National, State, and Regional Education Networks Sampler
Here are examples of collaboration and networking opportunities available to educators.
What resources and groups are operating in your area?
The Frost Museum of Science in Miami, FL works with local school districts and universities to to enhance the science education of both teachers and students. A recent project was providing real-world classroom experience in science learning for perspective teachers.
The Tulsa Regional STEM Alliance goal is to build pathways for students to access high-impact careers in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). As part of that mandate, the have created resources for STEM educators and sponsor a number of events that bring together students and teachers.
Board of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES) was created by the New York State Legislature to provide shared educational programs and services to school districts. BOCES is an economical way for districts to join together to provide programs and services that they might not be able to afford otherwise.
In other larger states regions can be gatewayed from a central state office. Universities have stepped up to the plate in some states to ally with schools for telecommunications.
For a complete listing of all Regional Educational Laboratories in the US, including territories and specializations, visit this DOEd page.
The directories of the regional labs and state education sites can help you find partnering sites for particular projects.