The Donald McKinney Center for STEM Education


Monthly Newsletter

September 2022



NEWS From the McKinney Center

Welcome New Team Member

STEM Professional Development & Curriculum Manager

We would like to welcome our newest member of "Team McKinney," Shubha Sarode.  Shubha ran our highly successful “Afterschool STEM Fellows” program this summer, and will begin mid-September as our “STEM Professional Development and Curriculum Manager.” 

A former NYC high school science teacher, SDP based teacher educator/coach, and national curriculum reviewer, she brings 13 year of experience in education. 

Welcome Shubha Sarode!

Regional Industries and STEM Education

Meeting on

September 19, 12-1 PM

The Philadelphia Education Fund, in collaboration with the Philadelphia STEM Equity Collective, has assembled a group of organizations interested in partnerships between Regional Industries and STEM Education (RISE). Its goals are to: 


  1. Help industries understand the Philadelphia STEM landscape.
  2. Allow participants to share successes and challenges.
  3. Explore ways in which members can collaborate.
  4. Cultivate partnerships between industries and education.
  5. Provide opportunities for industries to showcase their STEM engagement.
  6. Champion diversity, equity, and inclusion.


Our monthly meetings are on the third Monday of every month, from12:00-1:00 pm. Our September meeting is open to industries as well as STEM education partners, and will feature a robust dialogue between the two. You can register and get the Zoom link for the September meeting HERE.

Please contact Nancy Peter for details or information. And please spread the word!

The Philadelphia STEM Ecosystem is a network of stakeholders that are actively engaged and collaborate in local STEM Education efforts. One of 94 international STEM Ecosystems, it' vision is for all young people in Philadelphia have equal access to quality STEM education, STEM employment, and STEM career opportunities.

In partnership with GSK and our backbone organization PEF, the Philadelphia STEM Equity Collective was established in January 2020 to cultivate STEM equity, access, and inclusion in STEM career pathways for Philadelphia students who are traditionally underrepresented in STEM occupations.

For more information, contact Betsy Payne or go to our website HERE

Click here to learn more about the Ecosystem

Philadelphia STEM Education Directory

Opportunities for Students, Families and Educators

Looking for out-of-school time programs for Pre-k through 12th grade students who are interested in STEM? Or are you a teacher or informal educator seeking professional development opportunities? Visit our Philadelphia STEM Education Directory.

In addition, our Outreach Guide  and Field Trip Guide offer additional resources for educators and families. For more information, or to register for any of these directories, contact Betsy Payne.

The McKinney Center is Hiring!

Pennsylvania Statewide STEM Ecosystem (PSSE) Project Manager

The McKinney Center is seeking a part-time PSSE Project Manager to coordinate its statewide ecosystem initiatives and activities. Responsibilities will include scheduling activities; managing internal and external communication; creating the PSSE website and online STEM Toolkits; and managing the project finances. 

The ideal candidate will have strong organizational and communication skills; the ability to get along with a diverse network of people; the ability to work independently and as part of a team; sound judgment and discretion; and an unwavering commitment to inclusion and equity.

Send a cover letter and resume to Nancy Peter (no phone calls, please).

PEF is Hiring!

Philadelphia College Access and Success Ecosystem - Senior Manager, Collaborations and Partnerships

The position supports the backbone organizational functions of the Philadelphia College Access and Success Ecosystem (CASE), a citywide initiative that aims to improve upon current Philadelphia high school completion and college success measures by harnessing the power of the collective. Working alongside the city’s robust community of college and career access and success providers, the Ecosystem’s goals are to increase collaboration, reduce duplication of services, and identify gaps in programming. T


Communications Manager

This individual will work closely with PEF’s Executive Director, Director of Development, and Senior Manager, Collaborations and Partnerships, Philadelphia College Access and Success Ecosystem (CASE) to support the communications, marketing, and public relations initiatives of PEF and CASE.

Pennsylvania Statewide STEM Ecosystem

September Meeting

After returning from our summer webinar hiatus, the Pennsylvania Statewide STEM Ecosystem (PSSE) is back offering FREE twice-monthly webinars on timely STEM topics.

Our next webinar will be "PSSE Coalition: Community Conversation and Check-in" on Thursday, September 22 from 8:30-9:30 am.    This session will be presented by Judd Pittman, Director of K-16 Initiatives at Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology; and LaTrenda Leonard Sherrill, CS and STEAM Ecosystem Lead at Remake Learning. Register before or during the meeting HERE.

  • This session will be repeated on Thursday, October 6th from 4:00-5:00pm
  • Save the Date for our feedback summary on October 22 from 8:30 AM – 9:30 am.
  • Join PSSE HERE.

Philadelphia STEM Equity Collective

AL DIA recognizes GSK with "Leaders in STEM Award"

On August 10th, the Philadelphia STEM Equity Collective (PSEC) was honored as an inaugural AL DÍA Leaders in STEM honoree! 

Kim Palladino accepted the award on behalf of GSK & PSEC. “GSK, with our partner Philadelphia Education Fund, is honored to receive this recognition just two years into our  ten-year commitment to increase the number of Black, Latinx and women Philadelphians entering STEM careers." 

To see the full AL DIA article go to: Opening the door for more diverse individuals to enter the world of STEM

Kim Palladino (left) from GSK and

Betsy Payne from PEF at AL DÍA's

 Leaders in STEM Award ceremony.

Visit the McKinney Center for STEM Education Page


  1. View the list of vendors and identify the training/club you would like to participate in.
  2. Provide a letter of intent to your principal based on the responsibilities in the After School Facilitator Job Opportunity.
  3. Have the principal approve and submit through the SDP staff-led ASE principal approval form.
  4.  Register for the desired summer program using the instruction on the vendor list.



New Opportunities

Previous Opportunities





In Memory of Donald McKinney

Donald McKinney was a beloved chemistry teacher, who founded the Philadelphia Education Fund’s Math and Science Coalition. In recognition of his commitment to and passion for STEM Education, the Philadelphia Education Fund has organized its STEM Initiatives within the Donald McKinney Center for STEM Education.

McKinney Center for STEM Education Website

For additional information,

please contact Nancy Peter.

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