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Tennessee STEM Leadership Academy presents latest in teaching practices

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 2, 2014
FY14-52

Tennessee STEM Leadership Academy participants

OAK RIDGE, Tenn.—More than 140 educators from 136 school districts across the state of Tennessee recently spent four days in Nashville learning the latest techniques and information in the art of teaching science, technology, engineering and math, also known as STEM, during the final Tennessee STEM Leadership Academy.

Presented by ORAU and the Tennessee STEM Innovation Network (TSIN), the last of three academies featured teaching tips designed specifically for STEM subjects, hands-on group energy challenges and experiments, and a presentation given by education consultant in neuroscience Dr. Ken Wesson.

“Finding new ways to excite students in the fields of STEM is of the utmost importance to the future of our nation,” said ORAU President and CEO Andy Page. “Our partnership with the Tennessee STEM Innovation Network has allowed us to provide the state of Tennessee with a group of trained STEM teachers ready to prepare the next generation of the STEM workforce.”

The Tennessee STEM Leadership Academy, began in 2012 through Race to The Top funds, was a three-year professional development initiative that has created a cadre of current K-12 STEM teachers and administrators who serve as lead liaisons to the Tennessee STEM Innovation Network. Academy attendees help share and educate others on best practices from learned STEM platform schools, Tennessee STEM Hubs and the TSIN to teachers and administrators in their districts. In attendance were teachers and educators from the previous two academies along with a group of new participants.

“The TSLA was created with the goal of training one representative from every district in the state on information regarding where teachers can gather, collaborate and share STEM resources,” said Marie Westfall, interim associate director for ORAU’s Center for Science Education. “We have been very pleased with the commitment from our participants to disseminate the information they have learned and how they have acted as a network for teachers throughout the state of Tennessee.”

ORAU provides innovative scientific and technical solutions to advance national priorities in science, education, security and health. Through specialized teams of experts, unique laboratory capabilities and access to a consortium of more than 100 major Ph.D.-granting institutions, ORAU works with federal, state, local and commercial customers to advance national priorities and serve the public interest. A 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation and federal contractor, ORAU manages the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE).

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