emPoweringSTEM Conference

The What & Why:
There is a critical disconnect between the STEM skills needed to support the state’s current and future jobs ecosystem and our students’ interests and levels of mastery in those fields. By bringing together businesses leaders and educators from across North Carolina in a hands-on learning environment, this conference will help make that connection from classroom to career.

 

Participating Teachers will…

  • Interact side by side with business leaders in STEM fields
  • Participate in a series of learning labs and hands-on, work-based learning activities that can be replicated in classroom environments
  • Have time to ask questions and discuss perspectives and challenges around incorporating workforce related (technical and soft) skills into their classrooms
  • Gain access to information and resources needed to help students navigate course selection and various career pathways that lead to successful STEM careers

A significant portion of the STEM conference agenda will be allocated to interactive learning labs. These labs will be built around four industry areas (agriculture, energy and manufacturing, technology, and health sciences).

Learning Lab Faculty / Business Partners will…

  • Expose teachers to the fascinating careers available in North Carolina
  • Better-equip teachers to deliver innovative, relevant, and interactive activities into their classroom curriculum

The Department of Commerce & DPI will…

  • Provide information on courses that align with the state’s recognized career pathways
  • Provide local data on jobs available in each of the participating teachers’ counties

 

The When & Where: March 8, 2018 | GSK Headquarters

 

The Participant Profile:

  • Participation is based on nominations from local superintendents. We have asked superintendents across the state’s 115 local education authorities to nominate one middle school teacher from their school district
  • We are looking for “teacher leaders,” men and women who can take what they learn through this experience and share it with others after the fact
  • The participant package includes: $50 stipend to cover cost of travel, one-night hotel (Thursday night) for those traveling 50+ miles or more, breakfast and lunch the day of the conference

If you have received a nomination from your superintendent, please use the following link to register for the conference. Make sure to select the ticket that corresponds with your respective LEA.

Registration (Invitation Only): https://www.eventbrite.com/e/empowering-stem-a-classroom-to-career-teacher-conference-tickets-37538029256

 

The Agenda (still being finalized):

7:30 Breakfast (Sponsored by Fidelity Investments)

8:00 Welcome

  • Jack Bailey, GSK – President US Pharmaceuticals
  • Governor Roy Cooper
  • Marti Skold Jordan, GSK – Manager of US Community Partnerships

8:40 Learning Lab 1 (Teachers will rotate through all 4 learning labs representing Technology, Health Sciences, Energy, and Agriculture)

10:05 Learning Lab 2 (Teachers will rotate through all 4 learning labs representing Technology, Health Sciences, Energy, and Agriculture)

11:30 Lunch (Sponsored by Google)

12:00 NC Leadership Panel

    • Secretary Tony Copeland, NC Department of Commerce
    • Superintendent Mark Johnson. NC Department of Public Instruction
    • Lisa Benna, GSK – Vice President of Human Resources

12:40 Learning Lab 3 (Teachers will rotate through all 4 learning labs representing Technology, Health Sciences, Energy, and Agriculture)

2:05 Learning Lab 4 (Teachers will rotate through all 4 learning labs representing Technology, Health Sciences, Energy, and Agriculture)

3:30 Closing Remarks