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Career-Connected Learning  and the Future for Jobs in Portland

A successful event!

Christian Kaylor's presentation on Portland's STEM Jobs

Dr. David Conley's presentation on The Future of Work & Learning

Here’s what our attendees said!

  • The whole event was a huge success from my perspective as well as my colleagues who joined me, absolutely well worth their time. I don’t know if you received this feedback from others, but if I was a participant I would have liked to go to 2 of the breakout sessions since the topics were so great.
  • Great keynote! Very useful information about current jobs, job growth, and supports need to ensure future success of current/future students.
  • The keynote was both fascinating and mythbusting!
  • Great info on improvement science. Will be looking more closely at this to help improve future teacher/instructor support & training (Shifts in Educational Leadership Session)
  • It was fun to put together the engineering activity! (Industry + Education: Getting Kids Engaged with Engineering & Industry session)
  • Appreciated the informal nature, and the Q&A made the info participant-driven. (Digging Deeper into the Data session)

May 14, 2018 7:15 am – 11:15 am World Trade Center, Portland

Enjoy a hot breakfast and join other K-12 educators, university faculty, community programs, and business/industry representatives to explore what Career-connected learning means for our region.

  • Connectwith business, in-school and out-of school educators, higher education partners, and regional STEM leaders.
  • Learnabout the future of work in our region. What sectors will drive our economy in the next ten years? What high wage high demand jobs will be available to our youth? How do we prepare youth to be ready for those jobs?
  • Exploreimpactful ways to connect industry to education.

7:15 AM: Registration and Breakfast (Eggs, Bacon, Fruit, Pastries)

8:00 AM: Program Begins


John Kochavatr, Chief Information Officer at Portland General Electric


Christian Kaylor is a Workforce Economist for the Oregon Employment Department, specializing in the Portland area. He provides data and analysis relating to the Portland economy to local businesses, business associations and government agencies to facilitate intelligent decision making. Christian will share 10-year projections on Portland area high wage high demand jobs.

  • How are future jobs in our region changing? Will our four major sectors -- healthcare, advanced manufacturing, construction, and technology -- continue to produce our high-demand, high-paying jobs?

Dr. David Conley is Professor of Educational Policy and Leadership in the College of Education at the University of Oregon where he directs the Center for Educational Policy Research. He is the founder and president of EdImagine, an educational strategy consulting company. Dr. Conley is a national thought leader in the areas of college and career readiness, student ownership of learning, systems of assessment, social/emotional learning, and new models of educational accountability. Dr. Conley will present on the Future of Learning & Work.

  • What is the future of learning and work?


How do education and business work together to support career-connected learning?

  • Belle Cantor, Oregon Community Foundation (Panel Moderator)
  • Carl Talton, North/NE STEAM Coalition and United Fund Advisors
  • Dr. Tania McKey, Portland State University
  • Travis Reiman, Hillsboro School District
  • Kristen Harrison, Portland Metro STEM Partnership


  • Digging Deeper Into the Job Data
  • Shifts in Educational Leadership and Teacher Development for the 21st Century Student
  • Industry + Education: Getting Kids Engaged with Engineering and Industry

11:15 am End of Day

Register yourself today for free!

You may also help support Portland Metro STEM Partnership's work in the region and expand career-connected learning initiatives in these ways:

  • Purchase an "Educator Hall Pass" ticket: Allow an educator to leave the classroom, enhance skills, network with colleagues, and attend STEMposium by covering the cost of a substitute for the day. Students and educators will benefit from your generosity!
  • Sponsor a Table: Please consider supporting our regional STEM initiatives, including career-connected learning, by sponsoring a table. Bring colleagues or your employees for a day of learning and networking at STEMposium 2018!
  • Make a tax-deductible donation of any size to Portland Metro STEM Partnership (see option on registration page).

Many thanks to our generous event sponsors:

Ally Equity Workshops

PMSP partners have long asked for access to professional development and consulting expertise with a focus on equity issues, contexts, and perspectives unique to STEM. By searching, we found that our region contained exceptional equity partners targeting communities of color, girls, youth with disabilities, youth experiencing poverty and exceptional science and/or math pedagogical (how students learn science and/or math) experts. However, professional development experiences that brought together equity and STEM did not exist in the region and - when we looked nationally - the opportunities were very limited, very expensive and only offered brief trainings. We know from the research that 1-day or 2-day PD without ongoing partnership and support does not impact practice. We thus brought regional equity experts and STEM experts together to co-create training modules focused on building allies*.

We have just wrapped up hosting a four-part series of ally equity workshops.  Topics included:

  1. Inclusive Curriculum - affirm student identities by designing curriculum that is relevant and responsive to students' lives and cultures
  2. Instructional Practices for STEM Equity - develop caring relationships, communicate high expectations, and create inclusive environments
  3. Equitable Discourse in STEM - practices that support ALL students engaging in productive STEM talk
  4. Implicit Bias and Microaggressions in STEM - what they are, why they matter in STEM, and how to interrupt them

Partners from 29 organizations participated in 1 or more workshops (198 combined PD hours):

AKA Science-Impact NW <> Beaverton School District <> Business Education Compact <> Centennial School District <> City of Portland Bureau of Environmental Services <> CLASS Academy <> Clean Water Services <> Confluence Environmental Center <> Ecology in Classrooms & Outdoors <> Envision Learning Partners/Stanford University <> Forth <> Girls Build <> Hoyt Arboretum <> Johnson Creek Watershed Council <> Multnomah Educational Service District <> MESD Outdoor School <> MIKE <> North Clackamas School District <> NW Regional Outdoor School <> OHSU <> OMSI <> OSU Extension Service/4-H Youth Development <> Portland Community College <> Portland Public Schools <> SHINE-Impact NW <> STEM Beyond School <> Trash for Peace <> Tualatin Riverkeepers <> Wind & Oar Boat School

The workshops have received highly positive reviews.

*Ally - Someone who makes the commitment and effort to recognize their privilege (based on gender, class, race, sexual identity, etc.) and work in solidarity with oppressed groups in the struggle for justice. Allies understand that it is in their own interest to end all forms of oppression, even those from which they may benefit in concrete ways. (Center for the Study of Social Policy)