Learning Studios Summit



On November 15th, 2012, NCTAF brought a variety of stakeholders together for a lively discussion about improving STEM education in order to meet the needs of the future workforce. “Learning Studios: Collaborating in Today’s Schools to Build Tomorrow’s Workforce” featured Maryland state education leaders, industry representatives, and teachers. The event highlighted NCTAF’s STEM Learning Studios initiative as a program that improves education through innovative partnerships and a focus on cross-disciplinary collaboration between teachers and industry partners.


Full video coverage linked to YouTube can be found below, or access the Summit YouTube playlist.


Welcome and Opening Remarks

Tom Carroll, President, NCTAF
Steve Robinson, White House Domestic Policy Council, STEM
Larry Clark, President, Deerbrook Charitable Trust


STEM Out of the Box

Donna Clem, Coordinator, Stem Initiatives, MD State Dept. of Education
Laura Pinto, Specialist, STEM/BMAH, Anne Arundel County Public Schools
John Quinn, Exec. Director, STEM, Baltimore County Public Schools

Preparing students for STEM careers in creative and innovative ways is an effort in which we should all be engaged. In this exciting session, hear from Maryland state and district experts about efforts to think “out of the box” for students, teachers, and parents.

NCTAF Learning Studios: Collaborating to Engage Students

Jeffery Dilks, Senior Director of Learning Studios, NCTAF

What’s the secret? Join us for a brief overview of how NCTAF develops Learning Studios to foster cross-disciplinary collaboration between teachers and workforce partners to investigate real-world problems, support teachers, and engage students in STEM learning.


From the Field: How are NCTAF Learning Studios Changing How Teachers Teach and Students Learn?

Alan Kostrick, Computer Science Teacher, Hammond High School
Mike Doellefeld, Director of Aviation and Regulatory Affairs, Boeing
Duane Arbogast, Chief Academic Officer, Prince George’s County Public Schools
Melinda George, Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, NCTAF (moderator)

Straight from the source! In this panel discussion, hear from educators about how Learning Studios are building teams to improve student learning and to prepare students for STEM fields and careers. Hear from a workforce partner about how businesses can get involved in part-time, long term commitments that support teachers and help address the needs of the future STEM workforce.

Call to Action

Ted Imes, Director of Corporate Citizenship, Electronic Systems, Northrop Grumman Corporation

Learning Studios are helping to address the workforce crisis that STEM industry faces by providing a model for business involvement in education. Make a commitment to partner with NCTAF and support Learning Studios expansion!