2019 Massachusetts PKAL Network Summer Meeting

Reading, Writing and Arithmetic: Expanding the Capabilities of All STEM Students

June 21, 2019
Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts
375 Church St
North Adams, MA 01247

STEM students, and more broadly STEM workers in the 21st century require strong base skills in critical reading, writing, and mathematics.  This meeting will allow faculty and administrators from 2-year and 4-year, public and private institutions to share best practices in promoting development of core capabilities in all STEM students.

Keynote Speaker:
David Cedrone is Associate Commissioner for Workforce Development and STEM at the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education (DHE). He oversees the STEM Starter Academy program across Massachusetts’ 15 community colleges, engaging a more diverse population of students and supporting their completion of STEM degrees and advancement to university programs or entry into the workforce. David also administers workforce grant programs focusing on the needs of adult learners, including: Training Resources and Internships Network, Bridges to College and Nursing and Allied Health.

Presentation and workshop themes include: 

  • Inclusive pedagogy practices promoting critical reading and writing skills
  • Inclusive pedagogy practices promoting foundational skill development in mathematics
  • Inclusive pedagogy practices that broadly support initial studies in STEM fields including practices embedded in introductory STEM courses, programs that support STEM students, and programs prior to matriculation into STEM studies
  • Other inclusive pedagogy practices in STEM fields

Location and Schedule
The meeting will take place in the Feigenbaum Center for Science and Innovation (CSI). Registration, coffee and networking will take place from 8:30 to 9:15 am in the Atrium.
The meeting begins at 9:15 am and concludes at 3:45 pm. For more schedule details, please view the agenda here.

Registration - Deadline June 14, 2019
Registration is online. The registration fee is $55 per person, and includes lunch.  

About Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts
MCLA is a liberal arts college in the beautiful Berkshires with a supportive, inclusive community, 80+ academic programs, hundreds of internship options, and hundreds of ways for students to shine. Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts students are community-minded, idea-driven, and motivated. MCLA graduates become scientists, business people, inventors, artists, sculptors, actors, managers, engineers, journalists, and more.

MCLA’s liberal arts education provides essential preparation for professional and civic life. As Massachusetts’ designated public liberal arts college, MCLA is committed to helping students develop the critical thinking and communication skills that employers seek in today’s complex global economy.

We offer the ideal environment for learning, growing, and developing leadership skills. If you’re an enterprising student with a big idea, MCLA can help you make it happen—among other accomplishments, our students are starting their own clubs, creating their own gallery shows, designing virtual reality labs to help others learn chemistry, and pitching their business ideas to successful entrepreneurs

Please contact Ann Billetz at a.billetz@mcla.edu