2021-2026 Strategic Plan

The Smithsonian Science Education Center (SSEC) is transforming K-12 Education Through Science™ in collaboration with communities across the globe. To achieve our mission, we have three PROGRAMMATIC goals: STEM innovationinclusion, and sustainability:

(1) Innovation - we promote authentic, inquiry-based K-12 science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) teaching and learning;
(2) Inclusion - we ensure diversity, equity, accessibility and inclusion (DEAI) in K-12 STEM education; and,
(3) Sustainability - we advance STEM education for sustainable development (STEM4SD).


We achieve our PROGRAMMATIC GOALS by:

SSEC has OPERATIONAL GOALS, which are clearly defined functions within SSEC that ensure SSEC can pursue its mission, vision, values, goals, and objectives. They align with the work of our Finance and Administration, Human Resources Office for Equal Employment and Opportunity, Advancement and Partnerships, and Executive Office. It is our promise to transform SSEC’s effectiveness and excellence, and position SSEC for success by achieving its organizational imperatives. 

SSEC has PAN-INSTITUTIONAL GOALS, which demonstrate that we are committed to establishing pan-institutional goals that allow us to collaborate with our Smithsonian colleagues, federal partners, and National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine (NASEM) and InterAcademy Partnership (IAP) colleagues to translate scientific research and collections into meaningful tools and convenings for K–12 teachers and students to spark their interest in STEM; to ensure diversity, equity, accessibility, and inclusion in K-12 STEM education; and to ensure a sustainable and scientifically literate planet.