Washington STEM Summit 2020: Recap
On November 18th and 19th, Washington STEM hosted our ninth annual, but first-ever virtual, STEM Summit. We were joined by 280+ advocates, business leaders, elected officials, educators, and some amazing students to discuss and workshop some of the most pressing issues in STEM career pathways and early learning.
This year’s Summit covered a host of topics including:
- Opening remarks from Washington STEM CEO, Angela Jones; Washington STEM Board Chair, Liz Tinkham; and Kaiser Permanente Washington President, Susan Mullaney
- Striving Towards Equity in Education: A Conversation with State Policymakers
- Knowledge is Power (and Money): Closing Financial Aid Gaps in Washington
- Early Math During COVID-19: A Community Approach
- Connecting Priority Populations with STEM Pathways
- Centering Children and Families in South King County: Collaboration and Partnership
- Adapting in a Crisis: Effective Strategies from STEM Education Leaders and Students
If you’d like to go a bit deeper into resources and materials we touched on in the 2020 Washington STEM Summit, we encourage to explore these tools and materials:
- Creating Student Pathways Through Partnership: Career Connect Tech Academy – This blog features our partnership with the Commission on Hispanic Affairs and how we’re rethinking STEM career pathways for Washington students.
- State of the Children: Early Learning & Care – We released our first regional spotlight in our State of the Children report series. This report features the Southwest region and outlines the dire need for systems change in early learning and childcare.
- Washington STEM advocacy – Learn more about our 2021 legislative priorities and the issues we’ll be working on with community advocates and elected officials across the state.
- Data informed decision making – It wouldn’t be a Washington STEM Summit if we didn’t take time to dig into the data that informs our mission. We encourage you to explore our data tools like the Labor Market Data Dashboard, CORI (Credential Opportunities by Region and Industry), and our COVID-19 Impact tool.
With the 2020 Washington STEM Summit behind us, we want to take the opportunity to thank all of the partners who helped make this event possible—from our STEM Network partners, our sponsors, elected officials, student leaders, community advocates, and of course, our staff. Now, with our eyes firmly set on 2021, we look forward to another year of impact, partnership, and collaboration in service of Washington students.