EXPLORING OPPORTUNITIES FOR
STEM TEACHER LEADERSHIP
Summary of a Convocation
Steve Olson and Jay Labov, Rapporteurs
Planning Committee on Exploring Opportunities for
STEM Teacher Leadership
Teacher Advisory Council
Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education
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PLANNING COMMITTEE ON EXPLORING OPPORTUNITIES FOR STEM TEACHER LEADERSHIP
MIKE TOWN (Chair), Tesla STEM High School, Redmond, WA
JANET ENGLISH, El Toro High School, Lake Forest, CA
CINDY HASSELBRING, Maryland State Department of Education, Baltimore
TOBY HORN, Carnegie Institution for Science, Washington, DC
SUSANNA LOEB, Stanford University, Stanford, CA
STEVE ROBINSON, Democracy Prep Charter High School, New York
JAY LABOV, Senior Advisor for Education and Communication
MARY ANN KASPER, Senior Project Assistant
MATTHEW LAMMERS, Program Coordinator
TEACHER ADVISORY COUNCIL
STEVEN L. LONG (Chair), Rogers High School, Rogers, AR
JULIANA JONES (Vice Chair), Longfellow Middle School, Berkeley, CA
NANCY ARROYO, Riverside High School, El Paso, TX
CHARLENE DINDO, Pelican’s Nest Science Lab, Fairhope, AL
KENNETH HUFF, Mill Middle School, Williamsville, NY
MARY MARGUERITE (MARGO) MURPHY, Camden Hills Regional High School, Rockport, ME
JENNIFER SINSEL, Bostic Elementary School, Wichita, KS
SHEIKISHA THOMAS, Jordan High School, Durham, NC
BRUCE ALBERTS (Ex Officio), University of California, San Francisco
JAY LABOV, Senior Advisor for Education and Communication and Staff Director
MARY ANN KASPER, Senior Program Assistant
MATTHEW LAMMERS, Program Coordinator
ELIZABETH CARVELLAS, Teacher Leader
This report has been reviewed in draft form by individuals chosen for their diverse perspectives and technical expertise, in accordance with procedures approved by the National Research Council’s (NRC’s) Report Review Committee. The purpose of this independent review is to provide candid and critical comments that will assist the institution in making its published report as sound as possible and to ensure that the report meets institutional standards for objectivity, evidence, and responsiveness to the study charge. The review comments and draft manuscript remain confidential to protect the integrity of the process. We wish to thank the following individuals for their review of this report: Bill Badders, Office of President, National Science Teachers Association, and science teacher, Cleveland Heights, Ohio; Sophia Gershman, teacher, Watchung Hills Regional High School, New Jersey; Kenneth Huff, science teacher, Williamsville Central School District, Williamsville, New York; Ken Krehbiel, Office of Associate Executive Director for Communications, National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, Reston, Virginia; Zovig Minassian, Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellow, Office of Science Workforce Development for Teachers and Scientists, U.S. Department of Energy; and Terri M. Taylor, Office of Assistant Director, K-12 Education, American Chemical Society, Washington, DC.
Although the reviewers listed above have provided many constructive comments and suggestions, they did not see the final draft of the report before its release. The review of this report was overseen by Ford Morishita, science specialist at the Science and Mathematics Education
Resource Center in Vancouver, Washington. Appointed by NRC’s Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education, he was responsible for making certain that an independent examination of this report was carried out in accordance with institutional procedures and that all review comments were carefully considered. Responsibility for the final content of this report rests entirely with the authors and the institution.
Special thanks and deep appreciation are extended to Janice Earle in the National Science Foundation’s Division on Research and Learning (Directorate on Education and Human Resources) for her many years of support and encouragement of work to improve science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education at NRC and throughout the education system. Her commitment to exploring the evidence base for improving teaching and learning in STEM and her sheer hard work in helping to move forward effective research methods and practices are recognized and greatly appreciated by NRC and colleagues throughout the STEM education community.
Margo Murphy, Chair (as of July 1, 2014)
Jay Labov, Staff Director
Teacher Advisory Council