Workshop Wednesday

Wednesday, April 4, 2018
3:00 pm   -   5:30 pm

Sessions beginning at 3:00 p.m., 4:00 p.m., and 4:30 p.m. See below for details. 

We are pleased to announce the recently added Workshop Wednesday.

Various Sponsors, Supporting Organizations and Host Committee members will host workshops in the afternoon leading up to the Opening Reception. These workshops aim to foster conversation amongst peers on topics relevant to stakeholders in STEM education and workforce development. Along with the keynote and breakout sessions, networking opportunities and breakfast roundtable discussions, these workshops provide an additional forum for advancing the conversation surrounding shared challenges, best practices and proven solutions.

Confirmed Workshops Include:


STEM Learning Ecosystems’ National Community of Practice Convening
4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Room: Ballroom A

The STEM Learning Ecosystems Initiative empowers communities to bring together unlikely local partners and create systemic educational change. The Initiative invites you to a sneak peek of its National Community of Practice learning sessions, which are normally open only to members.
First, learn about events that are engaging families in Ecosystems communities: Pittsburgh’s Remake Learning Days, Austin’s STEM UP weekend, and Ventura County’s Science Carnival. Common themes include connecting efforts across the country and building family awareness that STEM and STEM learning is everywhere and for everyone.
Next, an honest conversation will yield more applicable principles. As the leaders of cross-sector collaboratives, Ecosystems are incorporating principles of the Engineering Design Process, taking risks and learning from failures so that progress can be made. In this flash-style talk, brave souls from five Ecosystems will share a failure and lessons learned. The failures discussed will range from managing expectations, deepening connectivity, and recovering from staff turnovers.

Email to sign up for access to this workshop.

Hosted by:


Computer Science as the Catalyst for 21st Century Workforce: What We Need to Know and Be Able to Do in Research, Policy, and Practice
4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Room: 202A

Computer science drives economic innovation, creates opportunity within the workforce, and provides a substantial foundation for 21st Century Skills. Yet, it is not at the forefront of PreK-12 education at scale across the US. While momentum is building to ensure all students have access to computer science education in their PreK-12 classrooms, we also need an even greater focus and emphasis on computer science in research, in policy, and in the practical work of teaching and learning in schools. As workforce skills have evolved, how are education practitioners addressing demands to prepare the next generation of innovators? How are they adapting their instruction to ensure the students of today have the computational thinking skills they need for the jobs of tomorrow? In this interactive workshop, the American Institutes for Research (AIR) will use a design thinking lens to facilitate a panel of educators and business leaders and researchers to first articulate the pressing challenges of the current computer science contexts and then with participants develop creative solutions that can be applied in research, in policy, and in practice. We welcome all attendees to this session, as a diverse set of voices is necessary to help prepare today’s students for tomorrow’s job market.

– Jordan Budisantoso, AP Computer Science Teacher, Washington Leadership Academy
– Jan Cuny, Program Director for Computing Education, National Science Foundation
– Rebecca Dovi, Director of Education, CodeVA
– Allyson Knox, Senior Director of Education Policy, Microsoft
Melissa Rasberry, Ed.D., Senior Technical Assistance Consultant for Education
Joseph Wilson, Ph.D., Senior Education Consultant
– Juan Vargas, Trustee, Infosys Foundation

Hosted by: 


STEM in Context: Local to Global Digital Engagement
4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Room: 201

How can schools move from random acts of STEM to integrated and purposeful STEM engagement? By creating a foundation of STEM in context, Discovery Education blends digital tools and hands-on activities to help students deepen their core content knowledge, formulate their own questions and seek their own solutions to real-world problems. By experiencing STEM within a local context, students are inspired to tackle global challenges and seek out how other students and STEM professionals across the globe approach problem-solving opportunities. Join the Discovery Education Director of Science and STEM Curriculum for a hands-on session diving deeper into local and global STEM in context.

