The Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellowship 20th Anniversary Summit

June 28, 2010 // 9:00am12:30pm

Brian O'Donnell, Program Manager, U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Workforce Development for Teachers and Scientists; Vance Ablott, Executive Director, Triangle Coalition for Science and Technology Education; Ed Potosnak, Congressional Candidate, teacher, and small business owner from New Jersey; Art Lebofsky, President of Science Education Services, retired Science/Math District Coordinator; Luke Laurie, RoboChallenge Director, Robotics and Science Teacher, Santa Maria, California; Lynn Campbell, NBCT, AEA Science Consultant in Iowa; Mike Lach, Special Assistant for STEM Education, U.S. Department of Education; Jodi Peterson, Assistant Executive Director Legislative and Public Affairs, National Science Teachers Association, Co-Chair, STEM Education Coalition; Kristina Peterson, 5th Grade Math and Science Teacher, Seattle; Kent Hughes, Director Program on America and the Global Economy, Woodrow Wilson Center

Some of the nation's leading educators, the Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellows, will gather in Washington, DC on June 28-29, 2010, for a 20th Anniversary Summit. Hosted by the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, the Summit will bring together more than 80 current and former Einstein Fellows along with distinguished guest speakers from the White House, Federal agencies, national education organizations, and the U.S. Congress. The goal of the Summit is to generate recommendations for informing and improving science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education.

The Einstein Fellowship Program was established in 1990. In 1994, Congress passed the Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellowship Act, solidifying the program and assigning administrative responsibilities to the Department of Energy. For 20 years, the program has offered K-12 STEM educators, with demonstrated excellence in teaching, the opportunity to spend a school year in the national public policy arena. Fellows have served in Congressional offices as well as several Federal agencies such as the Department of Energy (DOE), the National Science Foundation (NSF), the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). With their extensive classroom knowledge, experience, and credentials, Einstein Fellows provide practical insights and "real world" perspectives to policy makers and program managers developing and managing educational programs.

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