The Power of Partnerships: An Inside Look at Communities That Are Making a Difference (Great Lakes Bay Regional STEM Initiative)
Solving the STEM skills gap is a national problem with local and regional solutions. Many of the most effective partnerships begin as public-private collaborations in local communities, bridging the gap between employers, educators, policymakers, and other groups, such as workforce development boards or chambers of commerce. A 2016 National Academies report suggests that the blueprint for success comes through coordinating efforts, closely tracking and sharing data, embracing experiential learning, working with associations and industry consortia, and more. The STEM Learning Ecosystems, a project endorsed by the STEM Funders Network, has been cultivating STEM Ecosystems in 56 communities around the country. This session will feature representatives from one of those Ecosystems, the Great Lakes Bay Regional STEM Initiative in Michigan. They have found success through a regional collaborative focused on building the workforce of tomorrow through comprehensive STEM education.