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STEM Smart: Lessons Learned from Successful Schools

University of Maryland, Baltimore
Baltimore, MD
March 22, 2013

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Successful K-12 STEM Education report

Monitoring Progress Toward Successful K-12 STEM Education

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Start End Description
8:00am 8:30am

Registration (continental breakfast served)

8:30am 9:30am

Welcome and Opening Remarks

  • Cora Marrett, Deputy Director, National Science Foundation
  • William Kirwan, Chancellor, University System of Maryland
  • Bruce Jarrell, Chief Academic and Research Officer, and Senior Vice President, University of Maryland, Baltimore; Dean, University of Maryland Graduate School
  • Joan Ferrini-Mundy, Assistant Director, National Science Foundation
9:30am 10:00am

What Everyone Should Know About Successful K–12 STEM Education—Plenary Presentation : Martin Storksdieck, Director, Board on Science Education, National Research Council, National Academy of Sciences | View Presentation

10:00am 10:15am


10:15am 11:15am

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.”

11:15am 11:30am


11:30am 12:30pm

Elements of Successful STEM Education—Breakout Sessions 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.

12:30pm 12:45pm


12:45pm 2:15pm

Networking (lunch served) and Plenary Presentation: How Do We Make ALL Children Smart in STEM?

  • Presenter: Alan Leshner, Chief Executive Officer, American Association for the Advancement of Science; Executive Publisher, Science
  • Respondents: Heather Gonzalez, Specialist in Science and Technology Policy, Congressional Research Service, Library of Congress; Lillian Lowery, State Superintendent, Maryland Department of Education; and James Pellegrino, Professor, co-Director of Learning Sciences Research Institute, University of Illinois at Chicago
2:15pm 2:30pm


2:30pm 3:30pm

Elements of Successful STEM Education—Breakout Sessions 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.

3:30pm 3:45pm


3:45pm 4:30pm

The Federal Role in Smart STEM—Plenary Presentation : Steve Robinson, Special Assistant, White House Domestic Policy Council (Invited)