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Major Forum Preview: Bridging the STEM Achievement Gap

A major forum at AACTE’s 2014 Annual Meeting will highlight lessons for transforming education in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) and for bridging the STEM achievement gap. To advance STEM education in PK-12 and improve access for disadvantaged students, educator preparation programs will have to produce career-ready teachers who have deep content knowledge in mathematics and science and pedagogical skills to teach to the differing needs of students to improve their achievement.

At the forum, a panel of education researchers, teacher educators, and practitioners will identify social and cultural barriers that contribute to persistent education inequities. Additionally, they will discuss effective education policies and innovative initiatives that promote progress in narrowing educational disparities in STEM.

“Bridging the STEM Achievement Gap: Lessons for Transforming STEM Education” is scheduled for March 3 from 10:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. The following presenters will serve on the panel:

  • Jaekyung Lee, dean of the Graduate School of Education and professor, University of Buffalo, State University of New York
  • Andrew Brantlinger, professor, University of Maryland College Park
  • Louise Jones, principal, McKinley Technology Education Campus
  • Ericka Senegar-Mitchell, teacher, McKinley Technology Education Campus

To learn more about this session and other major forums at AACTE’s Annual Meeting, visit aacte.org/2014. Try out AACTE’s new Annual Meeting Event Planner to add this major forum and other sessions of interest to your personalized meeting schedule.

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Jessica Milton

Associate Director of Education Writing and Research, AACTE