For Immediate Release: September 14, 2014
From: International Association for STEM Leaders
International Association for STEM Leaders made debut in the nation’s capitol in April, 2014 and named “iSTEM” of Idaho National Laboratory a top leader in STEM professional development. Ms. Anne Seifert, K12 STEM Outreach Program Manager, i-STEM Executive Director, was on hand to accept this award and is this week’s feature video in our STEM Stars Showcase series.
The National STEM Professional Development Leadership Award was awarded to i-STEM, a professional development institute for teachers that enhances their STEM teaching, learning skills, and pedagogy. Teachers, administrators and school leaders apply from across the State of Idaho to attend the institute and many other states have followed this significant model.
The International Association for STEM Leaders is globally recognized for creating a "golden standard" for STEM excellence in traditional and non-traditional educational settings for all Pre-kindergarten through adult students. In collaboration with global STEM leaders, the IASL will provide guidance for implementing excellent STEM programming and develop a STEM framework that is industry-based and globally recognized. In the coming months, IASL will host regional events to continue its recognition of exceptional leadership, through awards and to focus its outreach activities around regional education and economic development issues.
This STEM Leadership Summit was held in conjunction with the world’s largest STEM event, hosted by the USA Science and Engineering Festival. STEMconnector, the leading one-stop shop for STEM information participated as an initial sponsor and Edie Fraser, the founder, spoke to the IASL leaders and recognized them for their important work of impacting the lives of students every day through STEM leadership and education. Other partners include Diversified Education Systems (DES), a leader in “turn key” laboratories including: casework, equipment, curriculum, training and support. DES is further a collaborator with Root Cause and Pitsco Education, two additional partners of IASL. On the online side of STEM, Learning Blade and Career ATG offer career and STEM awareness, exposure and training to students. Finally, Concept Schools, a charter school management company and Vista Teach an early elementary robotics and engineering education company took part in the event as sponsors.
Anne Seifert is the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Program Manager at the Idaho National Laboratory (INL) and serves as the INL’s Department of Energy Office (DOE) of Science Education Program Manager. She received a BS degree in elementary education with a minor in science and special education from University of Idaho. She completed a MA in Education Administration and an EDS in Educational Leadership at IdahoStateUniversity. As a 30 year veteran educator, she served as highly skilled and outstanding elementary school teacher and administrator in Idaho Falls, Idaho and Denver, Colorado. She has been involved as an educational leader in school reform, assessment literacy, student achievement, school improvement, and has served as an advocate for STEM education in Idaho for many years. Anne was a member of a statewide school improvement leadership team sponsored by the Albertson’s Foundation and BoiseStateUniversity. As an advocate for STEM education, Anne works aggressively to address the challenges facing educators as they seek to reform teaching and learning in STEM disciplines. As INL’s K-12 STEM Outreach Program Manager, her work involves coordinating partnerships with educators, the State Department of Education, business, and industry to raise the awareness of the need for quality K-12 STEM Education in an effort to arm students with the necessary skills of the 21st century in preparation for the workforce of tomorrow. Anne believes that teachers empowered with right resources and outstanding professional development, can and will positively impact students; inspiring them to advance their studies in STEM areas so that they are prepared to make informed decisions that will positively impact the way they live, how they live, and our nation’s resources and security.