Workforce Development, Strong Inclusive Economies Powered by Afterschool
September 16, 2019: 1:00 – 4:00pm ET (10:00-1:00pm PT)
September 17, 2019: 1:00 – 5:00pm ET (10:00-2:00pm PT)
View the daily agendas below for session descriptions and registration links.
Network Leads and Partners
From your state, join together via Zoom
The 2019 Virtual STEM Summit, hosted by STEM Next Opportunity Fund, will examine how statewide afterschool networks are engaging government agencies, policymakers, businesses, K-16 schools, economic development organizations and more to connect afterschool STEM learning and workforce development to meet the needs of a rapidly changing economy. Of course, STEM learning is about more than building a workforce. It is also about raising creative, curious, caring citizens who can take full advantage of future economic opportunities and build a more inclusive community and a more just and equitable world. The event will bring together leaders from statewide afterschool networks, industry, education, government and other sectors to showcase promising practices and proven solutions that are making a difference in solving the nation’s STEM skills gaps.
Session 1 - Policy and Partnerships: Solutions from Across the States (1:00 - 2:00pm ET/10:00 - 11:00am PT)
Opening remarks and welcome: Ron Ottinger, Executive Director, STEM Next Opportunity
Creating state and local solutions to current and future workforce demands is on the mind of every state and local policy maker across the country. Afterschool and summer learning learning programs are helping to create opportunities for youth to build a strong and vibrant workforce. In this session, talk with Statewide Afterschool Leaders who are working in partnership with state and local leaders to expand STEM learning opportunities to address state workforce challenges.
Moderated by James Brown, Executive Director, STEM Education Coalition
Laura Saccente, Pennsylvania Statewide Afterschool/Youth Development Network, Center for Schools and Communities
Beth Unverzagt, Director, Oregon ASK
Concurrent Session 2A - Preparing All Youth for the Future of Work (2:00 - 2:55pm ET/11:00 - 11:55am PT)
More than 7 million jobs in the U.S. remain unfilled as employers struggle to find workers with the right mix of skills. This talent gap only promises to widen as the economy enters a period of exponential change and innovation that our education, political, and economic institutions are poorly equipped to rapidly keep pace. A systems approach where Statewide Afterschool Networks are building STEM career pathways that expose young people to the world of work, career fields and enhance academic learning and professional skills is becoming more critical than ever. This session will examine the current workforce landscape, including the so-called new-collar and gig economies; the unprecedented shifts coming in the years ahead; and emerging best practices in creating a robust talent pipeline in the STEM fields.
A conversation with:
Leah Moschella, Associate Director, Jobs for the Future
David Beard, Policy and Advocacy Director, School’s Out Washington
Concurrent Session 2B - Business-Network Partnerships - Strategies and Tools to Engage Local Chambers of Commerce and the Business Community (2:00 - 2:55pm ET/11:00 - 11:55am PT)
Many of the most promising solutions aimed at improving STEM learning opportunities and career developing training are happening at the local level in cities within our Networks. Public-private partnerships – between businesses, schools, government agencies, chambers of commerce, economic development organizations and more – have formed the backbone of efforts to fill the STEM talent pipeline. This session will offer best practice approaches for engaging business as true partners and introduce you to tools that can help lay the foundation for lasting business partnerships in your state.
A conversation with:
Alysia Bell, Vice President Business Education Coalition,
L.A. Area Chamber and the Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives (ACCE)
Susan Stanton, Network Lead, Afterschool for Children and Teens
Michelle Sullivan, Director, Wyoming Afterschool Alliance
Tessie Topol, Consultant, Topol Consulting
Session 3 - Ideation Station (3:00 - 3:30pm ET/12:00 - 12:30pm PT)
The sum of the expertise of the people in the audience is greater than the sum of the expertise of the people on stage.
Ideation stations will offer participants a platform to drive the conversation they most want to have, sharing their challenges, concerns and fresh ideas about our efforts to prepare all children and youth with the necessary STEM skills to fully take advantage of the economic opportunities of the future. Ideation stations are participant-directed, with just enough structure to ensure deep discussion. We hope that the connections and ideas that result inspire longer-term conversations and collaboration across Networks.
