STEMconnector Hosts Town Hall Today on STEM Results: 14 Presentations
Submitted by Tommy Cornelis on October 2, 2012
Contact: Robert Boege or Ted Wells For Immediate Release
Tel: 202-320-8836 or 202-296-5224
Washington, DC - On Tuesday, October 2nd from 1-3 PM ET STEMconnector™ hosts a Town Hall featuring release of 14 of the first STEM Results Profiles developed by the STEMconnector™ / ASTRA team in partnership with Cisco. The event enables some 600 STEM professionals across the nation and those on location at the offices of Bloomberg Government in Washington, DC, to share the first findings of the STEM Results Project. The STEM Results Town Hall is open to STEM Leaders. Please visit and sign up at STEMconnector.org/Townhall and watch for the Town Hall to be posted on the STEMconnector.org after the Town Hall.
The STEMconnector™ team along with Alex Belous, Education Portfolio Manager, of the Cisco Foundation and representatives from 14 key STEM organizations will discuss findings of the Project and representatives from 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, Iowa Governor’s STEM Advisory Council, and SPIE — International Society for Photonics will make brief
presentations of their own Profiles.
Results Matter! The STEM Results Project focuses on identifying SMART 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.
Best Practices — Sharing the Knowledge: STEMconnector™- with the support of Cisco- will share best practices information and STEM Results profiles within the STEM community through use of the innovative STEMconnector Web Site found at stemconnector.org. Initial targets of the Pilot Program have involved key STEM leaders—businesses, professional societies, non-profits, educational entities, states, federal overnment and others — identified to measure their own Results against Goals. STEMconnector™ will recognize and honor those STEM organizations that are accomplishing Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic and Time-bound (SMART) Results. 125 targets from all categories are included in our first Results Pilot Project. STEMconnector™ also is adding a section to the STEMconnector™ Web Site during October, 2012 called "STEM RESULTS THAT MATTER.”
Why the STEM Results Project? With over $1 trillion being spent annually on STEM education and workforce training, the need to know “what is working” is critical for developing a competitive workforce for today and tomorrow. Targets for STEMconnector™’s Results efforts include nonprofits, corporations, professional societies, educational entities, federal and state government and others.
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,” says Robert Boege, Executive Director of ASTRA and CIO of STEMconnector™, 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,” says Edie Fraser, CEO of STEMconnector™, “by focusing on Results, we are moving closer to solutions that we can scale up and prepare our workforce for the 21st century.” Watch for the next STEMconnector Town Hall that will be on Ed Tech: Digital and Distance Learning, November 28th.
To follow the Town Hall through social media, follow @STEMconnector on Twitter and use #STEMresults to join the conversation!
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™ maintains an online database that is a “One Stop-Shop for STEM Education.” There are over 5,000 profiles of organizations working in STEM Education and Workforce Development plus profiles of all 50 states and the District of Columbia. STEMconnector™ 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.
For more information please call Robert Boege at 202-320-8836 (rboege@comcastnet) or Ted Wells at 202-296-5224 (email@example.com)
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