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Home & Community Workgroup

STRATEGY - Increasing  access to STEM education and careers in the home and community.

 

LONG-TERM OUTCOME

Out-of-school time programs providing high-quality and culturally responsive STEM opportunities are accessible to all girls and Black and Latinx Philadelphia students.

SHORT-TERM OUTCOMES

  • Philadelphia schools have access to consistent frameworks to define and measure high-quality and culturally competent STEM programming.

  • K-12 STEM Philadelphia school programs have access to culturally competent content.

  • Black, Latinx, and women Philadelphia high school students have access to the pre-requisite classes necessary for students to enter STEM programs in college or directly into STEM careers.

  • Philadelphia high schools and STEM employers collaborate to develop real-world and career-transferrable experiences that align to STEM careers

MEDIUM-TERM OUTCOMES

  • Philadelphia schools adopt consistent frameworks to define and measure high-quality and culturally competent STEM programming.

  • K-12 STEM Philadelphia school programs across the city integrate culturally competent content.

  • Philadelphia high school students successfully complete pre-requisite classes necessary to enter STEM programs in college or directly into STEM careers.

  • Philadelphia school students enroll in real-world and career-transferrable experiences that align to STEM careers via high school/STEM employer collaborations

Co-Chairs

Tarence Smith

Manager of Outreach, Education & Research

Perelman School of Medicine

University of Pennsylvania

Village Advisory Council (VAC)

Parents, caregivers and teachers are key participants in PSEC’s goal to increase the number of Philadelphian Black, Latinx and women entering STEM careers. The active participation and guidance provided by caregivers as well as teachers will assure that the PSEC objectives and activities are delivering as intended. To this end, we are actively recruiting 5 to 8 caregivers or teachers to form the Village Advisory Council (VAC). 

 

We envision that the contributions of the VAC, alongside the Philadelphia School District and industry representatives, will guide the setting of strategic goals, direct the most effective deployment of community outreach programs, steer accessibility to these programs and become on-the-ground advocates of STEM. For more information and how to join, please go to our "About Us" page under Village Advisory Council.

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Rubric for High-quality and Culturally Competent
Out-of-School Time Programs

In alignment with the long term goal that Out-of-School time (OST) programs providing high-quality and culturally responsive STEM opportunities are accessible to all girls and Black and Latinx Philadelphia students, the Home and Community Workgroup is creating a tool for providers to adopt consistent frameworks which will help define and measure high quality and culturally competent STEM programming. This tool was based on the Access to STEM Framework  from the Million Girl Moonshot, a movement of STEM Next Opportunity Fund. Our aim is for this tool to evolve into a rubric that will give OST programs a standard to progress towards.

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