Office of STEM Education Partnerships Hosts Statewide STEM Summit

Office of STEM Education Partnerships Hosts Statewide STEM Summit

Nearly 300 educators and administrators will attend the upcoming sixth annual statewide STEM Summit, this year hosted by the Office of STEM Education Partnerships at Northwestern University. The summit will focus on innovation and collaboration in K-12 science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education.

Brian Reiser

On November 5, the summit will feature School of Education and Social Policy professor Brian Reiser as the keynote speaker. Reiser is a contributing author of the Framework for K-12 Science Education, which guided development of the Next Generation Science Standards, and a member of the National Research Council. A leading learning sciences researcher, Reiser examines how to make scientific practices meaningful and effective for teachers and students.

A general session will bring together STEM leaders from the Chicago area for a panel discussion on partnerships among K-12 education, universities and industry. With representatives from each of the groups, the panel will highlight promising practices for these three-way partnerships for STEM education.

In addition, a panel entitled "Student Voices on Authentic Research" will highlight high school student students doing research, and design sessions for teachers will be held in the Segal Design Institute.

Breakout sessions will feature topics such as these:

  • Inquiry and problem-based teaching and learning in STEM
  • STEM learning focused on research and design programs and projects with students
  • Next Generation Science Standards and Common Core implementation
  • Integrating 21st-century skills with STEM content
  • Partnerships in STEM education
  • Leadership in STEM education

The STEM Summit highlights opportunities for advancing student learning in STEM. School administrators and educators will find out about developing STEM student research programs and project-based learning. In addition, industry and government professionals can explore ways to support STEM educators and programs.

Registration for the STEM Summit is available online. Questions may be directed to Amy Pratt, associate director of the Office of STEM Education Partnerships, at

By Office of STEM Education Partnerships and Marilyn Sherman
Last Modified: 10/28/14