Since 2011, the Institute has led the East Bay STEM Network, formerly Gateways, to serve as a “hub organization” for systemic STEM education reform. We employ a Collective Impact approach to regularly convene key stakeholders—many of whom had not previously worked together— to forge a regional STEM education effort that Congresswoman Barbara Lee has lauded as one of the most effective in the nation.
Our First Five Years...
A “Roadmap to Success"
We identified critical points in a student’s pathway, both academic and personal, from cradle to career. The roadmap we created is the lens through which the Network’s programs are prioritized and serves as a model to educate our diverse stakeholders about the web of factors affecting STEM development. Click to view.
We are a leading member of CA Stem Network, led by the advocacy organization Children Now to work on a statewide basis.
a statewide initiative
Specific work plans aimed at breaking down the agreed-upon highest-priority challenges and providing solutions. Our regional STEM network has created four action groups to focus on preschool education, out-of-school time, the high-school-to-college transition, and teacher professional development. Findings and recommendations from those groups have been forged into action plans aimed at policy changes as well as specific educational practices.
A collaborative action plan
Our partners, business, education, non-profit, and government, have delivered shared funding in unprecedented ways. This network has been critical to major grants. Including $23 million brought to Alameda and Contra Costa Counties in Career Pathways Trust funding from the California Department of Education, with a focus on bringing educators together to create more coherent pathways of STEM education for students.
A diverse network
of influential partners
our work today
In 2019, our focus continues with math education.
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Innovation 2.0 STEM Action plan
Launched by the East Bay EDA and led by Congressmembers Mark DeSaulnier, Barbara Lee, and Eric Swalwell. Innovation 2.0 is intended to foster improvements in STEM education and American competitiveness in the global marketplace.
Supporting early educators
A policy statement, drafted by the Steering Committee, addresses challenges in early math education and proposes concrete solutions. The draft will be shared with legislators, the business community, educators, and the general public.
a sustainable pipeline
Our long-term commitment to education encourages us to focus on sustainable projects. Through this work, we align mathematics curriculum between secondary and post-secondary grades. This creates a dependable pathway to higher education and beyond.
assessing our progress
By identifying metrics for measuring progress, setting baselines for growth, and by determining short and long-term targets we are able to assess the advancement of our action and its impact.