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STEM Smart: Lessons Learned from Successful Schools

Pacific Science Center
Seattle, WA
February 28, 2012

Workshop Hosted By

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Successful K-12 STEM Education report

Monitoring Progress Toward Successful K-12 STEM Education

Downloads: Agenda | Speaker Bios | Program Descriptions


Start End Description
8:00am 8:30am

Registration (continental breakfast served)

8:30am 9:30am

Welcome and Opening Remarks

  • Janice Earle, Coordinator, Evaluation Activities, Directorate for Education and Human Resources, National Science Foundation
  • R. Bryce Seidl, President & Chief Executive Officer, Pacific Science Center
  • Alan Burke, Deputy Superintendent, Washington State Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction
  • Patricia Galloway, Member, National Science Board and CEO, Pegasus Global Holdings, Inc.
  • Barbara Olds, Deputy Assistant Director (Acting), National Science Foundation | View Presentation
9:30am 10:00am

What Everyone Should Know About the Successful K-12 STEM Education Report*

10:00am 10:15am


10:15am 12:15pm

Elements of Successful STEM Education - Breakout Sessions

  • Effective Instruction: The Successful K–12 STEM Education report notes that “effective instruction capitalizes on students' early interest and experiences, identifies and builds on what they know, and provides them with experiences to engage them in the practices of science and sustain their interest.” This session highlighted programs in which teachers use what they know about students’ understanding to actively engage students in science, mathematics, and engineering practices. As stated in the report, "in this way, students successively deepen their understanding both of core ideas in the STEM fields and of concepts that are shared across areas of science, mathematics, and engineering."
    • Erin Fitzgerald, Senior Professional Development/Curriculum Associate, Museum of Science
    • Nicole Schechtman, Senior Researcher, SRI International
    • Andrew Shouse, Associate Director, UW Institute for Science and Mathematics Education
    • Cary Sneider, Associate Research Professor, Portland State University
  • Equal Access to Quality STEM Experiences: The report discusses findings that draw a direct line between a nation's competitiveness and K–12 STEM education to support the next generation of scientists and innovators. Thus, a goal for K–12 STEM education is a focus on the flow of students into STEM courses, majors, and careers. An important dimension of this goal is to increase the participation of groups that are underrepresented while ensuring equal access to quality STEM learning experiences for all students. Therefore, this session highlighted practices that lead to opportunities for all students to become engaged in strong STEM learning.
    • Babette Moeller, Senior Research Scientist, Education Development Center, Inc.
    • Oscar Porter, Executive Director, California's Mathematics, Engineering, Science Achievement (MESA) program
    • Keisha Varma, Professor, University of Minnesota
  • Supportive Infrastructure for STEM Learning: The Successful K-12 STEM Education report highlights that, “Research suggests that although teacher qualifications matter, the school context matters just as much [including]. . . multiple factors that strengthen and sustain those learning communities (e.g., school and district leaders, parents, and community).” This session highlighted programs that have proven strategies to develop the essential infrastructure required to support teachers and students.
12:15pm 1:30pm

Networking (lunch served)

1:30pm 3:30pm

Repeat of Morning Breakout Sessions

  • Effective Instruction
  • Equal Access to Quality STEM Experiences
  • Supportive Infrastructure from Administrators, Community, and Parents
3:30pm 3:45pm


3:45pm 4:45pm

Synthesis and Concluding Remarks STEM education leaders reflected on the day's presentations and conversations highlighting major issues, concerns, and recommendations of participants.