Yvonne Spicer to Speak at STEM Summit, Region 1 Science & Engineering Fair at MCLA


NORTH ADAMS, MASS. - Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) has announced that Yvonne M. Spicer, Ed.D., vice president of Advocacy and Educational Partnerships at the National Center for Technological Literacy at the Museum of Science in Boston, will be the keynote speaker at this year's Region 1 Massachusetts Science and Engineering Fair to be held at the College from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 27 in MCLA's Amsler Campus Center gymnasium.

Spicer will speak at 2 p.m. in the Amsler Campus Center gymnasium to the more than 200 students from 14 middle schools who will participate in the Fair. The topic of her presentation will be "Charting Your Future and Navigating STEM." The event is free and open to the public.

Also on April 27, MCLA will be the site of the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Summit, which will provide free workshops for parents and teachers.

The workshops for the teachers - presented by The Gateway Project by representatives from the Museum of Science in Boston - will focus on engineering as a way to engage students in science.

MCLA also encourages all interested parents to attend. Both parents and teachers who would like to participate in the workshops should report to the Amsler Campus Center gymnasium at 9:30 a.m.

Spicer is a national and international speaker and advocate for pre-college STEM education. She was honored in 2009 by "Mass High Tech: The Journal of New England Technology" as one of 10 "Women to Watch."

Concerned by how many children in the United States are "shut out of technology and engineering," Spicer makes a compelling case for closing the underrepresented minority gap in engineering and school leadership.

With expertise in technology and engineering education standards development, assessment, and strategic school leadership, Spicer served on the technology and engineering steering committee for the frontrunner of the first national assessment for technology and engineering in the 2014 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP).

Most recently, she served on the technology and engineering design team for the National Research Council (NRC) "Next Generation: Framework for Science Education," which was approved July 19, 2011.

In January 2010, Spicer was appointed to the Massachusetts Governor's STEM Advisory Council as the co-chair of the council's teacher development committee. She was instrumental in establishing the 2001 Massachusetts technology/engineering curriculum framework with Ioannis (Yannis) Miaoulis, president and director, Museum of Science. She is also an advisor to the National Governors Association.

In addition, Spicer advocates for the Museum's K-12 curricula, Engineering is ElementaryŽ, Building Math, and Engineering the FutureŽ, and she directs the Gateway Project, which originated in Massachusetts and is being replicated across the U.S. as a model to build leadership capacity for technological literacy.

Designed to guide systemic change, the Gateway Project helps school districts develop a strategic plan of action to implement K-12 technology and engineering programs. The Gateway community totals over 400 educational leaders representing 80 urban, suburban, and rural school districts.

Earning her doctorate at the UMASS-Boston in 2004, she focused her dissertation on how nine African American female public school principals transformed their schools and thrived as educational leaders. Spicer is the former director of career and technical education in Newton, Mass., and served as the statewide technology/engineering coordinator at the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.

A Brooklyn, N.Y., native, she earned B.S. and M.S. degrees in industrial arts and technology from the State University of New York-Oswego.

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