Registration Open for NSF-Sponsored STEM Smart Event in San Francisco

Photo of Barbara Brauner Berns

On February 1, the National Science Foundation (NSF) is sponsoring a STEM Smart Workshop featuring national STEM education experts at the Hilton San Francisco-Financial District. Led and organized by EDC, the workshop, Focus on Instructional Materials, is free and registration is now open to educators, administrators, researchers, policy makers, industry representatives, and all others. Participants will be able to choose from 12 breakout sessions that offer opportunities to learn about instructional resources—with a special focus on science—that can enhance K–12 STEM education and will engage in rich discussions about curriculum, assessment, and instruction with national experts. The event will also feature two plenary sessions in which experts will share insights and findings related to the implications and implementation of the Next Generation Science Standards.

“We are so pleased to be partnering with the NSF once again to offer this free event on such a timely topic and to be able to share new information about effective instructional materials with a broad audience,” said EDC Managing Project Director Barbara Brauner Berns (shown above). Berns will join Joan Ferrini-Mundy (Assistant Director, NSF Directorate for Education and Human Resources) and Trish Williams (member of the California State Board of Education) in providing opening remarks for the day-long meeting.

The February 1 workshop is the ninth in a series that EDC has planned and co-led since 2011, when the NSF chose EDC as a partner to share findings from the National Research Council report Successful K12 STEM Education. To date, an EDC team led by Berns and Co-PI Catherine McCulloch has engaged over 2,000 STEM Smart Workshop registrants—preK–12 teachers, administrators, informal educators, policy-makers and higher education faculty—in learning about evidence-based STEM programs and exploring how they can apply the NRC report’s findings in their work. EDC also manages a resource-rich Successful STEM Education website with profiles of exemplary programs in STEM education and a series of nine STEM Smart briefs that detail challenges and promising and evidence-based practices in STEM education.

Last Updated: January 2016