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STEMpact Hosts Third Annual Teacher Quality Initiative

This is a press relese from STEMpact
 
STEMpact collaborative works to improve St. Louis education and develop exemplary teachers who provide high quality STEM learning experiences
 
St. Louis, MO (July 8, 2014) | There simply aren’t enough qualified workers to fill the hundreds of science, technology, engineering and math jobs available, today. Growth in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) jobs was three times greater than that of non-STEM jobs in the past decade, and is expected to continue to grow at a faster rate in the coming decade. In response to this demand STEMpact, a local collaborative partnership aimed at improving science, technology, engineering and math education, created the STEM Teacher Quality (TQ) Initiative. The third annual STEM Teacher Quality Initiative (STEM TQ) will host 106 teachers from Missouri and Illinois school districts starting July 14 through July 24 at Washington University’s Danforth Campus.
 
STEMpact’s collaborative partnership strives to get children interested in STEM careers early on in their education. The collaborative is uniquely funded by Ameren Missouri, AT&T, Bank of America, Boeing, Emerson, Express Scripts Foundation, The Laclede Group, Inc.; Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals, Manifest Digital, Maritz, Monsanto Fund, Peabody Energy, and Sigma-Aldrich Corporation. Through the real-world applications of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM), the program assists educators in raising student test scores, identifying STEM-capable learners, and breaking cultural stereotypes. The program is free to school district’s that qualify. This year’s STEM TQ consists of 106 teachers from schools throughout the St. Louis metro area and East St. Louis, up from 75 teachers just last year.
 
“It’s amazing to see the support from St. Louis companies who understand the importance of educating the future work force in STEM topics. STEM jobs have grown at a rate three times faster than non-STEM jobs in the past decade and we just expect that growth to continue,” said Deborah Holmes, project manager and facilitator for the STEM TQ. “We currently have a waitlist, which tells us the program is gaining in popularity. When we started the program in 2012 we had 64 participants.”
 
During training, STEMpact facilitators and educators work with teachers of kindergarten to eighth grade whose lesson plans can be extended and integrated with science, technology, engineering, and math problems. The day-long sessions include both classroom-style presentations, investigations, and field trips to area companies for hands-on learning that show participants how to more effectively make STEM connections in their classrooms. Participating school districts this year include Afton, East St. Louis, Ferguson-Florissant, Hazelwood, Pattonville, University City, and Kirkwood. The YMCA of Greater St. Louis is participating as an informal provider.
 
Following the two-week STEM TQ Institute, STEMpact provides additional training consisting of three STEM professional development days and six after-school STEM professional development sessions throughout the school year.  Results show that the past two years of the program have already made a difference. Data from 2013 shows that students whose teachers participated in STEM TQ were scoring higher on Missouri Assessment Program (MAP) tests in these areas. On average, students scored 10 points better on the MAP test in math and eight points better in science.
 
“Instead of looking for skilled employees elsewhere—to the detriment of Illinois and Missouri workers and their economies— our industry partners decided to invest locally in STEM education. The investment is about $3,000 per teacher,” said Holmes. “We want to thank our funders and our host, Washington University. There’s only so much funding our companies can give. We’re always looking for more partners.”
 
About STEMpact
STEM is a national, state and regional initiative aimed at improving science, technology, engineering and math education. This comprehensive approach prepares young people to be competent and self-confident learners, gives them practice applying learned concepts to solve problems and prepares them for future work in related fields. Locally, STEMpact aims to provide the technology and other education resources for teachers, parents, local businesses and the community, so that STEM education in St. Louis can thrive. For more information about STEMpact and to see what this year’s STEM TQ participants are learning, visit http://stempact.org.
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International Association for STEM Leaders Gives Michael Steele High School STEM Leadership Award

This is a press release from International Association for STEM Leaders

International Association for STEM Leaders makes debut in the nation’s capitol and names Michael Steele top STEM High School Leader for his work at the Stratford STEM Magnet School. Michael Steele is part of our ongoing video documentary featuring national STEM leaders.
 
