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STEM Smart: Lessons Learned from Successful Schools

Drexel University
Philadelphia, PA
September 19, 2011

Workshop Hosted By

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Co-hosted by


Drexel UniversityEDC


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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
9:00am 9:30am

Continental Breakfast and Introduction to Exhibits

9:30am 10:15am

Welcome, Overview of Conference

  • Joan Ferrini-Mundy, Assistant Director, Directorate for Education and Human Resources, NSF

Welcome and Opening Remarks

Innovate to Educate: Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Learning for Tomorrow's World

10:15am 11:00am

Inspiring Quality STEM Education: A National Perspective

  • Carl Wieman, Associate Director for Science, White House Office of Science and Technology Policy

Inspiring Quality STEM Education: A View From the National Science Foundation

11:00am 11:30am

What Everyone Ought to Know About the Successful K-12 STEM Education Report | View Presentation

  • Adam Gamoran, Chair, National Research Council (NRC) Committee on Highly Successful Schools; Department of Sociology and Wisconsin Center for Education Research, University of Wisconsin-Madison
11:30am 12:30pm

The Report In Action
Open Exhibitions and Lunch at Your Own Pace

12:30pm 1:15pm

Making the Case: The Role of Common Standards
This session familiarized participants with the Common Core State Standards for mathematics and the NRC Framework for K-12 Science Education. Panelists described the implications for STEM curriculum, instruction and assessment as we move forward. Moderator: Janice Earle, Coordinator, Evaluation Activities, Directorate for Education and Human Resources, NSF


  • Jere Confrey, Joseph D. Moore Distinguished Professor of Mathematics Education, College of Education, North Carolina State University
  • Stephen Pruitt, Vice President for Content, Research and Development, Achieve
  • Brian Reiser, Professor of Learning Sciences, School of Education and Social Policy, Northwestern University
1:15pm 2:00pm

STEM Everywhere: Out-of-school Learning
This session allowed further exploration of the important role of out-of-school learning (informal education, after-school learning, community engagement). Participants examined the connections between school and out-of-school learning, as well as the strengths and challenges of developing and sustaining strong STEM programs. Moderator: Dennis Schatz, Program Director, Directorate for Education and Human Resources, NSF


  • Dale McCreedy, Director of the Gender and Family Learning Programs Department, The Franklin Institute
  • Erica Stevens, Senior Director of Education and the Arts, Boys and Girls Club of America
  • Martin Storksdieck, Director, Board on Science Education, NRC
  • Susan Yoon, Lead, Spark!; Associate Professor, Graduate School of Education, University of Pennsylvania
2:00pm 2:30pm

Open Exhibitions

2:30pm 3:15pm

Equal Access Innovation
Panelists addressed practices that lead to opportunities for all students to become engaged in strong STEM learning. Moderator: Darryl Williams, Program Director, Directorate for Education and Human Resources, NSF


  • Elaine Allensworth, Senior Director and Chief Research Officer, Chicago Consortium for School Research
  • Chris Lehmann, Founding Principal, Science Leadership Academy, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Willie Pearson, Professor, School of History, Technology, and Society, Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Michael Lach, Special Assistant, STEM Education, US Department of Education
3:15pm 4:00pm

Building Bridges: From Report to Reality
Panel members who represent states, schools and school districts, and business reflected on the implications for programs, policies, research and funding. Moderator: James Hamos, Program Director, Directorate for Education and Human Resources, NSF


  • Carlos Contreras, U.S. Education Director, Intel Corporation
  • Evan Glazer, Principal, Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology, Alexandria, Virginia
  • Sandra Dungee Glenn, President and Chief Executive Officer, American Cities Foundation
  • F. Joseph Merlino, President, The 21st Century Partnership for STEM Education
4:00pm 4:30pm

Call to Action: A Charge to the Nation

  • Joan Ferrini-Mundy, Assistant Director, Directorate for Education and Human Resources, NSF