NYS STEM Education Collaborative Institute
Building Futures From Pre-K to Careers
was held at
July 12th – 14th
Gwendolyn L. Maturo-Grasso’s Photos from the Institute
Panel Discussion Videos
Conference Coordinator: Craig Clark, PE
Alfred State Dean of the School of Applied Technology
Acting NYS STEM Ed. Collaborative Chair: Chuck Goodwin, DTE
Morning of July 13th
Frederic Bertley, Ph.D.
Senior Vice President for Science and Education
Making Sense of STEM Education for the 21st Century
Dr. Bertley directs both science and educational programs for The Franklin Institute including overseeing TFI’s partnership with its magnet high school, Science Leadership Academy. Additionally, he directs the prestigious Franklin Awards Program, the long-running Journal of The Franklin Institute and the Institute’s international efforts including shepherding a USAID supported effort to build for 5 STEM platform high schools in Egypt.
Frederic holds a B.Sc. in Mathematics and Physiology and a Ph.D. in Immunology, both from McGill University. Prior to The Franklin Institute, he joined a Harvard Medical School HIV Vaccine Research Group, and managed multinational teams in Haiti and Sudan. Dr. Bertley has received numerous honors including the Harvard Medical School Dean’s Service Award, Merck Scholarship, The President’s Award (QBMA) and Philadelphia Business Journal 40 Under 40 Honoree and won a Mid-Atlantic Emmy™. Dr. Bertley has keynoted or been an invited speaker at numerous venues including the White House, the US Department of Interior and The United Nations.
Evening of July 13th
Yvonne M. Spicer, Ed.D, DTE
Vice President of Advocacy & Educational Partnerships
National Center for Technological Literacy®
Museum of Science, Boston™
Bridging the Divide: An integrated Approach to STEM Education
Dr. Yvonne Spicer is a national and international speaker and advocate for pre-college science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education. Spicer was honored in 2009 by Mass High Tech: The Journal of New England Technology as one of 10 “Women to Watch.” Concerned by how many children in the U.S. “are shut out of technology and engineering,” Spicer makes a compelling case for closing the underrepresented minority gap in engineering and school leadership.
With expertise in technology and engineering education standards development, assessment, and strategic school leadership, Spicer served on the technology and engineering steering committee for the frontrunner of the first national assessment for technology and engineering in the 2014 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP). Most recently, she served on the technology and engineering design team for the National Research Council (NRC) “Next Generation”: Framework for Science Education which was approved July 19, 2011.
In January 2010, Spicer was appointed to the Massachusetts Governor’s STEM Advisory Council as the co-chair of the council’s teacher development committee. She was instrumental in establishing the 2001 Massachusetts technology/engineering curriculum framework with Ioannis (Yannis) Miaoulis, president and director, Museum of Science. She is also an advisor to the National Governors Association.
In addition, Spicer advocates for the Museum’s K-12 curricula, Engineering is Elementary®, Building Math, and Engineering the Future®, and she directs the Gateway Project, which originated in Massachusetts and is being replicated across the U.S. as a model to build leadership capacity for technological literacy. Designed to guide systemic change, the Gateway Project helps school districts develop a strategic plan of action to implement K-12 technology and engineering programs. The Gateway community totals over 400 educational leaders representing 80 urban, suburban, and rural school districts.
Earning her doctorate at the University of Massachusetts-Boston in 2004, she focused her dissertation on how nine African American female public school principals transformed their schools and thrived as educational leaders. Spicer is the former director of career & technical education in Newton, Mass., and served as the statewide technology/engineering coordinator at the Mass. Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. She earned B.S. and M.S. degrees in industrial arts & technology from the State University of New York-Oswego. A Brooklyn, New York, native, she is committed to improving opportunities for females and students of color in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields.
Morning of July 14th
Michael Hacker, Ph.D., DTE
STEM Education in the United States: Present Ambiguity and Future Potential
Dr. Michael Hacker is Co-director of the Center for STEM Research (CSR) at Hofstra University in New York and has served as PI or Co-PI on 12 large-scale National Science Foundation (NSF) projects focused on improving teaching and learning in K-16 STEM education.
Prior to his work at Hofstra, Hacker served as a classroom teacher, department supervisor, and university teacher educator. As a former New York State Education Department (NYSED) Associate Supervisor for Technology Education, he co-managed the development of the New York State Standards for Mathematics, Science, and Technology, led the development of the NYS middle school Introduction to Technology syllabus, and initiated and managed the development of the state’s Principles of Engineering high school curriculum. For over 50 years, engineering and technology education (ETE) has been at the core of his professional life.
Hacker is an International Technology and Engineering Educators Association (ITEEA) Distinguished Technology Educator and a member of the ITEEA Academy of Fellows. He has received the Epsilon Pi Tau Distinguished Service Citation; the ITEEA Award of Distinction and State Supervisor of the Year award; and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics (IEEE) Engineers Mathematics and Science Education Award. He served as a member of the writing team that developed the U.S. national Standards for Technological Literacy.
He has authored five secondary school textbooks, numerous journal articles, co-edited several scholarly compendia and international conference proceedings, and has served repeatedly as an NSF expert panel reviewer. His primary research interests are focused on engineering design pedagogy and interconnected STEM learning.
Hacker attended public schools in New York City, was graduated from Stuyvesant High School, received his Bachelors and Masters degrees and administrative certification from the City College of New York, and received his Ph.D. from Ben Gurion University in Beer Sheva, Israel.
Plenary Panel Discussion
WNY STEM Hub of the Empire State
STEM Learning Network.
Monroe 2-Orleans BOCES
Elementary Science Program
STANYS Director-at-Large for
K-12 Education Studio;
King + King Architects
Product Manager – RMT Bearings
Power Transmission Division
Head of Manufacturing Association
of Allegany County
Sustainability Education Director
Siemens Industry Inc.
Building Technologies Divison
Immediate Past President of
Professor of Mathematics
Department of Mathmatical Sciences
at SUNY Fredonia
Clark W. Greene
Technology Education Program
Coordinator;SUNY Buffalo State