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The True Meaning of STEM - (Sept. 3, 2014)

Product code: EVTIP13STEM
Topics: STEM & STEAM
Length: Approximately 1 hour
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Sept. 3, 2014, 4 p.m. PT | 7 p.m. ET

"The True Meaning of STEM" presented by Paula Leach, STEM learning specialist, and Manorama Talaiver, director at Longwood University’s Institute for Teaching Through Technology and Innovative Practices, and Padhu Seshaiyer, Professor of Mathematical Sciences at George Mason Univerity.

Teachers sometimes struggle over what to teach in the STEM classroom. You’ll learn  how to implement an interdisciplinary approach to STEM and discover the importance of providing experiences that develop and foster the skills that prepare students for a global and competitive workplace.

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Paula Leach

Bio: Paula Klonowski Leach, Ph.D., is a STEM learning specialist at Longwood University’s Institute for Teaching Through Technology and Innovative Practices (ITTIP). She provides professional development to K-12 teachers with an emphasis on using emerging technologies in mathematics and science. Previously, Leach was the state science coordinator at the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) for eight years where she coordinated science initiatives that supported the Virginia Standards of Learning. Prior to working at VDOE, she was a division science coordinator and middle school science and special education teacher in Powhatan, Virginia. She has a bachelor’s degree in education from Slippery Rock University, a master’s degree in interdisciplinary mathematics and science from Virginia Commonwealth University, and a doctorate in education in educational leadership from Virginia Commonwealth University.


Manorama Talaiver

Bio: Manorama Talaiver, Ph.D., directs the Institute for Teaching through Technology and Innovative practices (ITTIP), works closely with 25 school divisions of the Southside Virginia Regional Technology Consortium. Previously, Talaiver was the director of learning technologies at the Science Museum of Virginia where she helped children develop technology skills. Talaiver was the principal investigator for several projects funded by the Virginia Department of Education, U.S. Department of Education, National Science Foundation and HP. She is the recipient of 2009 Black Engineer of the Year Award (NSBE), 2010 Outstanding Service for Digital Equity Award (SITE), 2011 Computational Thinking Teacher Award (SC 2011 – Education) and an HP Catalyst Fellow. She is focusing on developing an online course on using Scratch.


Padhu Seshaiyer

Bio: Dr. Padhu Seshaiyer is a tenured Professor of Mathematical Sciences at George Mason University in Fairfax, VA and serves as the Director of the STEM Accelerator Program in the College of Science as well as the Director of COMPLETE (Center for Outreach in Mathematics Professional Learning and Educational Technology). He directs Virginia Department of Education funded Math Science Partnership (MSP) programs that provide continued professional development for teachers from ten districts in Northern VA in the areas of computational fluency in elementary grades, proportional reasoning in middle school grades and STEM for high schools grades.