Science and Civic Engagement Western Network (SCEWestNet) is a multi-institutional collaboration that will overcome the serious obstacle of sustaining and growing reformand creating an effective community of practiceacross the expansive 17 states of the western United States.

Photo credit: karen Bullock (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

Photo credit: karen Bullock (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

The project is funded through a grant from the W.M. Keck Foundation to the National Center for Science & Civic Engagement at Stony Brook University. SCEWestNet is led by David Burns, Amy Shachter, and Richard Sheardy. The program builds on the work of existing SENCER Centers for Innovation (SCIs) West and Southwest. SCI-West, SCI-Southwest, and the SCEWestNet leadership team work with experienced SENCER coordinators in the west to plan an effective set of seven regionally localized organizational units or network nodes:

Alaska (Larry Duffy, University of Alaska Fairbanks)

Washington & Oregon (Peter J. Alaimo, Seattle University)

California, Nevada, & Arizona (Amy Shachter, Santa Clara University)

Montana, Idaho, & Wyoming (Garon Smith, University of Montana)

Utah, Colorado, & New Mexico (Gary Booth, Brigham Young University)

Hawaii (Robert Franco, Kapiolani Community College)

Texas, Kansas, Oklahoma, & Louisiana (Richard Sheardy, Texas Woman’s University)

These seven nodal partners will each work with three institutions new to SENCER to establish science education curricular reform projects led by a campus team. The partners will then work with the SCIs to scale up science education reform efforts. SCEWestNet will develop a sustainable structure to overcome obstacles of scale and cost and contribute to achieving significant, lasting science education reform. An organizational leadership meeting was held in March 2012 in San Jose, CA. More information on the network activities will be posted soon.