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Pre-college STEM programs can inform equitable college admissions
From the Field

As with all sectors of society, the education world has been upended and we are all searching for ways to make sense of what is, what was and what will be. The pandemic, the postponement of college board tests and the growing trend of test results becoming optional for college admissions presents a unique opportunity to reevaluate the entire college admissions process.

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Wisdom from students
Convening, From the Field

San Antonio Convening of STEM Learning Ecosystems taps ideas from those closest to learning. More than 30 students attended and spoke at the semi-annual convening of the STEM Learning Ecosystems Community of Practice, offering advice and thoughts for STEM leaders throughout the world.

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Science dictates policy in San Antonio, Texas
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San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg Tuesday told more than 500 members of the STEM Learning Ecosystems Community of Practice that “Here in San Antonio, Science dictates policy.” His comments came a day after he declared that the city was in a state of emergency due to what he called missteps by the Centers for Disease Control for releasing a patient into the general public who had tested positive for the COVID-19 illness.

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‘You don’t take a white boy and put him on your brochure’
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Bobb was one of three speakers on a keynote panel, “Inventing Tomorrow: Cultivating a New Generation of Problem Solvers,” sponsored by the Lemelson Foundation with support from Qualcomm Foundation. Bobb and other panelists are interested in creating conditions that will eliminate barriers for marginalized students and foster students’ ability to invent. “We must remember that marginalization is not a passive thing - it’s active,” said Bobb. “Someone is culpable.” 

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Gearing up for San Antonio – Tips from Locals
From the Field

When you come to San Antonio in March for the Spring 2020 Convening of the STEM Learning Ecosystems Community of Practice, you can expect to experience a city that is truly multi-cultural, vibrant and overflowing with entrepreneurial energy and ideas. We are in the final stages of planning the agenda for the three-day convening which officially opens at the Marriott […]

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Women Living STEM
From the Field

Advice from trailblazers and strategies to elevate the role of women in science. Astronaut Kathryn Sullivan, the first woman to walk in space, shared that in college she was “forced” to take two science courses. This revelation shocked the more than 400 attendees of the Fall convening of the STEM Learning Ecosystems Community of Practice, held in Cleveland, OH in […]

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Questions to Form Our Identity
From the Field

“The marvelous thing about a good question is that it shapes our identity as much by asking it as it does by the answering.”  – David Whyte For those who know me, you’re about to laugh when I say this – I’m all about the answers sometimes. And I usually want those answers quickly. I live in NYC and fast-paced […]

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Partnering to Change the GAME ~ Infusing STEM into Football Camps
Ecosystem Spotlight, From the Field

By Kathleen Schofield, Executive Director, Northeast Florida’s STEM2 Hub On a sunny Saturday morning, the last place you would expect to find our STEM team would be at a football field nestled beside the Police Athletic League in Jacksonville, but that is exactly where we were – The Calais Campbell – Jax PAL -STEM Football Camp. At the camp, sponsored […]

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Family Engagement Focus at Spring 2019 Convening
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Members of STEM Learning Ecosystems Community of Practice from across the world recently gathered in historic New Orleans to share ideas and best practices in STEM education. Here is a compilation of their thoughts and ideas. Do you have other ideas for family engagement in education? Share your thoughts on Twitter and tag us @STEMEcosystems.

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Sharing Stories: Many Have Personal Accounts of STEM ‘Slights’
From the Field, Guest Author

By Veronica Gonzales, Deputy Director of the STEM Learning Ecosystems Community of Practice and Alyssa Briggs, Director of the STEM Learning Ecosystems Community of Practice   When we shared some personal reflections about our own experiences as STEM outsiders, we were hoping that it might prompt others to also share their stories. It did. Over the last week, we’ve heard […]

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