San Antonio is location for March 2020 convening of STEM Learning Ecosystems
The San Antonio-based Alamo STEM Ecosystem and Mexico City’s Movimiento STEM have announced a partnership to co-host the March 2-4, 2020 convening of the STEM Learning EcosystemsSM Community of Practice (SLECoP). More than 450 global STEM leaders are expected to participate
“San Antonio was selected because of its strong commitment to STEM and vibrant leadership of its local STEM ecosystem.Jan Morrison, TIES Founder and Senior Partner of TIES, the organization that operates the STEM Learning Ecosystems.
The two STEM ecosystems understand that the world’s challenges and opportunities will be solved by collaborations that extend beyond geographic borders — making them obvious partners for co-hosting this bi-annual conference.
In 2018, the Alamo STEM Ecosystem partnered with Mexico’s Movimiento STEM in a separate yet collaborative competitive application process that led to both being selected to join the global STEM Learning Ecosystem (SLE) family. It was the bi-national initiative and San Antonio’s long history of collaboration with Mexico that helped propel the selection of both locations.
Founded in 2015, the SLECoP is a global initiative of education and business leaders who know that prosperous communities are built through collaboration, a willingness to reimagine education and provide opportunities to those commonly neglected. It includes 89 ecosystems operating in the U.S., Mexico, Canada, Israel and Kenya. Ecosystems work to improve STEM opportunities for all learners by aligning stakeholders from education, business and industry, after-school organizations, non-profits, government and philanthropy.
The December 2018 Federal five-year strategic plan, Charting A Course for Success: America’s Strategy for STEM Education, identified STEM ecosystems as the number one strategy for improving STEM literacy, ensuring a strong workforce and global competitiveness for all, and an important means to support diversity, equity, and inclusion in a thriving STEM workforce.
About the March 2020 STEM Learning Ecosystems Community of Practice Convening
- Raul “Rudy” Reyna will lead planning with the help of Co-chairs Ravae Shaeffer, Eddie Rodriguez and Typer Schroeder.
- The Spring convening will be held at the Marriott River Center with an opening reception at the San Antonio Museum of Science and Technology at Port San Antonio.
- San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg is scheduled to offer an opening welcome for the convening on Monday, March 2, 2020.
- The theme of the convening, “Invention, Innovation and Entrepreneurship,” will be carried out through presentations, workshops and displays and will also include a focus on San Antonio’s strong work in cyber security.