Request to Form a Practice Group
“A Practice Group is an association of two or more professionals who have come together for purposes of enhancing their skills and understanding of Collaborative Practice around issues, educating the public/themselves and promoting the use of the Collaborative process.” (Cultivating Communities of Practice, Wenger, McDermott and Snyder, 2002)

Practice Groups provide an opportunity for stakeholders across STEM Learning Ecosystems to work together on a shared interest, of a specific topic, around a common goal. They advance the work of the local STEM Ecosystems by providing a platform to share local challenges, solutions, funding opportunities and specific areas of expertise.

Practice groups meet in-person at the CoP convenings twice a year and communicate online through the Google Site and teleconferences in between.

To form a new Practice Group, you must have:
1. Two or more representatives actively engaged from different ecosystems;
2. A clear topic of focus that you intend to work around; and
3. A outline of the work you intend to do together, both virtually and in-person.

To request support from the TIES Team to form a Practice Group please submit this brief survey. Support includes assistance with the Google Site, organization around teleconferences, and help with securing in-person meeting space.

Once the survey is submitted, you will be contacted by Veronica Gonzales, a member of the TIES' Design Team. For questions, please contact Veronica at
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Lead Member Email *
Lead Member First Name *
Lead Member Last Name *
Lead Member Phone *
What Ecosystem Do You Represent? *
Name of Proposed Practice Group
Short Description of Practice Group (This will appear on the CoP website and other materials.)
Practice Group Activity/Goal (What will the group accomplish together?)
Names, Ecosystem and email of Practice Group Participants (minimum of 2 to apply)
Types of support needed (select all that apply)
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