I recently joined the Executive Advisory Committee (“EAC”) of STEM Ecosystems, a committee to shape the national collaborative of regional education ecosystems specializing in STEM-based education and workforce development pipelines. This is a great opportunity to be a fly on the wall to conversations among some really smart national leaders in STEM so I’m committing to be present and learn all that I can.
STEM Ecosystems EAC from New Orleans to Cleveland
First meetings of this group took place during the STEM Ecosystems Spring 2018 Convening in New Orleans. We were treated to some top-level discussions, thinking and New Orleans hospitality. 34 delegates from around the country worked in this group to define a new strategic plan for the organization. The group questioned the organization to the very heart of its existence and challenged every assumption. Following New Orleans, a two-day session was in Cleveland to continue the conversation and set decision points.
STEM Customization: Every Region Different
What emerged from discussions was a clear picture of how each and every region has a unique blend of challenges and needs. One size fits all solutions generally didn’t hold much water. So programatic flexibility was a key takeaway for us. That said, there were consistent themes such as the interest in employer demand-side training and the move to project-based learning methodologies. With these and other focus points in mind, the forward-looking strategy for STEM Ecosystems was created including a revised funding model, programming and governance structure.
Plan to be Unveiled Fall, 2019
The new plan will be unveiled at the STEM Ecosystems Fall Convening, 2019 in Cleveland.