NJ teachers talk STEM with federal policymakers

Published on Thursday, August 1, 2013

 STEM Policy Institute
First-Ever STEM Policy Institute Group Members at Einstein Statute outside National Academies of Science just after attending the President’s Council and Advisors on Science and Technology.

Mount Arlington GATEWAY Teacher Julie Crawford and Bernardsville Math Teacher Kathleen Segale McNanna were part of a group of 20 STEM teachers from around the country participating in the STEM Policy Institute in Washington, D.C. in July, co-sponsored by MIT and George Washington University.  They are part of the Network of Educators of Science and Technology (NEST) affiliated with MIT.    Twenty NESTers were invited to this first-ever STEM Policy Institute. The goal of the program was to create a dialogue among educators, policy experts, and public officials about the current opportunities and challenges related to science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

The STEM Policy Institute gave us as teachers a voice,” noted Crawford, an 18-year veteran teacher who has taught in East Orange, Morristown, and currently in Mount Arlington.  “During the week-long event, we had the opportunity to meet with leaders from the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the National Academy of Sciences, the American Chemical Society, Phi Delta Kappa, and the  President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST), where we discussed  the future of mathematics and STEM education.”

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