For Immediate Release: November 14, 2014
From: International Association for STEM Leaders
International Association for STEM Leaders makes debut in the nation’s capitol and recognizes Texarkana Independent School District as top comprehensive school district for their exceptional work in STEM leadership
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 100 STEM 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.
Texarkana Independent School District received the Comprehensive School District STEM Leadership Award. Ronda Jameson, the Director of STEM Education for Texarkana Independent School District, accepted the award. IASL was impressed by the full integration of STEM into their entire school district. They have quantitative and qualitative data of their program that supports measurable success in STEM. This program is designated by the state of Texas as a role model in the following areas: Mission-Driven Leadership; STEM Culture; Student Outreach, Recruitment, Retention; Teacher Selection, Development, and Retention; Curriculum, Instruction, & Assessment; Strategic Alliances; and Academy Sustainability.
The International Association for STEM Leaders is globally recognized for creating a "golden standard" for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (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.
The 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.
Ronda Jameson is the Director of STEM Education for Texarkana Independent School District in Texarkana, Texas. She has served in public and private education for 20 years. Ms. Jameson oversees a K-12 STEM program that has been recognized at the state, national, and international levels. Under her leadership, Texarkana Independent School District was recognized in 2014 with the Comprehensive School District STEM Leadership Award from the International Association of STEM Leaders (IASL). She co-wrote the curriculum framework for the Martha and Josh Morriss Mathematics & Engineering Elementary School, a state-of-the-art elementary campus that has been recognized as a model of excellence for elementary STEM education. The Morriss campus hosted the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Science and Technology Hearing on “Engineering in K-12 Education” in 2009. Ms. Jameson was a speaker at the 2012 National Academy of Engineering iSTEM Committee on Integrated STEM Education.
Ms. Jameson facilitated development of a STEM teacher training model, the Texarkana Model for STEM Professional Development, which has been designated as an exemplar by EDUCATE TEXAS and garnered praise as a model for effective partnership between public education and institutions of higher education. Ms. Jameson serves as an Adjunct Instructor for Texas A & M University – Texarkana, where she teaches (STEM) courses, ED 591 Interdisciplinary Curriculum Design and ED 592 Interdisciplinary Curriculum Delivery. She is passionate about helping students of poverty achieve their highest potential and has conducted workshops and seminars on STEM professional development topics, 21st century learning skills, and equity in public education.
Ms. Jameson received her B.S. in Secondary Education from Oklahoma State University and her M.Ed. in Education Administration from Texas A & M University - Texarkana. She is a certified curriculum auditor with Curriculum Management Systems, Inc.