• Webinar: Tools to build STEM schools

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    March 15, 2017: 4-5 pm EST Register STEM schools can be engines of academic achievement and innovation. But how do you build them well? And build them to last. In our next webinar, we’ll be joined by Dorothy Earle, Wes Hall, and Denise Devora. Each represent a state who’s published tools for building great STEM schools. All three tools have been certified by STEMx and were recently featured in our revamp of the STEMx website. Panelists Dorothy Earle, Education Specialist with S²TEM Centers in South Carolina: In this role since June, 2008 she designs and facilitates STEM professional learning experiences for educators at the classroom and leadership levels. She further supports STEM education by collaborating on the development of tools to assess… Read More

  • Opening up the STEMx archives

    Today, we’re rolling out a major upgrade to the STEMx website, which includes a cleaner look and the launch of the STEMx endorsed resources. It’s my great pleasure to recognize the work of STEMx members who have created the tools that received the STEMx “seal of approval.” Each month, I work with “Practices” committee to… Read More

  • STEMxchange: The Six E’s of Engagement

    When STEMx was launched, we chose three words to sum up the goals of the organization: Educate. Engage. Exchange. As STEM learning professionals, we do the first every day. At STEMxchange 2016, we exchanged ideas from across the country. But how do we engage with the broader community? And how do we engage effectively? In Dallas, Anthony… Read More

  • Ohio students present solutions to opioid crisis

    This is a cross-post of a piece originally published by the Ohio STEM Learning Network Ohio’s opioid-abuse crisis has affected countless individuals and families, and long-term solutions have seemed elusive. In response, the state’s Department of Education and the Ohio STEM Learning Network (OSLN) called on schools to tackle the problem. Officials suggested a design… Read More

  • STEMxchange: Focus on local career pipelines leads Lancaster ISD forward

    At STEMxchange 2016, presenters were challenged to share their successes during “STEM in 400 Seconds.” Lancaster Independent School District was represented by Kyndra Johnson, Executive Director for Academics and Innovation. Recognized as a T-STEM designated district in 2012, Lancaster ISD has since become an exemplar for STEM education in the state of Texas. “In Lancaster ISD, our… Read More

  • How Washington STEM advocates for public funding

    Garnering public funding for STEM-based education can be difficult and time consuming. Many STEM promoters know that it takes persistence and savvy to lobby for a portion of state taxpayer dollars. To find out more about the process, we contacted Caroline King, chief policy and strategy officer for Washington STEM, and asked about her organization’s… Read More

  • Smithsonian center puts experiential learning to the test

    At STEMxchange 2016, Dr. Carol O’Donnell briefed attendees on a five-year validation study by the Smithsonian Science Education Center. “We believe in lifelong learning, experiential learning. In 1985, the Smithsonian and the National Academy of Science got together and decided that they wanted to create an institution that would bring that kind of experiential learning… Read More

  • Building relationships with top state leaders in New York

    Education conferences are a great way to share best practices and new STEM initiatives among teachers and school administrators. Such meetings also can spread the word about STEM achievements to significant state officials. But how do event planners attract such major players? Late last year, the Empire State STEM Learning Network held a conference that… Read More

  • Looking to 2017 after STEMxchange

    Last week, we gathered more than sixty STEMx leaders in Dallas for the 2016 STEMxchange conference. Each year, this is the extended meeting for STEMx members to sit down, chat, and plan collective action. STEMxchange moves around the country each year. This year, Educate Texas, a founding member, played host. Coming from DC, it was… Read More

  • Welcome the U.S. Virgin Islands to STEMx

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    STEMx is branching out again — this time into the Caribbean. The STEM network of the U.S. Virgin Islands, whose main islands are St. Croix, St. John and St. Thomas, is joining STEMx. To find out more about the Virgin Islands Department of Education (VIDE) and its efforts to promote STEM, we contacted Shamika Williams-Henley,… Read More