emPoweringSTEM Conference

Press Release: North Carolina Teachers to Convene Thursday in RTP for Classroom to Career STEM Summit

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March 8, nearly 90 middle school teachers from across the state came together in RTP for a one-day professional development program to help connect classroom STEM learning with careers.

The North Carolina Business Committee for Education, housed in the Office of the Governor, and the Kenan Fellows Program for Teacher Leadership, housed at NC State University, partnered with GSK for the emPowering STEM Classroom to Career Conference at GSK’s Headquarters.


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. This event was a partnership between GSK, NCBCE, and the Kenan Fellows Program for Teacher Leadership. Participation was based on nominations from local superintendents.


Event Agenda:
7:30 Breakfast
8:00 – 8:30 Welcome

  • Introductions, Marti Skold-Jordan (GSK Manager of Community Partnerships)
  • Remarks, Jack Bailey GSK (President US Pharmaceuticals)
  • Remarks, Mark Johnson (NC State Superintendent)
  • Directions, Marti Skold Jordan (GSK Manager of Community Affairs)

8:30 – 8:40 Break / Walk to breakout rooms
8:40 – 9:55 Learning Labs Round 1*
10:05 – 11:20 Learning Labs Round 2*
11:30 – 12:30 Lunch

  • UNC-TV
  • NC Leadership Panel
    • Jacquelyn Moore (GSK HR Business Lead)
    • Napoleon Wallace (Deputy Director NC Dept. of Commerce)
    • LaTanya Pattillo (Governor Roy Cooper’s Teacher Policy Advisor)
    • Moderated by Marti Skold Jordan (GSK Manager of Community Partnerships)

12:40 – 1:55 Learning Labs Round 3*
2:05 – 3:20 Learning Labs Round 4*
3:30 – 4:00 Closing Remarks

*Learning Lab Faculty and Industries Include:

  • Energy – NC Electric Cooperative & Duke Energy
  • Agriculture – NC Farm Bureau
  • STEM – GSK and Fleet Readiness
  • Information Technology – The Kramden Institute