We are pleased that STEM education experts have recognized the important work that many of us have been leading for more than a decade. The STEM Learning Ecosystem Community of Practice, now a movement of 68 ecosystems across the world, has been pioneering the practice of bringing diverse stakeholders together to work for common STEM goals and greater alignment with workforce needs.
We know that our ecosystem work is transforming how students learn and how educators teach and it’s exciting that others are taking note in such a significant way.
The STEM Five Year Strategic Plan, under development for more than a year, is based on input from numerous stakeholders, including educators, business and community leaders and representatives from all 50 states, who attended a June federal STEM Summit hosted by Office of Science Technology and Policy at the White House (OSTP.) (To view the entire report, please click here.)
The federal government has issued this plan to help states and municipalities develop local strategies that will ensure broadening participation of all citizens so they have access to high-quality STEM education and all communities have a STEM-ready workforce to meet growing demand for 21st-century careers.
Or, more precisely, they are advising the whole country to do WHAT YOU ARE ALREADY DOING!