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Nexus is an initiative for district-based leaders, curriculum coordinators, professional developers, and others with responsibility for K–12 STEM education. Nexus is dedicated to addressing racial, class, disability, and gender-based achievement disparities in STEM education in Minnesota. As a community of district STEM leaders committed to the well-being and future of all our young people and to the economic and social health of our communities, the Nexus community works together to bring about cultural change and transformation in our educational institutions. We hope that through our effort, we will ultimately open doors that help our children grow up strong in a world full of possibility and opportunity. We invite those working with teachers on STEM teaching and learning including curriculum coordinators, classroom coaches, professional learning community leaders, principals, curriculum committee chairs, magnet coordinators, and others to join us for this work.
Goals for Nexus:
Nexus is a fee–based program and the application process is competitive. Each district (or consortium of small districts) applying needs to select a team of individuals (based on district size) with collective responsibility for STEM efforts within their district(s).
2014-2015 Nexus Dates
We currently have teams from South Saint Paul Public Schools, Fridley Public Schools, Mounds View Public Schools, Owatonna Public Schools, Elk River Area Schools, Robbinsdale Area Schools, Saint Paul Federation of Teachers, Mahtomedi Public Schools, Saint Anthony-New Brighton ISD, Lakeville Area Public Schools, Rosemount—Apple Valley—Eagan ISD, and Bloomington Public Schools.
Visit our Professional Development Philosophy & Mission page to learn more about our approaches.
Look for 2015-2016 Nexus applications in late winter of 2015.