– Camsie McAdams
, Director, STEM Curriculum
Amy Gensemer, Director-Science Curriculum

Hosted by:


Artificial Intelligence and STEM: How to Prepare a Diverse & Qualified Workforce?
4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Room: 204A/B

The advance and maturation of artificial intelligence (AI) have many analysts predicting the future will be characterized by human/machine collaboration. Science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) courses can help prepare minorities for that future. As many studies now demonstrate, creative problem-solving, people management, and social intelligence remain significant bottlenecks to machine learning. This suggests that these “soft” skills will increase in value as AI matures. Indeed, even as technology eliminates the need for routine labor, it will also open up whole new opportunities in industries that leverage creativity and innovation. This session will look at the effects of artificial intelligence (AI) on K-12 and post-secondary STEM education. Strategizes and current models around artificial intelligence and STEM education will be discussed to help educators train the next generation of students to compete in an evolving skills-based economy.

– Angela Vann, M.Ed., Digital Learning & Educational Leadership Consultant (Moderator)
– Aisha Lawrey, Director of Engineering Education, ASME
Shurronne Young Davis, Chief Architect at Nextpoint Group
Stephanie Gore, PMP, CCMP, Director, People & Change, Government & Public Sector, KPMG (proposed)
Brandy Huderson, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, University of the District of Columbia

Hosted by: American Society of Mechanical Engineers; Journey to Your Promised Land, Inc. (JTYPL); The University of the District of Columbia


Connecting the Dots, Filling in Blanks: How To Get What You Need and Why Training Matters!
3:00 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.
Room: 204C

The Learners Lab Foundation will discuss what our programs are, who they target and why they are structured in the manner in which they are. The Foundation serves as “THE” link between employers who need skilled workers and the labor force who want unrestricted opportunities to learn what they want. The panel will feature an employer with specific talent needs, a representative of professional development industry, a student member of the labor pool and an representative of skilled trades as an example of how we work with each stakeholder to make desired training available and why it works. As a link that connects the labor pool and the employer/workplace with training resources, we can empower the labor pool with high demand, marketable, and transferable skills, even positioning them to be able to start their own business enterprises when training is open and accessible.

– Jerri D. Thomas, MBA, MPA, PhD., ED (underway), Founder, CEO & Chief Resource Officer, The Learners Lab Foundation (TLLF)
– Ralph Franklin, Jr., Founder & CEO, NeoDynamic Enterprises

Hosted by: 


Certifying Success: Preparing Students for the 21st Century Workplace
4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Room: 204C

Success in the 21st century workplace will be dependent on not just STEM literacy, but mastery of the underlying content and of STEM skills. The GSA STEM Education Framework is a set of research-based best practices designed to foster student development in areas including critical thinking, creativity, and collaboration. It provides a framework and guide for educators to best prepare their students to succeed. Learn about how this curricula can help develop students who are prepared for the rigors of the new economy.

Celina Morgan-Standard, Senior Vice President, Global Business Development, The New York Academy of Sciences

Hosted by: 


An Innovative Public Workforce System / STEAM Collaboration
4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Room: 202B

Employment in San Diego’s Priority Sectors—Life Sciences, Technology, Clean Energy, Health Care and Advanced Manufacturing—requires a strong foundation in science, technology, engineering, art and math (STEAM). This session will highlight how the San Diego Workforce Partnership (SDWP) created a young adult employment program (Connect2Careers – C2C) to develop pipelines to obtain the education and work experience necessary to enter and succeed in these growing sectors. C2C’s STEAM-related programming targets both students/young adults and education professionals. Services include job development, placement support and business outreach, while education professional programming focuses on professional development for teachers and curriculum modification based in high-demand workplace skills. Highlights include profiles of success and lessons learned. SDWP will explain how they plan to spread even further in the region.

– Andrea Villanueva
– Penelope Oseguera
– Peter Callstrom
– Angel Stancer

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