Stockton educators help guide policy in STEM education

Three San Joaquin County educators will represent Stockton at the Enhancing Teachers’ Voices in Policy Making for K-12 Engineering Education in Washington, D.C. this weekend.

Those representing are Lori Green, principal of John McCandless STEM Charter School (Lincoln Unified), Justine Sares, a fifth-grade teacher at McCandless STEM Charter and Katie Burns, coordinator at Teachers College of San Joaquin.

Green, Sares, and Burns are among 75 individual and team applicants that were chosen nationwide, according to a press release by the Teachers College. Attendees selected to participate in the two-day convocation include K-12 educators, administrators, and other stakeholders in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) education.

The National Academies Teacher Advisory Council and the National Academies of Engineering have support from 100Kin10 to initiate a national dialogue on how K-12 STEM educators can be more engaged at the policy and decision-making level to improve and expand the reach and quality of K-12 engineering education. The 100Kin10 project is a network of academic institutions, nonprofits, foundations, companies, and government agencies with a goal of bringing 100,000 more STEM teachers into U.S. classrooms by 2021.

Burns and Sares both earned their Master of Education degrees with a STEM concentration from the teachers college and all three teach in the college’s STEM Master’s program.

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