STEM Education Summit: Building a Coalition for Attracting and Retaining a Diverse STEM Teaching Workforce | Virtual

STEM Education Summit: Building a Coalition for Attracting and Retaining a Diverse STEM Teaching Workforce | Virtual

The Smithsonian Science Education Center in collaboration with Shell Oil Company is hosting a virtual STEM Education Summit on February 20, 2021 through February 27, 2021 to engage leadership teams from districts throughout the US who have identified problems of practice related to attracting and retaining a diverse STEM teaching workforce. This Summit is a highly interactive experience, with a clear outcome at the end – developing district-specific “action plans” for recruiting and retaining minority STEM teachers to leadership roles while remaining in the classroom. 

Team and Mentor application deadline has been extended to Friday, January 8, 2021!

View an information session to learn more about the summit. | Preview team application questions. | Review 2021 STEM Education Summit team expectations.


Team Application Process

Teams are invited to register for the summit December 1, 2020 - January 8, 2021. Teams will be notified of their acceptance to participate in the summit no later than January 15, 2021. 

Mentor Application Process

Mentors are critical to the success of the summit and the work to follow. They should be knowledgeable about STEM, education, and equity. If accepted, a mentor is paired with a team and commits to working with that group leading up to and during the summit as well as providing ongoing support thereafter. Click here to apply to be a mentor! | Review 2021 STEM Education Summit mentor expectations.

About the Initiative

This STEM Education Summit is only one component of a larger initiative that began in 2015 when the Smithsonian Science Education Center in partnership with Shell Oil Company convened a group of education organizations from around the nation to share and discuss proven strategies that have improved the recruitment, retention and engagement of educators from diverse backgrounds. From this meeting, a Steering Committee was formed and areas of potential work emerged: develop a playbook for district-level systems change; implement district-level systems change; and advance teacher leadership development.

Our ultimate goal for all of the work comprising this Initiative is to diversify the STEM teaching workforce and improve leadership opportunities for diverse STEM teachers through district systems change. We are working to achieve this goal and supporting like-minded individuals to do the same.

About the Playbook

Cover for the playbook "Fostering Change: Ideas and Best Practices for Diversity in STEM Teaching in K-12 Classrooms"This publication addresses the second area of work identified by our steering committee: developing a playbook for district-level systems change. The playbook below captures some of the best practices for creating systems level change at the district level that have been proven successful in increasing the recruitment, retention and promotion of a diverse STEM teaching workforce.