On November 9, 2015, an NSF-supported STEM Forum was held, organized by STELAR (the ITEST resource network) and CADRE (the DR K-12 resource network). This report stems from the discussion at the forum.
About the Report
How can research-based findings and advances help society to re-envision STEM learning and education?
Prominent scientists in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) learning research came together with school, community, and policy leaders at the National Science Foundation (NSF)-supported STEM Forum, held on November 9, 2015, in Washington, DC, to address this and other questions related to STEM learning. Attendees discussed both a specific opportunity, framed by President Obama’s call for Next Generation STEM High Schools (The White House, 2015), and strategies to improve STEM learning in all types
of schools and communities, whether or not the communities are part of the Next Generation STEM High Schools movement. What made the Forum unique was the comprehensiveness and quality of the research as well as the breadth of stakeholders from education, policy, innovation, and research contexts who participated in intensive discussions to connect this research to next generation STEM learning models.
The STEM Forum exemplified how diverse stakeholders can work together to envision, create, and implement successful STEM schools and STEM learning experiences. Building on the diversity of the participants, issues of social justice and equity rose to the fore, and strategies for addressing equity were featured. Challenges of scale and sustainability were also raised, and participants articulated the promise of new and emerging strategies. Important takeaways emerged across four thematic areas—research-based advances, multiple
stakeholder communities, social justice and equity, and scale and sustainability.