ITEEA 2017 Conference

Program Excellence General Session

On its surface, “STEM” is the acronym of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. However, when you pull that first layer away, you reveal the most elaborate puzzle in the education world. Recently, STEM has gone through a dramatic change as industry and employer’s needs have been changing and increasing exponentially. Information is more readily at our fingertips, and employers are now looking for employees with critical 21st century skills, the 4C’s: Creativity, Collaboration, Communication, and Critical Thinking. For our students to be successful in their future careers, we need to help them develop the skills employers are looking for, not just the content in subjects. Through the 4C’s, we will explore global problems and solutions tied directly to our student’s futures.

An Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellow Emeritus and NASA STEM Endeavor Fellow, Jonathan Gerlach is the International Consultant for STEM Education Initiatives at Discovery Education. He has a deep background in STEM, including a certification from Columbia University Teacher’s College in STEM Education with a distinction in STEM Education Leadership, which he utilizes while providing his expertise to school districts globally. As an Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellow, he worked in the U.S. Senate focusing on STEM education policy. He is a former NASA Endeavor Fellow and was named the Florida Engineering Foundation STEM Educator of the Year.