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The STEM Funders Network: First Year Findings of 27 Learning Ecosystems

Tuesday, May 10, 2016
9:00am - 11:00am PDT
Center for Healthy Communities
1000 N. Alameda Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012
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Non-Members: $100.00
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Please join us for an important learning opportunity and update  from the Co-Chairs of the National STEM Funders Network.

Gerald Solomon, Executive Director of the Samueli Foundation and Ron Ottinger, former Executive Director of the Noyce Foundation (which sunset in 2015) and Director of STEM Next will share the latest updated model of how to build a successful STEM ecosystem.

With the goal of building cross-sector STEM learning platforms in 100+ cities by 2020, Solomon and Ottinger will also announce Year 2 communities accepted into their multi-year initiative.

For the past year, the STEM Funders Network has been cultivating STEM Learning Ecosystems in 27 communities around the country. This session will provide rich information on successes achieved and challenges encountered.

The 27 communities selected from across the US for the initial Community of Practice cohort have demonstrated cross-sector collaborations to deliver effective preK-16 instruction in STEM learning.

Collaborations happen in schools and beyond the classroom—in after-school and summer programs, at home, in science centers, libraries and other places both virtual and physical. They spark young people’s engagement, develop their knowledge, strengthen their persistence, and nurture their sense of belonging in STEM disciplines.

As these STEM Ecosystems evolve, students will be able to connect what they learn in and out of school with real-world learning opportunities, leading to STEM related careers and opportunities.

Speaker bios

Ron Ottinger, Former Executive Director, Noyce Foundation (which sunset in 2015) and Director of STEM Next
A national leader and expert in STEM learning, Ron Ottinger is known for his expertise in informal and out-of-school time STEM education and in building collaborations among schools, science centers, communities and afterschool programs that increase STEM learning opportunities for young people. Currently Ron serves as co-chair of the national STEM Funders Network. At the University of San Diego, Ron is the director of STEM Next and continues the work he began as executive director of the Noyce Foundation. For the past nine years, he led the foundation’s strategies and initiatives in informal and out-of-school-time science, focusing on field-building efforts that are marrying afterschool and science. Prior to joining Noyce, Ron served for fourteen years as National Associate Director of the non-profit AVID Center, which disseminates AVID (Advancement via Individual Determination), the nationally acclaimed college preparation program for low-income students. He was elected to three terms on the San Diego City Schools’ Board of Education from 1992-2004, during a period of major reform of the school system, and was the longest running board president.




Gerald R. Solomon, Executive Director, Samueli Foundation
Gerald R. Solomon has served as the Samueli Foundation’s Executive Director since April, 2008. Prior to the Samueli Foundation, he served as CEO of Public Health Foundation Enterprises (PHFE) for seven years where he transformed the organization from an LA-centric provider of funding and services into national prominence operating in 31 states with 1,500 employees.
Mr. Solomon has served as the Executive Director of the Samueli Foundation since 2008, overseeing their philanthropic activities, focused on STEM Education, Youth, Integrative Health and Jewish Leadership. He led the design and development of the OC STEM Initiative, the nation’s first STEM Ecosystem, which has served as the model for the development of STEM Ecosystems in 27 cities around the country. Mr. Solomon, in addition to serving as the Chair of OC STEM, serves as co-chair of the STEM Funders Network, a collaboration of 27 foundations focused on STEM education from PreK-20, encompassing formal and formal learning platforms. He also serves as co-chair of the STEM Learning Ecosystem Initiative whose goal is to cultivate the development of STEM Ecosystems in over 100 cities around the country by 2020. This initiative has received national attention and support from such organizations as OSTP in the White House, DOE, CNCS, CGI, NSTA and ASTC to name a few. Mr. Solomon also serves on the board of the CDE Foundation, and is a sought after speaker on STEM education, presenting often around the country. He also serves on both the Dean’s Advisory Councils for the UCLA Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, and the UCI Samueli School of Engineering, as well as the Dean’s Advisory Council for the UCI School of Education.


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