STEM Learning Ecosystems Overview
The STEM Ecosystems Initiative is built on over a decade of research into successful STEM collaborations, and seeks to nurture and scale effective science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) learning opportunities for all young people.
Launched in Denver at the Clinton Global Initiative, the STEM Funders Network STEM Learning Ecosystems Initiative forms a National Community of Practice with expert coaching and support from leaders such as superintendents, scientists, industry and others.
- Build out a Community of Practice comprised of local, regional and state STEM Learning Ecosystems from across the country. Ecosystems will encompass preK-16 schools; community settings such as after-school and summer programs; institutions of higher education; STEM-expert organizations such as science centers, museums, corporations, intermediary and non-profit organizations or professional associations; businesses; funders; and informal experiences at home and in a variety of environments.
- Support communities in the design and cultivation of STEM Learning Ecosystems through expert coaching provided by TIES (Teaching Institute for Excellence in STEM).
- Support selected STEM Learning Ecosystems to participate in a Community of Practice to share successes, challenges and opportunities for growth.
- Inform the STEM education field about the importance of creating connected STEM-rich learning opportunities for children, youth and their families across the educational continuum from preschool through higher education and workforce.
Since 2015, the STEM Learning Ecosystems Initiative has cultivated and supported local, regional and state STEM Learning Ecosystems from across the globe.
The Initiative is designed for communities to become an active member within a national network of their peers and STEM leaders in addition to participating in a graduated technical assistance and coaching program.
Membership to the Community of Practice includes national convenings, webinars, and an online community and is built to encourage peer-to-peer support and mentoring.
To support the design and cultivation of the STEM Learning Ecosystems across the globe, all participating STEM Ecosystems receive coaching and peer-mentoring plus have access to tools, assessments and resources. For coaching, communities will receive two years of specialized coaching. See Participation Benefits for more information.