Policy Forum

The STEM Education Coalition's Policy Forum is a 501c3 non-profit organization launched by the Coalition in 2015 to focus on developing a deeper understanding of emerging and critical STEM education policy issues.  The Policy Forum aims to keep stakeholders informed about policy issues through organizing public events, publications, hosting policy roundtables, and other informational public function.

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Policy Forum Projects

Career & Technical Education Working Group:

The Career & Technical Education (CTE) Working Group is focused on creating public dialogue around programs of study pathways for students interested in entering the STEM workforce. Today, roughly half of STEM jobs in the United States do not require a bachelor's degree, and since many of these high-skills jobs are also high-demand, CTE graduates will earn on average between $4,000 and $19,000 more a year than a person with a humanities associate degree. Additionally, career and technical training often fosters high-quality collaboration between educators and mentors with workforce demands from community businesses and organizations. Highlighting the facts and eliminating outdated stereotypes about CTE are essential to bring the next generation of workers into the 21st Century.

Common Core & Next Generation Science Standards Working Group:

The Common Core & Next Generation Science Standards Working Group works to inform policymakers about common standards that will prepare students for college and careers. High standards provide an enormous opportunity for systemic improvement in mathematics and science education in the United States. Wide ranged efforts to promote deeper learning in the STEM subjects will also help ensure that all students are ready for college or for the workforce when they graduate from high school and that they are prepared to take their place as productive, full participants in society.

Informal Education Working Group:

Informal education settings within the community are increasingly seen by many in the broader STEM education community as the best venues for getting at the “inspiration question” and attracting students toward STEM-focused career pathways. There is a growing evidence base on the effectiveness and contributions of informal and afterschool STEM programs to student learning. Further, the higher degree of freedom to experiment in informal learning settings is an increasingly attractive quality for students.

There exists a myriad of learning opportunities available to students outside of the regular school day, whether on campus, through local museums and science centers, or elsewhere in communities across the country. Integrating these emerging career pathways and learning opportunities into a better STEM pipeline is an important focus shared between educators and students.

The STEM Education Policy Forum has developed resources for state-level informal education advocates. Those resources can be found here

Informal Education Newsletter:

The Policy Forum produces a bi-monthly newsletter with policy updates and resources for informal STEM education advocates. Register here to receive your copy.

Policy Forum Supporters



The Noyce Foundation aims to help young people become curious, thoughtful, and engaged learners. The Foundation focuses on a few key areas: improving the teaching of math and early literacy in public schools, developing leadership to support student achievement, education policy and research and finally, on expanding opportunities for student to experience hands on science.




The Universal Technical Institute (UTI) is the industry’s choice for providing professional technicians for the customers they serve in the automotive, diesel, collision repair, motorcycle and marine industries, and related aftermarkets. Through our campus-based school system, the company offers specialized technical education programs under the banner of the well-known brands Universal Technical Institute (UTI), Motorcycle Mechanics Institute (MMI), Marine Mechanics Institute (MMI) and NASCAR Technical Institute (NASCAR Tech).They set the standard in professional and technical education, lifelong learning and employment services. UTI's purpose is to change the world one life at a time by helping people achieve their dreams.



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The mission of The Oregon Community Foundation is to improve life in Oregon and promote effective philanthropy. OCF works with individuals, families, businesses and organizations to create charitable funds — more than 1,700 of them — that support the community causes they care about. These funds support the critical work that nonprofits are doing.



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If your organization is interested in getting involved with the STEM Education Policy Forum, please email us at info@stemedcoalition.org.