For Immediate Release: August 16, 2014
From: International Association for STEM Leaders
International Association for STEM Leaders makes debut in the nation’s capitol and recognizes top leaders such as Jarrad Grandy of the Kent Intermediate School District for his outstanding leadership in STEM. He is part of our ongoing video documentary featuring national STEM leaders.
On April 24 and 25, Millwood Virginia-based, International Association for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Leaders successfully launched its inaugural leadership event at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C. Nearly 100STEM leaders from around the world joined IASL leadership. This invitation only annual STEM Leadership Summit recognized several attendees for their leadership in STEM education through a formal awards ceremony. The awards were presented to programs, schools, school districts and individuals who exemplify STEM Excellence as defined by criteria developed by IASL.
At the IASL awards ceremony, Mr. Jarrad Grandy, Director of Career Readiness at Kent Intermediate School District, was the recipient of The STEM District Leader Award. This Michigan district moves beyond theory and models to tangible deliverables, while always testing theories and models and the real work being done in the classroom. The district is known for its curriculum development and continuous improvement model with STEM and has also been recognized for its excellent work by the Michigan Economic Development Corp, receiving an award and grant.
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 frame work 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.
The STEM Leadership Summit was help 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.
Mr. Jarrad Grandy is the Director of Career Readiness at Kent Intermediate School District. Jarrad earned his Master’s in General Education with an emphasis on Educational Leadership from Grand Valley State University and a Bachelor of Arts with a major in History and minor in Political Science from Michigan State University. He served as the Chairman of the Career Education Planning District Council, which represents the regional administrators responsible for career readiness throughout the state of Michigan for K-12 students. He taught for 7 years and is currently the Director of Career Readiness at Kent Intermediate School District in Grand Rapids. He has designed and led the development of STEM programming for high school students throughout the county such as the Health Sciences Early College Academy (3.0 minimum GPA for entrance, when a student completes 2 years for the program, they will have a semester of transcripted, health sciences college credits from a university partner), Avionics (1st first high school program in the country to hold), and services, STEM Consultants, who have an industry and K-12 teaching background provide professional development for all of the teachers in the county and build curriculum addressing common core, NGSS, and CTE standards basing their lessons on local, industry problems. This curriculum is tested with the help of teachers through classroom learning labs (lesson study) to improve the curriculum as well as enhance instruction. He also actively serves on multiple regional talent pipeline committees for various STEM industries. Jarrad is the 2014 Winner of IASL’s District Leader Award.