Navigating the Playbook
The playbook presents nine broad strategies that can help you reimagine the relationship between precollege STEM programs and college admissions in your region. Each strategy includes several specific plays that help bring it to life. As the STEM PUSH Network continues to grow, we’ll revise and update strategies and plays based on the learnings of our members.
A special type of network defined by four key characteristics: “1) Focused on a well-specified common aim; 2) Guided by a deep understanding of a problem, the system that produces it, and a shared working theory of how to improve it; 3) Disciplined through an approach to testing changes using the methods of improvement science; 4) Coordinated to accelerate the development, testing and refinement of interventions, their rapid diffusion across participating classrooms or schools, and their effective integration into varied contexts.” (Bryk et al., 2015;)
The STEM PUSH Network brings together PCSPs to work as a NIC, as it provides a powerful and effective structure for the complex work of broadening participation in STEM. Learn more about NICs.
The STEM PUSH Network is funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) Inclusion across the Nation of Communities of Learners of Underrepresented Discoverers in Engineering and Science (NSF INCLUDES), a comprehensive national initiative to enhance U.S. leadership in discoveries and innovations by focusing on diversity, inclusion and broadening participation in STEM at scale. It is also co-funded by the NSF Innovative Technology Experiences for Students and Teachers (ITEST) program and the Advancing Informal STEM Learning Program (AISL).
Quick Start Toolkit
These resources provide additional information on the STEM PUSH Network, the ecosystem role in advancing equitable STEM admissions, and specific tools you can use to begin recruiting PCSPs and sharing your work. Rather than strict templates, these are meant to be models that inspire and inform as you explore the playbook.