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Partnerships to Support K-12 STEM Teaching and Learning

Webinar 4: School Partnerships - K-12 Schools and Institutions of Higher Education

This fourth session will focus on partnerships between K-12 schools and higher education institutions in the Charlotte Mecklenburg School system. Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools serve 140,000 students and the system is one of the 25th largest school districts in the US. The student population is diverse with more than 55% of the students qualifying for free and/or reduced lunch. Students come from more than 120 countries. CMS just received the Broad Award (sometimes called the SuperBowl for urban education) for progress in decreasing achievement gaps for their students in large urban schools. Their STEM initiatives are part of a broad spectrum of learning experiences for students and teachers PreK-12.


  • Cindy Moss, Director of Science and Math, Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools, Charlotte, NC

Winter Webinar Series Overview

Partnerships are often identified as a key element of effective STEM education. Schools that emphasize STEM collaborate with business and industry, higher education, and a range of community-based organizations to provide students with unique opportunities to see STEM in action and experiences that help them understand that learning about STEM is interesting, relevant, and achievable. School partners play a range of roles in support of schools specifically designated as “STEM” schools, and other schools that emphasize STEM teaching and learning. Partners, school leaders and teachers collaborate to shape experiences within and outside of the classroom, providing exposure to and experiences with STEM applications, STEM-focused careers, and the skills necessary to succeed in the future. 

This webinar series will focus on a range of partnerships that support K-12 STEM teaching and learning. Participants will have an opportunity to interact with each other and with the varied webinar presenters from K-12 schools, industry, community organizations, and higher education. The series will highlight different models for establishing, implementing, and sustaining partnerships. Presenters will discuss the biggest challenges and greatest rewards, as well as their measures of success. This series will not only expose practitioners to a range of school partnerships, it will also provide an open space for participants to discuss their own STEM-focused school partnerships and to facilitate collaboration among individuals across sectors, disciplines, and academic institutions. 

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