Two-day events in Pittsburgh, Seattle, and New Orleans will bring K-12 leaders together to advance STEM education in districts and schools

HOUSTON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–#NGSS–The National Institute for STEM Education and Accelerate Learning, a global leader in STEM education, today announce three new STEMposium events to help K-12 leaders strategically plan for and support STEM initiatives that lead to high performance in districts and schools. The two-day events will be held Nov. 18-19 in Pittsburgh, Dec. 10-11 in Seattle, and Jan. 23-24 in New Orleans.

Each STEMposium will feature keynote speakers Dr. Rodger Bybee and Peter McLaren, nationally recognized leaders who have made significant contributions to science education for more than 40 years, and Dr. Kenn Heydrick, a K-16 STEM advocate at the state and national levels who is now the national STEM manager at Accelerate Learning. They will discuss topics such as STEM standards and reform strategies, a 2020 vision for STEM education, and the future of STEM.

In addition, participants will attend breakout sessions on topics such as strategic planning to develop a STEM initiative, creating a STEM instructional sequence, using Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) practices, and empowering 21st century skills. Participants will also have the opportunity to network and hear local STEM success stories.

“Each STEMposium is designed to support K-12 leaders who want to launch or energize their STEM initiative and create a sustainable ecosystem for STEM education in their district or school,” said Vernon Johnson, president and CEO of Accelerate Learning. “In two days of STEM immersion, participants will have the opportunity to learn from STEM experts who will share their insights into tackling current issues and driving district and school performance to the next level.”

To register for a STEMposium, visit

About the National Institute for STEM Education

NISE is more than a certifying body. It is a research-based support system for campuses and teachers seeking to strengthen STEM instruction and outcomes. Based on 15 STEM Teacher Actions that evolved from STEM professional development originally created at Rice University, NISE’s Campus and Teacher Certificates help school leaders and teachers understand and apply research and best practices in STEM, 21st century learning, and professional development. For information, visit


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