Results Matter! The STEM Results Project applies best practices, measurement and data RESULTS to more than 5,000 organizations involved in STEM Education. Our challenge is to inventory, document and make available matching STEM organizational goals, targets and achievements comparing them to measurable Results. Focus is on data and impact with the intent that programs with results can be scaled up and shared. Numbers count. STEMconnectorTM/ASTRA — with the support of Cisco —seeks to share best practices information with the STEM community. STEM Results will document who is providing the best analysis of Results on their STEM programs. Targets are STEM education leaders—businesses, professional societies, non-profits, educational entities, states, federal government and others — identified to measure their own Results against Goals. STEMconnectorTM/ASTRA will recognize and honor those STEM organizations that are accomplishing Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic and Time-bound (SMART) Results. 125 targets from all categories are included in our first Results assessments. STEMconnectorTM adds a section on the STEMconnectorTM Web Site by October, 2012 called "STEM RESULTS.”
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Alex Belous| Manager
Alex Belous is Education Portfolio Manager for the CISCO Foundation. Alex began his career as a first grade teacher establishing a nationally recognized computer based technical education program in the Cave Creek Unified School District in Arizona. From 1989 to 1998, Alex was Internet Technology Manager for the Arizona Department of Education. There he improved the opportunity of rural and underserved schools and students on Native American reservations and in other high-need school districts to receive equitable instructional resources through the use of technology including the first internet access project to reservation schools. Alex cosponsored Net Day efforts statewide, trained 2000 + parents, teachers, community volunteers to wire schools. Joining Cisco in 1998, Alex served as one of the founders of the Cisco Network Academy - a dynamic learning platform that now serves more than 1 M students per year. After 6 years Alex transferred to the Cisco Corporate Affairs group as the Education Specialist working with teams across the company to address innovative and effective use of network technologies in schools. Presently as the Cisco Foundation and Cisco Public Benefit Investments Education Portfolio Manager, he is responsible for grants with Cisco NGO partners that have helped millions of students and teachers. Working closely with other Portfolio Managers to develop high-impact, replicable, scalable and sustainable models of technology use to enhance student performance. Alex holds a BA Early Childhood Education and two Masters in Elementary Education/Reading Instruction and Counseling Psychology.
The National 4-H Council
Don Floyd | President and CEO
Through the National 4-H Science Initiative 778 local 4-H councils, including 1,335,640 youth are using 4-H designed science curricula. The National 4-H has also engaged in a multi-year longitudinal study in partnership with Tufts University to measure the impact of is Science Initiative and to plan for the future. Donald T. Floyd, Jr. is President and CEO of National 4-H Council. Under his leadership, National 4-H Council led 4-H in the National Conversation on Youth Development in the 21st Century and created the first national action agenda for youth policy. In addition he has led 4-H expansion in after school programs, science programs, technology and the creation of the Global 4-H network. Don has been associated with innovative leadership of youth-serving, non-profit organizations for more than 35 years. For 17 years, he held local and national level positions, including National Executive Vice President of Junior Achievement, with which he led expansion of the international program and its first venture into classroom-based programming, which today is JA’s largest program.
4-H Results: 4-H STEM programs are data driven initiatives with a goal of filling the STEM workforce pipeline. The 6 million 4-H youth across every county in America thrive through the science, technology, engineering, and applied math experiences they receive. In fact, 4-H youth are two times more likely to get better grades in school and they are more likely to pursue future courses or a career in science, engineering or technology. Fifty-six percent of 4-H program participants want to pursue a job related to science.
Washington State STEM
Patrick D'Amelio| CEO
Washington STEM’s goal is to reimagine and revitalize STEM education across Washington by investing $100 million in 10 years through grants supported by technical assistance and evaluation to spread innovations statewide. Patrick D’Amelio is Chief Executive Officer of Washington STEM. As CEO, he is responsible for the management, programs, and infrastructure of the organization. With his vision, Patrick leads Washington STEM in advancing equity, excellence, and innovation in STEM education. Patrick has spent his career bringing educational opportunities and critical developmental support to children, particularly those from underserved populations. His work in the non-profit sector reflects his commitment to ensuring that every child has an opportunity to succeed in life. Patrick has also served as President and CEO for the Alliance for Education and as Executive Director of The Catholic Youth Organization in Seattle. Patrick holds a Bachelor of Arts degree with an emphasis in Nonprofit Leadership from Evergreen State College. He has participated in Pacific Northwest Executive Leadership Institute at the University of Washington and Strategic Perspectives in Non-Profit Management at Harvard Business School Executive Education.
