On Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2011, MSU College of Education professor Suzanne Wilson spoke at a congressional subcommittee hearing about successful criteria for K-12 science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education.
Wilson addressed the Subcommittee on Research and Science Education, a part of the Committee on Science, Space and Technology, chaired by U.S. Rep. Ralph M. Hall. Accompanying her were scholars: Adam Gamoran from the University of Wisconsin, Mark Heffron from the Denver School of Science Technology, Elaine Allensworth from the University of Chicago and Barbara Means from SRI International.
“Teachers seldom receive coordinated guidance about what they should study or have opportunity to select professional development that builds on their previous experiences,” Wilson said. “This is irresponsible. It has adverse effects for our young people and on our Nation’s position in a rapidly changing world and global economy.”
STEM education training has been on President Barack Obama’s agenda since September of 2010, when he launched a decade-long initiative to prepare 100,000 STEM teachers with strong teaching skills in order to boost students’ math and science scores.