On April 24 and 25, Millwood Virginia-based, International Association for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Leaders successfully launched its inaugural leadership event at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C.  Nearly 100 STEM leaders from around the world joined IASL leadership.  This invitation only annual STEM Leadership Summit recognized several attendees for their leadership in STEM education through a formal awards ceremony.  The awards were presented to programs, schools, school districts and individuals who exemplify STEM Excellence as defined by criteria developed by IASL.
 
During the event, Executive Principal, Michael Steele, of Stratford STEM Magnet High School received the High School STEM Leadership Award.  He is a Former U.S. Marine and law enforcement officer who later became principal.  Stratford STEM Magnet High School was once a “turnaround” school because just three short years ago it was one of the most challenging schools in Tennessee, with high free and reduced lunch rates and poor academic performance among its students.  Under Steele’s leadership, Stratford now has over 25 active business partners, and its student academic growth has been outstanding since Steele began to turn the school around.  Today, student ACT scores have gone up year after year. Thanks to Steele and his team of teachers, the school now has over 2 million dollars in academic scholarships for its students.  
 
The International Association for STEM Leaders is globally recognized for creating a "golden standard" STEM excellence in traditional and non-traditional educational settings for all Pre-kindergarten through adult students.  In collaboration with global STEM leaders, the IASL will provide guidance for implementing excellent STEM programming and develop a STEM framework that is industry-based and globally recognized.  In the coming months, IASL will host regional events to continue its recognition of exceptional leaders, through awards and to focus its outreach activities around regional education and economic development issues.  
 
The STEM Leadership Summit was held in conjunction with the world’s largest STEM event, hosted by the USA Science and Engineering Festival. STEMconnector, the leading one-stop shop for STEM information participated as an initial sponsor and Edie Fraser, the founder, spoke to the IASL leaders and recognized them for their important work of impacting the lives of students every day through STEM leadership and education.  Other partners include Diversified Education Systems (DES), a leader in “turn key” laboratories including: casework, equipment, curriculum, training and support.  DES is further a collaborator with Root Cause and Pitsco Education, two additional partners of IASL. For STEM online education, Learning Blade and Career ATG offer career and STEM awareness, exposure and training to students. Finally, Concept Schools, a charter school management company and Vista Teach an early elementary robotics and engineering education company took part in the event as inaugural sponsors.
 
For more information, please contact Dr. Carole Cameron Inge at (540) 837-2175 or cinge@stem-leaders.com.
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SHEC Member Profile: Dr. Philip A. Schmidt of Western Governors University

The STEM Higher Education Council (SHEC) is proud to announce that Dr. Philip A. Schmidt, Vice President for Compliance and Accreditation and Dean of the Teachers College at Western Governors University will be a member of the Council.
 
Dr. Schmidt earned a Ph. D. degree in mathematics and education from Syracuse University. He has had substantial experience in a varietyof sponsor-funded projects in mathematics education. His administrative experience includes work as Dean of a School of Education as well as an Associate Provost. In these positions, he was responsible for retention studies, the development of new degree programs, and technology training for prospective and in-service teachers. His research background includes work with mathematically precocious children, problem solving and problem posing, collaborative pedagogies, and postsecondary developmental mathematics education. In addition, he is the author of a number of mathematics texts.   Most recently, his work at Western Governors University has involved him in NCATE,  NCTQ, CCNE, CAHIIM, and NW accreditation and compliance efforts, all of which have yielded positive results.  In addition, he is responsible for WGU’s compliance with authorization regulations in all fifty states.  As a result, WGU Teachers College graduates are able to be licensed in all fifty states.
 
Regarding joining the Council, Schmidt said, “WGU is pleased to be part of STEMconnector.  It is only through productive collaborations like this one that higher education can fully achieve the goals for STEM education that we all know are crucial to the country's future.”
 