Ideation Station A – Igniting STEM Education in Rural Communities
Moderated by Jeff Cole, Executive Director, Beyond School Bells
More than 40 percent of all American schools are in rural areas, and close to one third of all students in the country attend rural schools. One in four of these students lives in poverty, but it is not uncommon for the child poverty rate to exceed 50 percent in rural communities. On this station, we invite participants to share, listen and build on the following ideas:
- How are you playing a critical role in moving rural education forward?
- How might we have to reimagine who and how we teach STEM in rural communities compared to urban communities?
- What opportunities and partnerships might exist to help rural districts support and sustain high-quality science learning and use technology to support STEM practice?
Ideation Station B – Family and Community Engagement
Moderated by Maryann Stimmer, Consultant, STEM Educators
When it comes to family and community engagement, conversations are like gold, powerful opportunities to build relationships. Putting more thought and time into what you communicate to families, and how you communicate it, can help you make the most of every opportunity. On this station, we invite participants to share, listen and build on the following ideas:
- How are you communicating STEM, its power and potential, to diverse families and communities?
- How are you engaging families and communities to be involved in STEM programming and decision making?
- Discuss ways we can turn communication with families and communities into collaborative, strength-based, and solution focused partnerships?
Ideation Station C – Ideas welcome! What do you want to explore together?
Moderated by Sabrina Gomez, STEM Consultant, STEM Next Opportunity Fund
Have an idea? Email Sabrina Gomez at firstname.lastname@example.org
Session 4 - Spark Innovation and Advance Excellence in STEM Learning through Ignite Grants (3:30 - 4:00pm ET/12:30 - 1:00pm PT)
The STEM Next Opportunity Fund and the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation seek to spark innovation that advances excellence and equity in STEM learning to develop a more STEM ready workforce. Of course, STEM learning is about more than building a workforce. It’s also about raising creative, curious, caring citizens to promote stronger, more inclusive communities and a more just and equitable world. Ignite Fund grants will provide seed funding to cross-sector state level teams to develop promising practices and innovative strategies to increase STEM learning opportunities for youth. 12 statewide afterschool networks will be awarded $7,000 Ignite grants.
This session will be a Q&A style allowing statewide afterschool networks to ask questions related to their ideas and logistics for the pitch session on September 17th.
Teresa Drew, Associate Director, STEM Next Opportunity Fund
Victoria Wegener, Mainspring Consulting
Session 5 - Where do we go from here? Data, tools, and resources from The Partnership in Education and Resilience (PEAR) Institute (1:00 - 2:00pm ET/10:00 - 11:00am PT)
Over the past several years, the PEAR Institute has been working to create a data system that is able to provide big-picture aggregate trends and individual-level insights for both youth and educators in afterschool and in-school settings. In this session, participants will receive an overview of the data and trends from the 50 State Afterschool Network study PEAR conducted, discuss what we have learned about STEM quality, and interact with tools and resources available to help Network and programs plan, design, implement and evaluate the impact on the youth they serve. With this approach to research, we can help Networks enhance the relationships in afterschool programs and support the special nature of this work.
Patricia J. Allen, Ph.D., Senior Manager of Research & Evaluation, PEAR
Tracy Callahan, Ph.D., STEM Training, Coaching & Network Manager, PEAR
Kristin Lewis-Warner, Ed.M., Project Manager of STEM Research, PEAR
Gil Noam, Ed.D., Founder and Director, PEAR
Concurrent Session 6A - Engaging Role Models to Support Girls in STEM (2:00 - 2:55pm ET/11:00 - 11:55am PT)
Women remain vastly underrepresented in STEM fields. Recruiting, retaining and advancing more young girls and women in STEM activities, majors and careers is a key priority for many organizations, and research demonstrates that doing so can have a wide range of benefits. Success requires a multifaceted approach including enhancing role model, mentoring and career exposure programs. This session will offer an in-depth look at some of the latest research on the diversity gap, discuss how community support plays an important role in encouraging girls to pursue STEM interests, and learn strategies for how families and role models can support girls’ STEM interests.
