A Committed Group Of Business And Industry Leaders, Educators, Non-Profit Organizations And Funders Invested In Promoting STEM Innovation And Integration In Order To Fosters A More Successful And Skilled Workforce.
The STEM Leadership Alliance was launched in collaboration with the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA), National Council of Teachers of Math (NCTM), International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE), International Technology in Engineering Education Association (ITEEA) and American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE). For many years, the GE Foundation has invested in leading STEM organizations to advance their work with educators and students across the country. In many cases, while the work was complementary, it was often accomplished in a silo manner, duplicative and redundant. Many peer businesses, nonprofits and educators felt the disconnect as well. Thus, the STEM Leadership Alliance was born.
The STEM Leadership Alliance seeks to build upon the pioneering work of IBM, JP Morgan Chase, Exxon Mobile and many others who have made accelerating STEM education a national priority. The Alliance is composed of leading businesses, non-profit organizations and foundations committed to advancing STEM education and linking it to the career needs of the future. These organizations have given their expertise and resources generously.
The Alliance is committed to bridging the gap between education and industry through advancing STEM experiences for both educators and students to address the business needs of the future. As a result of these targeted efforts, the Alliance will collectively foster STEM integration in education that prepares students with the critical skills needed to compete in a changing global economy.
Too often, school systems across the country teach STEM subjects in silos. As a result, math and science are not coordinated, and STEM is not integrated across subject areas. The STEM Alliance seeks to change this in a profound way. Leveraging proven research and best practices, the Alliance will implement a disruptive model for STEM integration across the country. The Alliance will support educators through professional development, assess existing structures, and work with districts to build leadership capacity to connect STEM to the needs of the future workforce. By revolutionizing the way that STEM is taught, the Alliance will advance its agenda of access and equity to prepare all students for success in the future.
The Alliance will serve as the connective tissue between the K-12 pipeline and industry to promote STEM education and careers, and address anticipated future skills gaps in the United States. The Alliance mission is not duplicative of any existing organization. Many organizations such as 100Kin10 which seeks to prepare 100,000 new STEM teachers by 2021 and Teach for All’s Global STEM Initiative that addresses the education problems of all children around the world are making great strides.
The Alliance is very different however. It is a disruptive, new approach that brings innovation and collaboration to a new level, breaking down walls in districts and schools and bringing organizations – along with businesses that support them – together with shared accountability.
The STEM Alliance will join forces to improve and promote existing industry-education STEM initiatives (at regional, state and national levels) and contribute to innovation and integration in STEM teaching at all levels of education. With the support of major industries and private partners, it will promote STEM jobs in all industrial sectors and contribute to build a STEM-skilled workforce.
The continued substantial shortage of STEM skilled workers has the potential of undermining both the US economy and the future middle class. This affects all industrial sectors and slows down the pace of innovation, which in turn has adverse effects on employment and productivity in the related industries. Consequently, the shortage of STEM professionals at all levels weakens the nation’s ability to compete globally.
Nearly all careers of the future will require competence in STEM skills. The only way to teach these skills is to embed them across curricula and teach them in concert with other subjects.
The STEM Alliance is committed to bridging the existing divide between both education and industry and STEM and other subjects in order to drive us toward a stronger future.
The STEM Alliance seeks to:
Integrate STEM across the curriculum
Support the competitiveness of companies by ensuring a STEM-skilled workforce
Promote the attractiveness and importance of STEM studies and STEM jobs in schools
Contribute to innovation in STEM teaching in schools
Improve and promote existing education STEM initiatives supported by industry
Bridge the divide between education and industry and enhance industry-education collaboration at regional, state and national levels
· Build the capacity of educators as district, state, national and international STEM leaders
· Provide real-world, application-based, interactive STEM integration experiences for STEM educators
· Assist STEM educators in improving their practice through tools, resources, and innovative approaches
· Empower STEM educators to integrate STEM across the curriculum through strategic action planning
· Grow STEM leadership to build a STEM culture across communities
The STEM Alliance is composed of a committed group of industry partners who are invested in promoting STEM innovation and integration in order to foster a more successful and skilled future workforce. Partners commit to working as part of the Alliance for a five-year time period. During this time, the impact of their investment will be able to be accurately assessed.
The Alliance will work with each partner to determine which school districts each partner will adopt to scale this model. This will allow for greater impact while leveraging the assets and interests of Alliance partners.
Partners will have access to monthly calls on relevant topics with other business leaders, and will be able to attend regional mini-summits and forums sponsored by McGraw-Hill that will draw upon local businesses and educators to both scale and deepen impact.
In collaboration with each partner, the STEM Alliance will:
1. Assess the needs of businesses and industry in each region
2. Assess the educational offerings in the region (both the K-12 pipeline and the higher-education offerings)
3. Assess the delta between the two and make recommendations for change
4. Leverage the existing community partnerships in place
5. Work with educators to change classroom practice using the integration of the STEM approach
As part of an ongoing evaluation process, the Alliance will assess whether STEM has truly been integrated, whether there are shifts in innovative practices, and ultimately, whether there is an impact on the workforce.
The Alliance is composed of members from businesses, nonprofit organizations and foundations who have a voice in shaping the initiatives and direction of its collective work. Our partners make the ambitious goal of advancing STEM education possible.
Partners will offer expertise, learning, and resources to support one another to achieve these commitments and to build the shared knowledge and capacity of the network. Each partner will commit its work to accelerate collective efforts and to fulfill individual commitments.
New members will be admitted on an annual basis.
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