About Western Governors University
The WGU Teachers College is largest provider of STEM teachers in the United States.  All Mathematics and Science degree programs are nationally recognized by the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics and the National Science Teachers Association.  Most recently, the WGU Teachers College was ranked #1 in the United States in Secondary Education by the National Council for Teacher Quality.

PSEG to Award $160,000 in Grants to Further STEM Education in NJ (PRNewswire)

This is a press release from The PSEG Foundation via PRNewswire

NEWARK, N.J., July 7, 2014 (PRNewswire) | The PSEG Foundation is accepting applications from afterschool, summer and youth development programs to develop new or enhance existing STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) educational opportunities for students. A total of up to $160,000 in grants will be awarded by the Foundation.
 
The PSEG Foundation will consider applications from our New Jersey service territory, as well as Salem and Cumberland counties, and our service/operation territories in Long Island and Albany, NY and Bridgeport and New Haven, CT.
 
The Foundation anticipates awarding funding to eight organizations, although the number of recipients and their award amount will be decided based on the strength of the proposals received, at the discretion of Foundation staff.  Applications must be completed and submitted by Friday, August 15 at 5 p.m. EDT. All applicants will receive notification about funding decisions in late September.
 
Applicants may apply directly through PSEG's online application. Visit http://www.pseg.com/info/community/education/spark.jsp to apply. 
 
About the PSEG Foundation
The PSEG Foundation (501c3) is the philanthropic arm of Public Service Enterprise Group (NYSE: PEG).  The Foundation generally supports and invests in programs in three areas: community and the environment, education and safety. The Foundation provides grants to organizations in communities served by PSEG and its subsidiaries. 
 
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SHEC Member Profile: Don Munce of NRCCUA

Screen shot 2014-07-02 at 9.33.06 AM.pngDon Munce became President of National Research Center for College & University Admissions (NRCCUA) in 1988.  During his tenure as president, NRCCUA has grown rapidly to become a significant force in the student-recruitment and admissions-research arena.  Membership among colleges and universities has grown from 200 to over 1,200 members under his leadership. 
 
Munce is an expert on topics relating to enrollment management, organizational leadership and strategic vision.  His passion for the post-secondary aspirations of young people has affected students and universities across America.  NRCCUA’s free college planning program “My College Options” is one of the country’s most successful tools providing access to higher education for students of all social and economic backgrounds.
 
Munce’s entrepreneurial approach to solving enrollment management challenges has helped NRCCUA achieve its current leadership position in higher education marketing and post- secondary planning.
 
Munce’s background includes 10 years as director of admissions and financial aid at a private Midwestern college. During this ten year period, the college experienced a 99% increase in enrollment. He has also performed other college management roles in public relations and student services. He has served as an executive committee member of a professional organization for college admissions officers, college trustee and board member of the Non-Profit Leadership Alliance.
 
Munce earned a Master of Science degree in adolescent development while attending Kansas State University. He has served as a presenter in seminars and panel discussions in the areas of telemarketing, direct mail, enrollment management research and online strategy and student recruitment.
 
Regarding joining the STEM Higher Education Council, Munce stated “Engaging with members of the higher education community in the process of helping young people explore their future is central to our mission, and the STEM Higher Ed Council is breaking new ground in linking industry and institutions in that process.”
 
About myCollegeOptions.org®
myCollegeOptions.org, the nation’s largest college planning program, is operated by the National Research Center for College & University Admissions™.  For almost 40 years, this non-profit education research organization based in Lee’s Summit, MO has served as the primary link between high school students and colleges, universities, and the resources they need to succeed.  For more information, visit www.mycollegeoptions.org.

Video Game Innovation Fellowship Created for Minority Youth to use Social Issues to create a non-violent video game

This is a guest blog from the Hispanic Heritage Foundation

Currently Accepting Applications
The Hispanic Heritage Foundation’s Leaders on Fast Track [LOFT] Innovation Track along with the Entertainment Software Association has developed the ESA LOFT Video Game Innovation fellowship which is a unique program that encourages innovation among under-represented youth, ages 16-24, by challenging them to create a video game, mobile application or submit an idea that positively addresses a social issue in their community.

