On October 14, 2009, Governor Deval Patrick signed an Executive Order creating the STEM Advisory Council. The Governor created the Council to ensure all students in the Commonwealth receive quality STEM education from highly qualified educators so that our students are better informed and prepared to pursue post-secondary degrees or careers in these areas. Populated by highly accomplished individuals from academia, business, government and non-profits, the members of the STEM Council are well positioned to provide elevated awareness to the benefits of a STEM literate and skilled citizenry ready to fill the ranks of the 21st century workforce.
The Council serves as a vehicle for STEM advocates from the public and private sectors, as well as legislators and educators, to engage in meaningful collaboration with the Governor and Lt. Governor’s Office, the Executive Office of Education and their agencies, the Department of Higher Education, the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, and the Department of Early Education and Care, the Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development, and the Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development.
The Council serves as the central coordinating entity to bring together all of the participants and parties from state agencies, the legislature, and members of the public and private sectors involved with STEM planning and programming. Starting with its very first meeting on January 28, 2010, the Council has taken a multi-faceted approach in its role to help advise and coordinate statewide STEM efforts including the drafting of a statewide STEM Plan outlining clearly defined goals and objectives over a five year period, assessing how best to bring to scale the most effective STEM programs in Massachusetts, facilitating the development of activities to fill unmet needs, and providing recommendations for a campaign to build public support across the Commonwealth for the STEM disciplines. The Council's first plan, "A Foundation for the Future: Massachusetts' Plan for Excellence in STEM Education - Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics" (1 MB PDF), was released on September 28, 2010 at the 7th Annual STEM Summit.
On November 13, 2013, Governor Deval Patrick announced the STEM Plan 2.0, entitled “A Foundation for the Future: Massachusetts’ Plan for Excellence in STEM Education: Expanding the Pipeline for All” (.PDF: 3MB) at the tenth annual Massachusetts STEM Summit at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough. The updated plan reorders and sharpens the STEM goals and their associated metrics, outlines new strategies for implementation at the local level, increases agency alignment and provides greater inclusion of all students. The Council relies on the STEM Plan to help guide its work as it seeks to promote a greater understanding about the importance of the essential disciplines of science, technology, engineering and math to students' academic achievement and successful preparation for entry into the 21st Century workforce.
In July 2014, the STEM Council was officially codified into law by the legislature (will include link when the final budget is published). The codification of the Council authorizes the body to meet across administrations and restructured it to include a more diverse group of educators from all levels. Council members are appointed for two year terms.
The Council meets on a quarterly basis at locations around the state. All meetings are open to the public.
The last STEM Council meeting took place on Monday, September 15, 2014, at Vertex Pharmaceuticals in Boston. You can view and download materials from past meetings here.
If you need more information about the Council and its activities, please contact:
Executive Director, STEM
One Ashburton Place, Room 1401
Boston, MA 02108
Phone (617) 994-6935