EcosySTEM Collective Impact
Idaho STEM EcosySTEM partners have already started to engage in collective work to strengthen Idaho STEM from cradle to career! From making commitment statements showing support for our work to joining forces to launch innovative projects, ecosystem partners are making a difference.
Commitment Statement Resources
If you are struggling to find the right words to form your commitment statement, these resources might help. The first is a google doc that provides a word template and sample statements which can be found here: Commitment Examples. The other is called Commitment Wizard, which is offered by CSforALL. With this tool you simply answer a short series of questions and it generates a commitment statement for you!
Partner Commitment Statements
The Idaho Business for Education Youth Apprenticeship Program commits to increase access to STEM education and training in rural communities by providing access to youth apprenticeships for high students in STEM occupations.
The Discovery Center of Idaho will continue to provide access to in-person high quality STEM driven exhibitions for underserved and underfunded communities through grant funded Student Vouchers, and our Museums For All reduced admission. The Discovery Center of Idaho also commits to researching and developing new, virtual and online educational courses and materials that will reach both a state-wide and nation-wide audience with low-cost and easily accessible STEM education programs.
- Sharon Cates and Rebecca Martin will represent the State Department of Education on the Educator Preparation, Training, and Support Working Group and Cathy Beals will serve on the College and Career Pathway Working Group.
- The State Department of Education will administer the Science Education Grant Program, providing funds to private, nonprofit corporations incorporated or registered in the State of Idaho to encourage the establishment, expansion, or maintenance of science education programs.
- The Idaho State Department of Education will work with STEM EcosySTEM partners to create meaningful arts integration and implementation into STEM activities.
Sarah Childers, Principal at Temple View Elementary School partnering with the STEM Action Center though the state and regional EcosySTEM commits to participate on State committees and lead the East Idaho region 4, 5, and 6 STEM Ecosystem through the end of June 2022. Additional services can be provided at that time.
The Director of STEM and Industry Relations at the College of Technology at Idaho State University will commit to partnering with the STEM Action Center to enhance the work of the STEM Ecosystem.
The college will host a yearly i-STEM summer institute impacting a minimum of 60 teachers with hands-on STEM curriculum, materials and experience. The Director of STEM will engage in developing a regional STEM ecosystem, bringing industry and community members to the table. The Director of STEM will continuously work to identify new STEM opportunities and to promote STEM awareness throughout the state of Idaho.
The Idaho Commission for Libraries (ICfL), partnering with public, school and academic libraries throughout the state, the STEM Action Center, and a host of other state and local partners, commits to reaching as many K-12 students in the state with quality STEM resources and activities. In 2021, the ICfL commits to the following activities designed to enhance the efforts of the STEM Ecosystem:
- Provide equal access to STEM-related journal articles, online activities, and e-books for all K-12 students through the LiLI Databases and Idaho Digital E-Book Alliance (IDEA).
- Make the Countdown to Coding online training modules freely available for caregivers and early childhood educators to facilitate integrating basic computer science concepts into regular routines and playtime.
- Sponsor Make It at the Library professional development and STEM tools for 45 libraries/communities.
- Offer a fifth year of Summer STEM from Your Library to at least 60 public and school libraries and their communities to provide high-quality STEM learning experiences that engage students when they are out of school.
The ICfL also pledges to share information about STEM resources with library staff on a monthly basis, co-host professional development for families and educators, and actively participate in STEM Ecosystem committees and activities throughout 2021.
American Falls School District #381 makes a commitment to provide facilities and training for practical STEM activities that can be used in the classroom. in South East Idaho serving 100 Teachers by Fall 2022.
Idaho Project Learning Tree in collaboration with Idaho Forest Products Commission commits to build awareness of and access to STEM education opportunities by including STEM topics in our email campaigns serving over 2000 teachers and others who work with youth, through at least 15 email campaigns in 2021.
IDCTE is committed to promoting and growing STEM and Computer Science in Idaho.
Idaho Division of Career Technical Education commits the following staffing support:
- Chet Andes, Trades & Industry Program Quality Manager to serve on the Career Pathway and Exposure Workgroup
- Justin Touchstone, Assistant Director of Program Quality to serve on the Professional Development Workgroup
We look forward to continued collaboration and partnership in expanding Computer Science and STEM in Idaho.
The Idaho Technology Council fully supports growing innovation and talent in Idaho—specifically related to STEM professions. Organically growing talent and computing literacy in our k- 12 education system as well as higher education is vital for Idaho to compete in a knowledge economy. This is exactly why we have supported the Idaho STEM Action Center since it began. Growing talent and computing literacy is vital for industry we have worked with the STEM Action Center on several initiatives and look forward to partnering with the Idaho STEM Ecosystem for years to come. The Idaho STEM Ecosystem plays a critical role in Idaho’s long-term success.
Learning Blade in collaboration with Idaho STEM Action Center, Idaho National Lab, Battelle, the National Rural Education Association, and Idaho’s 21st Century Community Learning Centers make a commitment to increase Idaho middle school students’ interest and awareness of STEM and Computer Science careers through the Learning Blade program serving more than 1,000 Idaho students by June 2022.
ApprenticeshipIdaho (an Idaho Department of Labor program), working in collaboration with the STEM Action Center, commits to supporting the Ecosystem by identifying and facilitating opportunities to communicate and connect students to career pathways through apprenticeships.
The Idaho NSF Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) commits to working with the Idaho STEM Ecosystem through ongoing identification of areas of need, growth, and collaboration in the implementation of the Idaho STEM Ecosystem project. Idaho NSF EPSCoR, via the Idaho Diversity Network, also commits to collaborating on the identification and implementation of relevant STEM diversity training and other initiatives to broaden participation of underrepresented populations in STEM.
Micron Technology, through its MicronGives Inspire Learning program, is dedicated to growing a diverse and robust STEM pipeline to cultivate tomorrow’s technology leaders. As an active member of the Idaho STEM ecosystem and a perennial supporter of the Idaho STEM Action Center and its initiatives, we are committed to provide funding for STEM initiatives, provide support for STEM activities, share our STEM programming opportunities statewide and collaborate with our statewide STEM ecosystem partners. We do this with a focus on providing equitable access to STEM opportunities for all students and educators.
Idahoans find their career pathway, and for employer’s to find the skilled workforce they need to thrive. This commitment includes a huge array of STEM opportunities that we will work with our partners to help provide funding, bring cohesion, and set workforce development efforts in motion all throughout the state.
This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. 2013234. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.