Why: STEM Learning Ecosystems play a crucial role in advancing STEM education. Join to learn more about the White House strategic plan, to share questions, and to engage in dialogue regarding how your community is advancing core pathways of this plan.
Jan Morrison, President and CEO, Teaching Institute for Excellence in STEM
Chloé Kontos, Executive Director, National Science and Technology Council, Executive Office of the President
Carol O’Donnell, Director, Smithsonian Institution, and member of the Subcommittee on Federal Coordination in Stem Education, Executive Office of the President
Jeff Weld, Assistant Director for STEM Education, Office of Science and Technology Policy, Executive Office of the President
Jon Werner-Allen, PhD, AAAS Policy Fellow, Office of Science and Technology Policy, Executive Office of the President
CHARTING A COURSE FOR SUCCESS: AMERICA’S STRATEGY FOR STEM EDUCATION is a five-year strategic plan. The Federal strategy is built on four pathways representing a cross-cutting set of approaches, each with a specific set of objectives and priority Federal actions for achieving these goals. The first pathway focuses on partnerships via ecosystems such as the National STEM Learning Ecosystem communities.
First Pathway: Develop and Enrich Strategic Partnerships.
This pathway focuses on strengthening existing relationships and developing new connections between educational institutions, employers, and their communities. That means bringing together schools, colleges and universities, libraries, museums, and other community resources to build STEM ecosystems that broaden and enrich each learner’s educational and career journey. It also means engaging learners in work-based learning experiences with local employers, internships, apprenticeships, and research experiences. Having strategic partnerships also means exploring opportunities within the education community to blend formal and informal learning, and to blend curricula to enable students to complete both core academic and applied technical curricula in preparation for higher education. Together the objectives under this pathway can help retain learners interested in STEM fields and develop high-quality talent for both public and private sector employers.
Second Pathway: Engage Students where Disciplines Converge.
Third Pathway: Build Computational Literacy.
Fourth Pathway: Operate with Transparency and Accountability.