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500: K-12 STEM Education: The Primary Focus [clear filter]
Tuesday, June 18

9:45am CDT

Session 501: Toddlers to Techies: Getting an Early Jump on STEM

Some experts say getting children interested in STEM should start very early, even as young as pre-kindergarten, in order to help keep students interested and engaged in STEM throughout their lives. Such STEM engagement efforts take many forms and incorporate a variety of out-of-classroom resources. What are some of the best practices for early-age STEM programs and what regional models are scalable across the country?  This session will identify aspects of early education programs that are proving successful and offer strategies for educators to use to foster and sustain more children’s interest in STEM.


avatar for Janet Raloff

Janet Raloff

Senior Editor, Science News for Kids
Janet Raloff has been reporter and editor for Science News magazine for more than 35 years. Since 2007, she also has edited an online magazine for students 11 and older. That Science News for Kids has recently seen a skyrocketing in growth and its stature. Since December 2012, its... Read More →

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Mallory Hytes Hagan

Miss America 2013
Miss America 2013 Mallory Hagan was crowned last January in Las Vegas.  Mallory is promoting education and is spending her year encouraging young women to pursue a college education as she focuses on science, technology, engineering, and math (also known as STEM). Miss America will... Read More →
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Steve Schneider, Ph.D.

Senior Program Director of Science, Technology, Engineering, & Mathematics, WestEd
Steven Schneider is the Senior Program Director of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) at WestEd. Dr. Schneider has been the Principal Investigator of numerous initiatives that include: the NSF funded efficacy study, Strategic Literacy Initiatives (SLI), which... Read More →
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Rosemarie Truglio, Ph.D.

Senior Vice President of Education and Research, Sesame Workshop
Rosemarie T. Truglio is the Sr. Vice President of Education and Research at Sesame Workshop (formerly Children’s Television Workshop).  Dr. Truglio is responsible for the development of the interdisciplinary curriculum on which “Sesame Street” is based, and oversees all educational... Read More →
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Christine Cunningham, Ph.D.

Founder and Director, Engineering is Elementary, Vice President, Museum of Science, Boston
Dr. Christine Cunningham is an educational researcher who works to make engineering and science more relevant, accessible, and understandable, especially for underserved and underrepresented populations. A vice president at the Museum of Science, Boston since 2003, she founded and... Read More →

Tuesday June 18, 2013 9:45am - 10:45am CDT
Room 8

11:00am CDT

Session 502: Advanced Placement Courses: The Upcoming Revisions

Between 2012 and 2015, the College Board is redesigning AP tests in biology, chemistry, and physics (among other subjects) with the hope of allowing for more in-depth classroom instruction and student critical and analytical thinking.  The College Board offers a range of information, workshops, and resources for teachers and students about the changes to the tests and how they might impact classroom instruction.  In this workshop, select course authors, teachers, and College Board professionals will provide an overview of the revisions to the AP curricula.


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Reeve Hamilton

Reporter, Texas Tribune

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Karen Lionberger

Curriculum Director, Advanced Placement Science Program, The College Board
Karen is a Curriculum Director for the College Board’s AP Science program.  She currently manages the AP Physics B, AP Physics C, and AP Environmental Science courses.  She also manages the curriculum redesign project for the new AP Physics 1 and AP Physics 2 courses that will... Read More →
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Paul D. Price

Science Department Chairman, Trinity Valley School, Fort Worth, Texas
Paul D. Price is the Science Department Chairman at Trinity Valley School in Fort Worth, Texas, where he has taught chemistry, AP Chemistry and physics since 1998.  He earned a B.S. in Chemistry and Mathematics from Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas and an M.S. in Chemistry... Read More →
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Brad Williamson

UKanTeach Master Teacher, University of Kansas
Brad Williamson is a long-time, Kansas biology teacher who has taught in small, rural schools, large suburban high schools, community colleges and universities for more than 30 years.  Throughout his career he has taken an active role in biology education reform programs such as... Read More →

Tuesday June 18, 2013 11:00am - 12:00pm CDT
Room 7

4:15pm CDT

Session 503: Beyond the Classroom Walls: Afterschool and Extracurricular Programs

Educational opportunities in science and math shouldn’t stop when the school bell rings.  Balancing formal and informal instruction in STEM can be an effective way to introduce and engage student interest in the subjects. Many experts note participation in afterschool activities help students learn the oft-desired soft skills, such as teamwork and communication, and the enjoyment and social setting is apt to prompt a youngster’s passion for STEM more quickly—and sustain it. Such extracurricular activities can take many forms—research projects, visits to local factories, mentors, contests, and clubs—and are provided by schools, parent volunteers, college students, community groups, businesses, universities, and organizations. This panel will identify STEM afterschool programs with proven track records of motivating and inspiring youngsters’ interests in STEM, explain possible connections that instructors can make with in-class lessons, and address topics such as how to fund such efforts to spreading the word among parents and students.