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Twenty (20) Video Game Innovation Fellows will be selected from across America for their vision, creativity and potential impact on society.

In September, the fellows will present their ideas to influencers and policymakers in Washington, DC and receive a $1,000 grant to continue the creation of their video game idea.  
 
For more information you can reach us at fellow@loftinstitue.org or Click Here To Apply.
 
Don’t Just Play Games - Create Them
 
Background on the ESA | LOFT Video Game Innovation Fellowship 
This unique program will encourage innovation among youth, ages 16-24 years old, by challenging minorities to create a video game that addresses a social issue in their community. 20 Video Game Innovation Fellows will be selected from across America for their vision, creativity and potential impact on their community. In October, the Fellows will present their ideas to influencers and policymakers in Washington, DC.
 
About LOFT Innovation Track
The LOFT Innovation Track identifies, prepares, and places technically talented underrepresented minorities (URMs) in the workforce.  LOFT, an initiative of the Hispanic Heritage Foundation (HHF), is an award-winning, leadership and workforce development program focused on “priority fields” including science, technology, engineering, math, finance, public policy, law and other areas.

 

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PLTW and Partners Team Up at Education Technology Conference

This is a press release from Project Lead The Way and Autodesk

ATLANTA (July 1, 2014) | Project Lead The Way (PLTW) teachers and staff were among over 18,000 educators and technology leaders at the ISTE 2014 Conference and Expo in Atlanta, Georgia, June 28-July 1. Many of PLTW’s partners, including Autodesk, were also in attendance, demonstrating a shared commitment to using leading-edge technology in the classroom and teaching industry-relevant skills to students.
 
ISTE, which stands for the International Society of Technology in Education, hosts one of the largest and most interactive technology expos in the world. For Garrison Hall, ISTE 2014 attendee and PLTW Gateway teacher from Gable Middle School in Spartanburg, South Carolina, the event was a prime opportunity to learn about innovative technologies and tools that his district can use in the classroom.
 
“I would have to stay up 24 hours a day, day after day, to learn about everything here,” Hall said. “I love to learn, I love to teach what I learn, and technology makes it more fun. Seeing everything [at ISTE] makes me wish I had 30 more years to teach.”
 
A first-year PLTW Gateway teacher, Hall said that he was eager to become certified to teach PLTW because of PLTW’s hands-on, activity-, project-, and problem-based approach, and he is proud of what his middle school students have been able to do at the intersection of PLTW curriculum, Autodesk software, and 3-D printing equipment. Towards the end of the school year, the high school IT department – knowing that Hall’s class had experience with 3-D printing – posed a challenge to Hall and his students: the receivers on telephones in the high school were not staying on the hook properly, and the IT department needed a specially shaped part to solve the problem. Hall’s sixth-grade students used Autodesk software to design a part at the precise dimensions required and printed it using their 3-D printer. The high school was so pleased with the outcome, they installed the new part on every phone with the issue.
 
During the three-day ISTE expo, PLTW team members demonstrated an activity from PLTW curriculum that incorporates professional Autodesk 3-D design software and VEX Robotics to teach students about forces and interactions.
 
“Autodesk is committed to equipping students and educators with 3-D design tools and knowledge to ensure that students are not just prepared for the future, but that they’re helping to shape it,” said Peggy Snyder, director of Autodesk Education. “By working with PLTW to integrate industry-standard design software into the classroom, we are providing students with opportunities to learn about complex STEM concepts in hands-on and visual ways that were not possible before.”
 
In the 2013-14 school year alone, students from more than 4,300 schools across all 50 states had access to and used professional Autodesk 3-D design software, including Autodesk® Inventor® and Autodesk® Revit®, as part of PLTW’s Gateway and Engineering programs. Such courses include Introduction to Engineering Design, Aerospace Engineering, Civil Engineering & Architecture, Computer Integrated Manufacturing, and Green Architecture, to name a few.
 
