We’re gearing up for another exciting STEM Summit this year, and our presenters are getting ready to answer all your questions on how data—both big and small—can impact the classroom. As we consider the implications of how data analytics can transform education, we’ll hear from some of the greatest minds and experts at this year’s event.
Here’s your chance to get to know the faces of this year’s summit and take a peek at what they’re working on at the moment.
Nobel Laureate economist, educator, and bestselling author Paul Krugman is our keynote speaker this year and we couldn’t be more excited to have him on board. Krugman also writes a New York Times column where he discusses his thoughts on macroeconomics, politics, social policy, and more. It’s a fascinating read into the mind of one of our generation’s greatest economics leaders.
The success of Finnish schools is the envy of nearly every country on the map—which is why we’re thrilled to have educator, scholar, and bestselling author Dr. Pasi Sahlberg joining us for this summit. Sahlberg’s stance on data and STEM education is original and refreshing. During the summit he’ll be discussing what he considers to be the next big thing in education: small data.
Over the course of her impressive career, Michelle Zimmerman, PhD, has taught grades from pre-K to 10th. In addition to being an assistant principal and lead teacher, she is also a Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert. In this role, Zimmerman advises Microsoft and educational institutions on integrating technology in pedagogically sound ways, and helps them build educator capacity for using tech to improve learning.
The Executive Director of STEM Initiatives for U.S. Department of Education, Dr. Russ Shilling, will be providing us with updates from the frontlines of STEM. As an early pioneer in the educational games movement, Shilling has been busy ensuring students from pre-K and beyond are engaged in STEM.
As manager of Education and Corporate Programs at Chevron, Blair Blackwell heads up U.S. education-focused social invest initiatives for the company. According to this Huffington Post Q&A article, “Blackwell views education as a fundamental cornerstone of prosperity and has been involved in many facets of education throughout her career, ranging from working on education reform in Bosnia and Herzegovina to working with students in Kazakhstan.”
“The truth is that women hold around one in four of all STEM jobs despite making up half of the population,” Terri McCullough, director of Clinton Foundation initiative No Ceilings: The Full Participation Project, stated in a recent article. McCullough and the Clinton Foundation are working to change these numbers, which is outlined in McCullough’s Fortune article The Myth Women in Tech Need to Stop Believing.
As executive director and co-founder of 100Kin10, Talia Milgrom-Elcott is leading the organization to unite the nation’s top academic institutions to train and retain 100,000 excellent STEM teachers. Milgrom-Elcott’s article in The Hechinger Report offers useful advice and tips on how to recruit and train more STEM teachers.
Chief Innovation Officer of Ector County Independent School District and Co-Founder of PaleoQuest, Jason Osborne is currently working on the launch of PICK Education, which is aimed at bringing the curriculum to life.
Our new Chief Learning Officer here at Macmillan Learning, Adam Black, will also be joining us at this year’s summit. Black has a passion for building transformational digital learning products, and for the past 25 years, this passion has driven him to pursue leadership roles in efficacy, learning science, learning analytics, impact evaluation, digital innovation, and technology for a wide variety of education disciplines, sectors and countries.
Dr. Rosemarie Truglio is the Senior Vice President of Curriculum and Content at Sesame Workshop—a position she has held since 2013. Prior to that, she was Sesame Street’s Senior Vice President of Education and Research for 16 years. She currently oversees Sesame Street’s interdisciplinary curriculum and the content development across television, toys, publishing, home video, and theme parks. She will discuss how we can support and influence more STEM educators in early childhood education.
"We find it imperative that we fill in the gaps in students' global and geographical knowledge, so that we equip them to succeed in an increasingly global workplace," president and CEO of the National Geographic Society, Gary Knell, stated in response to a recent survey commissioned by the Society and the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR). Knell oversees the Society's nonprofit activities on a global scale and his career in media spans more than three decades—including 22 years at Sesame Workshop.
Be sure to follow these leaders on their social accounts where they share valuable information and content as the STEM curriculum continues to evolve and change. You can also follow the STEM Summit 4.0 conversation live on social via #STEMEducation throughout the event.
If you’d like to interact with our speakers, visit our community site. As part of the community, you can ask Paul Krugman a question prior to the summit that he will then address during his keynote speech.
We look forward to seeing you soon!