On May 31-June 1, 2016, the Joan Ganz Cooney Center and New America co-hosted an early STEM convening in Washington, D.C. funded by the National Science Foundation. Read on for highlights from the event.
The event kicked off with a warm welcome from Lisa Guernsey, Deputy Director of the Education Policy Program and Director of the Learning Technologies Project at New America and Michael Levine, Founder and Executive Director of the Joan Ganz Cooney Center at Sesame Workshop.
Preparing for the Future: STEM Learning & Research
Presented by Joan Ferrini-Mundy, Assistant Director for Education & Human Resources at the National Science Foundation.
Keynote Address: The ECE Ecosystem and Early Childhood STEM Research
Presented by Deborah Phillips, Professor of Psychology and Associated Faculty for the Public Policy Institute at Georgetown University.
Deborah Phillips- early math and science play a unique role in reading, EF, concept, and reasoning skills #stemstartsearly— Laura Zimmermann (@babyexpert4u) May 31, 2016
Deborah Phillips: immigrant children are less likely to be enrolled in pre-k than non-immigrants #stemstartsearly— Cooney Center (@CooneyCenter) May 31, 2016
Gender stereotypes are particularly potent for young learners beginning to develop their own identities, e.g. math anxiety #stemstartsearly— Cooney Center (@CooneyCenter) May 31, 2016
Deborah Phillips- ECE wage gap Pre-K teachers salary is close to federal poverty line yet K teacher salary is double #stemstartsearly— Laura Zimmermann (@babyexpert4u) May 31, 2016
Deborah Phillips: Teachers are developing the brain architecture that children use to learn-their stress levels matter too. #stemstartsearly— Cooney Center (@CooneyCenter) May 31, 2016
Response and Discussion Panel
Featuring LaRue Allen, Professor of Applied Psychology at New York University, Kimberly Brenneman, Program Officer for Education at the Heising-Simons Foundation, Andres Henriquez, VP of STEM Learning in Communities at New York Hall of Science, and Shelley Pasnik, Director of the Center for Children and Technology and VP, Education Development Center. Joined by Deborah Phillips and moderated by Lisa Guernsey.
LaRue Allen: We must understand the needs of early childhood educators and how to support their prof development #stemstartsearly— Catherine (@cjhee) May 31, 2016
#STEMStartsEarly at the White House
Presented by Libby Doggett, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy and Early Learning, U.S. Department of Education and Russell Shilling, Executive Director of STEM, U.S. Department of Education.
Overview of Background Paper and Funding Priorities in Early STEM Research
Presented by Elisabeth McClure, Research Fellow for the Joan Ganz Cooney Center at Sesame Workshop.
OER, Federal Research, and STEM: A Briefing
Presented by Lindsey Tepe, Senior Policy Analyst of Education Policy for New America.
Why Framing the Issue is So Important
Presented by Nat Kendall-Taylor, Chief Executive Officer for the FrameWorks Institute.
.@nkendalltaylor helps us frame the problem. Discussing the "you say they think" or the "lost in translation effect" #stemstartsearly— Laura Zimmermann (@babyexpert4u) June 1, 2016
STEM Teachers: Learning from Inside and Outside the United States
Presented by Douglas Clements, Kennedy Endowed Chair in Early Childhood Learning and Executive Director of the Marsico Institute of Early Learning, University of Denver, Mike Smith, Visiting Scholar at the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, and Vivien Stewart, Senior Advisor of Education for the Asia Society. Moderated by Michael Levine.
Vivien Stewart: US teachers have far lower math scores in lower secondary as compared to other countries around the world.#stemstartsearly— Andres Henriquez (@AndresHenriquez) June 1, 2016
Here's a link to the map on state policies (& it extends up to 3rd grade): https://t.co/isTUNcfvSw— LisaGuernsey (@LisaGuernsey) June 1, 2016
Looking to the Future
In the wake of the wonderful insights and discussions shared during the Fostering STEM Trajectories event, the Joan Ganz Cooney Center and New America are compiling a comprehensive report to be released this fall, featuring a national action agenda and formal recommendations for funding agencies focused on early STEM.
We welcome your insights on the priorities that should shape STEM education. What do you think are the barriers to bringing STEM learning to young children? Please send your thoughts to firstname.lastname@example.org.