Critical Conversation Workshops

Thursday May 12th Sessions 10:30am – 12pm

Connecting Education to Careers
Industry, education, and community partners will discuss the opportunities and challenges of cross-sector partnerships that connect and prepare youth for the workforce. Panelists will share examples of promising CTE-STEM programs and initiatives that are closing the opportunity gap by preparing youth for careers.
Facilitated by Kyle Ritchy-Noll
Ignitors: Susan Nielsen of Portland Workforce Alliance, Andrew McGough Director of Worksystems Inc. and Susan Shugerman from Oregon Health Sciences University, Kimberly Howard Education Initiatives for PGE.

Equity: Engaging Girls & Underrepresented Students
Learn best-practices, hear success stories, and explore tools to better engage girls and underrepresented minorities in STEM. This session features national organizations and local experts, including the National Girls Collaborative Project and state collaboratives, Oregon State University, Oregon science centers and STEM program providers..
Facilitated by Karen Peterson, National Girls Collaborative CEO and Bethany Thramer
Ignitors: Lynn Dierking, Sea Grant Professor in Free-Choice STEM Learning at Oregon State University, Stephanie Peters from Airway Science for Kids, Mike McKeown New Jersey’s Afterschool Communities Director of 21st CCLC and STEM Initiatives, Nick Spicher from Science Factory & Carolyn Nesbitt from High Desert Museum.

A Collective Responsibility: Building STEM Identity
How do we help all youth build a strong, positive STEM Identity? The discussion will center on creating and incorporating a methodology that can be used in a variety of settings across the country. As we talk about informal STEM learning, we must help community partners, stakeholders and key decision makers understand the importance we all have in supporting youth as they build their own STEM identity.
Facilitated by Maryann Stimmer, Director of STEMeducators Inc
Ignitors: Mark Lewis, Oregon Director of STEM & CTE, Gil Noam, PEAR Institute Harvard and Elizabeth Nye, Executive Director of Girls Inc of the Pacific Northwest

Tools to Impact STEM learning
The systems we build affect and impact youth STEM learning. The structure and tools we use can help inspire and educate youth in STEM. Conversation igniters will share their experiences utilizing Invention, Inquiry and Growth Mindset when designing experiences with youth.
Facilitated by Susan Hamann of OregonASK & Rachel Brunette of Lemelson Foundation
Featuring Yong Zhao, Director of Institute for Global and Online Education, Tong Zhang Director of Oregon MESA, and Matt Karlsen Opal Charter School.

STEM Programs in Out of School Settings
Research and evaluation findings are not yet robust enough to determine which programs work best for whom and under what circumstances. The limitations of the existing research are due to the many types of out-of-school STEM programs, and the difficulties of measuring the outcomes of such programs. The findings are strong enough, however, to identify three criteria of programs that produce positive outcomes for learners: they are engaging, responsive, and make connections. Discuss the National Research Council report Identifying and Supporting Productive STEM programs in Out-of-School Settings.
Featuring John Falk, College of Education, Oregon State University and Martin Storksdieck, Institute for Learning Innovation, Corvallis

Municipal Leadership to Build STEM Skills: Critical Roles to Build a Sustainable Workforce
Municipal leaders are critical partners in building statewide support and fostering an ecosystem that sustainability supports STEM. Panelists will share about their experiences, and the need for economic development and the role of municipal leaders to garner broader support for STEM.
Facilitated by Bela Shah Spooner of the National League of Cities
Ignitors: Jared Wiener of Portland Development Commission, CJ Robbins from City of Portland, Paul Morin of Alabama Afterschool Network and Lisa Pelligrino from the Portland Children’s Investment Levy

Friday May 13th Sessions 10:15-11:45 am

Student Centered Learning Using Digital Badges
Experts from the forefront of Digital Badging will engage in a discussion about the ‘bigger picture’ as several Mozilla Foundation pilots share about the work they have been doing to build Student Centered Learning and Open Badge Systems. There are exciting examples of connecting informal STEM leaning to school day requirements.
Facilitated by: Iris Bond-Gill from the Mozilla Foundation
Ignitors: Diane Smith of Business Education Compact’s Teaching & Learning Initiative, Nate Otto from National Badge Alliance & Concentric Sky, Randy Macdonald from Innovate Oregon, and Marcia Dvorak from Kansas Out of School Network

Scouting for Rural Solutions
Explore the connections between STEM ecosystems, economic development and the challenges of building STEM support systems in rural communities.
Featuring  Jeff Cole, Director of Nebraska Beyond the Bells and Thomas Azzarella, Director of Alaska Afterschool Network and Gwen Soderberg-Chase of Umpqua Valley STEAM Hub

Building Creativity in the Summer Space
Summer has the power to engage students, to support academic learning, and to close the achievement gap. Learn from summer learning experts, hear success stories from around the country, and engage in a critical discussion about creating exemplary summer learning experiences.
Facilitated by Ellie Mitchell, Director of Maryland Out of School Time Network & Krina Lee Director of Salem-Keizer Education Foundation.
Ignitors: Matthew Boulay, Founder of National Summer Learning Association and Brian Berry from OMSI

The Role of Mentoring 
This session will be about developing clear guidelines about the elements of quality STEM mentoring in afterschool, especially mentoring pathways that can allow for sustained engagement. Participants will discuss current models, best practices, challenges and opportunities. From this convening criteria for best practices will contribute to the ongoing development of STEM Mentoring Resources for afterschool.
Facilitated by: Rachel Kessler & Victoria Wegener

STEM and The Power of Public Policy
We will explore and discuss policies set in place throughout the country and how they have effectively stimulated the expansion of STEM learning. Particular attention will be paid to how we might emphasize and include expanded learning in other educational or workforce initiatives.
Featuring Bela Shah Spooner from National League of Cities and Anita Krishnamurthi from the Afterschool Alliance

Professional Development: Connecting Beyond the Bell
National and state STEM professional development experts will explore the reseach to practice elements of best practice for enhancing out-of-school time professional development and technical assistance.
Facilitated by Susan Hamann & Maryann Stimmer
Ignitors: Sue Allen from Maine Mathematics & Science Alliance, Heidi Ham from National Afterschool Association, Holly Carr from Click to Science and Tracy Truzansky from Vermont Statewide STEM Network

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