Washington STEM Results: Washington STEM has developed a set of outcomes to define student success and has begun the process of researching indicators to measure progress toward those outcomes. In support of their theory of change they have developed initial drafts of interim outcomes for teachers and community engagement. Future work will define interim outcomes for out-of-school experiences and business partnerships.
Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds
In 2010-2011, nearly 1,500 mathematics and science teachers in 185 Iowa communities in 88 counties intersected with the Iowa Mathematics and Science Education Partnership (IMSEP) activities involving over 100 university faculty and staff. On June 24, 2010, Reynolds was named former Governor Terry Branstad’s running mate, and on November 2, she was elected lieutenant governor of the State of Iowa. Lt. Governor Reynolds serves as Co-Chair of the Iowa STEM Advisory Council. She has been instrumental in bringing together business, policy and education leaders from across Iowa to improve bolster STEM Education and innovation. Reynolds began work as a motor vehicle clerk in the Clarke County Treasurer’s Office, and was elected Clarke County Treasurer in 1994. In this position, she took a very active role at the local, state and national levels. In 2000, she served as President of the Iowa State Treasurers Association. Reynolds served as Clarke County Treasurer until she was elected to the Iowa Senate in 2008 where she was the ranking member on the Local Government Committee and served on the Economic Growth, Environment & Energy Independence, Rebuild Iowa, and Transportation committees, as well as the Economic Development Appropriations Subcommittee.
Iowa STEM Results: The Council is made up of 40 dedicated leaders from across the state representing Iowa’s education, business and non-profit sectors, as well as legislators, state agency directors and national STEM experts. The Council is building on the outstanding work of the Iowa Mathematics and Science Education Partnership and the Iowa STEM Education Roadmap. Achievements for the inaugural year of the Council include: building a three- to five-year plan for STEM education reform in Iowa; selection of 12 STEM education scale-up programs for use by educators throughout Iowa; the creation of STEM regional hubs; and a set of indicators to gauge the effectiveness of STEM education in Iowa.
Eunice Heath | Senior Director
Through Dow's partnerships with leading organizations, including Keystone Center and International Year of Chemistry, the involvement of employees as volunteers, and sponsorship of countless programs, Dow has supported science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education for more than 100 years. Eunice Heath is the Senior Director for Government Affairs in the northeast and Corporate Citizenship for STEM education at Dow Chemical. Eunice is responsible for developing public policy stakeholder engagement strategies related to Dow’s growth agenda in key northeast states. She is also responsible for guiding the strategy and implementation of the international Science, Technology, and Engineering and Math (STEM) components of Dow’s overall corporate citizenship strategy globally. Throughout her 20+ year career at Dow, Eunice has demonstrated the ability to integrate and lead complex, newly developed organizations. Eunice received a Master’s of Business Administration at the University of Michigan and a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial & Systems Engineering at the University of Florida. Eunice has a strong passion for the development and advancement of people and support of STEM represented by her leadership on the corporate Diversity & Inclusion Council and executive liaison for the African American Network for The
Dow Chemical Company.
Dow Chemical Results: Dow is committed to advancing interest in, access to, and the quality of STEM education to develop an innovative and competitive workforce and create a knowledgeable society that values science and education. The need for high-quality learning opportunities is prevalent and requires many cross-sector partnerships and a commitment from multiple players. As outlined in Dow’s Advanced Manufacturing Strategy, they will invest in and address obstacles to success through partnership with industry, non-profits, government and educational institutions.
Center for Energy Workforce Development (CEWD)
Ann Randazzo|Executive Director
Ann Randazzo is the Executive Director of the Center for Energy Workforce Development (CEWD). Formed in March 2006, the Center for Energy Workforce Development (CEWD) is a non- profit consortium of electric natural gas and nuclear utilities and their associations - Edison Electric Institute, American Gas Association, Nuclear Energy Institute, and National Rural Electric Cooperative Association. CEWD was formed to help utilities work together to develop solutions to the coming workforce shortage in the utility industry. It is the first partnership between utilities, their associations, contractors and unions to focus on the need to build a skilled workforce pipeline that will meet future industry needs. Ann assumed this position when the organization was incorporated in March 2006 bringing extensive experience in the energy industry including information technology, finance and customer operations in management positions with Georgia Power, a Southern Company. Prior to her involvement with CEWD, Ann provided strategic planning consulting to electric utilities, concentrating on Human Resources, Training and Development, and Organization Effectiveness through her consulting firm, Randazzo Consulting.
