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Tuesday, June 18

9:45am CDT

Session 901: Getting Students Engaged: Inspiration Through Meaningful STEM Experiences

Student engagement plays a pivotal role in meeting the goals of STEM workforce development and literacy.  It is one of four federal policy priorities in America Competes reauthorization.  Intentionally and strategically inspiring student engagement in STEM is critical for filling the talent pipeline.  There are growing but often uncoordinated collections of resources from business, education and community-based organizations that seek to engage students in meaningful STEM experiences.  State STEM networks are connecting the dots and spreading both promising and proven practices through STEMx.  Expert leaders will demonstrate strategies for coordinating STEM resources into an engine of engagement and introduce STEMx tools for spreading innovation and fueling the talent pipeline.


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Brad McLain, Ph.D.

Co-Director, XSCI: Experiential Science Education Research Collaborative, University of Colorado, Denver
Brad McLain is an educational researcher and co-director of XSci at the University of Colorado Denver. XSci is the Experiential Science Education Research Collaborative and produces both projects and research based on STEM learning theory and the field of experiential learning. His... Read More →

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Marcella Klein Williams, Ed.D.

Chief Educational Officer, California STEM Learning Network
Melinda Curless is the STEM Initiatives Consultant for the Kentucky Department of Education.  She began her career as an engineer, working more than 20 years in the fields of aerospace, environmental, and forensic engineering.  She became interested in education, obtained certification... Read More →

Tuesday June 18, 2013 9:45am - 10:45am CDT
Room 5

11:00am CDT

Session 902: STEM District Design: Getting Started When One Size Doesn't Fit All

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... 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... Read More →
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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... 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... 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... Read More →

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

4:15pm CDT

Session 903: Building Community Momentum: From Start-Up Initiatives Toward Collective Impact

More and more communities across the nation have formed STEM partnerships with a shared vision and action plans.  They are engaging partners from across the spectrum of business, education, government and community-based organizations in their work, and are already beginning to see the fruits of their collaboration.  Many communities also experience growing pains in evolving from start-up initiatives to – ultimately – the ongoing delivery of collective impact.  This challenge exists at the local, regional, statewide and even national level.  Join this workshop with leaders from STEMx states who are engaged in the work on the ground required to move networks along the continuum toward collective impact.  Learn how to apply STEMx tools – developed by the states, for the states – to your own community.

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Margaret Ashida

Director, STEMx, BattelleEd
Margaret Ashida leads the nationwide STEMx network of state STEM organizations working together to transform science, technology, engineering and mathematics education at the grassroots level. STEMx is managed by Battelle, the world's largest independent research and development organization... Read More →

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Tori Austin

Co-Director, Transformation T-STEM Center
Tori Austin is the Co-Director of Transformation 2013 T-STEM Center and is a veteran educator with over twenty years of service in public and private education.  Additionally, Austin coordinates programs and services in the areas of mathematics, science, career and technology... Read More →
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Melinda Curless

STEM Initiatives Consultant, Kentucky Department of Education
Melinda Curless is the STEM Initiatives Consultant for the Kentucky Department of Education.  She began her career as an engineer, working more than 20 years in the fields of aerospace, environmental, and forensic engineering.  She became interested in education, obtained certification... Read More →
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Mark Vaughn, Ph.D.

Manager, Technical Talent Pipelining and Lead for Technology Community Office of STEM, Corning, Inc.
Dr. Mark D. Vaughn is a manager of the Technical Talent Pipelining for Corning’s Technology Community and is the lead for the Technology Community Office of STEM. In this role, Vaughn develops, implements and manages PK-20 science and engineering programs and initiatives... Read More →
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Dustin Pyles

Director of Operations, Ohio STEM Learning Network
Dustin A. Pyles is the Director of Operations for the Ohio STEM Learning Network (OSLN) and manages the network’s portfolio of strategic projects and stakeholder relationships both in Ohio and across the country. In this role, he leads the OSLN implementation of the Ohio Race to... Read More →

Tuesday June 18, 2013 4:15pm - 5:15pm CDT
Room 6
Wednesday, June 19

10:00am CDT

Session 904: Policy & Advocacy Solutions: Championing STEM from the School Board to the Statehouse

Have you ever wondered how policy could help you achieve goals like closing opportunity gaps in STEM education, scaling a best practice or building a STEM capable workforce? Or wanted to get expert advice on how to champion STEM in the media, with policymakers and the grassroots? Then this workshop is for you. Get ready to roll up your sleeves alongside colleagues who have led successful policy and advocacy campaigns in STEMx states. STEMx will debut actionable solutions that STEMx state leaders have put into practice. Working with a breakout group and a STEMx peer consultant, you will gain new tools and resources that will help you identify high-impact state policy levers and develop advocacy strategies in support of your STEM goals.


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Caroline King

Chief Policy Officer, Washington STEM
Caroline King serves as Washington STEM’s Chief Policy Officer, leading the organization’s advocacy efforts to build a robust and diverse movement in support of improving STEM education. King brings more than 10 years of experience working nationally and in Washington state... Read More →

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Terri Nikole Baca

Director, Policy & STEM Education and New Mexico STEM Network, Innovate+Educate
As Director of Policy and STEM Education, Terri Nikole Baca drives and oversees Innovate+Educate’s policy initiatives to advance STEM education and workforce development. Terri Nikole also serves as Director of the New Mexico STEM Network, a statewide initiative to accelerate STEM... Read More →
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John Fitzpatrick

Executive Director, Educate Texas
John Fitzpatrick is the Executive Director of Educate Texas and has an extensive history working with education. Before taking the helm at Educate Texas, Fitzpatrick served as Executive Director of the Capital Area Training Foundation, now Skillpoint Alliance, where he worked to build... Read More →
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Chris Roe

CEO, California STEM Learning Network
Christopher Roe is the Chief Executive Officer of the California STEM Learning Network in charge of overseeing the creation of strategic relationships and collaborating with regional, state and national partners to establish a network that will rapidly scale innovative STEM teaching... Read More →

Wednesday June 19, 2013 10:00am - 11:00am CDT
Room 5