Tania Tauer, Ph.D., Sr. Program Manager for Professional Development, Techbridge Girls
Concurrent Session 6B - Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act Opportunities (2:00 - 2:55pm ET/11:00 - 11:55am PT)
With the passage of the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act in July 2018, a lot of attention at both the federal and state level has been placed on Career Technical Education (CTE). Many gubernatorial campaigns in 2018 cited CTE as a top priority in their education platforms and states are currently undergoing the new planning process for their new full implementation plans of the new law. When further examining the career pathways prioritized in CTE programs, there is a lot of overlap with STEM careers and fields. The goal over the next few years will be to align new CTE efforts with existing STEM initiatives at the state level where appropriate. This session will offer an in depth look at how state afterschool networks are engaging their state CTE directors in the planning process and building the case for recognizing and including afterschool and summer STEM programs in their state’s CTE strategy.
Jeff Cole, Executive Director, Beyond School Bells
Chris Neitzey, Director of STEM Initiatives, Afterschool Alliance
Jullian Luchner, Policy Manager, Afterschool Alliance
Session 7 - Spark Innovation and Advance Excellence in STEM Learning through Ignite Grants (3:00 - 5:30pm ET/12:00 - 2:30pm PT)
Support and encourage fellow network leaders as they make their Ignite Pitches to our panel of expert judges! Learn how statewide afterschool networks are proposing to advance excellence in equity in STEM learning and develop a STEM ready workforce that ultimately raises creative, curious and caring citizens that are able to fully participate in the economic opportunities of the future.
Teresa Drew, Associate Director, STEM Next Opportunity Fund
Victoria Wegener, Mainspring Consulting
The STEM Next Opportunity Fund and the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation seek to spark innovation that advances excellence and equity in STEM learning to develop a more STEM ready workforce. Of course, STEM learning is about more than building a workforce. It’s also about raising creative, curious, caring citizens to promote stronger, more inclusive communities and a more just and equitable world. Ignite Fund grants will provide seed funding to cross-sector state level teams to develop promising practices and innovative strategies to increase STEM learning opportunities for youth. 12 state networks will be awarded $7,000 Ignite grants.
Who: All 50 state afterschool networks are invited to pitch for an Ignite Grant
When: Ignite Pitches will take place September 17th beginning at 3pm ET/12pm PT. “Pitchers” must pre-register to receive a timeslot to make their pitch. To pre-register and receive your timeslot, email Elyse Preston at email@example.com
What: One state network will be awarded* on the 17th following the conclusion of the pitch session. 11 more states will be awarded Ignite Grants following submission of project prospectus.
*Award pending submission of project prospectus following the event.
Download the STEM Learning Ignite Grant Guidelines
Ignite grant process is not intended to be overly burdensome. The pitches will be 2 minutes in length and broadcast via online video-conferencing technology, Zoom. Networks that make Ignite pitches will automatically be invited to submit a brief prospectus via an online submission portal for their projects.
Be Creative and Have fun!
- Join the Ignite Pitch Workshop on September 16th at 3:30pm ET/12:30pm PT. Register here. Workshop attendees will gain an understanding of the grant guidelines, as well as logistics and requirements for the virtual pitch. Networks will have access to “virtual rooms” following the workshop to share ideas and/or work collaboratively.
- All State Neworks and partners are invited to attend the Ignite Grant Pitch Session on September 17th. Register here. Those Network representatives who are interested in presenting must contact Elyse Preston firstname.lastname@example.org to be assigned a timeslot. At their allotted time, pitchers will be given video and audio presentation capabilities and two minutes to present. Please remember to practice your pitch before the session, as we will be following strict time controls.
- Following the end of the pitch session and by the close of the day, a video announcement will be emailed to all session attendees announcing the winner of the Ignite Pitch session. The winner will be required to submit a formal prospectus via online portal.
- All Networks making pitches will be invited to submit their ideas for Ignite grants via an online portal following the session. Submissions will be due October 11th and award notifications will be given by October 31st.
- Collaboration among states is allowable.
- Each state network may only participate in one pitch.
- Previous Ignite grant winners from 2018 are eligible to participate.
- All 50 statewide afterschool networks are encouraged to participate.
For questions contact Teresa Drew, email@example.com.
Before the summit
- Review the daily agendas above and register for the sessions you’d like to join.
- You will receive a confirmation email for each session registration.
Day of summit
- Join sessions through your confirmation email or by using the registration links provided in the agendas above.
- Follow along on Twitter and chat with other attendees using the hashtag #VirtualSTEM2019
- If you are having technical difficulties, please contact:
- Amanda Hanno at firstname.lastname@example.org or 619-205-5043
- Elyse Preston at email@example.com or 443-690-9412