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May 6, 2014

Tina Veal-Gooch
Director of Public Relations
903.794.3651 ext. 1013

International Association for STEM Leaders Recognize TISD as Top Comprehensive School District for Exceptional Work in STEM Leadership

Texarkana, TX – On April 24 and 25, Millwood Virginia-based, International Association for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Leaders successfully launched its inaugural leadership event at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C. Nearly 100 STEM leaders from around the world joined IASL leadership. This invitation only annual STEM Leadership Summit recognized select attendees for their leadership in STEM education through a formal awards ceremony. The awards were presented to programs, schools, school districts and individuals who exemplify STEM Excellence as defined by criteria developed by IASL.

Texarkana Independent School District received the Comprehensive School District STEM Leadership Award for programming led by Ronda Jameson, Director of STEM Education at TISD. According to Jameson, “IASL was impressed by the full integration of STEM into their entire school district. We have quantitative and qualitative data of our program that supports measurable success in STEM.” The TISD STEM program is designated by the state of Texas as a role model in the following areas: Mission-Driven Leadership; STEM Culture; Student Outreach, Recruitment, Retention; Teacher Selection, Development and Retention; Curriculum, Instruction & Assessment; Strategic Alliances; and Academy Sustainability.

The International Association for STEM Leaders is globally recognized for creating a "golden standard" for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) excellence in traditional and non-traditional educational settings for all Pre-kindergarten through adult students. In collaboration with global STEM leaders, the IASL provides guidance for implementing excellent STEM programming and developing a STEM framework that is industry-based and globally recognized. In the coming months, IASL will host regional events to continue its recognition of exceptional leadership, through awards and to focus its outreach activities around regional education and economic development issues.

The STEM Leadership Summit was held in conjunction with the world’s largest STEM event, hosted by the USA Science and Engineering Festival. STEMconnector, the leading one-stop shop for STEM information participated as an initial sponsor and Edie Fraser, the founder, spoke to the IASL leaders and recognized them for their important work of impacting the lives of students every day through STEM leadership and education. Other partners include Diversified Education Systems (DES), a leader in “turn key” laboratories including: casework, equipment, curriculum, training and support. DES is further a collaborator with Root Cause and Pitsco Education, two additional partners of IASL. On the online side of STEM, Learning Blade and Career ATG offer career and STEM awareness, exposure and training to students. Finally, Concept Schools, a charter school management company and Vista Teach an early elementary robotics and engineering education company took part in the event as sponsors.

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