2 months, 4 weeks ago npeterParticipant
STEM Ecosystem Colleagues,
The Philadelphia Education Fund (PEF), the Philadelphia STEM Ecosystem, and the Pennsylvania Statewide STEM Ecosystem, in partnership with TIES and the SLECoP, are designing and launching Ecospheres: groups of STEM Ecosystems that are connected by geography, by audience, by topic, or by any other unifying factors. We have discussed this concept in our CoP events, and have even started a “grassroots” movement with the Rural SLEs gathering and the Upper Midwest as well. We believe this will advance our ability to learn, share and cultivate innovation.
By establishing Ecospheres, we hope to augment the national Community of Practice with sustainable collections of like-minded organizations. The Ecosphere work will involve five overlapping phases:
1) Gathering information about promising practices and success stories and determining which STEM Ecosystems could benefit from establishing (or enhancing) Ecospheres.
2) Creating an Ecospheres Handbook – a step-by-step guidebook on how to create these clusters.
3) Launching new national and international Ecospheres.
4) Providing professional development to current and evolving Ecospheres, to support their continuous growth.
5) Evaluating the impact and success of the Ecospheres.
During this first phase of the Ecosphere effort, PEF will conduct a literature review and disseminating an electronic survey to all Ecosystem leads. This survey will gather information about existing Ecospheres, promising practices, successes, challenges, and lessons learned. We will also use this survey to ascertain which groups of STEM Ecosystems are interested in exploring and/or joining Ecospheres.
At the same time, PEF will design, and TIES will coordinate, two virtual Design Studies over the summer: focus groups of individuals who will unpack and discuss all aspects of creating, sustaining, and measuring the impact of Ecospheres.
At this point in the initiative, we have two requests:
1. When you receive the survey from PEF, please complete and return it.
2. Would you like to help facilitate or participate in an Ecosphere Design Studio? If so, please contact Dr. Nancy Peter at the Philadelphia Education Fund: firstname.lastname@example.org
We are delighted to launch our SLECoP Ecosphere initiative, and hope that you are excited as well.
Nancy Peter, Ed.D.
Philadelphia Education Fund
Philadelphia STEM Ecosystem
Pennsylvania Statewide STEM Ecosystem
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