 “We are so pleased to be joined at ISTE 2014 by some of our great partners – Autodesk, Instructure, Vernier, and VEX Robotics,” said Dr. Andrea Croslyn, executive vice president and chief operating officer of PLTW. “Together, we comprise a strong ecosystem of support for our fantastic teachers with the common mission of growing our students to be the technical citizens of tomorrow. We provide technical experiences in a variety of ways to ensure that students are ready for the challenges of the future job market.”
 
According to Hall, whose district will offer the full continuum of PLTW programs from kindergarten to grade 12 starting this fall, PLTW programs represent opportunities to challenge his students and have fun in the classroom. “I tell my students, ‘You’re going to have fun, but you’re going to be thinking.’”
 
Check out this Case Study on the amazing things PLTW students can do with Autodesk Software and 3D Printing: Autodesk Software and PLTW Unleash Students’ Creativity
 
About PLTW
Project Lead The Way (PLTW) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and the nation’s leading provider of STEM programs. PLTW’s world-class, activity-, project, and problem-based curriculum and high-quality teacher professional development model, combined with an engaged network of educators and corporate partners, help students develop the skills needed to succeed in our global economy. More than 5,000 elementary, middle, and high schools in all 50 states and the District of Columbia are currently offering PLTW courses to their students. For more information, visit www.pltw.org.
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SHEC Member Profile: Dr. Kenneth Ender of Harper College

The STEM Higher Education Council (SHEC) is proud to announce, Dr. Kenneth Ender, President of William Rainey Harper College, will be a member of the Council.
 
Dr. Kenneth Ender is President of William Rainey Harper College, a large community college located outside of Chicago, Illinois. Through partnerships and alliances, Dr. Ender has positioned Harper as a leading 21st-century community college by increasing graduation, transfer and certificate completion rates, aligning Harper's curriculum with high schools, training students for new economy jobs and implementing new accountability and transparency standards. Before coming to Harper, Dr. Ender served as President of Cumberland County College in New Jersey for eleven years. Previously, Dr. Ender held a variety of positions in higher education, including Vice President for Academic Affairs at Richland Community College, Interim District Dean at Cuyahoga Community College, Associate Vice President for Administrative Services at Cleveland State University, Director of Student Activities at Virginia Commonwealth University and Director of Student Advising at University of Georgia. Dr. Ender serves on the Board of Directors of the American Association of Community Colleges; he is President of the Board of Directors of the Chicago/Cook Workforce Partnership and co-chairs the Workforce Development Committee of the Illinois Council of Community College Presidents. 
 
Since coming to Harper in 2009, Harper has experienced record graduation rates and a dramatic increase in the number of students who come to Harper college-ready. The College has also formed new alliances with businesses to fill the shortage of skilled workers in key industries. Dr. Ender holds a Ph.D. in urban services leadership from Virginia Commonwealth University, a master’s degree in education from the University of Georgia and a bachelor’s degree in business management, also from Virginia Commonwealth University. 
 
Regarding joining the Higher Education Council, Dr. Ender remarked “We were delighted to be invited to join the STEM Higher Education Council.  We believe that our membership will assure an on-going and enlighten connection to STEM thought leaders across the Country.  We look forward to adding to that dialogue and infusing our learning into the STEM curriculum for our students.”

International Association for STEM Leaders Gives Jennifer Hernandez Elementary Principal Leadership Award

This is a press release from International Association for STEM Leaders
 
 
International Association for STEM Leaders makes debut in the nation’s capitol and recognizes Jennifer Hernandez, Principal of Marietta Center for Advanced Academics with the Elementary Principal Leadership Award. Jennifer Hernandez is part of our ongoing video documentary featuring national STEM leaders.
 
