STEM Council
Working Groups

Below are the names of the six Alabama STEM Council Working Groups,
along with their descriptions and members.
(* denotes non-council members)

Communicating STEM

This working group is tasked with identifying ways to: 
1. increase STEM awareness,
2. illustrate the importance of STEM skills and
3. highlight Alabama-specific STEM careers and pathways. 

Target audiences are students, parents, and school, district and community leaders – especially those from underrepresented populations. The working group will produce a set of prioritized actions, associated costs and ways to measure the impact of those actions.

Members

Kathryn Lanier (Chair)
Calvin Briggs
Terry Burkle
Andre Harrison
Christy Swaid
Kay Taylor
Amy Templeton
* Jill Corbin

Data Tracking

This working group will determine the types of STEM data needed to track Alabama’s progress towards meeting STEM strategic goals identified in the STEM Council executive order and the AL STEM Roadmap. Metrics may include participation in STEM activities, indicators of STEM achievement, measures of awareness and attitude towards STEM careers, labor market data etc. The working group will identify existing data sources, recommend approaches to obtain data that is currently not captured and identify potential costs associated with tracking, storing and reviewing STEM data.

Members

Robin McGill (Chair)
Matthew Durdin
Sandy Ledwell
Cynthia McCarty
Tina Watts
Tim Wick

Early Numeracy & Math Coaching

This working group will identify evidence-based interventions to strengthen numeracy and computational thinking at the elementary school level, with a special emphasis on developing math coaches.  This work includes recommending particular implementation approaches geared to a range of school experiences as well as highlighting best practices and potential pitfalls from past initiatives. The recommendations will include processes for educator professional learning and ongoing support, formative and summative assessment measures, and key funding considerations.

Members

Sheila Holt (Chair)
Elisabeth Davis
Tammy Dunn
* Ann Dominck
* Bianca Gaither
* Laura Ruth Hunter
* Melissa Campbell
* Jeanne Simpson

Evaluating Alabama STEM Initiatives

This working group will identify/develop criteria to evaluate STEM-based curricula and educational initiatives that receive funding from the Alabama Education Trust Fund, beginning with AMSTI and ASIM.  Criteria include but are not limited to student and educator-focused measures, the effectiveness of human capital and resource storage/delivery, the fidelity of implementation across sites.  These measures will be chosen in consultation with AMSTI/ASIM and aligned where possible with the implementation of their continuous improvement plan.  The working group will also identify a preliminary set of external evaluators with the expertise/ability to conduct this assessment and note the general cost to do so.

Members

Charles Nash (Chair)
Mary Lou Ewald
Jeff Gray
Andre Green
Tina Miller-Way
Brenda Terry
* Joni Lakin

Scale Up

This working group is tasked with developing a process to identify effective, evidence-based STEM-based initiatives and instructional strategies and expand their use across Alabama’s schools, after-school programs, or other educational settings.  Particular emphasis is on reaching underrepresented populations.  Similar processes elsewhere may be used as a starting point and customized for Alabama.  The working group will produce an implementation plan, methods to assess the impact of the program, and an estimated budget for implementation.

Members

Virginia Davis (Chair)
Paul Morin
Dawn Morrison
Adrienne Starks
Sean Stevens

STEM Career Exploration and Workforce Development

This working group will identify ways to increase access to work-based learning opportunities within STEM pathways.  This begins by defining the career categories that utilize STEM knowledge.  The working group will also offer recommendations to 1. expand the numbers of industry partners providing work-based experiences, 2. develop work-based experiences for students in STEM deserts, 3. incorporate STEM career connections in the classroom, and 4. grow relevant certification and training programs.  Metrics for success and general estimates of program costs will also be developed.

Members

Josh Laney (Chair)
Ronald Davis
Jimmy Hull
Liz Huntley
Tim McCartney
Kevin McGhaw
Keith Phillips
Daryl Taylor
K-Rob Thomas
Ken Tucker