STEM Education Innovation Alliance

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STEM Education Innovation Alliance

In 2013, Governor Inslee worked with legislators to pass a key piece of legislation. E2SHB 1872 established a multi-sector STEM Education Innovation Alliance focused on aligning the state's education and career training systems with the workforce needs of Washington's technology-driven economy. In 2014, the National Governors Association (NGA) Center for Best Practices awarded a two-year grant to the state of Washington, providing financial support and other resources that play a key role in advancing the STEM Alliance agenda.

The STEM Alliance aims to do the following:

  • Advise the Governor in the development and implementation of policies to advance STEM education.
  • Leverage resources of the NGA Policy Academy to identify best practices.
  • Collaborate with key partners from the education, business, labor, and nonprofit sectors.
  • Track progress through the creation of a dashboard.
  • Refine policies based on the results in an iterative process.

STEM Education Innovation Alliance

About the Governor's STEM Education Innovation Alliance
  • Proposed by Governor Jay Inslee and approved by the Washington State Legislature in 2013 in House Bill 1872.
  • Includes members from business, labor, nonprofit, and education organizations.
  • Advises the Governor on policies designed to advance STEM education for a diverse population, and prepares graduates for employment opportunities in Washington's technology-driven economy.
  • Endeavors to ensure that graduates are STEM literate, which is defined as having the ability to identify, apply, and integrate concepts from science, technology, engineering, and mathematics to understand complex problems and innovate to solve them.
  • Ensures that creativity, the arts, and other essential elements of a liberal education are integrated with STEM curricula.
  • Collaborates with the NGA Policy Academy, which plays a key role in advancing the STEM Alliance agenda, catalyzing efforts to bring disparate resources together and promoting best practice strategies.


NGA-STEM Project

Forging Key Partnerships through the NGA-STEM Project

The STEM Education Innovation Alliance works with key partners.

  • Regional STEM networks in South King County (Puget Sound), Spokane, Tri-Cities, Vancouver, Yakima Valley, and Snohomish County will help build education and training systems aligned with the needs of local and state economies.
  • Washington STEM will help forge strong relationships with crucial partners in this endeavor and coordinate annual statewide summits, convening a broad range of interested education, business, and community leaders, as well as policymakers and philanthropists.
  • Established organizations focused on STEM issues like Washington Mathematics Engineering Science Achievement (MESA) and Leadership & Assistance for Science Education Reform (LASER) will form a solid foundation on which to build policy activity.
Tracking Progress
  • A talent supply-and-demand dashboard will provide a valuable mechanism for tracking progress, sharing data, and focusing strategic attention on areas of the education pipeline that could be most productively improved.
  • Jim Schmidt, Director of the Education Data Research Center, will lead the effort to create this essential strategic tool. 


STEM Alliance Meetings & Materials

May 15, 2018 - Seattle, Washington
Agenda | Presentations | Handouts | Vigor Stories | AttendeesMeeting Notes

February 14, 2018 - Olympia, Washington
Agenda | Student Science Presentation Slides | Student Presentation Descriptions | Handouts I Meeting Notes


November 28, 2017 – Redmond, Washington
Agenda Handouts | Washington STEM Summit Agenda | Driving Directions & Parking Meeting Notes

September 20, 2017 – Seattle, Washington
Agenda | Handouts | UW Campus Map | UW CSE Presentation | Meeting Notes

May 31, 2017 - Redmond, Washington
Agenda | Handouts | TEALS Opportunities for Students | Meeting Notes

March 1, 2017 – Olympia, Washington
Agenda Handouts | Meeting Notes


November 29, 2016 – Redmond, Washington
Agenda Handouts Meeting Notes | Strategic Action Plan | SAP Feedback Form

September 27, 2016 – Seattle, Washington
Agenda | Handouts | Meeting Notes | Presentation Slides

July 13, 2016 – Seattle, Washington
Agenda | Handouts | Meeting Notes | Video: National PTA STEM Initiative

April 28, 2016 – Seattle, Washington
Agenda | Handouts | Meeting Notes

February 10, 2016 – Olympia, Washington
Agenda | Handouts | Meeting Notes


December 16, 2015 – Seattle, Washington
Agenda | Handouts | Meeting Notes

December 1, 2015 – Redmond, Washington
Agenda | Handouts | Meeting Notes

September 17, 2015 – Olympia, Washington
Agenda | Handouts | Meeting Notes | Recommendations to the Governor

March 6, 2015 – Olympia, Washington
Agenda | Handouts | Meeting Notes


December 2, 2014 – Redmond, Washington
Agenda | Handouts Meeting Notes

October 9–10, 2014 – Seattle, Washington
Agenda | Handouts

September 22, 2014 – Olympia, Washington
Agenda | Handouts Meeting Notes

STEM Dashboard

STEM Talent Supply and Demand Dashboard

The STEM Talent Supply and Demand Dashboard displays data for Washington’s employee talent supply in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) and associated workforce demand.

The Dashboard will help decision-makers track Washington’s progress in fueling a strong and vibrant economy in the state. Increasing STEM talent in Washington communities is imperative to fill jobs, grow the economy, and close the opportunity gaps for the next generation.

The STEM Education Innovation Alliance, Washington Student Achievement Council (WSAC), Washington STEM, and Washington State Office of Financial Management Education Research & Data Center (ERDC) contributed to the Dashboard's initial development. WSAC, in collaboration with the STEM Alliance, ERDC and others, is expanding and updating the dashboard metrics annually.


STEM Alliance Members

Invited Members
  • John Aultman - Washington State Office of the Governor 
  • Brian Bonlender - Washington State Department of Commerce
  • Violet Boyer - Independent Colleges of Washington
  • Jeff Charbonneau - Zillah High School
  • Michael Cheever – College Success Foundation
  • Alan Cohen - Thrive Washington
  • Maud Daudon - Career Connect Washington
  • James Dorsey - Washington Mathematics Engineering and Science Achievement (MESA)
  • Susan Enfield - Highline School District
  • Jeff Estes - Citizen Member
  • Paul Francis - Council of Presidents
  • Janet Frost - WSU Spokane Center for Health Science Education Research
  • Evangelina Galvan Shreeve - Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
  • Christine Johnson - Community Colleges of Spokane
  • Caroline King - Washington STEM
  • Kathryn Kurtz - Pacific Education Institute
  • Ed Lazowska - University of Washington Computer Science & Engineering
  • Glenn Malone - Puyallup School District
  • Marcie Maxwell - Former State Representative
  • Michael Meotti - Washington Student Achievement Council
  • Rai Nauman Mumtaz - Student Representative
  • Isabel Munoz-Colon – Gates Foundation
  • Eleni Papadakis - Workforce Training and Education Coordinating Board
  • Hadi Partovi –
  • Dale Peinecke - Washington State Employment Security Department
  • Chris Reykdal - Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction
  • Dana Riley Black - Everett Public Schools
  • Joel Sacks - Washington State Department of Labor & Industries
  • Naria Santa Lucia - Washington State Opportunity Scholarship
  • Michael Schutzler – Washington Technology Industry Association
  • Gene Sharratt - OSPI/Association of Educational Service Districts Network
  • Ron Sisson – Association of Washington School Principals
  • Brad Smith - Microsoft Corporation
  • Randy Spaulding - Washington State Board of Education
  • Brian Teppner - Renton School District
  • Nancy Truitt Pierce - Monroe Public Schools
  • Kevin Wang - Technology Education and Literacy in Schools (TEALS)/Microsoft Philanthropies
  • Yale Wong - General Biodiesel
  • Jan Yoshiwara - State Board for Community and Technical Colleges