On April 24 and 25, Millwood Virginia-based, International Association for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Leaders successfully launched its inaugural leadership event at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C. Nearly 100 STEM leaders from around the world joined IASL leadership. This invitation only annual STEM Leadership Summit recognized several attendees for their leadership in STEM education through a formal awards ceremony. The awards were presented to programs, schools, school districts and individuals who exemplify STEM Excellence as defined by criteria developed by IASL.
 
Jennifer Hernandez, Principal of Marietta Center for Advanced Academics, received the Elementary Principal Leadership Award. This principal has been on the cutting edge of STEM education since her school opened in 2005. It was the first STEM certified school in Georgia. This school has been named a 2013 National Blue Ribbon School, 2012 and 2010 Georgia School of Excellence and named the First STEM Certified School in the State of Georgia in 2011. She has cultivated partnerships with organizations such as: Lockheed Martin Aeronautics, the US Navy, and the American Society of Civil Engineers.
 
The International Association for STEM Leaders is globally recognized for creating a "golden standard" for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) excellence in traditional and non-traditional educational settings for all Pre-kindergarten through adult students. In collaboration with global STEM leaders, the IASL will provide guidance for implementing excellent STEM programming and develop a STEM framework that is industry-based and globally recognized. In the coming months, IASL will host regional events to continue its recognition of exceptional leadership, through awards and to focus its outreach activities around regional education and economic development issues.
 
The STEM Leadership Summit was help in conjunction with the world’s largest STEM event, hosted by the USA Science and Engineering Festival. STEMconnector, the leading one-stop shop for STEM information participated as an initial sponsor and Edie Fraser, the founder, spoke to the IASL leaders and recognized them for their important work of impacting the lives of students every day through STEM leadership and education. Other partners include Diversified Education Systems (DES), a leader in “turn key” laboratories including: casework, equipment, curriculum, training and support. DES is further a collaborator with Root Cause and Pitsco Education, two additional partners of IASL. On the online side of STEM, Learning Blade and Career ATG offer career and STEM awareness, exposure and training to students. Finally, Concept Schools, a charter school management company and Vista Teach an early elementary robotics and engineering education company took part in the event as sponsors. For more information, please contact Dr. Carole Cameron Inge at (540) 837-2175 or cinge@stem-leaders.com.

 

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SHEC Member Profile: Dr. Jack Payne of the University of Florida

The STEM Higher Education Council (SHEC) is proud to announce that Dr. Jack Payne, Senior Vice President of the University of Florida, will be a member of the Council.
 
Jack Payne is the Senior Vice President for Agriculture and Natural Resources at the University of Florida.  Appointed senior vice president in June, 2010, Payne is the administrative head of the Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS) which includes the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, the School of Natural Resources and the Environment, the School of Forest Resources and Conservation, elements of the College of Veterinary Medicine, the Florida Agricultural Experiment Station, 13 Research and Education Centers throughout Florida, and the Florida Cooperative Extension Service with offices in each of the state’s 67 counties.
 
Prior to his current position he served as the Vice President for Extension and Outreach at Iowa State University and before that was the Vice President and Dean for University Extension at Utah State. Jack also has experience at two other land-grant institutions: Pennsylvania State University, where he served on the faculty of the School of Forest Resources, and, later, at Texas A&M University, where he served as a faculty member in the Fisheries and Wildlife Department.
 
After leaving Texas A&M University, Payne had a long career with Ducks Unlimited (DU), as their National Director of Conservation. While at Ducks Unlimited, some of his successes included the development of DU’s private lands program with agriculture, the development of a national conservation easement program and the expansion of their Mexican program to Central and South America.
 
Payne received his M.S. in Aquatic Ecology and his Ph.D. in Wildlife Ecology from Utah State University and is a graduate of the Institute for Educational Management at Harvard University.  He is a tenured professor in the Department of Wildlife Ecology and Conservation at the University of Florida. Jack currently is the Chair of the Policy Board of Directors for the Board on Agriculture Assembly, Association of Public and Land-grant Universities.

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