Lori Flippin Chosen to Join Leadership Council of Global STEM Ecosystem Initiative

BAY CITY, MICHIGAN, January 13, 2022

The STEM Learning Ecosystems Community of Practice (SLECoP) announced today that it has selected Lori Flippin to serve on the first Leadership Coordinating Council (LC2) to lead the global movement of leaders devoted to dramatic improvement of student learning, especially in science, technology, engineering and math.

Flippin works as the director of STEM with the Great Lakes Bay Regional Alliance (GLBRA), an economic and community development organization in central Michigan. The GLBRA helps spearhead the STEM Ecosystem in the region, which was formally launched in 2014 as one of the initial 25 STEM Ecosystems globally.

Flippin was selected in a rigorous application process to become a member of the LC2 to help lead the SLECoP, a network of global Ecosystems working to build meaningful connections among community partners to prepare students for the opportunities and challenges of the future.

With the addition of Flippin, the LC2 will be complete with 16 members representing 10 states and three countries. The Council will be responsible for supporting 94 STEM Ecosystems and communities working across the globe to improve STEM opportunities for all.

“We are thrilled that Lori was chosen to join the first LC2 to guide the SLECoP. We look forward to the Council’s thought leadership as they work to provide additional best practices and learning opportunities for mobilizing communities across the world and work to improve STEM opportunities for all,” said Jan Morrison, founder and CEO of the Teaching Institute of Excellence in STEM, TIES, the backbone organization supporting the SLECoP.

Lori Flippin has led the Great Lakes Bay Regional Alliance STEM Initiative for nearly five years and worked to impact the local STEM Ecosystem in a number of ways, helped to launch several iterations of a regional STEM Passport, the most recent of which is a newly-developed mobile app launched in late 2021, and is currently planning to host the 2022 STEM Convening event in June of 2022.

“This nomination is a testament to Lori’s passion and dedication for STEM being the basis of talent development and community success,” said Matthew Felan, president and CEO of the Great Lakes Bay Regional Alliance. “She exemplifies what it means to be an educator and her insight will be an invaluable asset for the LC2 as they work to further STEM Ecosystem efforts internationally.”

In addition to Flippin, other leaders selected to join the LC2 represent thought leadership from multiple regions including: Pennsylvania, Indiana, North Carolina, Arizona, Chicago, multiple regions in New York, Oregon, Oklahoma, Florida, Mexico, British Columbia, Canada, and Israel.

Flippin plans to focus on creating a sustainable model for robust in-person community of practice collaborations through conferences held to share best-practices of STEM Ecosystems from around the world during her term serving on the LC2.

The SLECoP is a global initiative of innovators who know that thriving communities are built through collaboration and a willingness to reimagine education and provide opportunities to those commonly neglected. It now includes ecosystems from over 40 states in the United States as well as international Ecosystems in Kenya, Israel, Mexico, and Canada.

Forming STEM ecosystems was listed as the No. 1 priority in a December 2018 report by the Federal Office of Science and Technology Policy intended to help guide STEM policy and implementation across the country.

The SLECoP was built on the fundamental belief that learning happens everywhere, not just in traditional classrooms. Consequently, Ecosystems are made up of partners representing K-12 public and private education, business and industry, after-school providers, non-profits, STEM-rich institutions, government and philanthropy.

Ecosystem partners work for shared goals of improved STEM opportunities for all. Ecosystems also recognize the importance of identifying needed skills for an economy yet to be conceived and lobbying for informed policies to meet 21st-century needs.

The SLECoP offers the architecture and support for Ecosystems to connect to one another, learn and share best practices.

Learn more about the national initiative at stemecosystems.org. Address specific questions to info@stemecosystems.org. Join online conversations on Twitter @STEMecosystems and #STEMecosystems and on Facebook, Instagram, and LinkedIn.

About the STEM Learning Ecosystems Community of Practice

The STEM Learning Ecosystems is a Global Community of Practice with extensive sharing of resources and expertise among leaders from education, business and industry, non-profits, philanthropy and others.

The ecosystem is represented by 94 communities selected from across the world compose a global Community of Practice and have demonstrated cross-sector collaborations to deliver rigorous, effective preK-16 instruction in STEM learning.

Learn more at https://stemecosystems.org/

About the Great Lakes Bay Regional Alliance

The mission of the Great Lakes Bay Regional Alliance is to encourage, support and celebrate regional collaboration and initiatives that will improve the economic vitality and quality of life in the Great Lakes Bay Region. The Great Lakes Bay Regional Alliance is comprised of 50+ board members who represent various organizations across Bay, Isabella, Midland and Saginaw Counties.

More information is available at https://www.greatlakesbay.com/

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