Conference Overview: This first-ever day-long convening will launch with the release of initial findings describing the STEM and Out-of-School Time Opportunity Landscape and preliminary community-based recommendations for a citywide agenda for coordinating efforts to get – and keep – young people involved with meaningful experiences with STEM K-16.

The morning will be dedicated to exploring models and research-based frameworks for thinking about how to engage students, develop collaborative alliances, set goals, and track successes at a systemic level. The afternoon will consist of interest-group working sessions to  discuss opportunities and requirements for a cooperative cross-city STEM pathways approach. The convening will be documented and disseminated as a “thought” paper for ongoing work and cooperation in early 2013.       

Conference Schedule:                                                                                                                                                  

8:00am-8:30 am         Registration and Breakfast

8:30-8:45 am                Welcome

  • Alan Cramb, Provost, Illinois Institute of Technology

8:30-9:30 am              The State of STEM and Out-of-School Time in Chicago: Results of the 2012 Survey of the Out-of-School Time STEM Opportunity Landscape and Implications for a City-Wide Strategy for Building K-16 STEM Pathways (Presentation with Q+A)

  • Gabrielle Lyon, PhD, Cofounder and Executive Director, Project Exploration
  • Andrew Rice, Senior Research and Policy Analyst, Chicago Allies

9:30-9:45 am              Break

9:45-11:00 am            What Does it Take? Possibilities and Proven Potential for STEM Pathways. (Moderated Panel)

  • Akeshia Craven-Howell, Officer, Pathways to College and Careers, Chicago Public Schools
  • Jessica Donner, Director, Collaborative for Building After School Systems
  • Damian Ewens, Providence After School Alliance
  • Dan O’Neil, Executive Director, Smart Chicago (Moderator)
  • Michael Ramirez, Student at University of Illinois Chicago; alum of multiple STEM programs
  • John Tolva, Chief Technology Officer, City of Chicago

11:00-11:15 am     Explanation of Breakout Sessions

  • Rabiah Mayas, Museum of Science and Industry

11:15-11:30 am     Move to Lunch and Breakout Sessions

11:45-1:45 pm     Working Lunch; Breakout Sessions  Click HERE for descriptions of the breakout sessions and biographies of session facilitators.

  • Connected and Networked Learning (Christian Greer, HIVE Chicago Learning Network)
  • Data and Data Systems (Josh Kalov, OpenGov; Jameela Jafri, Project Exploration; Heather Thirry, University of Colorado)
  • Partnering with Chicago Public Schools and Other City Agencies (Rafael Rosa, Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum)
  • Summer and STEM (Peggy Espada and Hillary Stroud, National Summer Learning  Association; Liz McChesney, Chicago Public Library)
  • Pathways to College and Careers (Tony Streit, EDC; Mike Davis, City Colleges of Chicago)
  • Youth Experiences (Jeff McCarter, Free Spirit Media)
  • Funders  (Invitation only)

2:00-3:00 pm       Reporting Back and Recommendations

3:00-3:30pm        Reflections and Next Steps

3:30-4:30 pm        Networking Reception

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