STEMconnector® Launches STEM Results Project with the Release of 14 Model STEM Results Profiles at Town Hall
Submitted by Tommy Cornelis on October 4, 2012
Washington, DC - On Tuesday, October 2nd STEM* experts from 14 national organizations unveiled findings from the first-ever STEM Results Profiles released during a Town Hall hosted by STEMconnector®. The event, made possible by STEMconnector® / ASTRA in partnership with Cisco, enabled more than 600 STEM professionals across the nation and on location at Bloomberg Government in Washington, DC, to identify successful STEM education models based upon unique metrics found within each organization. Social media presence for the Town Hall was spectacular, with #STEMresults generating nearly one million impressions on Twitter. To listen to the complete 2-hour audio recording and view the presentation materials, click through to STEMconnector.org/Townhall.
Presenters included Iowa’s Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds, who discussed the Iowa Governor’s STEM Advisory Council’s progress in STEM education and the results it is achieving in public education programs statewide through various measurements. Other organizations (click to view STEM Results profile and Town Hall presentation) included The National Math and Science Initiative, the National 4-H Council, the Museum of Science Boston, Dow Chemical Company, Washington STEM, Center for Energy Workforce Development, The Manufacturing Institute, Teach for America, Project Lead the Way, National Center for Women & Information Technology, Society of Women Engineers, American Chemical Society, and SPIE — The International Society for Optics & Photonics. Watch for these organizations being recognized as in the new STEM Results Profile of the Day featured in STEM Daily.
Results Matter! The STEM Results Project is focused on identifying SMART (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic and Time-bound) metrics and identifying model STEM programs that can be can be scaled up and/or shared with others. It is a national effort to identify and characterize performance metrics in more than 5,000 STEM Education organizations. To participate in STEM Results please contact Tim Edwards at Tim.Edwards@stemconnector.org.
Why the STEM Results Project? With over $1 trillion being spent annually on STEM education and STEM workforce training, the need to know “what is working” is critical for developing a competitive workforce for today and tomorrow. During the Town Hall, experts provided insight into the challenge and opportunity of the STEM Results Project:
Dave Saba, Executive Vice President of the National Math and Science Initiative (NMSI), stated, "NMSI has always been focused on replicating programs with a proven track record of producing significant positive impact for students. We really appreciate this great opportunity to share the amazing results from teachers around the country who are transforming their classrooms with our programs."
The goal of the STEM Results project is also to raise the importance of measuring outcomes and make metrics a higher priority for STEM Education interventions throughout the educational pipeline. “Resources are limited,” declared Robert S. Boege, Executive Director of ASTRA and Director, STEM Results Project, adding, “The STEM Results program emphasizes the importance of metrics throughout the STEM education community — we have to measure what matters and stop throwing money at things that can’t show a return on investment (ROI).”
“Our nation’s future is at stake,” opined Edie Fraser, CEO of STEMconnector®, adding “by focusing on STEM Results, we are moving closer to solutions that can be scaled up to prepare our workforce for global competition.”
Mark your calendar for November 28th for STEMconnector’s® Town Hall on Ed Tech: Digital and Distance Learning. This Town Hall is part of STEMconnector’s® EdTech initiative which will include the release of the EdTech Weekly Report starting in October. This Weekly Report will cover macro-trends in the policy, technology development, and media spheres that are making EdTech the change issue for education. Also, there will be a STEM Brief put out in December, Educational Technology: The Revolution of Digital & Distance Education, which will be a substantive paper on the development, best practices, trend lines, and educational outcomes for EdTech.
On December 4, 2012 STEMconnector® will convene its second STEM Council® session of 2012 at the offices of KPMG in Washington, DC. Building upon the success of our recently completed STEM Council, Session 2 will focus on sharing best practices and models for intra-company coordination of STEM efforts within corporate structures. Utilizing our knowledge and experience in developing and supporting corporate Diversity Councils, STEMconnector® is currently working with several corporations to establish STEM Councils with the goal of harmonizing efforts in STEM and ensuring a maximum ROI. For more information on this event, please contact Edie Fraser at Edie.Fraser@stemconnector.org.
In early December 2012, STEMconnector® in partnership with My College Options is releasing a major research report, Where are the STEM Students? What are their Career Interests? Where are the STEM jobs? 2012-2013. The report will take an in-depth look at the college major/career interests in STEM of high-school students across the US, and where the STEM jobs are in 2013.
* STEM = Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics
About STEMconnector®: STEMconnector® works on improving coordination in STEM Education and Workforce Development, and is committed to facilitating the efficient transfer of skills by building partnerships with stakeholders in STEM Education.
STEMconnector® has pioneered a free online database (www.stemconnector.org) that is a “One Stop-Shop for STEM Education.” The Site features more 5,000 profiles of organizations working in STEM Education and Workforce Development, 12,200 subject files on STEM, plus STATE STEMEd Report Cards for all 50 states and the District of Columbia. STEMconnector® also maintains an informative blog and a robust social media presence. Additionally, the STEMdaily newsletter provides daily content about what is happening in STEM Education. For notes on Town Halls, Council meetings, publications and other services, visit STEMconnector.org
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