Since 2011, Portland Metro STEM Partnership (PMSP) has collaborated with public and private organizations to create an engaging, rigorous, and equitable STEM educational system that increases access to high-demand, high-wage STEM careers while building shared economic and social prosperity.
- Achieve equity in STEM education and careers for all students—regardless of ability, ethnicity, gender, language, race, socioeconomic status, or ZIP code—including improved outcomes and greater participation for underserved students.
- Increase access to and interest in STEM so that students have the knowledge, skills, and experience required to enter high-paying, in-demand careers in STEM-related fields.
- Positively influence economic stability and competitiveness by preparing a highly-skilled, motivated, and globally-competitive STEM talent pool.
- Foster a STEM-literate, engaged citizenry with the knowledge and problem-solving capacity to lead successful lives and address complex local, national, and global issues.
- Connecting and convening educators, businesses, professionals, and community programs to work together toward shared STEM education goals with larger effect.
- Identifying resources and relationships across the region, leveraging the strengths and assets of partners to improve outcomes while reducing duplication of efforts and maximizing effectiveness.
- Designing and implementing STEM programming for youth in multi-partner projects.
- Providing tools, sharing proven methods, and offering consultations to strengthen our partners and bridge the gap between research and practice to improve STEM learning for all youth.
- Provide access to effective professional development: All types of educators need high-quality professional development that addresses both STEM instruction and assessment.
- Facilitate STEM school transformation: Schools need the resources and support to become STEM-focused.
- Develop in-school/out-of-school partnerships: Students deserve expanded STEM learning opportunities. Community-based organizations have access to networking, technical assistance, professional development, and other resources through our STEM network for community educators, the Collaboratory.
- Cultivate career-connected learning: Students and educators benefit from encounters with real-world content and experiences to understand how STEM courses and careers are intertwined.
- Support STEM educators’ use of evidence: Educators want to know what’s working and what isn’t when it comes to creating strong learning environments for all youth.