OC STEM Ecosystem Learning Institute

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The STEM Learning Ecosystem: Leadership for Articulated STEM Programs Institute (Institute) is a professional learning institute designed to strengthen Orange County school district leadership through the development of STEM Learning Ecosystems and implementation of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education programs.   The Institute was developed by OC STEM in partnership with the Orange County Department of Education, WestED, the California STEM Learning Network and the California After School Network, with planning contributors from Children and Families Commission of Orange County, Discovery Cube Orange County, Science@OC, THINK Together, TGR Foundation, and University of California Irvine, School of Education.

District Ecosystem teams are comprised of cross-sector partners representing expanded learning, early learning, business and industry, science informals, district foundations, to name a few. Twenty-three of the twenty-seven Orange County school districts, representing over 300,000 PK-12 students, have participated in the Institute.

The online portal provides participating teams easy access to STEM Ecosystem Institute resources and meeting materials.

Select your cohort or year below. Each portal is password protected.



 a district-wide STEM Learning Ecosystem and promote inclusion of STEM in their district strategic planning.


professional STEM practices of educators and school leaders representing school districts in Orange County.


education and awareness around the implementation process to help educate parents and the broader community.

Participating Organizations

Alternative, Community, and Correctional Schools and Services (ACCESS), Orange County Department of Education

Anaheim Elementary School District

Anaheim Union High School District

Brea-Olinda Unified School District

Buena Park School District

Capistrano Unified School District

Centralia School District

Crystal Cove Conservancy

Cypress School District

Discovery Cube – Orange County

FIRST 5 – Orange County

Fountain Valley School District

Fullerton School District

Huntington Beach City School District

Huntington Beach Union High School District

Inside the Outdoors

Irvine Public Schools Foundation

Irvine Unified School District

La Habra School District

Magnolia School District

Newport-Mesa Unified School District

Ocean View School District

Orange County Department of Education

Orange Unified School District

Placentia Yorba Linda Unified School District

R.E.A.C.H Foundation
(Placentia-Yorba Linda School District)

Saddleback Valley Unified School District

Santa Ana Unified School District

Savanna School District

TGR Learning Lab

Tustin Unified School District

Westminster School District