I recently joined the Executive Advisory Committee (EAC) of STEM Ecosystems. The committee works to shape the national collaborative of regional educational 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. I’m committing to be present and learn all that I can.
STEM Ecosystems EAC from New Orleans to Cleveland
The group’s first meetings 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. Thirty-four 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 is Different
Our discussions created 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. Programmatic 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 toward project-based learning methodologies. With these and other focus points in mind, we created a forward-looking strategy for STEM Ecosystems that include 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.