STEM learning ecosystems are shifting to self-governance; Initiative demonstrates the global power of collaboration

Leaders plan for the future of 100 communities engaged in STEM learning for all

NEW YORK, January 13, 2022 / PRNewswire / – The STEM Learning Ecosystems Community of Practice (SLECoP), launched as a philanthropy-backed initiative, moves towards sustainability with the appointment of 16 leaders from around the world to serve as members of the new Leadership Coordinating Council (LC2.)

Supported by the Educational Institute for Excellence in STEM (TIES,) the lead organization of SLECoP, LC2 members will lead all aspects of the work of the STEM Learning Ecosystems Community of Practice as it enters its seventh year.

SLECoP, the first initiative of its kind, brings together leaders from business and industry, K-12 and higher education, out-of-school providers, museums, non-profit organizations, of philanthropy and government to work together for meaningful STEM opportunities. for everyone.

The formation of STEM learning ecosystems has been cited as the top priority for generating meaningful STEM gains for communities by the United States Office of Science and Technology Policy and others.

From programs to policies, STEM learning ecosystems have been at the forefront of positive STEM gains in cities across the United States, Mexico, Canada, Israel and Kenya.

LC2 will take SLECoP to new heights of leadership, recommending and implementing efforts to best support 100 global communities working to connect the diverse partners who recognize the power of STEM to improve the lives of individuals, families and entire communities.

“STEM LEARNING ECOSYSTEMS have been a change agent to reimagine STEM experiences, in large urban communities like New Orleans, Philadelphia cream, Cleveland, and Tulsa or more rural communities like the north of the state New York and Idaho. Leaders of STEM learning ecosystems around the world are organizing cross-sector partners to expand opportunities and increase the inclusion of marginalized academics in STEM, highlighting the diversity of talents within each community across the footprint of an ecosystem ”, declared Judd Pittman, former special advisor to the secretary of education for Pennsylvania.

“This work is transforming communities around the world and I am honored to chair the Leadership Coordinating Council (LC2),” said Pittman, explaining that collective action and network approaches to support STEM researchers align on his new role as director of K –16 initiatives at Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology in Pennsylvania.

Reginald McGregor, CTO of Rolls Royce Corporation, will be vice president of LC2 and liaison with the strategic advisory board. McGregor, who has been active with the Indiana STEM ecosystem, said, “LC2 will shape the future of this country by defining STEM as a skill set and by diversifying the participants who lead and those they serve.”

The other members of LC2 are:

  • Willonda McCloud, Lancaster County (PA) STEM Alliance, LC2 Vice President of Equity, Access and Opportunity

  • Frank Creech, NC STEM Ecosystem, VP of LC2 Learning

  • Tal Hakim Dromias, cluster of Beit Hakerem, Be’er Sheva (Israel) STEM Ecosystem, LC2 Vice-President of International Relations

  • The Trenda Sherrill, Pittsburgh (PA) Regional STEM Ecosystem, LC2 Vice President of Communications

  • Jeremy Babendure, Arizona SciTech Ecosystem, LC2 Vice President of Policy

  • Lori Fillipin, Great Lakes Bay Regional Alliance, LC2 Vice President of Events

  • Levi Patrick, Regional STEM Alliance of Tulsa, advisor

  • Donna DeSiato, East Syracuse Minoa Central School District STEM Learning Ecosystem, Advisor

  • Natasha Smith Walker, Chicago STEM Pathways Cooperative, Advisor

  • Deb Bailey, that of Oregon Statewide regional STEM hub network, advisor

  • lisa virgin, North Country STEM Network, advisor

  • Jo-ann coggan, STEAMecosystemBC (Canada), to advise

  • Graciela rojas, STEAM Ecosistema (Mexico), to advise

  • Kathleen Schofield, northeast florida STEM2 Hub, advisor

LC2 members were selected based on their demonstrated leadership in the STEM learning ecosystem with flying colors in understanding the importance of STEM and aligning with the workforce and economic development. .

LC2 will prepare for the first face-to-face summons of SLECoP since the pandemic, “People, Planet, Prosperity. “

Learn more about the global initiative at Address specific questions to [email protected]. Join online conversations on Twitter @STEMecosystems and #STEMecosystems and on Facebook and LinkedIn.

About the STEM Learning Ecosystems Community of Practice
STEM learning ecosystems encompass schools, community environments such as after-school and summer programs, science centers and museums, and informal experiences at home, business / industry, higher education, including community colleges and in a variety of environments which together constitute a rich array of learning opportunities for young people. A STEM learning ecosystem harnesses the unique contributions of all these different parameters in symbiosis to deliver STEM learning to all children.

STEM learning ecosystems unite all stakeholders in the community to ensure that all students and individuals are competent, college and career-ready STEM learners, that the education system and its partners outside of the classroom. Schools are equipped with the resources they need to engage, teach, and develop STEM skills, and communities thrive with a strong and competitive skilled STEM workforce. STEM learning ecosystems expand their knowledge, strengthen their persistence and nurture their sense of identity and belonging in STEM disciplines, and enable young people to connect what they learn in school and outside of educational opportunities. real-world learning, leading to STEM literacy, continuing education and careers.

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SOURCE Educational Institute for Excellence in STEM