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First “Progressive Dialogue” on STEM Initiatives Held
Rensselaer has initiated a “progressive dialogue” about science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education across New York state. Supported by a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the goal is to engage a statewide network of leaders in the design of a strategic roadmap for advancing PK-20 STEM education across the state, in order to prepare the next generation of New York’s graduates to create, innovate, and compete in the global economy.

The first dialogue was held on campus June 25-26. More than 100 multidisciplinary leaders came together to consider the state of STEM education in New York, learn about innovations under way in other states, and suggest strategies for advancing STEM opportunities in New York. A colloquy titled “Carpe Momentum — Seize the Moment” was moderated by Rensselaer President Shirley Ann Jackson. Panelists included: Milton Cofield, vice chancellor of the New York State Board of Regents; Ellen Futter, president of the American Museum of Natural History; Laura Sanford, president of the AT&T Foundation; and Joel Seligman, president of the University of Rochester. New York Governor David Paterson also delivered a keynote address stating that, “by supporting STEM education, we can tap into the extraordinary talent we already have in New York to create a workforce of problem solvers, innovators, and inventors.”

The “progressive dialogue” is engaging thought leaders representing sectors including PK-20 education, government, industry, corporate and private foundations, and other nonprofit organizations. Parents are also participating in the process. Regional dialogues spanning the Empire State are planned for this fall.
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Inside Rensselaer
Volume 3, Number 7, August 28, 2009
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