In 2004, following the US Department of Education’s National Summits on Mathematics and Science, Massachusetts launched the nation’s first statewide STEM Summit. The event convened leaders and practitioners from the state’s education, business, and government sectors, all dedicated to promoting a STEM-literate workforce and citizenry across the Commonwealth. With stimulating plenary speakers, diverse topical interest panel sessions, and opportunities for networking, the Massachusetts STEM Summit has grown into an annual opportunity for sharing innovative ideas, discussing groundbreaking policies and strategies, and celebrating the tremendous ongoing work taking place at all levels of education and workforce development throughout the state.

At the 2010 Massachusetts STEM Summit, the Governor’s STEM Advisory Council unveiled the Commonwealth’s first Statewide STEM Plan. This plan was grounded in a synthesis of research conducted by subcommittees to the STEM Council, and represented a new stage in the advancement of the Commonwealth’s STEM agenda. In 2013, the Summit celebrated its 10th anniversary, with over 1,300 educators, business leaders and policymakers in attendance. Congressman Joseph Kennedy III, Honorary Co-chair of the Governor’s STEM Advisory Council, helped present an update to the Massachusetts STEM Plan. Last year’s Summit was yet another great event. Held

for the third straight year at the DCU Center in Worcester, a record number of attendees attended a wide array of sessions and enjoyed a dynamic exhibit hall featuring more than 80 displays highlighting diverse STEM projects from across the Commonwealth and exhibits of our generous sponsors.

Massachusetts STEM Summit 2017: Progress Through Partnership, to be held on Tuesday, November 14, 2017 at the DCU Center in Worcester, promises to be another dynamic, stimulating and productive event. This year’s theme celebrates the rich tradition of creative collaboration that has been the hallmark of the Commonwealth’s powerful STEM movement since its earliest inception. The Summit itself, hosted and organized for 14 years by a strong education-business-government partnership, exemplifies the power of strategic, purposeful, cross-sector collaboration. Over the years, the Summit has presented countless examples of initiatives in which partners from diverse sectors have come together to leverage each other’s complementary strengths, expertise, and resources. These cooperative efforts have yielded innovative, dynamic, and effective STEM programs for in-school and out-of-school education and workforce development. Whether large or small, statewide or local, public or private, partnerships of diverse stakeholders remain crucial to the state’s continued STEM success. Throughout this year’s Summit — through talks, presentations and exhibits — we look to showcase many more of these unique partnerships and their exciting, cutting-edge programs and collaborations.

Massachusetts STEM Advisory Council

The Massachusetts STEM Advisory Council is led by co-chairs Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito, U.S. Rep. Joe Kennedy III, and Dr. Jeffrey Leiden, Chief Executive Officer of Vertex. The STEM Advisory Council serves as a vehicle for STEM advocates from the public and private sectors to inform and advance the state’s agenda relative to STEM education and the connection to the workforce.

The STEM Advisory Council commenced its work in 2010, focused on expanding the understanding of the importance of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics education. In 2015, the STEM Advisory Council refined its work. The Council has named expanding access to work-based learning opportunities in STEM fields; developing strong models of STEM Early College Career Pathways;  and broadening access to computer science and engineering programs as key priority areas. In addition the STEM Advisory Council outlined key principles for its work, including focusing on communities with high concentrations of low-income students, particularly students in middle grades, and ensuring high-quality instruction.

Working with educators, legislators, and business and community leaders, the Council seeks to promote the importance of these essential disciplines while also incentivizing the development and spread of best practices that enhance students’ successful preparation for entry into the 21st Century workforce.

For more information visit: www.mass.edu/stem

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