In November of 2009, President Obama launched the Educate to Innovate campaign, a nationwide effort to improve American students’ academic standing relative to international science and math achievement over the next decade. One of the campaign’s three explicit priorities is “STEM education and career opportunities for underrepresented groups, including women and minorities.”
In 2010, NAPE collaborated with other national organizations familiar with research and practices related to K-12 girls and STEM to respond to the Educate to Innovate campaign. As part of the process, the Girls in STEM Collaboration convened an online, crowd-sourced brainstorming sequence, inviting responses from 8,000 people. Close to 350 organizations provided detailed input. Using this information, the Collaborative then conducted a meeting at the White House Conference Center of representatives from the 20 top research and practitioner-based organizations serving girls and women, each of which has a strong commitment to STEM education and workforce development.
The resulting report, Memo to the Educate to Innovate Campaign, outlines for federal policy analysts the educational practices known to increase participation of girls and women in STEM and draws on NAPE’s Nontraditional Career Preparation: Root Cause and Strategies.