NEWTON, MA | October 14, 2011
EDC will cosponsor the 2011 Massachusetts STEM Summit, a forum for policymakers, educators, and funders to set the course for future state education initiatives in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). The summit will be held October 18 at the Boston Marriott Newton.
This year’s keynote speakers include Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick, Lt. Governor Tim Murray, and State Secretary of Education Paul Reville. The theme of the summit is “Advancing the STEM Agenda Locally and Nationally.” EDC STEM education specialists will host sessions highlighting programmatic efforts, both in the Commonwealth and across the country. In other sessions, participants will look at the latest data and research, examine STEM education from pre-school through college, and discuss connections with the business community.
A leader and innovator in expanding STEM education in Massachusetts, EDC field-tests emerging technologies, researches and evaluates programs, advises policymakers and educators, and creates high-quality STEM experiences for students. Examples of EDC’s work in Massachusetts include a study funded by the National Science Foundation to examine science instruction in the Boston Public Schools, and an innovative Algebra I curriculum that is helping at-risk students in Lowell and Malden make the transition from learning arithmetic to studying algebra. And EDC’s Foundations of Science Literacy has delivered much-needed professional development to Head Start programs in Boston, Brockton, Framingham, New Bedford, Plymouth, Taunton, and Worcester.
“Joining with our many partners in government, education, and business, we are committed to expanding STEM education and opportunities throughout the Commonwealth,” said EDC President and CEO Luther Luedtke. “Combining our efforts in support of the statewide STEM plan is not just benefiting our teachers, youth, and future work force, it is helping make Massachusetts a model and strengthening the foundation for the future of our country.”
EDC is co-hosting the summit with the Donahue School at the University of Massachusetts, IBM, Intel, Genzyme Corporation, the Massachusetts Governor’s STEM Advisory Council, and others.
For more information, go to: http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?llr=v4ocxwbab&oeidk=a07e4ez7omm535f8739
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