STEM Ecosystems Initiative Overview

Built on over a decade worth of research into successful STEM collaborations and impact, the STEM Learning Ecosystems Initiative nurtures and scales effective science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) learning opportunities for all young people.

The STEM Learning Ecosystems Community of Practice, SLECoP, which serves 37 states, four international communities and an estimated 40 million students, stands as a singular, stellar example of collective action in STEM. The 94 communities selected have demonstrated cross-sector collaborations to deliver rigorous, effective preK-16 instruction in STEM learning.

These collaborations happen in schools and beyond the classroom—in afterschool and summer programs, at home, in science centers, libraries and with significant input from business, industry, government and other community based organizations. Such Ecosystem collaborations develop young people’s knowledge, skills, and strengthen their persistence to participate in STEM careers that will ensure their upward mobility and economic vitality of their communities.

The SLECoP has elevated STEM learning in communities, forged critical connections among business and industry, nonprofits and informal and formal educators for leveraging resources, sharing best practices and creating a community culture where STEM can thrive. Most of all, the SLECoP has made positive differences in the communities it serves and the families and learners who live there.

Launched in 2015 in Denver at the Clinton Global Initiative, the STEM Funders Network’s STEM Learning Ecosystems Initiative forms a national Community of Practice with expert coaching and support from leaders such as superintendents, scientists, industry and others.


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