AIR STEM Experts to Lead Panel Discussions during U.S. News STEM Solutions Leadership Summit

Washington, D.C. – Two American Institutes for Research (AIR) experts who work to improve educational outcomes of students in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) – Dr. Carlos Rodriguez and Dr. Tracy Gray – will lead panel discussions on STEM education during the U.S. News STEM Solutions 2012 – A Leadership Summit June 27-29, 2012 in Dallas, Texas.

The Summit, created by U.S. News & World Report and sponsored by over 40 organizations, seeks to bring attention to the number of students who lack the STEM skills needed for America’s workforce.

Dr. Rodriguez will moderate a panel on Thursday, June 28 from 10:45 – 11:45 a.m., “Accelerating STEM Education,” which will feature Jodi Grant, Executive Director, Afterschool Alliance; Mary Ann Rankin, Chief Executive Officer, National Math + Science Initiative; and Linda P. Rosen, Ph.D., CEO, Change the Equation. Additionally, he will moderate a 3:45 – 4:45 p.m. panel on “Changing the Face of STEM,” whose panelists include Lezli Baskerville, Esq., President and CEO, National Association for Equal Opportunity in Higher Education (NAFEO); Carrie L. Billy, President and CEO, American Indian Higher Education Consortium; and Antonio R. Flores, Ph.D., President and CEO, Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities.

Dr. Gray will moderate a panel on Thursday, June 28 from 2:30 – 3:30 p.m. on “Powering Up STEM Through Technology.” Panel participants include Steve Ritter, Ph.D., Founder and Chief Scientist, Carnegie Learning; and Lucy Sanders, CEO and Co-founder, National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT).

Dr. Rodríguez is nationally recognized for his expertise and insight on issues of equity, access and educational attainment of minority populations across the education spectrum. His research and evaluation work focuses on minority student success in STEM in the post-secondary arena. Currently, Dr. Rodríguez leads AIR teams conducting the Broadening Participation in STEM project and the Longitudinal Study of the Alliance for Graduate Education Program (AGEP).

Dr. Gray is a nationally recognized authority on education technology and has led numerous initiatives in the United States and abroad that examine the impact of technology on educational achievement. She directs AIR’s Center for STEM Education and Innovation, overseeing two national  technology centers funded by the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) — the National Center for Technology Innovation and the Center for Technology Implementation.

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