The Journal of Science Policy & Governance (JSPG) and Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Honor Society have launched a call for op-eds and policy position papers inviting students, post-docs, policy fellows, and early career researchers to consider ways we can re-envision STEM education and workforce development for the 21st Century.
As part of this partnership, JSPG and Sigma Xi will host a series of educational webinars led by experts from Advancing Research Impact in Society (ARIS), New America, and the Association of American Universities (AAU) to examine policy changes in STEM education and workforce development, and a policy writing workshop for op-eds and policy position papers to help prospective authors improve their submissions to the special issue.
This webinar series will engage thought leaders in the field to discuss the most important topics for the next generation to focus on, showcase impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on the field, and design the future of this field from a policy standpoint, taking into account equity and inclusion, access to technology, and aligning training opportunities with workforce demands.
Each of these webinars will focus on a particular stage of STEM education and segment of the workforce impacted by the pandemic. These webinars will help inform and inspire potential authors with their writing for the special issue.
Webinar 1: October 1, 2021: Pathways from K-12 to the STEM workforce - watch it here
Webinar 2: October 15, 2021: Higher education for a 21st Century STEM workforce - watch it here
Webinar 3: October 22, 2021: Career, technical and community college education for a robust STEM workforce - watch it here
This writing workshop will equip students, policy fellows, and early career researchers with the skills needed to write effective, innovative and actionable op-eds and policy position papers.
The workshop will inform prospective authors on major policy issues and questions related to STEM education and workforce development, provide instruction on elements needed to construct op-eds and policy position papers, and provide opportunities to practice outlines for writing proposals in breakout rooms with reviewer feedback.
Writing workshop: November 6 & 7, 2021: STEM education and workforce development policy writing workshop