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Project Kaleidoscope Executive Director Susan Elrod Appointed to National Governors Association STEM Advisory Committee

The Committee of Nineteen National Leaders to Aid Governors in Building STEM Agendas for States
Jan 6, 2011

Washington, DC—The National Governors Association (NGA) recently announced the formation of a Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) Advisory Committee to inform its work in this area and help the twenty-nine new governors, as well as incumbents, develop comprehensive STEM agendas in their states.  Project Kaleidoscope Executive Director Susan Elrod was appointed to the committee, along with eighteen other national leaders with expertise in education, policy, business, and STEM content areas.  Project Kaleidoscope merged with the Association of American Colleges and Universities in 2009, in order to further expand its ongoing leadership for systemic reform in STEM teaching and learning.

“In order for colleges and universities to educate scientifically literate citizens as well as highly qualified scientists, engineers, nurses and other STEM professionals, all parts of the P-16 system must be coordinated,” said PKAL Executive Director Susan Elrod. “Governors are well situated to help their states create the kinds of relevant and engaging learning environments that connect theory and practice across all levels of the educational system. This is a great opportunity for PKAL to contribute its insights from twenty years of working with higher education STEM leaders to this important effort.”

The committee—which met for the first time on November 14 and 15—will guide the expansion of the NGA Center STEM agenda to include both K-12 and higher education; provide a series of recommendations for building and advancing comprehensive STEM education agendas; and inform the development of a national STEM meeting the NGA will host in the fall of 2011.

“The increasingly globalized economy requires workers with strong science, technology, engineering, and math skills,” said John Thomasian, director of the NGA Center.  “This committee is intended to provide the perspectives of a variety of stakeholders to governors and states as they work to establish and grow STEM education programs that can contribute to economic competitiveness.”

For more information about the NGA center STEM education efforts, including the full list of committee members, visit www.nga.org/center/edu. For information on Project Kaleidoscope, visit www.aacu.org/pkal.