WALTHAM, MA | October 18, 2012
EDC is cosponsoring the 9th annual Massachusetts STEM Summit for policymakers, educators, and business leaders to discuss education initiatives in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, and progress on implementation of the statewide STEM plan. The summit will be held October 18 at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts.
The state’s STEM mission is tied to the economic development goals of the Commonwealth, and places a priority on filling the highly skilled jobs needed to propel an innovative economy. As a member of Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick’s STEM Operations Board, EDC’s focus is on helping students connect science and math course work to jobs and careers.
“EDC understands the need to make STEM more relevant to students,” said EDC’s Joyce Malyn-Smith. “If we don’t link schoolwork with future math, science, and technology careers, we won’t have a robust 21st-century STEM workforce to underpin our future economy.”
As a leader and an innovator in the field of STEM education in Massachusetts, EDC provides technical assistance to policymakers and educators, researches and evaluates programs, field-tests emerging technologies, and creates high-quality STEM experiences for students. For example, in Lowell, Malden, and Newton, EDC's Algebra I curriculum is helping at-risk students make the transition from arithmetic to algebra. And in Boston, with funding from the National Science Foundation, EDC conducted a study to examine science instruction in the Boston Public Schools.
This year’s STEM Summit event is hosted by the governor’s STEM Advisory Council, the Massachusetts Business Roundtable, and the UMass Donahue Institute. For more information, go to http://go.edc.org/n0ms.
Education Development Center, Inc. (EDC), is a global nonprofit organization that addresses some of the world’s most urgent challenges in education, health, and economic development. EDC manages more than 250 projects in 23 countries. Visit www.edc.org.