STEM Ambassadors

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The Pennsylvania STEM Ambassador Program is made possible through PSAYDN, with training support from the Education Policy and Leadership Center (EPLC) and STEM Education Coalition, and sponsorship from the Afterschool Alliance and Overdeck Family Foundation.

2018 Ambassadors

The 2018 Pennsylvania STEM ambassadors will advance policy goals through outreach, education, targeted relationships with policymakers and building a coalition of local and regional support. They are leaders within their organizations, interested and committed to sharing their experiences and content knowledge with influential stakeholders. They also serve as role models to inspire and encourage youth to pursue opportunities for STEM exploration in both formal and informal learning environments.

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Ambassadors

Ambassadors of STEM ProjectGroup photo of the 2018 Pennsylvania STEM Ambassadors, Ambassador Program facilitators and PSAYDN staff

 

Ambassador Program

The Pennsylvania Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Ambassador opportunity is a strategic way to achieve state STEM/workforce policy goals. Ambassadors advance policy goals through outreach, education, targeted relationships with policymakers and building a coalition of local and regional support. STEM Ambassadors are leaders within their organizations, interested and committed to sharing their experiences and content knowledge with influential stakeholders. They also serve as role models to inspire and encourage youth to pursue opportunities for STEM exploration in both formal and informal learning environments.

Pennsylvania’s response to the challenges of the 21st century will be determined by opportunities put forth in STEM education. Positive change in the quality of our workforce is dependent upon quality STEM education, exposure and experiences. Partnerships with businesses, schools, community organizations and government are very important for STEM education and vital for economic development and quality job growth in Pennsylvania. The creation of the STEM Ambassador program would serve to train interested and experienced individuals to proactively engage with state agencies, policymakers, business/industry leaders, education entities and/or community providers to share data, experiences, networks and policy needs.

Program Highlights

Program Facilitation

The Ambassador program will be facilitated by PSAYDN through the Center for Schools and Communities. The STEM Education Coalition will provide consultants and presenters throughout the year. The Coalition works to raise awareness about the critical role that STEM education plays in enabling the U.S. to remain the economic and technological leader of the global marketplace of the 21st century. Ron Cowell, legislative/policy consultant for EPLC, is a trusted leader in education policy. Cowell served as a member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives for 24 years until 1998.

Portait of James James Brown is the executive director of the STEM Education Coalition. Prior to joining the Coalition, he was director of advocacy at the American Chemical Society. A nuclear engineer by training, Brown previously worked as a legislative aide for Rep. Doc Hastings of Washington, was director of policy and development at the Consumer Energy Council of America, and began his career as an engineer with Newport News Shipbuilding, working on aircraft carrier construction. Brown received a B.S. from the University of New Mexico and an M.S. from Penn State, both in nuclear engineering. He also holds an MBA from George Washington University.
Portait of Ron Since January 1999, Ron Cowell has been the president of The Education Policy and Leadership Center, an independent, nonpartisan and not-for-profit organization based in Harrisburg. He is an experienced policy leader who also is a frequent speaker, writer and consultant concerning education policy issues. Cowell served as a member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives for twenty-four years until 1998. While in the Legislature, he served as the majority or minority chair of the House Committee on Education for 12 years. Cowell also served for 12 years as a member of the Pennsylvania State Board of Education and for 20 years as a board member of the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency.
Portait of Lindsey Lindsey Gardner is the director of external relations for the STEM Education Coalition. She manages media, legislative and stakeholder relations for the Coalition. Previously, she spent three years working on scheduling, press and the Oversight and Government Reform Committee for U.S. Representative Justin Amash. Lindsey earned her bachelor degree in history and classical archaeology from the University of Michigan.
Portait of Judd Judd Pittman has more than ten years of urban education experience, between teaching middle school in Harrisburg City School District and serving on the elected school board. Pittman is an educational consultant at the Pennsylvania Training and Technical Assistance Network where he focuses on professional development and technical assistance for educators and administrators in science, math, culturally responsive PBIS, formative assessment and classroom management. He serves as special consultant to the Secretary of Education for STEM. Pittman has a degree in ecology from Juniata College, a master’s degree in forest ecology from Virginia Tech University and a master’s degree in multi-cultural education from Eastern University.
Portait of Stephanie Stephanie Rodriguez joined the Afterschool Alliance fresh off her tenure as an AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellow at the National Science Foundation, where she worked on efforts to broaden participation in computer science and other STEM fields. Prior to the fellowship, Rodriguez completed her PhD in immunology at Washington University in St. Louis. While at WashU, she also directed the Young Scientist Program, a 25-year-old program that engages St. Louis public school teachers and students in hands-on STEM experiences while Providing critical resources to a community in need.
Portait of Laura Laura Saccente joined as the network director for PSAYDN in April 2015. Working with the PSAYDN steering committee, partners and stakeholders, she leads the network’s strategic vision and advocacy efforts, as well as maintains and develops public and private support. Saccente also serves on the Pennsylvania State Workforce Development Board Youth Council, statewide STEM Advisory Committee and is a partner with the Carbon-Schuylkill-Luzerne Stem Learning Ecosystem, one of five Stem Ecosystems recognized in Pennsylvania.
Portait of Winnie Dr. Winnie Black has been an afterschool leader involved in STEM since 1990. She coordinated STEM student support program for Kettering University for engineering, science and environmental majors. Black has designed and implemented head-start and K-5 literacy based STEM/environmental science project based learning curriculums. She was co-developer of the STELAR Career Development Skill Inventory. Currently, Black is co-principal investigator for the Philly Scientists ITEST grant and a National LEAD STEM for the Carbon, Schuylkill and Luzerne STEM Learning Ecosystem. Dr. Winnie Black has been an afterschool leader involved in STEM since 1990. She coordinated STEM student support program for Kettering University for engineering, science and environmental majors. Black has designed and implemented head-start and K-5 literacy based STEM/environmental science project based learning curriculums. She was co-developer of the STELAR Career Development Skill Inventory. Currently, Black is co-principal investigator for the Philly Scientists ITEST grant and a National LEAD STEM for the Carbon, Schuylkill and Luzerne STEM Learning Ecosystem.
Portait of Caroline Caroline Allen worked for the Pennsylvania Parent Information and Resource Center, and has served as president of the Pennsylvania PTA, a member of the National PTA Legislative Committee, Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, Pennsylvania Association for Gifted Education, Gettysburg College Parent Advisory Committee and faculty member at Furman University’s Riley Institute. Allen is a PQAS certified instructor and also continues to serve on the PSEA Education Foundation Board, as the Family Involvement Conference Program Chair. She coordinates the PSAYDN Afterschool Ambassador program; during the last five years, more than 83 Ambassadors have learned how to build impactful relationships with federal and state policymakers.

 

Sponsorship Opportunities for Organizations

Support the STEM Ambassador Program, a 10-month leadership training opportunity and a strategic way to advance state STEM/workforce policy goals through education, targeting relationships with policymakers and building a coalition of local and regional support.

Sponsorship is your chance to reach a broad audience of influential stakeholders, including administrators, state and federal officials, national experts, educators, policymakers, program coordinators, youth development staff, STEM Learning Ecosystem members, community providers, higher education institutions, families and students, among others. Each opportunity comes with a tailored array of promotional benefits.

2018 Sponsors

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