Call for Session Proposals for the Upcoming Community of Practice!

Submissions are due by 11:59pm EST on February 28, 2017

We are seeking your expertise and experiences that are broadly rooted in the foundational strategies that support the cultivation and implementation of STEM Learning Ecosystems. In addition, we are also interested in learning more about your efforts in advancing the following in your communities:

  • Computer Science
  • Engineering Design
  • NGSS adoption and implementation strategies

To ensure the STEM Learning Ecosystem continues to grow organically as a thriving Community of Practice, communities are invited to submit proposals and content for presentation/inclusion at the Spring Community of Practice.

Approximately one third to one half of the Community of Practice content in Tampa will be created, curated and presented by members of the Community of Practice. We are actively seeking submissions from ALL communities including those who have not before presented at the Community of Practice and/or have novel, engaging practices with the potential to significantly impact our work.

We are requesting submissions for:

  1. Presentations
  2. Case Studies of Grand Challenges in your community
  3. Computer Science Success Stories (following knowledge and information gained from the last Community of Practice)
  4. Policy questions or challenges you would like addressed in a Policy focused panel discussion

How do I submit?

Please use the updated E2E submission form here. Upon submission, you will receive an automated PDF of your submission for your records.

Online Submission Form

Submissions are due by 11:59pm EST on February 28, 2017

Who can I contact if I have questions?

Please email us

Submission Details


Potential proposal submissions will include individual presentations, group discussions, interactive workshops and other innovative formats. We encourage submissions from all stakeholders representing PK-12 education, higher-ed, early learning, business and industry, philanthropies, STEM rich institutions, OST programs, students, families or other community members. Proposals will be given special consideration if they (1) articulate concrete connections to the conference theme, and (2) demonstrate the potential for dynamic discussion and shared discovery.

Following are some suggested formats as well as some specific roles we anticipate using in the Spring CoP sessions.  Not all of these will be used and some providing submissions may be asked to present their material in a different format if it seems more appropriate for the topic.  These suggestions are not intended to limit your thinking about how or what to present but rather are intended to inspire your thinking about the most engaging and useful way your information may be presented.

  • Individual Presentations (15 min) – This format allows individuals to share research and practice related to the conference theme. Individual presentations may be organized into a session with presentations that address a related theme or into a “Dialogues” session (see below).
  • Group Discussions (60 minutes)—This format allows for 3-4 participants to present related research or projects. These group discussions can be organized as panel presentations or interactive workshops.
  • Flash Talks (5 minutes)—This format showcases innovative ideas, projects, and research in STEM Ecosystems. The format, modeled after Ignite (, challenges presenters to clearly and succinctly explain their work or ideas in just 5 minutes, potentially leading to new collaborative partnerships among conference attendees and presenters.
  • Dialogues—These sessions place two presenters with complementary themes in dialogue with each other. Individual proposals will be selected and paired with each other by conference organizers. Dialogues may partner any of the various stakeholders together. The objective of these sessions is to facilitate critical conversations about key issues within the STEM Ecosystem community.

Case Studies of Grand Challenges from your Community

During a CoP session communities, will be prompted to work together in teams using the Engineering Design Process to solve a real-world Grand Challenge from one of our Ecosystem Communities. Communities are asked to submit a case study of a Grand Challenge they face and let your peers in the CoP work on crowd sourced solutions.

 Comp Sci Success Stories

Were you inspired to launch an ambitious Comp Sci program because of the presentations in Denver? Have you had success implementing novel comp sci programming in your Ecosystem based on the support or ideas from the speakers in Denver?  If so we want to hear about it! We’ll be highlighting a few noteworthy success stories to continue the inspiration and momentum.

Policy Challenges or Issues

We are asking Ecosystems to provide their most vexing policy questions to help inform our “Policy Panel Discussion”.  The panel of policy experts will be addressing your most common policy questions and providing suggestions for how Ecosystems can best understand and influence their policy makers in support of STEM Learning Ecosystems.

We ask that all selected presentations submit a written draft of their presentation by April 1, 2017. These drafts may be made available to conference attendees prior to the conference.