AAS National Conference 2008: Victoria Conner


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Session 3: Role of Education in American Competitiveness

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AAS National Conference 2008: Victoria Conner

  1. 1. Influencing STEM Progress through Collaboration: Non-Governmental Organization Impact Victoria Conner WIRED Partner, Strategic Vitality November 18, 2008 AAS Conference
  2. 2. Nature of the NGO <ul><ul><li>“ Never underestimate the power of a small group of committed people to change the world. It is the only thing that ever has.” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>----Eleanor Roosevelt </li></ul></ul>
  3. 3. Introduction <ul><li>STEM Good News </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Broad understanding that graying U.S. technical workforce soon retiring </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Broad understanding that public education not the sole solution </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>NGO willingness to help </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>NGOs an asset: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Mission-driven </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Collaboration-oriented </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Widespread </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>STEM Bad News </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Current STEM workforce not being replaced by nearly enough new STEM workers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Public education not the sole solution </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>STEM work not necessarily presented/perceived as “cool” to potential STEM students </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. Example of NGO STEM Impact <ul><ul><li>STEM Collaborative Action Plan (STEM CAP)* Goal: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Develop a collaboration and a strategic action </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>plan to increase the number and support the </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>development of science, technology, engineering and </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>math (STEM) students, teachers, professors and </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>mentors within the California Innovation Corridor and the </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>State of California, leveraging the resources and efforts </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>not only of education and academia (K-20, public and </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>private), but of industry and the informal science network. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>*STEM CAP one of 25 projects of the California Innovation Corridor U.S. Department of Labor “Workforce Innovations in Reg’l Economic Development – WIRED” initiative managed by the California Space Authority </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. Role CSEWI Has Played in STEM CAP <ul><li>Project oversight/Steering Committee leadership </li></ul><ul><li>Establishment of Forums, Working Groups, Context </li></ul><ul><li>Facilitated broad-based coalition: new partnerships across educational segments, other sectors </li></ul><ul><ul><li>UC President’s Office, Chancellors Offices – CSU/CCC </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>K-12 Office of Public Instruction </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Career Technical Education, private sector education </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Industry </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Informal science </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Government </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Engaged sub-contractor linked to CA educ system </li></ul><ul><li>Designed, edited, publishing final STEM CAP </li></ul>
  6. 6. STEM CAP Collaboration and Leverage <ul><li>500 senior-level volunteers (education/academia/industry/informal science) contributed inkind several million dollars of support </li></ul><ul><li>NASA EDUCATION FRAMEWORK adopted as STEM CAP Foundation </li></ul>
  7. 7. STEM Inventory www.csewi.org/STEM <ul><li>First statewide public/private STEM inventory in nation: online, user-friendly database of STEM programs in California, searchable by grade level, geographical location, subject, age, student or professional development </li></ul>
  8. 8. STEMCAP Recommendations <ul><li>www.InnovateCalifornia.net/documents/STEMCAPDOC.pdf </li></ul><ul><li>10 Recommendations reinforcing common foundation based on NASA Framework </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Inspire </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Engage </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Educate </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Employ </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Accompanying action items </li></ul>
  9. 9. STEMCAP Enhancements <ul><li>White paper: NASA/CSU STEM Collaboration </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Cal Poly SLO </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Describes NASA JPL/CSU Summer Teacher Prof’l Development Institute Success Factors </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Project Lead the Way H.S. Outreach Program </li></ul><ul><ul><li>El Camino College, leveraged by QuickStart </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Seven high school PLTW high school programs </li></ul></ul>
  10. 10. STEM CAP’s Six Pilots <ul><li>Addressed 7 of 10 SC recommendations </li></ul><ul><li>Most common recommendations addressed </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Increasing student interest in STEM disciplines </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Recruiting/training STEM teachers </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Pilot project partners diverse stakeholders: K-12 schools/districts/Co offices; higher ed, foundations, community orgs, business, etc. </li></ul><ul><li>Activities included course/curriculum development, teacher prep/training, development of STEM resources </li></ul>
  11. 11. STEM CAP Follow-On: CSEWI’s STEMTRAX <ul><li>Initiative builds on STEM CAP recommendations </li></ul><ul><li>“STEMTRAX is a facilitated, community-based, sequential, integrated pathway of STEM systemic and external programs and activities, elementary through university, focusing on leading student participants directly to the STEM workforce.” </li></ul>
  12. 12. Conclusion <ul><li>NGOs/Others developing great STEM programs supporting inspiration of students, engagement </li></ul><ul><li>Challenges: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>STEM education/employment depends on larger strategy, framework to ensure moving through pipeline </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>STEM progress dependent upon education system as well as informal science support </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Success factors: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Ongoing engagement of NGOs in STEM support </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Engagement of education/academia </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Leveraging of resources; strategic linkage of efforts </li></ul></ul>
  13. 13. STEMTRAX Call to Action <ul><li>California Space Education & Workforce Initiative currently championing STEMTRAX Initiative, seeking sponsorships to support 3-5 pilots in northern, southern and central California (space-strategic areas) </li></ul>