STEM Leadership Series

for Administrators

Leading for Change in STEM Education

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with Dr. Yvonne Spicer

Vice President of Advocacy & Educational Partnerships, Boston Museum of Science

Who Should Attend:

Teams of K-12 Leaders, Superintendents/Assistant Superintendents, Principals/Assistant Principals, Curriculum Directors, Department Heads, and Special Education Administrators

About the Series:

STEM education has a significant impact on 21st century learning and the expected goals of having college and/or career-ready graduates. STEM has increasingly become a means for critical thinking, collaboration, creativity, communication, problem solving and global citizenship. This series will help leaders focus on how to think differently about the role of STEM in increasing student learning and achievement in all disciplines.

Session I: Demystifying STEM Education – How Leaders Can Be a Change Agent

This session is designed to help leaders understand what STEM education, why it is important is and the impact it potentially could have in a school district.

  • How do leaders understanding STEM education and the benefits, challenges and implications for the district
  • What is the STEM buzz around the nation, in the state, and how can it be helpful for the district?
  • Is my district ready to embrace change and what should it look like?

Outcome: Participants will gain an understanding of what STEM education is and their role as leaders to impact change. Participants will also learn about nation and state initiatives advancing and advocating STEM education and how they can participate in the broader discussions.

Session II: Leadership: Planting the Seeds for STEM Education

  • How do you spark interest and motivation to teachers through the lens of STEM education?

  • What is the added-value to integrate concepts of STEM in the curriculum?

  • What are the critical resources needed to “seed” change?

Outcome: Leaders will learn effective strategies to support teachers in designing and implementing STEM content to maximizing student learning.

Session III: Sustainability and Systemic Approach to STEM Education

How do you build and grow an initiative that needs to transcend your leadership? This session is designed to help participants think about the next steps in analyzing STEM from not just an individual leader approach but a systemic perspective.

  • How do you build capacity in the district one classroom at a time?
  • Building a community of STEM advocates and sustaining the effort.
  • What should success look like and how do you capitalize of the small wins.

Outcome: Specific goals to address building and sustaining a STEM movement in the district and how to build support among constituencies groups. Develop defined STEM goals and students’ outcomes for their district.

About the Presenter:

Dr. Yvonne Spicer is a national and international speaker and advocate for pre-college science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education. Spicer was honored in 2009 by Mass High Tech: The Journal of New England Technology as one of 10 "Women to Watch." Concerned by how many children in the U.S. "are shut out of technology and engineering," Spicer makes a compelling case for closing the underrepresented minority gap in engineering and school leadership.

With expertise in technology and engineering education standards development, assessment, and strategic school leadership, Spicer served on the technology and engineering steering committee for the frontrunner of the first national assessment for technology and engineering in the 2014 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP). Most recently, she served on the technology and engineering design team for the National Research Council (NRC) "Next Generation": Framework for Science Education which was approved July 19, 2011.

In January 2010, Spicer was appointed to the Massachusetts Governor's STEM Advisory Council as the co-chair of the council's teacher development committee. She was instrumental in establishing the 2001 Massachusetts technology/engineering curriculum framework with Ioannis (Yannis) Miaoulis, president and director, Museum of Science. She is also an advisor to the National Governors Association.

In addition, Spicer advocates for the Museum's K-12 curricula, Engineering is Elementary®, Building Math, and Engineering the Future®, and she directs the Gateway Project, which originated in Massachusetts and is being replicated across the U.S. as a model to build leadership capacity for technological literacy. Designed to guide systemic change, the Gateway Project helps school districts develop a strategic plan of action to implement K-12 technology and engineering programs. The Gateway community totals over 400 educational leaders representing 80 urban, suburban, and rural school districts.

Earning her doctorate at the University of Massachusetts-Boston in 2004, she focused her dissertation on how nine African American female public school principals transformed their schools and thrived as educational leaders. Spicer is the former director of career & technical education in Newton, Mass., and served as the statewide technology/engineering coordinator at the Mass. Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. She earned B.S. and M.S. degrees in industrial arts & technology from the State University of New York-Oswego. A Brooklyn, New York, native, she is committed to improving opportunities for females and students of color in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields.

Session I: November 12, 2014 Session II: March 12, 2015 Session III: May 12, 2015

Cost for this series of three events is $500.00 per person and includes breakfast and lunch plus all materials. Each session is scheduled for 9am – 3pm at SERESC in Bedford.

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If minimum requirement enrollment is not met prior to the early registration deadline, the event may be postponed or canceled.


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