The fourth annual conference of the Minnesota STEM Network took place on Wednesday, May 15th at St. Catherine University in St. Paul. Our keynote speaker was Dr. Linda Rosen, Chief Executive Officer of Change the Equation in Washington DC. Change the Equation is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, CEO-led initiative that is mobilizing the business community to improve the quality of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics learning in the United States. Dr. Rosen also presented a breakout session on STEMWorks, an initiative within Change the Equation to review programs against criteria for effectiveness. This breakout session was one of more than 30 breakout sessions. The McGlynn Technology Center presented a live webcast of Dr. Rosen’s keynote and 20 of the breakout sessions. See the Network page for more information on the conference.
SciMathMN brought together stakeholders in STEM education in Minnesota for the 2013 policymaker briefing on February 21st at the Minnesota History Center. The guest speaker was Stephen Pruitt, Ph.D., Vice President for Content, Research and Development at Achieve, Inc.
Dr. Pruitt’s comments focused on the role of college and career readiness in state math and science standards. Achieve, Inc. is leading 26 states, including Minnesota, in developing the Next Generation Science Standards and developing assessments for common core mathematics standards.
Dr. Pruitt also addressed a joint session of the Minnesota House and Senate Education committees at the Capitol concerning college and career readiness in STEM.
The policymaker briefing was sponsored by 3M.