STEM schools are rapidly changing the landscape of American education--and it works! Three-way partnerships between STEM schools, industry, and universities are producing excitement in and out of the classrooms that can awaken American students' interest in STEM careers and global competition. Dr. Virginia Rhodes makes her audience laugh, cry, and reflect as she describes tough schools that began working with partners and made huge differences in the lives of urban high students and the businesses that were bold enough to exercise the highest levels of civic engagement. Find out what STEM really is--and isn't. STEM is not just extra math and science courses. The most dynamic STEM schools have combined rigorous study with social-emotional learning strategies such as teaming, externships, intersessions, and advisories. Innovations in teacher/administrator training and hiring are challenging the status quo while respecting an supporting educator expertise. Teacher-led and student-led models get everyone engaged in making school challenging and fun. In tough or failing schools, STEM is a new way to transform the culture and motivate students and teachers to high levels of performance. STEM is all about challenging mediocrity and moving schools and communities to the next level of global competition. And the best news: STEM can be done in tough economic times and on limited budgets. The sense of urgency for change in American education is great, and the time is now. Can your district, school, or business help transform the student experience and unlock the future? Let's use STEM to rethink, retool, and reboot our schools!