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A Lesson from My Daughter
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By Alyssa Briggs Director, STEM Learning Ecosystems Community of Practice   I was a lucky parent. I was almost always able to align my work schedule to attend parent-teacher conferences, concerts, plays and the all-important “Family Night.” My daughter, Jessie, wasn’t always happy when I showed up and it took time for me to understand why. When she was in […]

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60 Minutes
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What If – Reflecting about our early experiences in STEM Working for improvements for girls today By Veronica Gonzales   I couldn’t believe I had scored a 5 on my AP Biology exam. I had studied for weeks for the test and it felt like all of my hard work had finally paid off. The next day, I proudly told […]

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The Secret of Brilliant Minds
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I almost fell out of my chair when I got the email – “Yes, I’ll speak.” Walter Isaacson had just agreed to deliver the keynote address at the bi-annual convening of the STEM Learning Ecosystems Community of Practice (SLECoP) Convening April 4 in New Orleans. I was excited to share the news on our team call later that day,  “There […]

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Ecosystem Collaboration in Action: The Inside Look at What to Expect for the Fall Convening in Orange County
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Eric Meyer of the San Diego STEM Ecosystem and Emily Dilger of the Bay Area STEM Ecosystem have been helping lead the California delegation planning for the November 14- 16 STEM Learning Ecosystems Community of Practice Convening.  With the rich and unique backgrounds that they bring to their work, those attending the Fall convening are in for a special treat.  Meyer […]

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Community of Practice Wrap-Up: STEM Ecosystems + STEM Solutions
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Members of 56 regional STEM Learning Ecosystems across North America gathered in Washington DC in early April to share ideas and programs for education in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). At the convening, members of the Ecosystems were able to exchange ideas from partners in their own areas as well as similar Ecosystems from across the country. Leaders from […]

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LEAD STEM Highlights
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The inaugural Cohort of 21 LEAD STEM Fellows from across 19 STEM Learning Ecosystems came together for their third in-person meeting in Washington, DC, in advance of the Community of Practice. This dynamic group of STEM leaders is building STEM momentum which is leading to measurable outcomes for each of them individually as professionals, for their local communities through capstone […]

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STEM Learning Ecosystems at SXSW, March 5, 2018
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See how #STEMEcosystems make education relevant to increase student success. Presentation at SXSW EDU on March 5, 2018. Download the Presentation. 

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International Collaboration to Benefit Girls in STEM
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The International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) is the U.S. Department of State’s premier professional exchange program. Through short-term visits to the United States, current and emerging foreign leaders in a variety of fields experience this country firsthand and cultivate lasting relationships with their American counterparts. On October 12, U.S. Deputy Secretary of State John J. Sullivan welcomed the 2017 “Hidden No More” […]

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Putting the Learner in the Center: Engaging Youth in Ecosystem Design
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A summary from three members of the STEM Ecosystem National Community of Practice How can we truly understand learners’ perspectives to fully engage youth in the design of our movements and programs? The STEM Ecosystem approach puts the learner at the center, but explicit effort is needed to actually incorporate youth ideas and views. Why spend this extra time and […]

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STEM Learning Ecosystems National Community of Practice Update
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The STEM Funders Network hosts bi-annual National Community of Practice convenings for all participating STEM Learning Ecosystems. The Community of Practice creates a peer-to-peer professional learning network; participants help shape the meeting agenda to ensure its relevance. The most recent Convening took place in Tampa on April 24-25. Here are some key takeaways: Julie Stolzer, Director STEM Learning Ecosystems & […]

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