Va. Secretary of Education to Speak About STEM Education at TNCC

Published: November 3, 2010

Experts say America’s economic growth and national security are heavily dependent upon the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, or STEM. Acknowledging this, Governor McDonnell and the Virginia Department of Education are focusing on initiatives designed to educate citizens in preparation for emerging technologies. On Tuesday, November 9 Virginia Secretary of Education Gerard Robinson will speak about STEM education at Thomas Nelson Community College (TNCC).

The invitation-only gathering takes place at the Peninsula Workforce Development Center in Hampton at 600 Butler Farm Rd. and begins with breakfast at 7:15 a.m. followed at 7:45 a.m. by the Secretary’s presentation. Robinson will focus on Governor McDonnell’s STEM initiatives and the importance of STEM Education in K-12 and Higher Education. The presentation is also a means to garner support for the seamless integration of STEM subjects throughout the curriculum in every Virginia school — not just magnet or specialty schools or private and public academic institutions.

Robinson has a Master of Education degree from Harvard University, a Bachelor of Arts degree from Howard University and an Associate of Arts degree from El Camino Community College, Torrance, California. He serves on the boards of the Policy Advisory Council at the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools, the Advisory Committee for the Program on Education Policy and Governance at Harvard University and the Georgia GOAL Scholarship Program.

His background in education includes teaching positions in California and New Jersey, research work at the University of Arkansas and a senior fellowship at Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He has also championed urban school reform and policy development having participated in public policy-making through a fellowship with the California State Senate, service as a resource person in the Virginia General Assembly and the U.S. House of Representatives, and service as a legislative liaison for the superintendent of the District of Columbia Public Schools.

Robinson conducts presentations about education and public policy throughout the United States and abroad having spoken at the Summer Institute for Educators held at Oxford University in England; the John F. Kennedy School of Government; the Higher Education Institute held at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland; the University of Virginia School of Law; a White House Education Conference and on National Public Radio’s Talk of the Nation, among numerous others.

Additionally, he is widely published with the following latest works “The Color of Success: Black Student Achievement in Public Charter Schools,” Issue Brief for the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools (2008 – coauthored with Edwin Chang) and “Urban School District Takeovers: Theory and Practice,” in The Congress for New Urbanism Education Report (2007).

For more information about the November 9 presentation, please call 825-2725.

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