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Welcome to the 2019 High AIMS Summer Institute! 

High AIMS is a consortium of 30 public school districts in southwest Ohio. Fairfield City Schools will serve as this year’s host to 2,000+ educators for our 6th annual Summer Institute. We will offer two nationally acclaimed keynote speakers and 250 breakout sessions as teachers and administrators immerse themselves in dynamic and inspiring professional learning.


                                          August 1-2, 2019                                                                                            Held at Fairfield High School
                                          8:30 am - 4:00 pm                                                                                           8800 Holden Blvd.
                                                                                                                                                                   Fairfield, OH 45014

Keynotes:        August 1 - Hall Davidson
                         August 2 - Ron Clark


Jeff McClellan

Founder and CEO
Dr. Jeff McClellan has a broad range of experiences as a practitioner, researcher, and entrepreneur that shape his contributions to the field of education. His most recent endeavor began four years ago when he became the founding director of STARTSOLE. Evidence shows that problem-based learning is a highly effective process for student success. However, the time required to plan and implement these programs by teachers is a barrier to large scale use and this method of inquiry learning is reaching only a small fraction of classrooms. STARTSOLE helps educators and students implement student centered, inquiry-based learning experiences using self-organized learning environments. The primary innovation is a web-based, mobile application that requires very little prior training or preparation on the part of the educator and each experience can be completed in one class period. To date, over 13,000 educators from over 90 countries have joined the STARTSOLE community, reaching an estimated 500,000 K-12 students. While a STARTSOLE experience can be used on its own, many educators find that becoming a member of the virtual STARTSOLE community naturally ignites interest in developing deeper inquiry learning experiences and collaboration.

Before founding StartSOLE, Jeff served as the Founding Head of School MC2 STEM High School in Cleveland, Ohio. MC2STEM was the first school in the nation to be partially housed within a Fortune 500 company’s headquarters. The public school is a demonstration site that openly shares its innovations with other educators across the US and, increasingly, around the world. MC2 STEM has been featured in numerous books and research articles about STEM education and was included as an example of what is possible for all students in President Barack Obama’s 2014 State of the Union address.