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Teacher Leadership Summit: Attracting, Retaining, and Developing a Diverse STEM Teaching Workforce

February 23, 2018 - February 25, 2018

To tackle the issue of underrepresentation in STEM education, the Smithsonian Science Education Center and Shell Oil Company will host a Teacher Leadership Summit powered by Teach to Lead at Howard University in Washington, DC on February 23-25, 2018. At this summit, teams of educators create plans for attracting, retaining, and developing a diverse STEM teaching workforce in their districts to become catalysts for systemic change.

By increasing representation among STEM teachers, this will increase the diversity of STEM students and subsequent career opportunities available to them. Every child should feel empowered to be anything they want to be. To make this a reality, students need role models who look like them to pave the way, proving they can achieve anything they set their minds to. According to the American Association of Colleges for Teachers of Education, 45% of America’s PK-12 population are students of color whereas the teachers that look like them make up only 17.5% of the teaching workforce.

The application process to attend this program is competitive. The Smithsonian Science Education Center is seeking 20 teams of educators from around the country to attend the Summit. Applications will be scored based on team composition, clarity of ideas, range of impact and populations served. To apply, please visit the website.


Smithsonian Science Education Center


Howard University