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Oct 10, 2018

To provde an organizational framework so attendees can better choose from the large number of options available for sessions and exhibit, you see categories called "strands".

To view sessions organized by strand, go to the schedule page and hover your mouse pointer over the Strand link on the right hand side of the page.

To view exhibits by strand, go to the exhibit page then click on the strand on the right hand side of the page.

Early Education: Those interested in the Early Education STEM Strand are a diverse group. They include early educators, administrators, professional development trainers, para-professionals, and others. These stakeholders work with young children in mixed settings: licensed group and family child care, Head Start programs, and public school settings serving infants/toddlers and preschoolers. Also interested in this Strand are individuals from higher education who both teach early education courses and conduct research. In addition, other community groups participate, such as museums, local libraries, and participants in the Coordinated Family and Community Engagement Grant.

K-12 Education: These sessions and exhibits will highlight classroom-based as well as out-of-school time practices that have evidence to support their impact on either students or teachers. Sessions and exhibits will cover a wide range of topics, including standards, partnerships, diversity, interests, achievement, and workforce readiness. K-12 sessions and exhibits will allow attendees to connect to a variety of stakeholders including managers of in- and out-of-school time programs, and in some cases, student participants. Many presentations will include multiple perspectives highlighting how business and education, K-12 and higher education, and in-school and out-of-school sectors might work together.

Higher Education: STEM experts from the higher education sector will share their experiences in engaging, retaining, and improving outcomes for students in STEM fields as well as improving STEM teacher preparation programs. Recruitment of students into STEM is a joint effort with secondary education (and where possible, elementary education) and higher education. Effective programs are targeting students in high school to pursue careers in STEM as they transition to college. Similarly, the successful transition of college students into the workforce involves partnerships between postsecondary education institutions and business/industry.

Workforce Development: This Strand will focus on broad strategies for engaging employers at all education levels and turning that engagement into something more than just participation in a once a year advisory board meeting. Presenters will share their knowledge of community supports; education, skills and job training; policy approaches; and effective practices. What works and what does not is the topic of the day. Please note: There are no exhibits for this strand at the 2018 Summit. 

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UMass Donahue Institute Massachusetts Business Roundtable Governor’s STEM Advisory Council WGBH