STEM Thoughts

STEM Thoughts

Two STEM Learning Ecosystems Win $6 Million in Department of Defense Grants
October 7, 2020

Two ecosystems that are a part of the STEM Learning Ecosystems Community of Practice each received $3 million grants for their important work related to improving meaningful STEM opportunities for all. STEM NOLA of New Orleans and Hillsborough County Public School District in Tampa, Florida were among 12 awardees across the country selected by the Department of Defense’s program for supporting the […]

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Money. Race. Privilege. Class. Inequity
September 22, 2020

Now is the Moment to Disrupt the College Admissions Process Here Are Some Ideas Curated by the STEM PUSH Network The world of college admissions is under the national microscope in a way that it has never been examined before. With scandals involving celebrities using their wealth and influence to gain access for their children, to COVID-19 pausing standardized testing, […]

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Eric Gordon Monday
Cleveland Schools CEO Urges Congress to Award $200 billion in federal funding
June 17, 2020

Ecosystems are ready to support school districts as they reimagine school  Cleveland Metropolitan School District Chief Executive Officer Eric Gordon Monday told members of U.S. Congress that the inequities in Cleveland that were magnified by the COVID-19 pandemic existed long before anyone had ever heard of the disease.  The scourge of generational poverty and racism have long plagued Cleveland and […]

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The WIR’ED project
May 28, 2020

The WIR’ED project, led by NEOSTEM, aims to strengthen local communities by enabling marketing and technology access to small business owners. Bringing together local businesses, high school students, and marketing professionals, WIR’ED’s pilot project focused on the Old Brooklyn neighborhood of Cleveland where many brick and mortar stores were strongly affected by COVID crisis. Student Mira Getrost describes her experience […]

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The Moment for Change: Pre-College STEM Programs Can Inform Equitable College Admissions
May 26, 2020

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 re-evaluate the entire college […]

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Ninth Grade Insights on COVID-19
April 17, 2020

It’s hard to believe that just a few short weeks ago all 89 communities of the STEM Learning Ecosystems Community of Practice were together for our bi-annual Convening in San Antonio, Texas. Together, in March 2020, STEM Ecosystems gathered to learn more about how to best enable tomorrow’s problem solvers as key for our shared prosperity. With a convening focus […]

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Dale Robinson Anglin
We all have a role in responding to the COVID-19 crisis
April 9, 2020

By Dale Robinson Anglin, Program Director, Youth, Health & Human Services, Cleveland Foundation   The COVID-19 pandemic has upended life as we know it here in the U.S. As a longtime advocate for STEM/STEAM learning, I am proud to see our doctors, nurses, data analysts, scientists, IT professionals and so many other STEM practitioners stepping up as essential leaders and heroes […]

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HOPE: LOST and Found!
April 9, 2020

By Dr. Calvin Mackie, STEM NOLA Do you remember where you were on September 11, 2001? Do you remember the horrific images of the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in 2005? Do you remember the Banking crisis in 2008? Everyone suffers from storms that come into their lives. No one is immune from bad days, or months, or sometimes, years. Presently, […]

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