The STEM Funders Network announced last week that Oregon’s Statewide Regional STEM Hub Network will be joining a select cohort of communities from across the country to launch the national STEM Ecosystems Initiative. This project, built on over a decade of research into successful STEM collaborations seeks to nurture and scale effective science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) learning opportunities for all young people. Oregon is the only statewide initiative chosen, and our selection is recognition of the progress that we’ve made in developing strong STEM cross-sector community partnerships at the regional and state level.
Launched in Denver at the Clinton Global Initiative, the STEM Funders Network STEM Learning Ecosystems Initiative will form a national Community of Practice with expert coaching and support from leaders such as superintendents, scientists, and industry. The first gathering of this Community of Practice will be hosted at the White House in November.
“These innovative communities are providing STEM learning opportunities for millions of young people both in- and out-of-school,” said SFN co-chairs Gerald Solomon, executive director, Samueli Foundation, and Ron Ottinger, executive director, Noyce Foundation. “It is an initiative to design the kind of infrastructure that ensures that STEM learning is truly ‘everywhere’ and is a top priority for communities supporting youth to develop the skills and knowledge they need for success in a global workforce.”
Led by the Chief Education Office, Oregon’s STEM Investment Council, our Regional STEM Hubs, and numerous partners, we will continue to focus on coupling STEM education policy, research, and practice to improve educational outcomes for our students in service to the health and prosperity of our communities.