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

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

The Smithsonian Science Education Center in collaboration with Shell USA, Inc. is hosting a STEM Education Summit on March 3, 2023 through March 5, 2023 in New Orleans, Louisiana to engage leadership teams 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 – giving education systems the tools to develop district-specific “action plans” for attracting and retaining minority STEM teachers to leadership roles while remaining in the classroom. 

The deadline to apply as a team or mentor is January 20, 2023. Teams who apply by January 13, 2023 will be automatically entered into a raffle competition. (see details in the Team Application Process section below)

For questions, contact Sherrell Williams at WilliamsSM2@si.edu 

 

Information session

 Do you have questions about this Summit? Watch the recording of the information session here: 

 

Team Application Process

Team applications are due Friday, January 20, 2023 at 5pm Eastern. | Click here to review application questions and team expectations.

Early Applicant Raffle Competition: Teams who apply by January 13, 2023 at 11:59 pm Eastern will automatically be entered into a drawing contest. Please note: submitting an application does not guarantee that your team will be selected to participate in the 2023 Diversity in STEM Education Summit.

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 submit a mentor application. Deadline to apply is January 20, 2023 at 5pm Eastern.

Learn more about mentor expectations, presummit event dates, and the mentor application here.

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 USA, Inc. 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 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.