How ESSA Will Change K-12 STEM Education: What State Leaders and STEM Professionals Need to Know
David L. Evans
David L. Evans is the executive director of the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA). Before joining the association staff in February 2013, Evans served as the Director of the Center for Sustainability: Earth, Energy, and Climate at Noblis, Inc., a not-for-profit provider of science-related, strategic, and technology consulting services. Prior to joining Noblis in 2007, Evans served as the Under Secretary for Science at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C., where he directed research and education activities and oversaw strategic planning, outreach, fundraising, and hiring for the national museum and several research institutions, including the National Science Resources Center, the Natural History Museum, the Air and Space Museum, the National Zoo, and the Environmental Research Center.
James Brown is Executive Director of the STEM Education Coalition, a 500 member advocacy alliance of business, science and technology, engineering, and education organizations. He also serves as Vice President of Federal Relations at the Bose Public Affairs Group. Prior to joining Bose, he was Director for Advocacy in the American Chemical Society’s Office of Public Affairs where he led successful efforts to expand efforts at the National Science Foundation to aid high school science laboratories and increase funding for the Department of Education’s Math and Science Partnership program. A nuclear engineer by training, he previously worked as a Legislative Aide for Rep. Doc Hastings of Washington as an advisor on energy, science, and environmental matters, was Director of Policy and Development at the Consumer Energy Council of America.
About the STEM Education Coalition: The STEM Education Coalition works aggressively to raise awareness in Congress, the Administration, and other organizations about the critical role that STEM education plays in enabling the U.S. to remain the economic and technological leader of the global marketplace of the 21st century. Members of the STEM Coalition believe that our nation must improve the way our students learn science, mathematics, technology and engineering and that the business, education, and STEM communities must work together to achieve this goal.
Caroline serves as Washington STEM’s Chief Policy and Strategy Officer, leading the organization’s efforts to build public demand and strategic partnerships, advocate for smarter policies, and measure impact. Caroline brings more than 15 years of experience working nationally and in Washington state to improve public schools, accelerate student performance, and close educational achievement gaps. Most recently, she served as executive director of Partnership for Learning, the nonprofit education arm of the CEO-led Washington Roundtable. Caroline holds a Master of Education in administration, planning and social policy from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and a bachelor’s in anthropology from the University of Notre Dame.
About STEMxTM: The STEMxTM network is a multi-state STEM network developed for states, by states. This grassroots movement provides an accessible platform to share, analyze and disseminate quality STEM education tools to transform education, expand the number of STEM teachers, increase student achievement in STEM and grow tomorrow’s innovators. The network is composed of 21 state STEM networks.
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