Maryland Business and Education Leaders Team Up to Advance STEM Learning
Boeing, Northrop Grumman, Maryland Educators
Demonstrate Collaborative STEM Teaching Model
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 7, 2012—Washington, DC—Representatives from The Boeing Company, Northrop Grumman Corporation, the Howard County Public School System, Prince George’s County Public Schools, Anne Arundel County Public Schools and Baltimore County Public Schools will lead an invitation-only summit on Thursday, November 15 to engage the Maryland business community in improving STEM education (science, technology, engineering, and math) and the next generation workforce.
These companies and districts participate in the STEM Learning Studios initiative, a professional collaboration between teachers and professional scientists and engineers to develop and implement year-long investigative projects for middle and high school students.
Developed and managed by the National Commission on Teaching and America’s Future (NCTAF), STEM Learning Studios are project-based learning environments in which teachers work in interdisciplinary, cross-grade level teams with STEM professionals investigating meaningful, real-world STEM questions.
“Teaching and learning STEM subjects is critically important,” said Richard W. Riley, former U.S. Secretary of Education and Chair of the NCTAF Board of Directors, who will be speaking at the Summit. “Students deserve access to meaningful, challenging coursework and pathways to college and career success, and teachers need access to dynamic professional development and collaborative, job-embedded professional learning.”
“There really couldn’t be a more relevant and critical time for this type of mutually beneficial effort,” said Ted Imes, Director of Corporate Citizenship for Northrop Grumman Corp. “We know that innovative businesses are key to improving our economy; this is where the future is. We can’t have this type of growth without a next generation of engaged, educated young people. We all need to work together to accomplish this goal.”
“Boeing is committed to supporting programs like the STEM Learning Studio initiative that serve as effective models for unifying the relationship between Maryland business and Maryland education,” said Tom Bartlett, Global Corporate Citizenship Community Investor at Boeing. “This type of collaboration and student exposure to practical STEM fields and careers will ultimately strengthen Maryland businesses, its citizens and local and state economies, while positioning student participants for college and career success.”
The Maryland STEM Learning Studios Summit will take place Thursday, November 15 from 8:30am-11am at The Hotel at Arundel Preserve (near BWI): 7795 Arundel Mills Blvd., Hanover, MD. Media: To attend, please contact Jessica Schwartz Hahn at 571-970-6440 (w), 571-239-3260 (c), firstname.lastname@example.org.
First piloted in 2009, STEM Learning Studios are now thriving in 25 schools in Maryland, deeply engaging about 2,500 students and exposing a similar number to the interdisciplinary nature of STEM. Topics students are exploring this year include how to prevent and survive cancer, the impact of air traffic on communities, and what factors influence a sustainable colony on Mars.
“Our intention is to bring about a systemic shift in how students learn, how teachers teach and how schools are organized for success,” said NCTAF President Tom Carroll. “STEM learning needs to combine the academic with the practical, and we are seeing our Learning Studio model implement this concept in an exciting, new way.”
NCTAF was recently awarded a $500,000 two-year grant from the Carnegie Corporation of New York to evaluate the impact of its STEM Learning Studios initiative and document the successful strategies. NCTAF has contracted with an independent evaluation team since the beginning of Learning Studios and this grant will allow NCTAF to intensify the evaluation in order to take the innovation to scale in other states. NCTAF’s STEM Learning Studios also won the 2011 Carnegie / Ashoka Changemakers competition last fall in recognition of its innovative and scalable strategy for deploying STEM professionals in schools. In addition, NCTAF’s STEM Learning Studios have been recognized by the 100Kin10 initiative as an effective strategy for developing and retaining future STEM educators with well-structured support from STEM professionals.
The National Commission on Teaching and America’s Future (NCTAF) was founded in 1994 to ensure that every child has access to quality teaching in schools organized for success. In partnership with national, state, and local education agencies, NCTAF develops prototypes for innovative teacher preparation, collaborative teaching teams, and strategies to leverage community engagement, sharing the impact of these programs with those who influence education legislation and policy.
Grounded by 15 years of research about quality teaching and the conditions that facilitate successful learning, NCTAF is helping to transform schools across the country into collaborative, connected environments. Preparing the next generation of learners is a demanding job that no teacher should be expected to tackle alone. In a culture of collaboration and continuous professional development, teachers become more engaged in professionally rewarding careers and are able to more effectively educate our mobile and digitally-connected learners.
Jessica Schwartz Hahn
571-970-6440 (w), 571-239-3260 (c)