STEM Roadmap Progress: Goal 1

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The following strategies and associated actions address these challenges.





1.1: Build a coalition of support

1.1.a: Develop a plan for Colorado to coordinate, align, evaluate, and celebrate STEM efforts to ensure all Coloradans have access to the STEM experiences needed to succeed in an innovation economy. Continuing to update and revise the Colorado STEM Education Roadmap as needed. (Roadmap released Aug. 27, 2014.)
1.1.b: Raise awareness about STEM’s role in addressing the opportunity gap among students. Working with the Women’s Foundation and JPMorgan Chase to provide grants to organizations that will create STEM career pathways.Working with the Colorado Collaborative for Girls in STEM (CoCo STEM) and other partners to host the STEM Equity Summit in Colorado Springs (April 2015).

Collaborating with scholarship initiatives, such as the Colorado Scholarship Initiative, to encourage wraparound support for students in STEM-related fields.

1.1.c: Establish a state STEM advisory committee to inform the development and implementation of STEM work Meeting quarterly (STEM Champions Board) and biannually (STEM Advisory Committee) to implement STEM work.
1.1.d: Leverage and connect existing networks at the national, state, regional, and local level to communicate STEM priorities and activities across key constituencies Working with the Colorado Workforce Development Council (CWDC) to identify sector partnerships interested in STEM within the state.
1.1.e: Develop a mechanism for cross-agency alignment of STEM efforts across agencies and related efforts (e.g., career pathways, sector partnerships, Scholarship Pipeline Project) Created the Education and Training Committeeled by the CWDC, to ensure STEM efforts are aligned across agencies
1.1.f: Develop effective messages grounded in values for target audiences that explain what STEM is, why it matters for students and Colorado’s workforce, and what stakeholders can do to help With support from The Colorado Education Initiative’s (CEI’s 
Communications team, developed key messages and a communications plan to disseminate STEM information
1.1.g: Create a recognizable brand identity for Colorado STEM work Initiating efforts to create a brand identity (a 2015 priority).
1.1.h: Launch a public-private partnership of STEM Champions to support implementation of the Roadmap with the goal of raising $5 million over a three-year period

1.2: Define STEM

1.2.a: Identify a definition of STEM occupations based on skill requirements
1.2.b: Define K-12 STEM competencies
1.2.c: Use common, transparent STEM occupational definition(s), degree production, demand, and projected demand consistently Aligning STEM occupational definitions with characterizations used in the Colorado Department of Education (CDE) 2015 Job Skills Report.
1.2.d: Develop resources that show connections between STEM competencies and educator evaluation requirements, graduation guidelines, and content standards
1.2.e: Incentivize IHEs to develop degree specifications for STEM based on revised STEM occupational definition(s)

1.3: Identify and map existing and effective STEM efforts

1.3.a: Define attributes of quality and effectiveness for STEM education efforts (e.g., STEM schools, teacher PD, internships, employer engagement, STEM in the early grades, etc.)
1.3.b: Map existing STEM assets across the state Initiating efforts to map current STEM assets (a 2015 priority).
1.3.c: Build a STEM Works Colorado database to showcase effective programs in the state Partnering with Change the Equation (CTEq) and the Colorado Technology Association to create a database of STEM programs.
1.3.d: Develop an online portal to showcase existing STEM programs and identify gaps across Colorado Initiating efforts to create an online portal of STEM programs (a 2015 priority).

1.4: Measure progress

1.4.a: Identify key STEM data indicators and build a STEM data dashboard to track indicators over time
1.4.b: Use data dashboard to evaluate progress in meeting STEM targets on a biannual basis
1.4.c: Ensure supply and demand data are available publically

1.5: Embed a system of continuous improvement

1.5.a: Update the Roadmap annually, including progress reports and monitoring of impact Updating the interactive STEM Roadmap regularly on CEI’s website.
1.5.b: Track STEM data indicators and reported progress biannually to set policy priorities, make midcourse corrections, and decide future priorities
1.5.c: Report progress publically
1.5.d: Ensure two-way communication between Colorado companies who employ STEM-skilled professionals and key education stakeholders to continue to align education with Colorado industry talent needs

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