ITEEA Member Joins Virginia's Newly Established STEM Education Commission

August 13, 2019

Virginia Governor Ralph Northam signed Executive Order Thirty-Six, establishing the Virginia Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) Education Commission, Wednesday, July 17. Additionally, he announced the appointment of ITEEA member, Jorge Valenzuela, to be a member of the Commission. 

The Commission will develop a State STEM plan to create a unified statewide vision and dynamic set of shared goals to strategically inform how we prepare Virginia’s students for the STEM jobs of the future.

“As a pediatric neurologist, I recognize the importance of having a strong STEM background, and have made enhancing the Commonwealth’s STEM education a top priority of mine since day one,” said Northam. “Our ability to remain one of the best states for education, innovation, and business depends upon how well we prepare our next generation for 21st-century jobs. With its focus on addressing the evolving workforce needs and the persistent disparities in our education system, this Commission will play a key role in ensuring we give all our students an opportunity to succeed in STEM-related fields.”

The First Lady of Virginia Pamela Northam will chair the Commission, according to officials.

“50 years ago this week, the United States did the impossible and sent a man to the moon,” said First Lady Northam. “This groundbreaking accomplishment was made possible by pioneering women in STEM right here in Virginia. We want to ensure the Commonwealth has a diverse and robust STEM workforce for the next 50 years and beyond.”

The Virginia STEM Education Commission will seek to address the educational inequities which often limit access to advanced courses in STEM disciplines, credentials, and work-based learning for many of the Commonwealth’s most vulnerable and underrepresented students.

The Commission will also encourage collaboration among government and non-government entities on collective goals to support efforts to track state data and outcome metrics, reshape future curriculum and course design and inform state and local policy.

The full text of Executive Order Thirty-Six can be found here.

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