AEP and ECS Are Bringing the STEAM This Summer!

Over the past two years, the Arts Education Partnership and Education Commission of the States have collaboratively led a preschool through fifth grade STEAM education initiative for state leaders around the country. We feature new resources, research, convenings and technical assistance for policymakers to take advantage of. As the next convening approaches — as an invite-only ancillary event at ECS’ National Forum on Education Policy — we’d like to share a few STEAM education resources to inform your work and a sneak peek into the upcoming event.  

Our resources aim to educate state policymakers and raise awareness around a variety of issues, including equity and access, governance and the benefits of high-quality STEAM education — we’ve even had a little fun too! Below are a few of our most recent related resources: 

    • Equity and access: Explore strategies to address racial, socioeconomic and gender gaps in STEM education and the workforce by focusing on the P-5 grades, as well as notable programs from around the country. 
    • Governance: Learn about the various actors of the STEAM education ecosystem at the state level, alongside state examples focusing on funding, stakeholder engagement and K-12 pathways. 
    • Benefits of P-5 STEAM education: Read a summary of research about STEAM education’s impact on language, literacy, numeracy and writing skills, as well social and emotional learning, and the importance of supporting teachers’ professional development. 

In addition to our current resources, we’ll develop more shared understandings and discuss the transformative potential of STEAM education at our convening in July. 

Our summer workshop will provide the following insights: 

    • A deep dive into what STEAM education is (and isn’t) and what high-quality STEAM looks like in practice. 
    • State spotlights featuring Georgia and West Virginia’s STEAM education efforts that span across their state education agencies and higher education institutes. 
    • How to incorporate play and authentic learning in STEAM education for deeper student learning. 
    • How one large city has built out a strong STEAM ecosystem of community partnerships to drive achievement.  
    • An exploration of how AEP and ECS can continue to provide support. 

As we look ahead at the next phase of this work, AEP and ECS will publish three new case studies elevating exemplary work from around the country and develop new policy resources. We’ll also lead a community of practice and technical assistance network with four to five states to help them learn, collaborate and build up STEAM education in their states. 

Be on the lookout for a new policy resource on the state of early numeracy. It will feature recent research and state examples around reversing troubling recent trends! 

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Mary Dell’Erba

Mary Dell’Erba

Assistant Director at Education Commission of the States | mdell'erba@ecs.org

As assistant director for the Arts Education Partnership, Mary oversees project work plans and supports the development of AEP deliverables. Prior to joining Education Commission of the States, she worked for the Arts Education in Maryland Schools Alliance, where she served in a variety of capacities in programming, administration and policy. With over 20 years of dance training, Mary is passionate about the arts and education.

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Matt Weyer

Matt Weyer

Principal at Education Commission of the States | mweyer@ecs.org

As a principal, Matt focuses on early learning issues. Prior to joining the Education Commission of the States, Matt worked for over four years covering early learning issues for the National Conference of State Legislatures, earned his doctorate in educational leadership and policy studies from the University of Denver and was a kindergarten teacher in a bilingual classroom for Denver Public Schools. When Matt is not working, he can be found snowboarding or trail running in beautiful Colorado.

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