The Philadelphia STEM Ecosystem & The Philadelphia STEM Equity Collective
How do the Ecosystem and the Collective relate to one another?
The Philadelphia STEM Ecosystem was established in 2015 and now includes over 600 members. Over the past 6 years the Ecosystem has produced a “STEM Partnership Toolkit” for the School District of Philadelphia, launched several professional development events, spearheaded “CS4Philly,” and created an online STEM Education Program Directory.
In 2020, the Philadelphia Education Fund (PEF) was selected to launch a major initiative within the Ecosystem: the Philadelphia STEM Equity Collective. A partnership between Glaxo Smith-Kline (GSK) and PEF, the Collective has also achieved some very impressive accomplishments. These include drafting a Theory of Change, establishing a set of Workgroups, and actively engaging students, families, and communities.
The Ecosystem and the Collective share the common objective of providing Philadelphians with equitable access to STEM education, resources, and opportunities. The Ecosystem’s mission is: By increasing collaboration, identifying gaps in resources and enhancing the quality of STEM education, the Philadelphia STEM Ecosystem promotes just and equitable access to STEM opportunities for all children and youth. The Collective’s goal is specific to career access, and “increase the number of Black, Latinx and women Philadelphia students going into STEM careers by 2030.” One way to visualize this is that the Collective is focusing on one very important element of the Ecosystem – so important, that it generated its own funding, infrastructure, goals, and objectives.
We are continually working to maximize the synergy between the Ecosystem and the Collective to effectively use members’ time and energy. Do not hesitate to contact Betsy Payne for additional details or information.