Have an outstanding practice, model or program that you want to share with your peers?
Present at the upcoming Spring 2018 National Community of Practice Convening at an E2E Session
All Submissions due by 11:59pm ET on Saturday, September 1, 2018
Session Selection Notification by Monday, September 17, 2018
The bi-annual STEM Learning Ecosystems Community of Practice (SLECoP) Convenings are events for the SLECoP community to network, share best practices, and brainstorm solutions to common challenges. E2E (Ecosystem to Ecosystem) sessions are your opportunity to bring forward topics of interest and share your expertise. Surveys from past SLECoP convenings indicate that attendees prefer sessions that:
- Focus on strategies for overcoming challenges – failures often offer valuable insights!
- Showcase different models to approach one area of work (e.g., overviews of effective evaluation tools or approaches to shared measurement, etc.)
- Focus on techniques to cultivate effective partnerships (e.g., engaging industry, fundraising models for sustainability, or facilitating partner collaborations, etc.)
- Highlight strategies to grow and sustain STEM Learning Ecosystems (e.g., managing steering committees; effective organizational features; writing collaborative grants, etc.)
- Review successful programs that are able to be replicated in other regions
Preference will be given to sessions that include members of different Ecosystems. You are encouraged to use the SLECoP Internal Discussion Board to find communities interested collaborating. For help accessing the site, please review the following tutorial video. Additionally, other Ecosystems have experienced success collaborating across SLECoP communities by using Google Docs. By uploading the submission questions into a Google doc, you can invite your co-presenters to make changes and additions prior to the proposal deadline.
- Time for discussion, networking and reflection is always valued. Based on feedback from your SLECoP peers, the highest rated E2E sessions are those that include opportunities for ecosystem leaders to actively participate.
- Get creative and be bold! Take a dynamic approach to presenting your information, some examples include:
- “Flash talks” (e.g., 3 slides in 5 minutes) or a collection of flash talks on a specific topic in a quick, dynamic manner.
- “Hands-on” session around a particular theme emphasizing participation and allowing time to practice effective facilitation tools.
- All E2E sessions will be presented in smaller breakout rooms that hold 20-60 people (dependent on conference venue availability). Each room will be set with a projector, pens, large poster paper, notepads and tables seating 8-10 participants at each table. Presenters will be responsible for providing a laptop, if needed.
We are seeking submissions from ALL communities including those who have not previously presented at a Community of Practice Convening and/or have novel, engaging practices with the potential to significantly impact each other’s work.