The New Jersey STEM Pathways Network
The New Jersey Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) Pathways Network (SPN) is an evolving effort to provide New Jersey’s students with the STEM education and experiences they need to succeed in college, career and life.
The NJ STEM Pathways Network (NJ SPN), a public-private strategic alliance, was initiated by the New Jersey Office of the Secretary of Higher Education in 2014 as a public-private strategic alliance established to inform the alignment of STEM resources, support an education-to-workforce STEM pipeline, identify exemplary formal and informal learning opportunities, and promote STEM career pathway awareness.
The NJ SPN has been recognized by New Jersey governance as a key initiative in fostering integration between the state’s 200+ STEM initiatives and is enthusiastically supported by the current Governor’s administration and both leading candidates for governor in New Jersey. The NJ SPN is chaired by Laura Overdeck, Founder and President of Bedtime Math and Chair of the Overdeck Family Foundation.
The NJ STEM Pathways Network, a public-private strategic alliance, defines and guides a statewide STEM vision for pre-K-to-workforce formal and informal learning opportunities that strengthen academic skills and inspire students; facilitates research and recommendations on STEM talent pipeline needs and barriers to success; and exposes students to the many educational pathways, experiences, and professionals that can prepare them for STEM degree programs and careers in New Jersey.
New Jersey attracts, cultivates and retains a 21st century workforce that is engaged and supported through statewide alignment of public and private STEM educational resources, ensuring the state remains globally competitive in STEM industries and continues its rich history of innovation.
Our Design Principals
- Ensure access and equity for all
- Promote stackable qualifications and credentials
- Enable a systems approach including policy, standards, curriculum, teacher practice, advocacy, implementation, and measurement
- Be inclusive of all stakeholders in STEM ecosystem in a collaborative grassroots and grass-tops approach…children, parents, employers, etc.
- Establish clear metrics to measure success
- Value and promote real-world connections
- Ensure life-long and life-wide learning
- Align and collaborate with a “constellation of care” for children, families, communities