CEWD Results: To date, 682 students have been recruited to participate in CEWD's signature Get into Energy Career Pathways (GICEP) program. Energy Industry Fundamentals is a course that provides a broad understanding of the electric and natural gas utility industry. Instructor and student guides and other materials have been downloaded by nearly 250 educational institutions and utility companies.
In partnership with its affiliate, the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM), the Manufacturing Institute issued 84,738 certifications in 2011. Jennifer was appointed President of The Manufacturing Institute, the non-profit affiliate of the National Association of Manufacturers, on April 1, 2012. Jennifer is driving an agenda focused on improving and expanding manufacturing in the United States. Jennifer has extensive experience in workforce development, employer engagement, and business. She is a proven leader at the Institute as the chief architect of one of the organization's flagship initiatives, the NAM-Endorsed Manufacturing Skills Certification System.
Manufacturing Institute Results: The Manufacturing Institute is a Washington, DC-based organization dedicated to improving and expanding manufacturing in the United States. The Institute is the authority for U.S. manufacturing on the attraction, qualification, and development of world-class talent. By issuing 84.738 industry-based certifications in 2011 the Manufacturing Institute is well on its way to reaching its goal of 500,000 by 2016.
Teach for America
Melissa Gregson | Managing Director, National STEM Initiative
Currently, Teach for American has 3,200 corps members teaching math and science in the United States. Melissa Gregson serves as the Managing Director of Teach For America’s STEM Initiative. After graduating from MIT with a B.S. in Biology, Melissa joined Teach For America where she taught middle school science at MS 321 in New York City. In 2008, she joined Teach For America’s staff in Boston as the Recruitment Director for MIT and other Boston area schools. She believes passionately that all children should have the opportunity to experience the wonder of math and science. She resides in Washington, DC. Outside of work Melissa served as a board member for the Young Non-Profit Professional Network and was a School Board Fellow working with Somerville Public Schools. She resides in Washington, DC.
Teach for America Results: In 2011-2012, around 3,200 secondary STEM corps members reached approximately 320,000 students across the U.S. To date 6,000 corps alumni have taught math and science. A 2009 Urban Institute and CALDER study of secondary teachers found the effects of Teach For America teachers in the math and sciences are about twice the effect of having a teacher with three years or more experience relative to having a novice teacher.
Project Lead the Way (PLTW)
Rex Bolinger | Senior Vice President and Chief Engagement Officer
Dr. Rex Bolinger is responsible for directing PLTW initiatives in development, government relations, and strategic partnerships. He brings a wealth of experience working within schools and philanthropic organizations and creating high value-added partnerships. Prior to joining PLTW, Bolinger was the Vice President of Educational Services at Edison Learning, Inc. Before that, he was the Executive Director of Team HOPE (History Opens Eyes) and worked directly with former U.S. Secretary of Education William J. Bennett in developing online teacher and student supplements to Bennett's American history books. Bolinger received an EdD in Educational Leadership from Ball State University, an MS in Education from Purdue University, and a BS in Education from Ball State University. He received the Milken Family Foundation National Educator Award and Indiana High School Principal of the Year award. Bolinger is the founding CEO of Herron High School, an urban charter school in Indianapolis that was named the 27th best high school in America by Newsweek in 2010.
PLTW Results: Project Lead The Way (PLTW) is the leading provider of rigorous and innovative Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) education curricular programs used in middle and high schools across the U.S. Currently, PLTW curriculum is being utilized by 500,000 students in over 4,700 schools in all 50 states offer PLTW designed courses. To date, PLTW has trained over 12,000 teachers and 7,000 counselors across the US. PLTW alumni are 5 to 10 times more likely to pursue engineering and technology classes than other first-year college students.
