Programs and Intiatives

Apply to Host an Event as Part of Remake Learning Days

Remake Learning Days, is a national showcase for innovative learning with a special focus on equity, engagement, and innovation–it’s a celebration and a collaboration that connects education partners to create events for students, families and communities around key themes of arts, making and digital fabrication, outdoor learning, science, technology, youth voice and professional development.

Northeast Ohio will celebrate Remake Learning Days from May 15 to 17, and we’re aiming for 25 events from all kinds of organizations who offer virtual or in-person programming. We are offering microgrants of $250 for selected programs.

Please email Tim Francisco at for more details or for help in brainstorming events.

To learn more, and to get a feel for this collaboration consider joining the kickoff event October 13, 7-8 register at

Finally, apply for a micro grant here.

Remake Learning Days

NEOStem Ecosystems will be participating in Remake Learning Days, a national celebration and clearinghouse of innovative learning and engagement, May 15-17, 2021. This is a great opportunity to put into practice what we’ve learned about education, social systems, and learning equity through our redesign process, while highlighting the important work we are doing in Northeastern Ohio. We’re asking that you consider participating by designing a unique, hands-on learning event open to all in the communities we serve. These events should be designed to “spark creativity, perseverance, and curiosity,” through equitable community engagement.

Members can start by filling out the form linked here, outlining the idea, anticipating need, audience, and resources necessary, and Tim Francisco, consultant on the project, will work with each group to map out details and connect resources.

Events can be virtual or face-to-face, and should engage one of six Learning Themes: Arts, Maker, Outdoor Learning, Science, Technology, Youth Voice, and Professional Development. Explore the website to get a better sense of the terrific work being done across the country, and for inspiration for your own organizations.

We can use this national forum to create and showcase events that put into practice much of what we’ve learned as educators and activists about equity, community, and creativity during the pandemic, and to co-create a vision of what our learning communities will be and do moving forward.

The National Kick-Off is October 13, 2020, so we will need to have our events lined up with dates and descriptions well before then, so once we have a commitment from all of you, we’ll move ahead with regular planning meetings and updates.


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Project pairs students and marketing professionals with brick-and-mortar store owners WIR’ED seeks to improve online presence, marketing for Cleveland shopkeepers

WIR’ED seeks to improve online presence, marketing for Cleveland shopkeepers

CLEVELAND – Students from Cleveland Metropolitan School District and businesses in the Old Brooklyn Neighborhood are being sought for the second pilot of WIR’ED,  a program that pairs students and marketing professionals with business owners to improve online operations.

WIR’ED, co-developed by the NeoSTEM Ecosystem and the Old Brooklyn CDC, formed in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The project is being supported by several Northeast Ohio organizations, including the Martha Holden Jennings Foundation and the Cleveland Foundation.

“We realized that many businesses in our community don’t have a strong, or in some cases, any, internet presence for marketing their business at a time when customers can’t just come in,” said Jeff Verespej, director of the Old Brooklyn CDC.

Alyssa Lenhoff-Briggs, director of the NeoSTEM Ecosystem added, “At the same time, we realized that there are countless students in our community who have great technical skills and who are in need of work.”

Lenhoff-Briggs said the added bonus is that marketing professionals from across the country have volunteered to help coach the students and the businesses.

Students will be paid $10 per hour for up to 10 weeks of work. Training for students and onboarding of businesses will begin in December. The project will begin in late January and run until April 1. 

Students can apply here;  and businesses can apply here. The deadline for applications is Dec. 1.

An initial pilot of the project was operated in May 2020 with 10 area students and businesses and netted positive experiences. 

Mel McGee, founder of We Can Code IT, who served as the day-to-day manager of the initial pilot, has agreed to continue leading the project. 

“It was inspirational to see students grow as they not only learned about technology, business, and marketing throughout the initial pilot, but also learned about leadership,” McGee said.  “Helping those who were in senior positions to them was a great opportunity for the students to understand and feel their own knowledge and strength. Their transformation by the end of the project was palpable.”


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A program connecting Cleveland’s brick and mortar business owners with students to improve online marketing for the businesses.

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StartSOLE Virtual

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StartSOLE Virtual

We know that many of you are not able to be with your students in person, and we’re working to provide solutions. Our newest addition is StartSOLE Virtual – a synchronous video conferencing tool for self-organized learning. We’re providing access to this for all educators in Ohio & Pennsylvania to help you stay connected.

Want to Learn More?

In collaboration with the Ohio STEM Learning Network we will be offering a series of webinars so you can spend an hour with Dr. Jeff McClellan to learn how to incorporate StartSOLE Virtual into your plans.  Join us any Tuesday or Wednesday from 12-1 PM EST during the next three weeks to learn more.  Register today to save your spot!


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