured Leigh Crites, an outstanding 5th grade science teacher at Morrison-Gordon Elementary School in Athens.  Ms. Crites shared some of the creative methods she uses for making the science curriculum understandable and memorable for her students.  The day included Math Circle sessions and lunch-hour gatherings for CAT and Noyce scholars, Woodrow Wilson Teaching Fellows, and those interested in the Ohio Council of Teachers of Mathematics (OCTM) and the Science Education Council of Ohio (SECO).

AppO MaSTRS is supported by the Choose Appalachian Teaching scholarship program, the Department of Mathematics, the Department of Teacher Education, the Morton Professorship, the Noyce scholarship program, the OHIO Center for Equity in Mathematics and Science (OCEMS), the Patton College of Education Dean’s Office, and the Woodrow Wilson Teaching Fellows program.  For more information about the symposium, contact Mary Harmison (740-597-9006) or Courtney Koestler (740-593-0118).

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