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Uncovering STEM Needs and Hopes –
Planning for New STEM Ecosystems in Ohio
TIES, the operator of the STEM Learning Ecosystems Community of Practice, is partnering with the Ohio Department of Education and others, including the New Growth Group, to build stronger understandings of STEM needs in the state and to construct new STEM Ecosystems.
The initiative, STEM SAIL: OHIO, is intended to strengthen, accelerate and ignite learning by advancing students’ exposure to and engagement with high quality STEM at all levels.
Coordinated by TIES, funded by the State of Ohio with ESSER III federal funds, and created in partnership with the Ohio Department of Education, STEM SAIL: OHIO is establishing and connecting STEM Learning Ecosystems in various parts of Ohio to address unique regional challenges and opportunities.
Each STEM Ecosystem will bring together leaders from K-12, higher education, business and industry, non-profit sector, out-of-school-time providers, government and philanthropy to work for shared goals. The Ecosystems will provide the architecture and systems for identifying, driving, evaluating and sharing work.
Existing Leaders Helping.
As of 2023, Ohio had five robust STEM Ecosystems that are affiliated with the global STEM Learning Ecosystems Community of Practice, SLECoP. Leaders of these five STEM Learning Ecosystems and others, are working with TIES to co-design more in targeted regions of Ohio and to serve as supports and inspiration of the new Ecosystems in the state.
Proliferating and Prospering
Made up of partners from K-12 and higher education, business and industry, out-of-school time providers and others, STEM Ecosystems work to develop STEM education and opportunities in their communities. Ohio’s commitment to STEM, demonstrated via leadership from education, workforce development, business and industry, non-profits, philanthropy and others, provides an ideal home for STEM ecosystems to proliferate and prosper.
The Ohio Department of Education co-facilitated meetings among the Ohio STEM Learning Network Hubs and STEM Learning Ecosystems to help ensure that the work of STEM SAIL is comprehensive and inclusive.
As part of STEM SAIL, TIES and the Ohio Department of Education are conducting listening tours throughout the state. Once those tours are complete, an application will be released for interested communities to apply to become an official STEM Learning Ecosystem.
Ohio’s STEM Workforce Need is large and growing
STEM has long been recognized as a driver for engaged learning and economic development. As Ohio expands its STEM industry footprint, the need for a homegrown STEM workforce has become a pressing imperative for the state and those trusted with the education and training of the next generation of its workers.
Read a report compiled by the New Growth Group, with partnership from TIES, about a framework for integrating workforce development with STEM learning.
Ohio is replete with meaningful STEM assets. A next-stage advancement is to deepen connections among these assets and enhance collaborations and interdependencies that capitalize on Ohio’s unique opportunities while creating systems that sustainably address the unique challenges of each region of Ohio. Developing these systems requires collaboration among partners in an intentional Ecosystem approach.
Listening tours in Ohio communities
What are your community’s greatest STEM needs and aspirations?
What positions do you predict will be in high demand and difficult to fill in the next 5 years? 10 years?
How does your district/institution connect with PK-12, higher ed, business and industry, employers, and other community organizations to support STEM opportunities for students, both in and out of school?
New Growth Group
The New Growth Group (New Growth) is a workforce and economic development consulting group that mobilizes businesses and communities to achieve growth. The organization has provided strategic planning, grant and resource development, operations support, and analytics to over 200 business organizations, public agencies, institutions of higher education, philanthropies, and not-for-profit organizations in 25 states and Washington, D.C. This includes the development of over $260,000,000 in grant funding to support workforce initiatives.