(LITTLE ROCK – November 5, 2019 – -) The Arkansas STEM Coalition is proud to announce it will be the backbone organization to lead the Arkansas STEM Ecosystem. With this designation, the Arkansas STEM Ecosystem will join the global movement of STEM ecosystems across the nation and abroad which are devoted to dramatic improvement of how students learn.
The Arkansas STEM Ecosystem was selected in a highly competitive process to become a member of the STEM Learning Ecosystems Community of Practice (SLECoP), a network of global ecosystems working to build meaningful connections among community partners to prepare students for the opportunities and challenges of the future.
With the addition of the Arkansas STEM Ecosystem, the SLECoP now numbers 89 communities working across the globe to improve STEM opportunities for all.
“We are excited that the Arkansas STEM Ecosystem was chosen to join the SLECoP and we look forward to learning best practices for mobilizing entire communities to work to improve STEM opportunities for Arkansas,” said Dr. Suzanne Mitchell, Executive Director of the Arkansas STEM Coalition.
The Arkansas STEM Ecosystem is one of five accepted ecosystems out of over 60 communities that applied to join Cohort Six of the SLECoP.
The Arkansas STEM Coalition will work together with key partners to strengthen the Arkansas STEM Ecosystem and to work towards the ecosystem vision of Arkansas being a state where all people have equal access and opportunity to engage in quality science, technology, engineering, and mathematics learning experiences that increase their ability to succeed in education, career and community, leading to a vibrant and dynamic community.
The STEM Learning Ecosystems Community of Practice, SLECoP, is a global initiative of innovators who know that thriving communities are built through collaboration and a willingness to reimagine education and provide opportunities to those commonly neglected.
The Arkansas Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Coalition is a statewide partnership of business, education, government and community leaders. The Coalition plans, encourages, coordinates and advocates policies, strategies, and programs supportive of excellence in STEM in order to expand the economy of Arkansas and produce higher paying jobs.
The Arkansas STEM Coalition serves as an active proponent for economic and workforce development through STEM education by forming advocacy networks, fostering collaborative partnerships, securing funding and promoting public policy at the state and national levels.