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Tuesday, June 18 • 11:00am - 12:00pm
Session 902: STEM District Design: Getting Started When One Size Doesn't Fit All

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Many schools, districts and states are interested in STEM but have difficulty getting initiatives off the ground. After determining that STEM is a good idea, the task then becomes moving from concept to implementation. Who are the “right” stakeholders? How do the business and education communities communicate and arrive at shared vision? In this workshop session, state STEM network leaders will discuss methods that have successfully moved initiatives forward at the local, regional and state level, using tools developed by practitioners in the field. Experience the STEMx open innovation model for exchange that builds on “how we did it” across multiple STEMx states.


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David Burns

Executive Director, Battelle STEM Innovation Networks
David Burns is the director of the Battelle STEM Innovation Networks and provides national leadership for issues regarding STEM education. Burns brings private and public sector knowledge and experience to his position at Battelle. Before entering the education arena, Burns spent 15 years in the hospitality business, developing multi-million dollar restaurant designs and executing a wide variety of business plans. Prior to that, he... Read More →

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Sharon Beddard-Hess

Director of Professional Development, ASSET STEM Education
Sharon Beddard-Hess is the director of professional development at ASSET STEM Education.  She oversees the professional development which includes a staff of 16 resource teachers. Additionally, she assists with the design and implementation of professional development for the ASSET and the i3 program. Prior to her 15 year career at ASSET, Sharon served 20 years as an elementary teacher for the Quaker Valley School District.
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Beth Broome

Manager, STEM Integration, Arizona STEM Network, Science Foundation Arizona
Beth Broome, who joined SFAz in 2010 as a consultant, now helps oversee the integration of STEM into schools and implementation of the data analytics system for the Arizona STEM Network. Throughout her career, Broome has focused on workforce development and education issues, with a particular focus on program development and implementation. After graduating from John Carroll University in Cleveland, she taught middle school and adult... Read More →
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Reo Pruitt, Ed.D.

Program Officer, T-STEM Initiative, Educate Texas
Dr. Reo Pruiett has over 25 years of experience in education.  Her career began teaching high school Earth/Space Science, Physical Science, Biology, Chemistry and Mathematics.  As her career progressed, Dr. Pruiett’s roles as both high school vice principal and middle school principal created opportunities for her to directly mold and shape student and teacher achievements while she gained local school administrative leadership... Read More →
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Cynthia Pulkowski

Executive Director, ASSET STEM Education
Cynthia Pulkowski is the Executive Director at ASSET STEM Education. In this position, she is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the education improvement nonprofit including implementing ASSET’s inquiry-based elementary science programs in Pennsylvania and across the nation.  Prior to her position as Executive Director, Pulkowski served as ASSET’s Acting Executive Director since 2011 and Director of Programs... Read More →

Tuesday June 18, 2013 11:00am - 12:00pm
Room 5