For Immediate Release: June 9, 2014
From: International Association for STEM Leaders
International Association for STEM Leaders makes debut in the nation’s capitol and awards Sue Sorrentino of Vista Teach Instructional Services with the prestigious Corporate K-12 STEM Innovation Award. Sue Sorrentino with Vista Teach 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 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.
Vista Teach, led by Sue Sorrentino, STEM Educator and Director, received the Corporate K-12 STEM Innovation Award. This organization is composed of an entire team of former, female engineers, who went on to earn teaching certifications, with joining forces, to bring real-world engineering principles and professional practices directly into their classrooms. While they provide engineering education across numerous grade levels and divisions, this team of teachers specifically advocates the urgency of providing comprehensive, authentic, and hands-on STEM Education beginning in the very early elementary grades. Throughout their years at Allendale Columbia School in Rochester, NY and, in collaboration with numerous and global, corporate and collegiate partners, the team continues to immerse young learners in real-world engineering. This, in turn, provides the ideal framework for developing the capacities of young people to become global leaders and innovators.
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 “turnkey” 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, also took part in the event as a sponsor.
Sue Sorrentino is the Founder and Director of Vista Teach Instructional Services, a company that has won international acclaim for bringing real world, engineering principles and professional practices into STEM classrooms, with specializing in the elementary grade levels. Sorrentino and her team of experts, all of whom are women engineers, went on to earn teaching certifications in order to share their knowledge and passion and, to make a difference in the lives of the next generation of engineers. The team offers a systematic and dynamic continuum of comprehensive and hands-on, Engineering Education with special expertise in classroom-tested, proven instructional strategies and effective classroom management, leading to successful learning outcomes for building STEM fluency beginning in the early elementary years. Through their numerous and international, corporate and collegiate partnerships, Sorrentino and her team are at the forefront in developing Engineering Education programs for young, elementary STEM students throughout the country. Finally, Vista Teach also offers exceptional, national-level teacher training and, educational consulting services, specializing in robotics and engineering for elementary grades, K – 6. Sorrentino and her team are known for “taking the mystery out of robotics” in their fun and friendly, yet rigorous and comprehensive, approach to teacher training and staff development. Sorrentino’s young students sum things up best with their enthusiastic claim: “More than learning ABOUT engineering, we are learning TO BE engineers!”
Sorrentino was recently nominated for the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics & Science Teaching and received the Corporate K-12 STEM Innovation Award by the International Association of STEM Leaders in April 2014. She has over 15 years of experience with infusing real world, Engineering Education in elementary grade classrooms and, continues to be a highly sought after speaker. Sorrentino holds a B.S. in Education from S.U.N.Y. Geneseo and an M.S. in Computer Education from Nazareth College.