We discussed next steps for the four working groups being developed as part of our Networked Improvement Community (NIC), a research and learning community of practice.
eSEM is a growing partnership of historically black colleges and universities, experts, and researchers. Our goal is to develop a Network Improvement Community (NIC) that addresses STEM achievement challenges for minority males. eSEM is expanding to include eight additional partner institutions (six historically black colleges and universities and two Hispanic-serving institutions), schools and school districts in communities local to their campuses.
The eSEM NIC will include a mechanism for developing and building the capacity of an online community where NIC participants can connect and collaborate with experts through webinars, share and receive information through a document repository, ask questions of colleagues involved in similar activities and post messages virtually to the NIC.
Practitioners, social science researchers, and other stakeholders will be invited to attend a workshop at Morgan State University to share best practices and define the NIC. Partners will also be invited to participate in webinars and other NIC activities.
- developing a shared agenda
- implementing mutually reinforcing activities
- creating a strategic plan, common metrics, and shared measurement systems to measure collective impact