Atlanta, GA, March 19, 2015 –CFY-Atlanta will be hosting a free panel discussion focused on closing Georgia’s STEM education gap next Tuesday, March 24, 2015. The purpose is to raise awareness around how participants in Atlanta’s educational ecosystem – from education, business, government, and nonprofits – can come together to contribute to a highly capable future workforce.
The following panelists will discuss the challenges and potential solutions for developing a stronger pipeline of STEM talent in Georgia, with a specific emphasis on engaging female and minority students while they are still in elementary and middle school:
- Dr. Meria Carstarphen – Superintendent, Atlanta Public Schools
- Dr. Stephen Csukas – Science Teacher and Founding STEM Coordinator, Tucker Middle School (GaDOE STEM School Certified)
- Michael Robertson – Executive Director, Technology Association of Georgia’s Education Collaborative
- Fabiola Charles Stokes – Community Impact Manager, Google Fiber
The panel moderator will be:
- Carrie Wheeler – Former COO and CIO of Cbeyond; 2013 Georgia CIO of the Year
Increasing opportunities for young Americans to build STEM skills is critical to the economic future of the U.S. and its continued leadership position in the world. In Georgia, demand for STEM careers is outpacing that of non-STEM careers and will increase by 17% or 200,000 new jobs by 2018. Despite this trend, students’ STEM-readiness level remains lacking. Minority students in particular remain under-represented in STEM education and careers, even as the student population increases in diversity. Additionally, though women constitute nearly 50% of the U.S. workforce, they hold less than 25% of STEM jobs.
“This is an important topic and I’m excited to help find concrete ways to engage students earlier – particularly minorities and girls – and increase our STEM pipeline in Georgia,” said Carrie Wheeler, event moderator. “CFY-Atlanta’s commitment to leveraging digital learning to close the opportunity and achievement gaps that persist within our communities makes them an ideal host.”
“Our goal is to highlight a growing concern in the education and business spheres,” said Jeanne Artime, CFY-Atlanta Executive Director. “More importantly, we want to engage the greater community in finding a solution so that all students are prepared for the jobs of tomorrow.”
The panel is sponsored by Jabian Cares and UPS.
CFY-Atlanta is a leading branch of CFY, a national nonprofit that helps students, teachers, and parents use digital learning to improve educational outcomes. Our work supports personalized instruction and student-driven learning so that students can meet the challenge of high academic standards and develop full ownership of their learning. Our free K-12 learning platform, PowerMyLearning, provides innovative tools and high-quality digital activities to help schools integrate blended learning. We also engage in deep partnerships with schools to support effective learning practices both inside and outside the classroom. CFY has demonstrated significant impact on student achievement, student engagement, and parental confidence.
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