IDOE STEM COUNCIL

The State of Indiana has been presented an incredible opportunity to enhance the success of our students through greater exposure and learning in the STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) disciplines. These disciplines are the building blocks of our current and future economy. In a tremendous sign of unity for our Hoosiers, STEM has been identified as a priority by Governor Eric Holcomb, Superintendent of Public Instruction Dr. Jennifer McCormick, and the Indiana State Legislature. To this end, our state legislature approved STEM Alignment Funds for the Indiana Department of Education in the 2017-2018 state budget; the first such funding in Indiana, designed to foster the development of a statewide strategy to provide consistent and equitable access to daily science, technology and engineering education in grades K-12.

A strategy of this nature requires significant collaboration with several state agencies involved in education, workforce and economic development as well as employers to ensure we prepare our students for the variety of opportunities that will be available at all levels of educational achievement. The Indiana Department of Education is taking immediate action with the awarded funding to begin the strategic development with the hope of implementation shortly thereafter. An Indiana state-wide STEM Council has been formed to identify the guiding steps involved in creating a comprehensive strategic plan for STEM education serving Indiana students by intentionally and deliberately connecting to higher education and workforce opportunities.

The STEM Council will meet at regular intervals over the next year to devise and approve a strategy, implementation plan and develop policy and funding recommendations in time for the 2019 budget session. Taskforces will be established and meet as needed to conduct state and national STEM research as well as identify STEM resources and programs throughout the state in alignment with House Enrollment Act 1001. These groups will utilize the information and research to provide recommendations to the STEM Council on the multi-faceted challenge of further integrating STEM into the daily curriculum of all of our students.

We have identified you as critical to this work and would invite you to be part of our newly formed STEM Council that will advise the Department of Education in this endeavor.

We look forward to engaging in meaningful conversations and connecting valuable resources to the greater effort of establishing a state-wide Strategic Plan for STEM Education. Your service to Hoosier children is greatly appreciated.

Educationally yours,

Dr. Jennifer McCormick

Superintendent of Public Instruction