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WASHINGTON STEM PARTNERS WITH NATIONAL ORGANIZATION STEM LEARNING ECOSYSTEMS
Receives Support to Build Regional Partnerships Focused on STEM education

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Washington STEM Contact: Jesse Gilliam, jesse@washingtonstem.org, 206-218-7980
STEM Learning Ecosystems Contact: Claire LaBeaux, Claire@prclaire.com, 925-337-0244
 
June 21, 2017
 
Washington – Statewide nonprofit Washington STEM has been selected to join the STEM Learning Ecosystems national initiative to make a significant impact on STEM education and workforce development. Washington STEM is one of 17 regional ecosystems added to the national initiative, which now encompasses 54 communities.
 
In just two years, the STEM Learning Ecosystems initiative has become a thriving Community of Practice network of hundreds of organizations and thousands of individuals, joined in regional partnerships, with the objective of collaborating in new and creative ways to increase equity, quality, and STEM learning outcomes for all youth.
 
“It’s so important to consider the entire continuum of education,” said STEM Learning Ecosystem co-chairs Gerald Solomon, Executive Director, Samueli Foundation, and Ron Ottinger, Director, STEM Next. “The growing Community of Practice shares ideas and best practices for innovative learning that will benefit students’ individual development and prepare them for the demands of the 21st century workforce.”
 
Washington STEM was selected to be one of 17 incoming ecosystem communities because of a demonstrated commitment to cross-sector collaborations in schools and beyond the classroom—in afterschool and summer programs, at home, with local business and industry partners, and in science centers, libraries, and other places, both virtual and physical. As STEM ecosystems evolve, students will be able to connect what is learned in and out of school with real-world opportunities.
 
“Washington STEM works with ten regional STEM Networks to connect employers, educators, and community leaders to support students in their STEM education,” said Lee Lambert, Washington STEM’s Network Director. “STEM Learning Ecosystems provides technical assistance and infrastructure support so we can tailor quality STEM learning opportunities to our specific needs in Washington while leveraging the experience of similar alliances across the country.”
 
Learn more about the national initiative at stemecosystems.org and the statewide initiative at www.washingtonstem.org.
 
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Washington STEM is a statewide nonprofit advancing excellence, equity, and innovation in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education. For more information, go to www.washingtonstem.org.

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