We will be introducing a suite of tools to advance STEM education in a series of workshops at the U.S. News STEM Solutions Conference June 17-19, 2013 in Austin, TX. Video highlights and resources from the sessions will also be presented in an online broadcast on July 11.

The STEMx™ tools will include resources from member states that can be adapted to any state or region to best serve the local STEM needs in that area. The suite of tools will include blueprints, rubrics and guides for STEM school/district design from Arizona, North Carolina, and Texas; STEM AdvoKits for communications and advocacy from California, Ohio and Tennessee; and frameworks for inspiring student engagement in STEM from California and Colorado.

“These solutions address the national imperative to increase student achievement and expand teacher capacity in STEM,” said Margaret Ashida, Director of the STEMx Network. “They are based on innovation enabled by collaboration among business, education and community.” The tools will be highlighted in the STEMx™ workshops on topics ranging from student engagement to STEM school district design to community partnership development to policy advocacy. The workshop series is titled The STEMx™ Difference: Local Innovation. State Leadership. National Impact.

Each workshop will be led by a multi-state team of expert practitioners including directors and CEOs from nationally recognized state STEM organizations. The sessions introduce STEM practices and supporting tools developed by the states, for the states. The tools will also be available on our website immediately following the conference. We are also working with member state Washington STEM and Social27 to develop a virtual extension of its conference track, including a “simulcast” on July 11 at 1 PM ET / 10 AM PT which will feature video highlights of each session, associated resources, and online engagement with STEMx leaders from across the country.

“STEMx is a powerful network of state-led efforts sharing resources for greater impact,” said Patrick D’Amelio, CEO of Washington STEM and chair of the STEMx planning team for the workshops. “This online platform will extend the impact of these sessions and state-tested tools beyond those able to attend the conference to the broader community of STEM advocates.”

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