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Patrick D'Amelio

Chief Executive Officer, Washington STEM
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... Read More →
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Emilie Engelhard

Communications Director, Washington STEM

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Matthew Blakely

Director, Motorola Solutions Foundation
Born and raised in and around Chicago, Matt Blakely has more than 16 years of experience working for private and corporate foundations. In October 2005, Matt was hired as Manager of the Motorola Foundation and when the company became Motorola Solutions, Matt was promoted to director... Read More →
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Ronald J. Gidwitz

Co-Founder, GCG Partners, National Chairman, Boys & Girls Clubs of America
Founder of the strategic consulting and equity firm GCG Partners and former CEO of Helene Curtis, Ron Gidwitz is recognized as one of the most influential business leaders in the city of Chicago. For nearly four decades, Gidwitz has put that influence and acumen to work as a national... Read More →
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Tamara Hudgins, Ph.D.

Executive Director, Girlstart
Dr. Hudgins has 18+ years experience in nonprofit management and development and was executive director of a community foundation before joining Girlstart. Before her move to Texas in late 2005, Hudgins was executive director of a nonprofit that served more than 11,000 Chicago teachers... Read More →
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Joe Astroth, Ph.D.

Chairman of the Board, Robotics Education & Competition Foundation
Joe Astroth, Ph.D., joined Innovation First International as executive vice president and chief education strategist in 2011, providing executive leadership for educational initiatives across IFI’s businesses. He is also chairman of the board of the Robotics Education and Competition... Read More →
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Jennifer Sirangelo

Executive Vice President and COO, National 4-H Council
Jennifer is a believer in young people and their capacity to change the world. She is a transformational leader with an 18-year track record of success in nonprofit executive management, having raised more than $250 million for youth development causes. At National 4-H Council... Read More →

Tuesday June 18, 2013 4:15pm - 5:15pm CDT
Ballroom B
Wednesday, June 19

10:00am CDT

Session 504: Lessons from the Specialized STEM High Schools

There are more than 100 public high schools in the country, including a great many in Texas through the state’s T-STEM initiative, that give special focus to STEM education. These institutions produce graduates that are much more likely to pursue college degrees in STEM, according to a 2011 report from the National Research Council. What attributes of these schools are showing promise? What lessons can traditional high schools, public and private, draw from them to boost their own STEM efforts? Come along and explore these all-things STEM schools with some of their leaders and officials.

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Sandi Everlove

Chief Learning Officer, Washington STEM

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Trisha Cunningham

Texas Instruments, Chief Citizenship Officer
As Chief Citizenship Officer, Trisha strives to positively impact the communities where TI operates through strategic philanthropy, education, employee involvement and corporate social responsibility programs that support TI’s business goals. In addition to her public affairs role... Read More →
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Mark Heffron

High School Director, Denver School of Science and Technology
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Aimee Kennedy

Chief Academic Officer, Battelle STEM - Metro Early College High School, Columbus Ohio
Aimee is the Chief Academic Officer at Metro Early College High School, an Ohio STEM Learning Network platform school located on The Ohio State University’s campus. Having been at Metro since the school’s second year, she has also served as assistant principal and classroom teacher... Read More →
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Lizzette Gonzalez Reynolds

Chief Deputy Commissioner, Texas Education Agency
Lizzette Reynolds currently serves as the Chief Deputy Commissioner for the Texas Education Agency (TEA).  In that capacity, she oversees management of the agency for Commissioner of Education Michael L. Williams.  She previously served as the Deputy Commissioner for Policy and... Read More →
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Steven Zipkes

Founding Principal, Manor New Technology High School
As the founding Principal of the highly acclaimed and nationally recognized Manor New Technology High School, Mr. Zipkes’ leadership promotes quality instruction, teacher development, student success, and STEM education through Project Based Learning. MNTH is a STEM public high... Read More →

Wednesday June 19, 2013 10:00am - 11:00am CDT
Room 6