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Partnerships to Support K-12 STEM Teaching and Learning

Webinar 5: School Partnerships - K-12 Schools as Partners

This concluding webinar will focus on partnerships among K-12 schools to support STEM teaching and learning with presenters from the Illinois Math and Science Academy.


  • Michelle Kolar, Executive Director for Professional Field Services, Illinois Math and Science Academy (IMSA), Aurora, IL

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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