In Support of Innovation: How the Business Community is Improving STEM Education
Did you know that according to a 2006 international comparison by the Organization of Economic Co-Operation and Development that the U.S. ranked 21st among 30 industrialized nations in high school science achievement and 25th in mathematics? The need for not only quality science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) teachers but also new education models to prepare our nation’s young people for success in a global society is clear. Partnerships among businesses, school districts, and nonprofits have the potential to meet these challenges by ensuring that more and better STEM skills are being taught in American schools.
On Wednesday, August 11, ICW discussed how corporations and local chambers of commerce are promoting and creating STEM opportunities. Participants heard Angela Baber, senior policy analyst of the education division of the National Governors Association, discuss their work in supporting STEM centers to help state K-12 education systems ensure all students graduate from high school with essential competencies in science, technology, engineering, and math; and improve college readiness. Chris Kershner of the Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce talked about how the Dayton Chamber supported the establishment of the Dayton Regional STEM school, which offers students a project-based curriculum that integrates STEM content areas with social studies, language arts and the fine arts, and connects the curriculum to the work of scientists, innovators, and entrepreneurs throughout the Dayton region. Participants learned how these organizations are working to improve STEM education and how you can apply their experiences to your own community.
Date: Wednesday, August 11
Time: 1:00-2:00 pm EDT
- Angela Baber, senior policy analyst, education division, National Governors Association
- Chris Kershner, vice president, Dayton (OH) Area Chamber of Commerce and Board Member, Dayton Regional STEM School