Pennsylvania Statewide STEM Ecosystem
An encounter in a “Lead STEM” Capstone Project ignited the formation of the Pennsylvania Statewide STEM Ecosystem (PSSE). Accelerated by the onset of the COVID-19 crisis, and in partnership with the Pennsylvania Department of Education, PSSE evolved into a collection of eight formal and several informal STEM Ecosystems across Pennsylvania.
Through purposeful cooperation and collaboration, PSSE focuses primarily on creating professional networks and a stable community of practice. Its overarching goal is to ensure that all Pennsylvanians have access to quality STEM education and career pathways, so that they may become tomorrow’s leaders, influencers, and problem-solvers.
In the fall of 2020, PSSE joined with the Pennsylvania STEM Coalition - a statewide, cross-sector network comprised of over 800 stakeholders. Similar to PSSE, the PA STEM Coalition strives to provide equitable access to STEM learning experiences for every learner - from early childhood through higher education.
The Coalition is a collective of stakeholders that planted the seeds for:
A common vision for STEM
Monthly virtual statewide STEM collaboration meetings
The expansion of STEM Ecosystems
The formation of the PAsmart[SEP4 ]Initiative
The review of Pennsylvania’s Science standards
PSSE and the PA STEM Coalition are administered by a 14-member Workgroup that meets every other week and represents Pennsylvania’s diverse regions and perspectives. The Workgroup’s signature activity is hosting bi-monthly STEM Coalition webinars that focus on timely STEM topics. Other activities are highlighted below.
We invite all of the Pennsylvania’s STEM Champions to join us and to continue to support Pennsylvania’s vision for STEM!
December 2nd, 4:00- 5:00 PM - Funding your STEM Program
December 16th, 8:30- 9:30 AM – Industry and STEM
To attend any of the above meetings just join the PA STEM Coalition and you will get the invitation and registration directly.
As part of the Coalition, you can communicate directly with other PA STEM Coalition members by using the list HERE.
Please be aware that you:
MAY NOT use this list to fundraise for your agency, to relay non-STEM information, etc.
MAY use this list to communicate with other PA STEM Coalition Members;
BLIND-COPY the recipients
Make the SUBJECT LINE specific.
STEM education Policy mem0 to the Biden administration
The PSSE is pleased to present this policy memo which is based on a stakeholder survey implemented in winter 2021. The survey collected data from 160 of stakeholders, comprised of a diverse sampling of professionals working as principals, teachers, formal and informal STEM educators, consultants, program managers, heads of professional development, school counselors, superintendents, assistant superintendents, and more. This memo is intended to help inform and guide the Biden/Harris administration as the administration designs and implements policies pertaining to STEM Education.
To view the STEM Education
Policy Memo, click HERE.
The PSSE Is working on two complementary Asset Maps; one that identifies and provides details about Pennsylvania’s formal and informal STEM Ecosystems; and another that identifies the locations of all 800+ STEM Coalition Members. Both have the common goal of identifying and, ideally, filling gaps in Pennsylvania’s STEM resources, services, and supports.