Education Technology

It Takes a Village: State, Regional and Community Support for STEM Learning

Nov. 3, 2021

Session overview

Educators across the U.S. are working hard every day to ensure a prepared STEM workforce will be available for the important jobs of the future. Traditional school coursework alone may not fully address the STEM skills and knowledge needed for students to meet the needs in the workforce. Support for STEM classrooms through state, regional and community programs is a necessary and crucial component of this important work.

In this November session of the TI STEM Exchange, educators and other STEM stakeholders learned from the success of these types of broader initiatives in creating a more robust and multi-faceted approach to STEM learning for all students. The session panelists gave practical ideas for partnering with community and business organizations, connecting STEM programming to authentic local issues, and addressing STEM programming across all grades K–12.

Session attendees:

  • Considered the university partnerships, targeted STEM offerings and resource-sharing models that support STEM in elementary, middle and high schools through the Arkansas STEM Coalition

  • Learned about regional efforts in Tulsa, Oklahoma, to increase access and opportunity to STEM activities, programs and learning for a broad range of students
  • Consider how corporate partnerships and state-supported STEM certification helps schools in Georgia offer robust, sustainable STEM learning experiences for students of all grade levels and backgrounds

Learn from our panel of professionals

Peter McLaren

National Science Consultant
Next Gen Education, LLC

Cindy Hasselbring

Education Specialist
NASA’s Office of STEM Engagement

Felicia Cullars

STEM Coordinator
Georgia Department of Education

M. Suzanne Mitchell, Ph.D.

Executive Director
Arkansas STEM Coalition

Levi Patrick

Executive Director
Tulsa Regional STEM Alliance


Who should attend?

  • Math, science, computer science, and career and technology education teachers
  • School STEM leaders and school district STEM leaders
  • STEM and computer science education support organizations
  • STEM education advocates


Please contact Wendy Peel, or 214.405.2779.