May 2021
The Donald McKinney Center for STEM Education Monthly Newsletter


McKinney Center
Professional Development Research Study

We hope you will assist us with a professional development research project, and take 10-15 minutes to complete this SURVEY.  

We are conducting a study that seeks to answer this question: What types of professional development contributes to the critical skillsets of education professionals? This study will combine literature reviews, an online survey, and interviews and focus groups.

This survey is open to anyone who considers themselves part of the education field (not just STEM). This includes classroom teachers, informal educators, program administrators, higher education faculty, researchers and evaluators, curriculum developers, etc. Please complete the survey by Friday, May 7, 2021. Thank you!

Explore STEM Philly Goes Virtual

In honor of Volunteer Appreciation Week we are proud to uplift the work of our Explore STEM Philly volunteers. Explore STEM Philly, a signature program of Philadelphia Education Fund, is a STEM speakers bureau through which teachers are able to secure and schedule STEM career professionals for their classrooms. We’ve been working hard to transition this program from in-person to virtual, and are pleased to share we just completed our first round of distance-learning presentations. Now more than ever our students need hope, inspiration, and examples of what the future might hold for them if they stick with school and make a post-secondary plan.

Read More HERE

PEF Instructional Rounds

Instructional Rounds is a FREE professional learning opportunity for secondary and postsecondary educators who have an interest in aligning teaching and learning . This year’s Instructional Rounds will focus on knowledge construction in the virtual classroom at both the high school and college level.
Instructional Rounds is designed to break down isolation between educators within and across the secondary and postsecondary levels. An overview of the Philadelphia Education Fund’s previous Instructional Rounds can be found HERE.

Instructional Rounds will take place from 9:45am-1pm on Friday, May 7. Please REGISTER for this free event by Tuesday, May 4th.


Pennsylvania STEM Coalition &
Pennsylvania Statewide STEM Ecosystem

The Pennsylvania STEM Coalition and the Pennsylvania Statewide STEM Ecosystem (PSSE) offer a series of STEM meetings throughout the year. In partnership with the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE), these events are an excellent opportunity to learn about regional and national STEM updates. You can join the listserv HERE.

The next STEM Coalition meeting will be on Thursday, May 13, from 4-5 PM. The topic will be "Keystone Research Center: PA Career Pathways Report." This is the ZOOM LINK, and preregistration is not required. Please email Betsy Payne for details.

Philadelphia STEM Ecosystem &
Philadelphia STEM Equity Collective

The Philadelphia STEM Ecosystem is one of 89 national STEM Ecosystems and convenes STEM stakeholders to increase collaboration, coordination, and access.

In partnership with GSK. The Philadelphia STEM Equity Collective is a 10-year initiative that seeks to increase the number of individuals from underrepresented populations entering STEM careers.

Participation in both networks is free. Please contact Betsy Payne for further information.

Philadelphia STEM Education Directories

The Philadelphia STEM Ecosystem has launched a new STEM EDUCATION DIRECTORY The Program Directory lists out-of-school time STEM activities for Pre-K-12 children and youth in the Philadelphia area. The PD Directory includes STEM PD offerings for both classroom teachers and informal educators. We continue to accept listings for both. Please email Betsy Payne for additional details or information.


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