The South Metro-Salem STEM Partnership (SMSP)
is a collaboration of school districts, community colleges, universities, out-of-school programs and business and community partners that is focused on increasing student access and success in STEM fields. In March 2014, the SMSP was named an Oregon Regional STEM Hub.
The South Metro-Salem STEM Partners have developed a shared vision for STEM education in the region that will increase the excitement and engagement of students in STEM courses and experiential learning that lead to increased achievement by providing all students with STEM experiences and courses at all grade levels.
- Student achievement will improve when instruction is grounded in connections to the world beyond school, and integrated, contextualized STEM instruction is incorporated into every district’s STEM plans.
- Collaboration and active participation in the STEM Partnership will provide a forum for sharing effective STEM teaching and learning practices, and leveraging community resources to increase access for teachers and students to STEM teaching and learning resources.
- Strong bonds among schools, colleges, universities, businesses and community partners will provide sustained enrichment in STEM teaching practices and provide students with advanced educational experiences, career exploration, and mentorship.