National Center for Women in Information Technology (NCWIT)
Lucy Sanders |CEO & Co-Founder
In 2011, 251 young women were recognized for NCWIT's Aspirations in Computing Award, 92% of which reported a major or minor in a STEM field. Lucy Sanders is CEO and Co-founder of the National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) and also serves as Executive-in-Residence for the ATLAS Institute at the University of Colorado at Boulder. NCWIT works to correct the imbalance of gender diversity in technology and computing because gender diversity positively correlates with a larger workforce, better innovation, and increased business performance. Increasing the number of women in technology and computing also has the potential to improve the design of products and services to better serve a more diverse population, and increase economic and social well-being by providing more women with stable and lucrative careers. Lucy has an extensive industry background, having worked in R&D and executive (VP) positions at AT&T Bell Labs, Lucent Bell Labs, and Avaya Labs for over 20 years, where she specialized in systems-level software and solutions (multi-media communication, and customer relationship management.
NCWIT Results: Since its inception, NCWIT’s Aspirations in Computing program has recognized more than 1300 young women throughout the U.S. and built a database of more than 7000 young women that self-identify as interested in technology fields. NCWIT’s Counselors for Computing (C4C) program has provided C4C kits to over 400 counselors, counselor educators, and teachers to date. The C4C program is on track to train and equip 1000 counselors by 2014. Since 2007, NCWIT’s Academic Seed Fund has awarded $365,450 in funding to develop and implement initiatives for recruiting and retaining women in computer science and information technology fields.
Society of Women Engineers
Betty Shanahan|CEO & Executive Director
Every year the Society of Women Engineers Scholarship Program disburses 188 new and renewed scholarships totaling $540,000. Betty Shanahan became the executive director and CEO for the 20,000 member Society of Women Engineers (SWE) in 2002. Previously, Betty spent 24 years in development, engineering management, and marketing management for the electronics and software industries. Betty has earned a B.S. in electrical engineering from Michigan State University, a Master of Software Engineering from the Wang Institute of Graduate Studies, and an M.B.A. from the University of Chicago. Betty participates in forums that advance the engineering profession, including the National Academy of Engineering’s committee for “Changing the Conversation” in the public understanding of engineering.
SWE Results: In addition to disbursing 188 new and renewed scholarships totaling $540,000 annually, SWE’s Annual Conference draws over 6,000 participants every year. SWE’s has over 200 online professional development webinars for women in engineering. SWE’s Wow! That’s Engineering outreach events are held in three cities per year, and attract 300 young women participants. SWE also publishes its quarterly SWE Magazine and recently celebrated its 60th anniversary with The Journal of the Society of Women Engineers, 60th Anniversary Edition.
National Math and Science Initiative (NMSI)
Dave Saba – Executive Vice President
David W. Saba serves as the Executive Vice President of the National Math and Science Initiative (NMSI). Prior to the merge of NMSI and Laying the Foundation (LTF) at the end of 2011, Dave served as CEO of LTF. Dave went to LTF to build the research base demonstrating LTF effectiveness, innovate by taking the LTF teacher training program online and provide a long term strategy for success. In a short period of time LTF was able to create a vision for success for LTF which will positively impact well over 100,000 students in the upcoming years. The LTF message of increased college access is already rapidly expanding into more than 14 states.
NMSI Results: The National Math and Science Initiatives focuses on three primary programs: the Advanced Placement Training and Incentive Program (APTIP); Laying the Foundation (LTF); and UTeach. The APTIP program, has trained more than 11,000 pre-AP and AP teachers from across the country in the last four years. LTF has trained more than 51,000 teachers across 18 states since its inception. The UTeach program has 5,500 teachers in its 2012 cohort, which spans across 34 universities in 16 states.
American Chemical Society
Mary Kirchhoff – Director, Education Division
Mary Kirchhoff is Director of the American Chemical Society Education Division, which serves learners and educators by building communities and providing effective chemistry education products, services, and information. She received her Ph.D. in organic chemistry from the University of New Hampshire and joined the Chemistry Department at Trinity College in Washington, DC in 1992. Mary served as Chair of the Division of Natural Sciences and Mathematics during her tenure at Trinity. She began working in green chemistry as an AAAS Environmental Fellow and Visiting Scientist with the U.S. EPA's green chemistry program. Mary joined the American Chemical Society in 2001, serving as Assistant Director of the ACS Green Chemistry Institute for three years before moving to the Education Division. Mary was elected a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 2006.
ACS Results: With more than 164,000 members, the American Chemical Society (ACS) is the world’s largest scientific society and one of the world’s leading sources of authoritative scientific information. ACS distributes more than $22 million every year in grants for basic research in petroleum and related fields. The ACS Directory of Graduate Research provides information on 672 departments, 8, 542 faculty members, and 65,995 publication citations on researchers and research universities.